Top 10 Universities in Canada

Canada is no doubt a great country that shows excellence in a variety of things, including Universal Healthcare, Safety and Security, a High standard of living, and a world-class education system.

Top 10 Universities in Canada

Covering about two-fifths of the entire continent of North America, Canada is home to only about 38 million people, yet, competing favorably with the choicest countries for international studies and research. As released on the 8th of June by the QS World University Ranking 2023 Canada has a total of 30 universities listed.

The ranking is based on university performance including academic and employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, and research citations to aid students to make the best decisions.

Below is the top ten highest-ranked universities in Canada.

Canada Rank Global Rank University

1. 31 McGrill University

2. 34 University of Toronto

3. 47 University of British Columbia

4. 110 University of Alberta

5. 116 University of Montreal

6. 152 McMaster University

7. 154 University of Waterloo

8. 172 Western University

9. 237 University of Ottawa

10. 242 University of Calgary

10)University of Calgary

The university of Calgary has it’s main campus at Canada and four campuses namely Foothills campus Canada, University of Calgary Qatar, Downtown Campus Canada and Spy Hill Campus Canada.

The university is ranked one of the top ten research universities in Canada, with 73 research chairs and more than 80 research institutes and centers working to address society’s most persistent and emerging challenges.

The university currently offers 119 undergraduate programs and 47 postgraduate programs and provides the wider community with lifelong learning opportunities.

9)University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa has its main campus at Ottawa Canada, The University ranks among the world’s top 300 in the QS world university ranking 2023. The university has 111 undergraduate programs and 161 postgraduate programs, the University of Ottawa is a vital, engaged and vibrant centre for human understanding and advancement offering a superior educational experience.


8)Western University

The Western University is located at London Canada, and is ranked as one of Canada’s top research universities with 163 undergraduate programs and 119 post graduate programs. The university has an annual research funding of $235 million and more than 60% of its research publications involve international collaborations. The university is home to renowned research centres such as the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, the Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Institute, the Brain And Mind Institute and the Bone and Joint Institute just to mention a few. At the Western University, students balance academic achievements with opportunities for athletic, volunteer and social engagement, the university is considered as one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada.



7)University of Waterloo

The university has its main campus in the city of Waterloo, 110km west of Toronto Canada’s largest and dynamic city, the University of Waterloo has three campuses namely University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Canada, University of Waterloo Health Science Campus and School of Pharmacy, Canada and University of Waterloo, Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, Canada. The University of Waterloo offers over a 100 programs in business, health, engineering and more, currently the university has 94 undergraduate programs and 115 postgraduate programs. The university has a network of over 7100 employers including many of the world’s leading companies.



6)McMaster University

The McMaster university has its main campus at Hamilton Canada. The university is one of Canada’s top three research intensive universities with more than 70 centres and institutes including three national Centres of Excellence. The Mcmaster University and has earned an international reputation for creating solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, also, they are the only Canadian host site of a United Nations University (The Institute for Water, Environment and Health UNU-INWEH). The McMaster University has 95 undergraduate programs and 76 postgraduate programs, the university celebrates diversity and welcomes international perspective, it is located at the heart of one of the most vibrant, innovative and multicultural regions of North America.



5)University of Montreal

The University of Montreal has its Principal Campus at Montreal Canada it has 13 faculties and affiliated schools such as Poly-technique Montreal(engineering) and HEC Montreal(business). The university is one of the largest university complexes in North America and a leading research university. The University of Montreal attracts over $500 million in research funding annually making it one of Canada’s top research hubs. The university of Montreal is located at Mount Royal, one of North America’s finest urban parks housing approximately 70,000 students, 2,300 professors and researchers and 2,600 lecturers with 90 undergraduate programs and 203 postgraduate programs. One of every four students at the university comes from outside Canada, the University of Montreal is known for its cultural vitality, safety,low cost of living and most especially renowned laboratories like the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) etc.



4)University of Alberta

The University of Alberta has its main campus which is North Campus at Edmonton Canada, and four campus namely Campus Saint-Jean, Canada, Augustana Campus, Canada, South Campus, Canada and Enterprise Square, Canada. The University ranks among the world’s top 130 universities in the QS world university ranking 2023 and is one of the world’s leading public research-intensive universities having a reputation for excellence in sciences, business, humanities, engineering, health sciences and creative art. The university of offers 216 undergraduate programs and 109 postgraduate programs in 18 faculties. The university is home to world leading facilities such as Canada’s National Institution for Nanotechnology and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology also the university houses over 40,000 students including over 7,000 international students in a supportive and multicultural atmosphere within a vibrant research environment.



3)University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia has its main campus in Vancouver and another in Okanagan, Canada. Since 1915, The university has been opening doors of opportunity for people with the curiosity, drive and vision to shape a better world. The university has 254 Undergraduate programs and 244 Postgraduate programs, also the university provides clinical education to Faculty of Medicine students at 80+ training sites across British Columbia. The University of British Columbia is the first university in North America to commit to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and to take a human rights-based approach to our Indigenous strategic framework. The University of British Columbia attracts, nurtures and inspires more than 68,000 students from Canada and over 140 countries around the world, they have 8 Nobel laureates and 71 Rhodes Scholars among its alumni, including three Canadian prime ministers .



2)University of Toronto

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto has evolved into Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery and knowledge creation. The University has its main campus in Downtown Toronto and has three campuses namely Scarborough Campus, Canada, Mississauga Campus, Canada and Downtown Toronto Campus (St George), Canada. The university ranks among the world’s top 50 in the QS world university ranking 2023. The University of Toronto has 8 Undergraduate programs and 175 Postgraduate programs. The ideas, innovations and actions of more than 560,000 graduates continue to have a positive impact on the world, It is one of the best in the world for medicine.



1)McGrill University

The McGill University has its main campus in Montreal and another in Macdonald Campus, Canada. The McGrill University ranks among Canada’s most prestigious universities, attracting thousands of international students from over 150 countries every year, and the highest percentage of PhD students of any Canadian research university with 400 Postgraduate programs. The university owes its reputation to its 50 research centers and institutes, 400+ programs, rich history and thriving alumni network of 250,000 people around the globe. Graduates are highly sought after by employers, with the following percentages of graduates in education or employment two years after graduation:


81% of art graduates


95% of engineering graduates


91% of medicine graduates


84% of science graduates


92% of all PhD respondents

Montreal also came first in the QS Best Student Cities 2017, a ranking of the most student-friendly cities around the world. Both safe and affordable, Montreal is infused with art and different cultures. Rental costs here are significantly lower than in other major university cities, while many international institutes, pharmaceutical firms, financial companies, and aeronautical firms are based here, providing ample employment opportunities for students.