Top 10 Canadian Universities

If you're looking to further your education in Canada, these are the best school to check out.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Every year McLean's magazine releases lists of the top universities in Canada. While another academic year gets underway, we look at comprehensive universities ranked for 2010-11 (meaning they have a significant degree of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including professional degrees). Here are the top 10 Canadian universities.


Simon Fraser University

With three campuses in Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver, SFU is named after a famous explorer and is known for its pioneering spirit. Spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, this university offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate offerings.


Victoria University

Part of the University of Toronto, Victoria University recently celebrated their 175th anniversary and is considered one of the oldest universities in the country. It comprises Victoria College, an arts and science college of U of T, and Emmanuel College, a theological college of the United Church of Canada.  


University of Waterloo

In 2010, the University of Waterloo was ranked Canada’s number-one comprehensive research university for the third year in a row, and in 2009/10, their faculty, staff, and students attracted $169.5 million from public and private sources to fund research across a spectrum of challenges.


University of Guelph

This Canadian university is ranked as one of the country's top comprehensive universities because of their commitment to student learning and innovative research. They are dedicated to cultivating the essentials for our quality of life – water, food, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture, and learning. The University community also shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues, and a concern for international development.


Memorial University

The largest university in Eastern Canada, Memorial U has teaching and learning facilities across Newfoundland, Labrador, and abroad, giving students a diverse choice of where to study. St. John’s is home to the largest campus of the University, but there's also the Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus on Newfoundland's west coast, the Bonne Bay Marine Station, and the Gros Morne Co-operating Association, which is dedicated to increasing knowledge of marine ecology.


University of New Brunswick

Founded in 1785, UNB offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 60 disciplines and continuing education in a variety of fields with campuses in Fredericton and Saint John. They offer full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate degrees in arts, science, business administration, computer science, nursing, engineering, education, forestry, law and kinesiology, as well as certificate and diplomas.


Carleton University

Canada's capital region school, Carleton has 65 programs of study in areas as diverse as public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology, and international studies – more than 2,000 professors and staff members constitute a diverse and dedicated team serving  23,000 students.


University of Windsor

Now entering its most ambitious capital expansion since its founding in 1963, UWindsor recently opened its Medical Education Building, which houses the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Program. As well, with the help of $40 million in Ontario government funding, the University will construct a new 300,000-square-foot, $112-million Centre for Engineering Innovation, a structure that will establish revolutionary design standards across Canada and beyond.


University of Regina

This public research university in Saskatchewan started as a junior college and has since become a school renowned for its experiential  learning and internships. Their goal is to continue expanding in hopes of also adding to its already distinguished student body.


York University

With two campuses located in Toronto, UYork has a student body of 54,000 people and handed out a total of 11,430 degrees in 2010. They also have 28 interdisciplinary and collaborative research centres, 10 faculties, and more than 5000 courses to choose from.


Header Image: York University