Mount Allison University ranked No. 1 undergraduate school in Canada in Maclean's 17th annual university rankings

    SACKVILLE, NB, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - Mount Allison University was once again
named the top undergraduate school in the country in Maclean's magazine's 17th
annual University Rankings, which hit newsstands today, November 8. Mount
Allison received first-place honours in the primarily undergraduate ranking,
tying with Acadia University in Wolfville, NS.
    Mount Allison University President, Dr. Robert Campbell, says, "We're
proud of Mount Allison's outstanding success in this national survey and
pleased once again to be recognized as the number one undergraduate university
in the country. We were ranked No. 1 by Maclean's for the first 11 years of
the survey, second for the next five, but returned to the No. 1 spot this
year. It's great to have returned to the number one position. This record of
achievement is unmatched by any other university. The Maclean's University
rankings tell the world about Mount Allison's strengths, from our
award-winning faculty teaching and small class sizes to our innovative
residence system, which includes a sustainable residence, and a myriad of
extracurricular activities, all encompassed in the charming town of Sackville,
NB. The Mount Allison Experience gives our students more than a degree and
prepares them to become engaged citizens of the world who work to make a
difference in their communities."
    Along with the first-place overall ranking, Mount Allison also received
high marks in a number of different categories: including first place for
student awards, library holdings, and the number of first-year students from
out-of-province; second place for library expenses; third rank for the
student-to-faculty ratio (15.7:1); and fourth place in operating budget and
awards received by full-time faculty.
    Maclean's also published responses to questions asked by the National
Survey of Student Engagement and the Canadian Undergraduate Survey Consortium.
While all universities do not participate in these surveys, Maclean's asked
all university students in their survey the identical questions from these two
national surveys. Overall results found that smaller, undergraduate-focused
university students are generally more satisfied with their university
experience, and the Mount Allison Experience shone through with exceptional

    -  98% of Mount Allison students surveyed said they were either very
       satisfied or satisfied with the quality of teaching at Mount A,
       echoing the University's high standing for awards received by its
       faculty members.

    -  97% were either very satisfied or satisfied with the overall quality
       of education they received at Mount A.

    -  97% either agreed or strongly agreed that their academic learning
       experience at Mount A was intellectually stimulating.

    -  93% were either very satisfied or satisfied with their decision to
       attend Mount Allison.

    -  91% said Mount Allison met or exceeded their expectations and the same
       percentage would recommend the University to others.

    In consistently ranking Mount Allison among the best undergraduate
universities in Canada since 1991, Maclean's magazine has noted many of the
institution's strengths, including the university's high academic standards,
dedicated and nationally-recognized faculty, intimate residential setting, and
emphasis on undergraduate students.

    Mount Allison University has always been highly regarded for its unique
approach to learning and its commitment to the total development of its
students. Because of its small size, location within a small community, and
residential nature, Mount Allison offers a broad range of social, cultural,
athletic, and academic opportunities and areas for active involvement. These
influences help shape our students as future leaders, many of whom have gone
on to top positions, around the world, in a multitude of fields (

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Campbell, president and vice-chancellor, Mount Allison University, please
contact Susan Willemsen or Rebecca Kennedy at The Siren Group Inc., Tel: (416)
926-8087, Fax: (416) 926-9712, E-mail:

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