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McGill is ranked as one of Canada's top universities in the 13th annual Maclean's university rankings issue. For the second consecutive year, McGill ranked as the number-two university in Canada in the medical-doctoral category, after the University of Toronto.
Again this year, McGill scored at the top of the class in several categories. McGill has the country's brightest incoming class, with a grade average of 89.3 percent; our students win proportionately more national awards than students at other universities; McGill has the highest percentage of international students; and our faculty members lead the country in peer-adjudicated research grant awards in the social sciences and humanities, and are in second place in the medical and science category.
"We are pleased McGill is consistently in the top ranks of Canadian universities and we take pride in this achievement," said Principal Heather Munroe-Blum.
"We have moved forward over the past few years and the outstanding professors, staff and students who comprise McGill continue to build on our successes," she said. "In order to continue to excel, we need sustained, effective levels of support from the provincial and federal governments."
These rankings have a real impact on students choosing which university to go to. Lisa Blum, a fourth-year honours psychology student from Toronto, said that she used such education special issues to help bolster her decision. She'd "always planned on going to McGill, and [she] used Maclean's to make sure McGill was one of the top schools." She first heard of McGill through "word of mouth" and was attracted by its "French/English culture, strong psychology program and international atmosphere." The waterpolo and ultimate Frisbee player was so keen to attend, she gave up her Ontario scholarship and came here without funding. She plans to go into medicine, and is considering UBC for graduate school for their "amazing program and huge labs."
Maclean's evaluated 46 Canadian universities based on three peer-group categories: medical-doctoral, comprehensive and primarily undergraduate. Six broad measures were used to determine their standings: student body (entrance grade averages, graduation rate, number of out-of-province students), distribution of class size, faculty (type of degree, number of national awards, grant success), finances, library services and reputation.
New this year is the Maclean's graduate survey, in which more than 12,000 people who have graduated in the past five years were asked a number of questions on their university experience. Among McGill graduates, 98 percent rated their educational experience as very good or good, and 80 percent said that their experience at McGill benefits their lives today.
In another ranking coup, McGill was placed among the world's top 25 universities by The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) World University Rankings, published last week. McGill was 21st worldwide —after such institutions as Harvard, Oxford and Stanford — and was Canada's top-ranking university.
THES used five measures to determine world university rankings. These included peer review — a survey of 1,300 academics in 88 countries — citations per faculty member, faculty-to-student ratio, number of international students and percentage of international faculty.
The supplement is the UK's most authoritative source of information about higher education. THES covers policy issues and intellectual developments worldwide through a specialist staff of reporters based throughout the UK, a large number of correspondents around the globe and many contributors from within the academic community.
"Quebec and the rest of Canada deserve to have several universities that rank with the best in the world, and their success is dependent on it," Munroe-Blum said.
Yet another ranking source, Research Infosource Inc., recently named McGill as the most research-intensive university in Canada. This standing is based on the sponsored research income per full-time faculty position. Infosource Inc. also put McGill on top for research publication intensity, which is the number of scientific papers published per faculty member.
To see the complete listings, go to www.thes.co.uk/worldrankings, www.researchinfosource.com and www.macleans.ca/universities