McGill U. Tops Canadian University Rankings Issued by 'Maclean's'

November 08, 2007

Montreal’s McGill University got a double dose of good news within the past 24 hours, as two sets of rankings gave it high marks. A ranking published by the Times Higher Education Supplement and Quacquarelli Symonds called McGill the top public university in North America, and Maclean’s, a Canadian news magazine, ranked it as the No. 1 institution in the medical-doctoral category.

The annual Maclean’s rankings were released this morning. The University of British Columbia and Queen’s University tied for second (last year they were fourth and second), and the University of Toronto slipped to fourth. Maclean’s noted that Toronto topped the rankings from 1994 to 2005 in the medical-doctoral category.

In the comprehensive category, which covers universities with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate research, the University of Victoria moved from third place last year to first place this year, Simon Fraser University placed second (up from fourth), and the University of Waterloo went from second to third. Last year’s top-ranked University of Guelph placed fourth.

In the primarily undergraduate category, Acadia and Mount Allison Universities tied for first, St. Francis Xavier placed third, and the University of Northern British Columbia and Trent University tied for fourth.

The Maclean’s methodology has been under fire for several years, with a growing number of universities refusing to supply information. Maclean’s abandoned its own surveying of universities with this year’s rankings and instead used only publicly available information to compile its results. —Karen Birchard