The Top Universities in Canada

Our international friends have asked us many times to compile a list of the top Universities in Canada. We apologize to some of you if your university didn’t make it on the list, we are certain it is awesome! But here are the top 10.

1. The University of Toronto

The University of Toronto

The number 1 university in all of Canada is – the University of Toronto, located in Toronto – Ontario. It is also one of the best universities in the world, ranking in the top 30. As soon as you step foot on university grounds you will notice its stunning and beautiful architecture. This university is top class and has been responsible for some amazing breakthroughs in science, research and medicine such as the stem cell as well as insulin. It is also responsible for 14 Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, 3 Governors General of Canada, and 4 Prime Ministers. The university has won numerous awards, too many to list here.

Nothing in life is guaranteed, but you can’t wrong with the University of Toronto. It is not perfect, but it is head and shoulders above any other university in Canada.

2. McGill University

McGill University in Montreal

It used to be the best school in all of Canada before losing the top spot to the University of Toronto. Not far behind number 1 is the world-renowned McGill University located in Montreal, Quebec. It is has been referred by many as Canada’s version of America’s Havard University and for a very good reason. The best of the best students hail from this great institution – prime ministers, governor generals, millionaires and billionaires, doctors and dentists, Grammy Award winners, Olympians, and so many more.

McGill University is as certain as it gets. Even though its no longer number 1, its the most accomplished educational institution in Canada, in fact, some of its graduates founded other universities on this very list! It is also the oldest university in Canada.

3. The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia

Welcome to the University of British Columbia or UBC for short. UBC is one of Canada’s most prestigious universities and one of the richest. Its also arguably the most beautiful university in Canada due to the surrounding nature, mountains, nearby beaches, and so much more. It is the oldest and biggest university in the province of British Columbia. Some of the best men and women that Canada has had to offer including some of the worst prime ministers in Canadian history (not the university’s fault!) spent time at the University of British Columbia. The university has campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna.

  • Date Founded: 1908
  • Students: 64,000+
  • Type of University: Public
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4. McMaster University

McMaster University

McMaster University is one of Canada’s top 5 Universities and one of the most respected in the world. It is located in the city of Hamilton in the province of Ontario. A wonderful university with many different programs for students to choose from. Many of its graduates do very well in life.

5. The University of Montreal (Université de Montréal)

The University of Montreal

Université de Montréal is a university located in the province of Quebec and is one of Canada’s best. The university has many former graduates in position of power from various sectors; business, government, and more. We would like especially give a thumbs up to its medical and nursing facilities – they are very good.

6. The University of Alberta

University of Alberta

This is Alberta’s main institution of higher learning and is one of the best in the country and in the world. The University of Alberta is located in Alberta’s capital city of Edmonton. Former Canadian prime minister Joe Clark and various Alberta premiers graduated here. It is one of the richest universities in Canada.

7. The University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is one of the oldest and most recognized universities in Canada. It’s located in the capital city of Canada – Ottawa. It is one of the few bilingual universities in Canada, representing both English and French – the largest of such in the entire world. The university is located right in the heart of Ottawa, and it is own downtown hub of buildings. We’ve been here many times for study and research, great facilities.

8. The University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo

Usually under the radar, the University of Waterloo is one of the best in Canada. It is located in the cute and small city of Waterloo. It is the most “hands on” university in Canada, meaning students usually have work experience as soon as they finish school due to the University’s very strong co-op programs and employer partnerships.

  • Date Founded: July 4, 1956
  • Students: 32,000+
  • Type of University: Public
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9. The University of Western Ontario

Western Ontario University

Western University is one of the best universities in Canada for Law, dentistry, Sciences and Arts and Humanities. The university is located in the beautiful city of London, Ontario and is one of the oldest universities in Canada. The universities boosts a high number of international students; 4500 international students from 121 countries, so there is a lot of diversity here.

  • Date Founded: March 7, 1878
  • Students: 31,000+
  • Type of University: Public
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10. The University of Calgary

The University of Calgary

Last but not least is the University of Calgary, located in the city of Calgary in the province of Alberta. We were fortunate enough to be invited at this university back in 2010 to tour its facilities. We were very impressed – beautiful buildings, and friendly staff. It is home to some of the best engineers and Geo-scientists in Canada.

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