Schools in Quebec, British Columbia and New Brunswick get top marks in
this year's 120-page special report
- Visit www.macleans.ca/rankings now or pick up the University Rankings issue on newsstands starting
tomorrow-and on your iPad Friday -
TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Which schools are doing better than ever?
Which have slipped? How can students find the perfect school for
them—and get the most out of their undergraduate experience?
The highly anticipated 21st annual Maclean's ranking of 49 Canadian universities is online today at www.macleans.ca/rankings. The full package is available beginning tomorrow (Thursday) on
newsstands across the country, and Friday on the iPad.
What are the hot topics in and around Canadian universities in 2011?
More than the rankings, this colourful 120-page guide gives students all
the information they need to find the school that is just right for
them, along with advice they can use to make their university
experience the best it can be. The Universities Package highlights
what's happening on campuses now and what each school has to offer.
Often controversial and provocative, the 2011 University Rankings issue
contains many features, including:
A TWO-TIER SYSTEM? Bursting classrooms, disengaged students,
skills-based programs: this is what the end of the road of open access
to education looks like.
COOL PROGRAMS Heli-skiing! Spaceship building! Plus eight other awesome
new courses at Canadian universities.
ON THE FARM The dirt on why university farm programs are flourishing.
EASTERN PROMISES With global reach and a local focus, Canada's small
Atlantic schools are making big noise.
STUDENT LIFE is about much more than academics. We have the lowdown on
handling stress, managing money, delicious low-budget cooking and
looking cool on campus.
This year's top-ranking universities:
Medical Doctoral category
For the seventh year in a row, McGill University is ranked first in the Medical Doctoral category, once again passing the one-time king, the University of Toronto. Toronto, second again this year, has placed first in the Medical
Doctoral category 12 times over the past 21 years. In third place this year is
the University of British Columbia.
In the Comprehensive Category, Simon Fraser University (1st), the University of Victoria (2nd), and the University of Waterloo (3rd) all maintained their top-three positions. The biggest news in
this category is that Brock, Wilfrid Laurier and Ryerson all make their
debut, albeit in the bottom half. The three schools were moved into the
Comprehensive category from the Primarily Undergraduate category this
year in recognition of both the number of graduate offerings at these
universities and the size of the student body.
Primarily Undergraduate category
In the Primarily Undergraduate category, the University of Prince Edward Island showed the biggest change of all, thanks to a strong showing in total
research funding and student awards, vaulting past Trent, St. Francis
Xavier and Bishop's to tie in fourth place with Lethbridge. In the top
three spots are Mount Allison University (1st), Acadia University (2nd) and the University of Northern British Columbia (3rd), which maintain their positions from last year.
ABOUT THE RANKINGS
The overall rankings of 49 universities provide a snapshot of
universities' relative strengths among their peers. Depending on the
school's level of research funding, and breadth and depth of program
offerings, each is placed with other comparable universities in one of
three categories: Medical Doctoral, Comprehensive and Primarily
Undergraduate. Maclean's ranks universities in each category on performance measures in six broad
areas: students/classes, faculty, resources, student support, library
and reputation. In addition, Maclean's publishes numbers on entering grades, average class sizes and more, as
well as the results of two student surveys to paint a fuller picture of
How we do it
Full methodology is available in the University Rankings issue or at www.macleans.ca/rankings.
The full insider's guide to Canadian post-secondary education will be
contained in Maclean's special perfect-bound University Rankings issue on newsstands beginning
Thursday, Oct. 27, for a cost of $6.95.
Interviews can be booked through the contact below.
Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.4 million readers with
strong investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading
journalists in the fields of international affairs, social issues,
national politics, business and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.
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SOURCE Maclean's Magazine
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