Top Ten Colleges in Canada

by Dee Parrott
Canada is home to some of the top research universities in the world.

Canada is home to some of the top research universities in the world.

U.S News & World Report's "World's Best Universities Rankings 2010" identifies the top colleges and universities in the world. Some Canadian universities are ranked worldwide with respect to research income and innovation. In some cases, students from the United States may be able to receive a high quality college education at a Canadian university for significantly less than the cost of attending a university in the United States.

McGill University

McGill University is located in downtown Montreal, Quebec. With an enrollment of 35,300 students, McGill boasts the most Rhodes Scholars of any Canadian university. McGill offers over 300 academic programs and sponsors 48 varsity sports teams for men and women. McGill University 845 Sherbrooke Street West Montreal H3A 2T5 Canada 514-398-4455 mcgill.ca

University of Toronto

University of Toronto enrolls over 55,000 undergraduate students and is the largest university in Canada. More than 600 undergraduate programs of study are available. The University of Toronto library has more than 18 million holdings and is one of the top five research libraries in North America. University of Toronto Toronto M5S 1A1 Canada 416-978-2011

University of British Columbia

Established in 1908, the University of British Columbia enrolls 50,000 students on two campuses. The main campus is located just thirty minutes from downtown Vancouver. The university has been ranked among the top 40 research intensive universities in the world by several international organizations. University of British Columbia 2329 West Mall Vancouver V6T 1Z4 Canada 604-822-2211 ubc.ca

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta, located in Edmonton, enrolls approximately 37,000 students. The university's school of public health was Canada's first dedicated academic program to focus on public health, safety, wellness and the prevention of disease. University of Alberta 114 St. - 89 Ave Edmonton T6G 2M7 Canada 780-492-3111 ualberta.ca

Université de Montréal

Universite de Montreal is the largest university in Quebec and the second largest in Canada with an enrollment of more than 55,000 students. The university library contains 450 computer stations and more than 2.5 million books. PO Box 6128, Station Centre-ville Montreal QC H3C 3J7 Canada 514-343-6111 umontreal.ca

University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is a comprehensive university located in Canada's "technology triangle." University of Waterloo enrolls more than 30,000 students. The university was the first in the world to create a department of kinesiology. As of 2009, the university boasted 145,000 alumni in 147 different countries. University of Waterloo 200 University Avenue West Waterloo N2L 3G1 Canada 519-888-4567 uwaterloo.ca

Queens University

Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, was established in 1841, 26 years prior to the Canadian confederation. The university enrolls more than 22,000 undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students and was ranked fourth top Canadian research university in 2008 by Research Infosource. Queens University 99 University Avenue Kingston K7L 3N6 Canada 613-533-2000 queensu.ca

McMaster University

Founded in 1887, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, enrolls more than 20,000 full-time undergraduate students. The university is the top research university in Canada with sponsored research income totaling $345 million in 2006. Nearly 97 percent of the university faculty has a PhD. McMaster University 1280 Main St W Hamilton L8S 4L9 Canada 905-525-9140 mcmaster.ca

University of Calgary

The University of Calgary offers over 100 academic programs and contains more than 30 research institutes and centers on the campus. More than 29,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree students are enrolled at the university. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a graduate of University of Calgary. University of Calgary 2500 University Drive NW Calgary T2N 1N4 Canada 403-220-5110 ucalgary.ca

University of Western Ontario

The University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, was founded in 1878 and is one of Canada's oldest universities. The university enrolls roughly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students and employs 3,500 full-time faculty and staff. University of Western Ontario 1151 Richmond Street London N6A 5B8 Canada 519-661-2111 uwo.ca

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