University Rankings | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

University Rankings

Are you considering graduate studies at the University of Guelph?

If so, you will want to review the ranking initiatives compiled below, which recognize the University of Guelph as a powerhouse globally in the agricultural sciences and related fields. And nationally, the University is regularly recognized as one of Canada's top comprehensive universities by various organizations, external surveys, and our students.

Best Global Universities

The U.S. News' Best Global Universities rankings is based on a schools' academic research and reputation, and allows students to compare universities around the world.

The University of Guelph ranks:

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#18 in Canada and #425 among global universities

Based on our research performance and ratings by members of the academic community around the world and within North America.

#1 in Canada and #17 in the world for agricultural sciences!

The field of agricultural sciences is about food, science, business, and responsibly using our land and resources. By 2050, there will be nine billion people in the world to feed.  Being ranked #1 in Canada is testament to our commitment to using science, ingenuity and passion for plants, animals and the land.  

#2 in Canada and #49 in the world's top-notch universities in the field of plant and animal science

Based on demonstrated strength in producing research related to the field of plant and animal science. Topics include plant research, plant pathology, plant nutrition, veterinary medicine, marine and freshwater biology, and zoology.

#5 in Canada and #102 in the world for environment/ecology

The field of environment and ecology includes subjects such as environmental health, environmental monitoring and management, and climate change. The study of the environment and ecology deals with the relationships between living things and the physical world.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.

U of G has been ranked as one of the World's top 600 universities! This ranking is based on U of G's strengths in teaching, international outlook, industry income, research and citations.

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QS World University Rankings 

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QS Stars University Rankings looks at everything that a university might offer; facilities, student engagement, employability, innovation, and awards universities between one and five stars. 

U of G has been given a 5 star ranking across the 8 categories:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Internationalization
  • Specialist Criteria
  • Employability of Graduates
  • Facilities
  • Innovation
  • Inclusiveness

To get this ranking, a university must be world-class in a broad range of areas, and have an excellent reputation, internationally known faculty and researchers, and state-of-the-art facilities. The survey was produced by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), and focuses on factors such as overall research impact and academic and institutional reputation. 

Overall, the University of Guelph ranks Top 20 in Canada and Top 600 in the World based on the QS World University survey rankings.

Academic Ranking of World Universities

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Academic Ranking of World Universities uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including:

  • number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals;
  • number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Reuters;
  • number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science;
  • number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index;
  • and per capita performance of a university.

More than 1200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published. 

In 2018, U of G ranks in the Top 400 in the World and Top 15 in Canada. 

Maclean's Magazine

Maclean's assesses universities on several key points, allocating a weight to each. Universities are ranked on performance indicators in five broad areas:

  • Students: student awards, student/faculty ratio, and student satisfaction;
  • Faculty: faculty awards, social science/humanities grants, medical/science grants and citations;
  • Resources: total research dollars, operating budget, library expenses, and library acquisitions;
  • Student Support: scholarships & bursaries and student services;
  • Reputation: quality and innovation.

In 2018, U of G ranked as one of Canada's top comprehensive universities! To read through the full rankings, check out the 2019 Maclean's University Rankings report.  

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