Three Canadian Universities Rank Higher in the 2024 QS World University Rankings

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QS World University Rankings

The University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia ranked in the top 34 of the 2024 QS World University Rankings. International students often rely on rankings to choose the best Canadian university for their needs. 

In the 2024 rankings, the University of Toronto moved up to 21st place, McGill University ranked 30th, and the University of British Columbia ranked 34th. These rankings are based on factors such as academic reputation, employer reputation, and international ratios.

The University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is one of the world’s best universities, located in the center of Canada’s largest city. It was founded in 1827 and has a long history of academic excellence and innovation. The university has three distinct locations, including the ancient St. George campus, Scarborough, and Mississauga, and provides a wide range of programs and opportunities. U of T is renowned for its groundbreaking research in a variety of subjects and serves as a hub for international students, making it one of the world’s most multicultural campuses. Nobel laureates, known scholars, and significant leaders from multiple sectors are among its distinguished graduates. This is the highest QS ranking for U of T since 2015 (20th):

  • Academic Reputation: 99.7, 
  • Faculty/Student Ratio: 54.2, 
  • Citations per Faculty: 57.2, 
  • Employer Reputation: 96, and
  • International Faculty/Student Ratio: 95.7 (Faculty) and 96.4 (Student).

McGill University

McGill University (McGill) was ranked 31st in the QS World University Rankings in 2023. McGill received high marks – all above 87.5 – for academic reputation, employer reputation, and both international ratios for 2024. McGill has two campuses in Quebec and has been ranked among the top 35 universities in the world by QS since 2012. 

  • Faculty/Student Ratio: 64 
  • Citations per Faculty: 62.1 
  • Employer Reputation: 87.6 
  • International Faculty/Student Ratio: 88.9 (Faculty) and 93.3 (Student)

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) was ranked 47th in the QS World University Rankings in 2023. However, in the 2024 rankings, UBC created a significant leap, increasing 13 spots to 34th place. The outstanding academic reputation, employer reputation, and international faculty ratio of the university are key contributors to this remarkable progress. UBC received an impressive 81.5 in the overall assessment. Prior to this year’s rankings, UBC had never been ranked higher than 43rd by QS.

About the QS World University Rankings

The QS World University Rankings assign ratings to 1400 post-secondary institutions based on a five-factor strategy. Here’s an overview of the parts and their influences:

Academic reputation (40%): is based on surveys of professionals involved in higher education teaching and research.

Faculty/student ratio (20%): QS believes that institutions with low student-to-faculty ratios and small class sizes offer a more personalized and collaborative learning environment.

Citations per faculty (20%): This component counts the number of times articles written by faculty members at an institution have been cited in the past five years. It indicates the institution’s credibility in the field of academic publications.

Employer reputation (10%): Inquiries with employers around the world drive them to name universities. They assert the development of highly employable graduates both locally (up to 10) and globally (up to 30).

International faculty/student ratio (10%): This factor evaluates the proportions of international faculty members to domestic faculty members and international students to domestic students. Data is acquired from universities and reviewed against government records where possible, with each sub-ratio receiving a 5% weight in the total rating.

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