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Best Universities In Canada, 2021 Rankings

There are no doubts that Canada is known to have some of the top universities around the world. These universities offer exceptional opportunities for higher education. Canada’s top universities are public institutions with tuition that is generally much more affordable for both local and international students compared to most US and UK universities.

Times Higher Education publishes its list of best universities around the world yearly by measuring an institution’s performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

This article puts together a list of the top 10 Canadian universities by their world ranking according to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2021.

 

10. University of Western Ontario

The University of Western Ontario also known as Western university is 10th on the list and is ranked between 201 and 250 in the world. Western university is located in the city of London, Ontario and also one of the top public research universities in Canada. Western University offers more than 400 undergraduate programs and 88 graduate degree programs to more than 24,000 students. Notable programs includes Health Sciences, Wind engineering, Neuroscience and more.

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Minimum required grades for Undergraduate degree: Arts[83.5%] Science[86%] Commerce[88.5%] Engineering[87%]
Minimum required grades for Graduate degree: GPA 3.0-3.7/4.0 or 75-80% in the last 2 years of study
Average acceptance rate: 31%
Minimum IELTS score (Undergraduate): 6.5
Minimum IELTS score (Masters and PhD): 6.5

9. University of Waterloo

 

The University of Waterloo is one of the early universities in Canada. Established in July 4, 1956, the university is located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub city, Waterloo in the province of Ontario. The University is ranked 9th on the list and between 201-250 globally. The University of Waterloo offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 190 graduate programs and it’s also well known for its co-op (co-operative education) programs. The university has the largest undergraduate programs with over 20, 000 undergraduate students in over 140 co-operative education programs.

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Minimum required grades for Undergraduate degree: Arts[80%] Science[80%] Commerce[80-92%] Engineering[88%]
Minimum required grades for Graduate degree: GPA 3.3-3.8/4.0 or 75-80% all years or 83% last 2 years of study.
Average acceptance rate: 52%
Minimum IELTS score (Undergraduate): 6.5
Minimum IELTS score (Masters and PhD): 6.5

 

8. University of Calgary

Situated close to the rocky mountains, the University of Calgary founded in April 29, 1966 is located in the prairie province of Alberta and is ranked 8th in Canada top universities and between 201 and 250 in the world. The University of Calgary is primarily known as a research university and operates 50 research institutes and centers. Notable programs includes Commerce, Engineering and Kinesiology. The school focuses on internationalization and aims to have more female students and faculty than the national average.

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Minimum required grades for Undergraduate degree: Arts[72-82%] Science[78-95%] Commerce[83%] Engineering[84%]
Minimum required grades for Graduate degree: GPA 3.0-3.7/4.0 or 75-80%
Average acceptance rate: 38%
Minimum IELTS score (Undergraduate): 6.5
Minimum IELTS score (Masters and PhD): 6.5

 

7. University of Ottawa

Initially established as the "College of Bytown", in 1848 and then renamed the "College of Ottawa" in 1861 before receiving university status five years later through a royal charter, the University of Ottawa is ranked 7th in Canada and 141 globally. The university is the largest English-French bilingual university in the world and a member of the U15 Canadian group of research-intensive universities (an association of 15 Canadian public research universities). The university provides a wide variety of academic programs, operated by ten faculties many of which are well-regarded for their quality of education and ranking in respective fields.

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Minimum required grades for Undergraduate degree: Arts[72-82%] Science[78-95%] Commerce[83%] Engineering[84%]
Minimum required grades for Graduate degree: GPA 3.0-3.7/4.0 or 75-80%
Average acceptance rate: 38%
Minimum IELTS score (Undergraduate): 6.5
Minimum IELTS score (Masters and PhD): 6.5

 

6. University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is one of the leading public research intensive universities in the world. Located in the province’s capital, Edmonton, the university is ranked 6th in Canada and 136th globally. The University of Alberta as a reputation for excellence across the Humanities, Sciences, Creative Arts, Business, Engineering and Health Sciences. The university of Alberta offers more than 400 programs in 18 faculties for 39,000 students from Canada and 150 other countries.

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Minimum required grades for Undergraduate degree: Arts[70-75%] Science[70-83%] Engineering[83%]
Minimum required grades for Graduate degree: GPA 3.2-3.7/4.0 or 75-83% in the last 2 years of study
Average acceptance rate: 51%
Minimum IELTS score (Undergraduate): 6.5
Minimum IELTS score (Masters and PhD): 6.5

 

5. Université de Montréal

The University of Montreal is ranked 5th on the list of best universities in Canada and 85th globally. The only french-speaking university in the top ten, this school is located in the beautiful city of Montreal and the main campus is located on the slopes of Mount Royal. The university offers more than 650 undergraduate and graduate programs, including 71 doctoral programs. The university also has an affiliated engineering school that is called Polytechnique Montréal (Montreal Polytechnic). The university has over 34,000 undergraduate students and over 11,000 post-graduate students benefiting from the world-class education and internship opportunities it offers.

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Minimum required grades for Undergraduate degree: Arts R Score[22.1-26.7] Science R Score[22-28.6] Commerce R Score[26.5] Engineering R Score[25.2-32]
Minimum required grades for Graduate degree: GPA 3.2-3.6/4.0 or 76-82%
Average acceptance rate: 57%
Minimum IELTS score (Undergraduate): 6.5
Minimum IELTS score (Masters and PhD): 6.5

 

4. McMaster University

Located in the city of Hamilton, McMaster University is ranked 4th in Canada and 72nd in the world. The university is named after William McMaster, a notable Canadian senator and banker who donated C$900,000 to establish the institution. It is also one of the leading research universities in Canada with over 27,000 undergraduate and 4,000 post-graduate students from across Canada and 139 other countries.

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Minimum required grades for Undergraduate degree: Arts[75-80%] Science[82-90%] Commerce[84%] Engineering[89%]
Minimum required grades for Graduate degree: GPA 3.0-3.7/4.0 or 75-81%
Average acceptance rate: 58.7%
Minimum IELTS score (Undergraduate): 6.5
Minimum IELTS score (Masters and PhD): 6.5

 

3. McGill University

McGill university is ranked 3rd on the list and 42nd globally. The university is located in the francophone province of Canada, Quebec and also one of the top universities in Quebec that uses English as the medium of instruction. The university is named after James McGill, a Montreal merchant originally from Scotland whose bequest in 1813 formed the university’s precursor, McGill College. The university attracts the brightest students across Canada and all across the world. McGill university students have the highest average entering grades in Canada.

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Minimum required grades for Undergraduate degree: Arts[86.5%] Science[91.5-93%] Commerce[94.5%] Engineering[90-95.5%]
Minimum required grades for Graduate degree: GPA 3.2-3.7/4.0 or 77-83%
Average acceptance rate: 41.7%
Minimum IELTS score (Undergraduate): 6.5
Minimum IELTS score (Masters and PhD): 6.5

 

2. University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is ranked 2nd in Canada and 34th in the world. Often referred with its acronym UBC, the university has one campus in Vancouver and the second one in Kelowna and it’s the oldest university in British Columbia. The university has the largest number of international students in Canada from 162 countries across the world. Students from abroad will appreciate the fact that climate of the Greater Vancouver Area tends to be much forbearing than the rest of the cities in Canada and offers proximity to beaches and mountains. UBC is known as a global center for research and teaching.

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Minimum required grades for Undergraduate degree: Arts[86.5%] Science[91.5-93%] Commerce[94.5%] Engineering[90-95.5%]
Minimum required grades for Graduate degree: GPA 3.3-3.7/4.0 or 77-84%
Average acceptance rate: 52.4%
Minimum IELTS score (Undergraduate): 6.5
Minimum IELTS score (Masters and PhD): 6.5

 

1. University of Toronto

Number one on the list is the University of Toronto, ranked 1st in Canada’s top universities and currently 18th in the world. The university has always been one of the best universities in Canada for nearly two centuries. It has the highest research budget in Canada and it’s divided into 11 colleges with campuses in Mississauga, Saint George and Scarborough. The University of Toronto have never hid their motives about wanting to be Canada’s leader in education and innovation. The university was named the top research university in Canada by Research Infosource.

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Minimum required grades for Undergraduate degree: Arts[75-83%] Science[75-92%] Commerce[83-92%] Engineering[85-93%]
Minimum required grades for Graduate degree: GPA 3.4-3.8/4.0 or 80-85%
Average acceptance rate: 40%
Minimum IELTS score (Undergraduate): 6.5
Minimum IELTS score (Masters and PhD): 6.5.

The other 20 top universities in Canada are:

World Rank
University
Province
City
251–300​
Dalhousie University​
Nova Scotia​
Halifax​
251–300​
Laval University​
Quebec​
Quebec City​
251–300​
Queen’s University​
Ontario​
Kingston​
251–300​
Simon Fraser University​
British Columbia​
Burnaby​
351–400​
University of Manitoba​
Manitoba​
Winnipeg​
401–500​
University of Saskatchewan​
Saskatchewan​
Saskatoon​
401–500​
University of Victoria​
British Columbia​
Victoria​
401–500​
York University​
Ontario​
Toronto​
501–600​
Carleton University​
Ontario​
Ottawa​
501–600​
University of Guelph​
Ontario​
Guelph​
501–600​
Memorial University of Newfoundland​
Newfoundland and Labrador​
St John’s​
601–800​
Concordia University​
Quebec​
Montreal​
601–800​
Lakehead University​
Ontario​
Thunder Bay and Orillia​
601–800​
Université du Québec​
Quebec​
Quebec City​
601–800​
University of Regina​
Saskatchewan​
Regina​
601–800​
Ryerson University​
Ontario​
Toronto​
601–800​
Université de Sherbrooke​
Quebec​
Sherbrooke​
601–800​
University of Windsor​
Ontario​
Windsor​
801–1000​
University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)​
British Columbia​
Prince George​
1001+​
University of Lethbridge​
Alberta​
Lethbridge​
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R_Singh

New member
Dec 15, 2019
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Great article. Do you know how affordable this universities can be for international students?
 

Bucky

Active member
Sep 15, 2019
27
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Great article. Do you know how affordable this universities can be for international students?
This universities will prolly be expensive for international student that’s why they are top universities in Canada. Well u can do your research tho, I’m not that sure.
 

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