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The 10 Best Universities in Canada

1. University of Toronto 

The University of Toronto is not only widely viewed as the best university in Canada but also as one of the top postsecondary institutions on the planet.

This prestigious undergraduate and graduate school has graduated many famous Canadians, including several prime ministers and The Handmaid’s Taleauthor Margaret Atwood.


2. University of British Columbia

As one of Canada’s top public educational institutions with a strong international presence, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is a great choice for students who want to expand their horizons.

UBC offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines ranging from traditional arts and sciences to law, medicine and computer science.


3. McGill University

Located in Montreal on a beautiful campus with buildings made out of local limestone, McGill is an innovative public university with a research-intensive focus.

McGill University counts famous Canadians like musician Leonard Cohen among its alumni.


4. McMaster University

Students looking for a prestigious Canadian university that isn’t in a major city may want to look into McMaster University, which is located on a massive campus in Hamilton, Ontario.

Though recognized for its overall quality, the medical education at McMaster is considered to be particularly good.


5. University of Montreal

Canada’s French-speaking population will be right at home at the University of Montreal, which caters to students who are fluent in French.

As one of the largest and best public universities in the country, the University of Montreal has a significant international student population.


6. University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is a major force in its hometown of Edmonton, making it a cultural beacon for the entire city.

Reflecting the dual language proficiency of Canada as a whole, the University of Alberta offers course instruction in both English and French.


7. University of Ottawa

Future Canadian lawyers may want to go to the University of Ottawa, which is home to the country’s largest law school.

This public university is also the largest French-English bilingual postsecondary educational institution in the world.


8. Western University

Formerly known as the University of Western Ontario, Western University is home to nearly 40,000 students on a suburban campus in London, Ontario.

The university offers hundreds of undergraduate and dozens of graduate programs, giving students the flexibility to pursue their interests.


9. University of Calgary

A prestigious option away from Canada’s two coasts, the University of Calgary offers education at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels.

This public university has a main campus near Canada’s Rocky Mountain and another in Qatar.


10. University of Waterloo

Founded in the 1950s, the University of Waterloo is a relatively young institution, and it seems to embrace this fact by emphasizing its proximity to Canada’s tech industry.

The university also offers an innovative co-op education style that allows students in specified programs to trade-off between working and attending school.