Simon Fraser tops list of Maclean's Magazine's best Canadian universities

Maclean’s Magazine has released its annual list of Canadian university rankings, and Simon Fraser University has topped the list for 2016 in the comprehensive category.

The post-secondary institution tops the list for a number of reasons, including the development of UniverCity, a model sustainable community on the Burnaby Mountain campus.

The Arthur Erickson-designed concrete buildings also got a nod from the magazine, despite them having “fallen into disrepair,” as well as the gorgeous views from the top of the mountain.

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Extensive co-op offerings, excellent grants programs, and consistently high rankings internationally cinched the deal for SFU’s top ranking.


“SFU has become internationally recognized for the quality of its educational programs and research, and we’re committed to building on these strengths as we continue to engage the world,” president Andrew Petter told the magazine.

There are some pretty cool course offerings, too: The Science of Brewing breaks down plant biology, chemistry, fermentation technology, and other elements involved in brewing beer.

In a separate best medical and doctoral universities ranking by Maclean’s, the University of British Columbia ranked third in Canada, behind McGill University and the University of Toronto but ahead of Queen’s University.

Top 15 universities in Canada, according to Maclean’s:

  1. Simon Fraser University – Burnaby, BC
  2. University of Waterloo – Waterloo, Ontario
  3. University of Victoria – Victoria, BC
  4. University of Guelph – Guelph, Ontario
  5. Carleton University – Ottawa, Ontario
  6. University of New Brunswick – Fredericton and St. John, New Brunswick
  7. Memorial University of Newfoundland – St. John’s, Newfoundland
  8. York University – Toronto, Ontario
  9. Wilfred Laurier University – Waterloo, Ontario
  10. Concordia University – Montreal, Quebec
  11. Ryerson University – Toronto, Ontario
  12. Université du Québec à Montréal – Montreal, Quebec
  13. University of Regina – Regina, Saskatchewan
  14. University of Windsor – Windsor, Ontario
  15. Brock University – St. Catherines, Ontario


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