See the Best Top 5 Universities in Canada

1. University of Toronto

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Best Global Universities overall rank: 18

Fact: The University of Toronto in Ontario, founded in 1827, offers more than 700 undergraduate programs and more than 300 graduate programs across three campuses: St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough. The university is home to one of the biggest library systems in North America, according to the school, with 40 libraries across the three campuses.

Hart House, University of Toronto


2. University of British Columbia

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Best Global Universities overall rank: 35

Fact: The University of British Columbia has two main campuses – the larger in Vancouver, British Columbia – that serve more than 65,000 students from more than 140 countries. According to the school’s website, the university is associated with eight Nobel Prize winners across the fields of chemistry, economic sciences, physics, and physiology or medicine.


3. McGill University

Location: Montréal, Québec

Best Global Universities overall rank: 54

Fact: McGill University was founded in 1821, making it Montreal’s oldest university, according to the school’s website. Nearly 12,000 students in 2021-2022 were international – coming from more than 150 countries – making McGill Canada’s most international medical-doctoral research university, per the school’s website. One notable alum, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, graduated in 1994.

McGill University campus in Montreal.


4. University of Alberta

Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Best Global Universities overall rank: 136

Fact: The University of Alberta is one of the largest universities in Canada, with five main campus locations – one in Camrose and four in Edmonton – and five research stations. According to the school, it has graduated more than 75 Rhodes scholars, a prestigious postgraduate scholarship that covers the cost of studying at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.


5. McMaster University

Location: Hamilton, Ontario

Best Global Universities overall rank: 138

Fact: McMaster University was founded in 1887 in Toronto, but the university was relocated to Hamilton, Ontario, in 1930. The university boasts more than 70 research institutes and centers and is the only North American host site of a United Nations University – the Institute for Water, Environment and Health, which focuses on addressing global water issues.

University Hall at McMaster University main campus in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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