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Just two weeks after being named Canada's best university in the Times Higher Education Supplement rankings and two days after earning the most A-plus scores in its category in the Globe and Mail's annual University Report Card, McGill was again named the country's top medical-doctoral university in Maclean's magazine's 16th annual University Rankings issue.
It's the second consecutive first-place finish for McGill in the Maclean's rankings. Last year, McGill tied for first with the University of Toronto, but stands alone this year in the top spot, ahead of Queen's University in second and U of T in third.
McGill has risen steadily in the annual Maclean's rankings over the past few years, moving up from third in 2002 to second in 2003 and 2004 and this year scoring the highest marks in the country in a number of categories.
Among other distinctions in the 2006 rankings: McGill students have the highest entering grade average in the country at 88.9 percent and win proportionately the largest number of national student awards of any university in the medical-doctoral category; McGill has the most international student body among medical-doctoral universities; and McGill professors earn more peer-reviewed research grants than other universities with medical schools on a per-faculty basis in several disciplines.
McGill also earned top marks for its reputation for quality, based on a survey of university officials, high school principals and guidance counsellors, business leaders and corporate recruiters.
The Maclean's rankings assessed universities on 24 weighted indicators that offer an overview of the quality of the universities' students, professors, instruction and services.
For its part, the Globe's annual Report Card gathered information from surveys of more than 32,000 students in 49 schools and third-party data from statistical agencies.
Out of 71 categories, McGill ranked in the top three among large schools in 23 categories, tying with the University of Western Ontario for the most A-plus scores among large universities (more than 22,000 students), with six each.
The Report Card also noted McGill has made gains over previous years in student residences and technology on campus.