2017 Maclean's University Ranking Results - Primarily Undergraduate

By Brian Hastie Modified on June 19, 2018

Find out how institutions primarily offering undergraduate degrees fared!


Written by: Brian Hastie

Primarily Undergraduate Schools

The largest shift in this year’s rankings sees Trent University and Mount Allison University flip-flopping positions – this year Mount Allison finds itself near the top at number two, and Trent drops to number four. The University of British Columbia continues its reign at the top, and Acadia University manages to nab the fifth position.

  1. 1. University of Northern British Columbia
    Sharing the top spot for student awards, with more than three awards given per every thousand students, and coming third for total research dollars, this B.C. school retains its top rank in the standings.
  2. 2. Mount Allison University
    Rising from fourth to second place this year (after ranking first in the 2015 edition), this Maritimes institution receives the most medical/science grants in the category and spends 6% of its operating budget on library services, ranking it first.
  3. 3. University of Lethbridge
    Lethbridge shares top honours in the student services category alongside St. Thomas. More than 8% of its total operating budget goes towards student services. Its dedication to its students allows the Albertan school to remain in third place this year.
  4. 4. Trent University
    Trent’s student body believes it to be the best school in the country for scholarships and bursaries (ranking first). The Peterborough, ON school also had an impressive show for faculty awards (ranking third) and social sciences and humanities grants (second place).
  5. 5. Acadia University
    A strong sense of community exists at this Wolfville, N.S., institution, with students ranking it third overall in student satisfaction. It was voted top three in student life staff, and administrative and academic advising staff. It also hands out a lot of student awards: just over three for every thousand students, placing it in a tie in for first place with the University of Northern British Columbia.

Lower down in the rankings, Bishop’s University moves up from last year’s 12th position to assume this year’s 9th, with the majority of other schools staying put, or nudging one spot up or down on the list. Check out the complete rankings below – click on the Profile link to be taken to each school’s profile on our website to learn more!

Maclean’s University Rankings 2017 - Primarily Undergraduate

School Overall Ranking Rank Last Year More
University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) 1 [1] Profile
Mount Allison University 2 [4] Profile
University of Lethbridge 3 [3] Profile
Trent University 4 [2] Profile
Acadia University 5 [*5] Profile
St. Francis Xavier University 6 [*5] Profile
Saint Mary’s University 7 [7] Profile
University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) 8 [8] Profile
Bishop’s University 9 [12] Profile
Laurentian University 10 [11] Profile
Lakehead University *11 [9] Profile
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) *11 [10] Profile
University of Winnipeg 13 [13] Profile
Université de Moncton 14 [*14] Profile
St. Thomas University 15 [*14] Profile
Mount Saint Vincent University 16 [17] Profile
Brandon University 17 [16] Profile
Cape Breton University *18 [*18] Profile
Nipissing University *18 [*18] Profile

(Source: Maclean’s magazine)

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