Maclean's unveils its 21st annual University Rankings

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.  

  • Comprehensive category
    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 each university.  

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.

About Maclean's:
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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Louise Leger, (416) 764-4125, louise.leger@rci.rogers.com

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