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SFU tops comprehensive university rankings for Canada according to 2015 Maclean’s magazine

October 29, 2014
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Simon Fraser University is once more Canada’s top comprehensive university according to Maclean’s magazine’s 2015 annual university rankings.

SFU has taken the top spot 11 times over the past 24 years, including five straight years (2008-2012, tied for first with UVic in 2008) as Canada’s top comprehensive university. Last year, SFU was ranked second among top comprehensive universities.

According to Maclean’s, universities in the comprehensive category have a significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including professional degrees.

SFU also placed in the top 10 for best overall university among all 49 universities in the magazine’s national reputational ranking on quality and innovation at Canadian universities. 

The results are based on a survey of high school guidance counsellors, university officials and heads of organizations, as well as CEOs and recruiters at corporations across the country.

The University of Victoria placed second in the comprehensive category while the top medical doctoral university remains McGill University.

SFU continues to earn top spots within international rankings as well. In September, the QS Top 50 under 50 Universities rankings saw SFU move up to 16th in the world and maintain its ranking in the top three in North America.

The rankings of institutions under 50 years are based on the annual QS World University Rankings, which saw SFU leap 22 spots to #222 in the world and #12 in Canada this year, following a jump of 38 spots the previous year.

The QS also ranks SFU as one of Canada’s top five universities (and #109 in the world) in citations per faculty, an indication of SFU’s strong research impact.

And earlier this month, in the annual ranking of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities carried out by Re$earch Infosource Inc., SFU placed fourth among all Canadian universities in publication impact, another indicator of the quality of research.

SFU has held the top spot since 2008 among the comprehensive universities on this measure. Notable in this ranking:  SFU became the newest member of the “$100 Million Club,” the 20 universities in Canada that bring in more than $100 million each in sponsored research funding.