2017 Maclean's University Ranking Results - Comprehensive

By Brian Hastie Modified on March 06, 2018

Find out how institutions offering undergraduate, graduate and professional programs fared!


Comprehensive Schools

The 2017 comprehensive rankings maintain a stable line up from last year’s showings, proving that the old “the more things change, the more they stay the same” adage rings true. There was little change in the top five from last year, with the top three schools (Simon Fraser University, the University of Waterloo and the University of Victoria) staying put, and Guelph and Carleton switching positions to round out spots four and five.

  1. 1. Simon Fraser University
    SFU ranked second best in terms of student/faculty ratio, meaning that class sizes are smaller than average and students receive more one-on-one time with professors. SFU also placed in the top two for faculty awards, social sciences and humanities research grants and medical/science grants. With rankings like these, it’s no surprise that this west coast powerhouse took the top honours this year.
  2. 2. University of Waterloo
    This western Ontario school’s student body considers it one of the best universities in the country –Waterloo was ranked second in student satisfaction. The university also receives a lot of research dollars, and as described by Maclean’s, the university is considered a ‘research mecca’, no doubt one of the reasons it nabbed the second spot this year.
  3. 3. University of Victoria
    Handing out more student awards than any other comprehensive university, The University of Victoria gives out an award to six students per every thousand, on average. This university also receives a lot of medical/science grants (ranking first) and research dollars (ranking third).
  4. 4. University of Guelph
    Guelph’s stats are impressive: collecting the most research money of any non-medical school in Canada. The university also ensures that new resources are always available to students; almost half of its library budget goes towards updating their collection.
  5. 5. Carleton University
    Rounding out the top five is Ottawa’s Carleton University. Its students consider it one of the best schools in the country for extracurriculars, where it was ranked second in student satisfaction. Its offerings in scholarships and bursaries certainly show a dedication to Carleton students’ financial needs.
  6. There wasn’t much movement with the remaining schools. Of note, Ryerson moved down from 9th to 11th this year. It should be noted that even with the move, Ryerson ranks 2nd in student services and 3rd in the reputational survey. Check out the complete rankings below – click on the Profile link to be taken to their profile on our website to learn more about each school!

    Maclean’s University Rankings 2017 - Comprehensive

    School Overall Ranking Rank Last Year More
    Simon Fraser University 1 [1] Profile
    University of Waterloo 2 [2] Profile
    University of Victoria 3 [3] Profile
    University of Guelph 4 [5] Profile
    Carleton University 5 [4] Profile
    University of New Brunswick 6 [6] Profile
    (Saint John)
    Memorial University *7 [*7] Profile
    (Saint John's)
    York University *7 [*7] Profile
    Wilfrid Laurier University 9 [*10] Profile
    Concordia University 10 [*10] Profile
    Ryerson University 11 [9] Profile
    Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) 12 [*12] Profile
    University of Regina 13 [*12] Profile
    University of Windsor 14 [14] Profile
    Brock University 15 [15] Profile

    (Source: Maclean’s magazine)

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