Times Higher Education University World Rankings — How did Canada fare?

The top ten ranked schools around the world haven’t changed much from last year’s rankings. Some universities like Harvard, however, have made dramatic shifts down the list. Others, like MIT and Oxford, have more-or-less maintained their spot.

Here are the top ten schools worldwide, hailing mainly from the UK and the USA:

Ranking Institution Country
1 California Institute of Technology United States
2 University of Oxford United Kingdom
3 Stanford University United States
4 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
6 Harvard University United States
7 Princeton University United States
8 Imperial College of


United Kingdom
9 ETH Zurich-Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
10 University of Chicago United States

Although no Canadian universities made the top ten schools of the world, the top three schools in Canada have made quite a name for themselves internationally, at least within the top 40. The University of Toronto is ranked 19th in the world, followed by the University of British Columbia at 34, and McGill University at 38.

Twenty-five Canadian schools, however, are among the world’s best universities overall, although it can be noted they rank much higher within the country itself. They do make quite an impact worldwide, however, with twenty-five of them ranking in the top 250 worldwide.

The top three in Canada, according to Times Higher Education are the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University. These three schools have shifted positions with each other over the past few years. The top ten universities in Canada are listed below:

Canadian Ranking Institution Worldwide Ranking
1 University of Toronto 19
2 University of British Columbia 34
3 McGill University 38
4 McMaster University 94
5 University of Montreal 113
6 University of Alberta 137
7 University of Waterloo 179
8 University of Calgary 201-250
9 Dalhousie University 201-250
10 Laval University 201-250

Although many might say registering at, and being accepted into, a top school within Canada may provide for better opportunity in the future, tuition costs vary among the schools, depending on where you decide to spend four years of undergrad.

Among the top ten schools of the world, the highest tuition fees are in the United States. It’s costly to spend money on tuition for four years of an undergraduate degree. Higher status Ivy League schools in the USA that made the list prove to cost around 45,000 dollars per year, including Harvard and Princeton. It seems the better the institution, the higher the cost of tuition fees.

According to Universities Canada, tuition fees very much differ if you choose one school over the other. Some of Canada’s top ten schools have almost the same fees to pay forward, like the University of Toronto and McGill University, who charge approximately $ 6,000 – $ 6500 in annual tuition fees alone.

Other tuition fees of the top ten schools in Canada are somewhat cheaper than those higher up the list. These schools include institutions like the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta, who charge close to the mid $ 5,000 range.

The highest tuition fees at U of T and McGill don’t compare to those that residents in the United Kingdom — which has three schools among the worldwide top ten — have to pay,. The annual tuition fees at most universities in the UK rank somewhere between Canada and the United States.

At the University of Oxford, the annual tuition is $ 9,000 GBP (pounds), equivalent to around $ 18,000 Canadian. This is still cheaper than an education in the United States, but much higher than standard fees at any Canadian university.

The university rankings by Times Higher Education were based on how each university conducts research, their reputation, and the quality of their teaching.

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