UBC Reports
November 28, 1996

Survey says UBC first for tomorrow's leaders

Consistency is the hallmark of UBC's performance in Maclean's magazine's annual ranking of Canadian universities.

For the second consecutive year the survey ranked UBC as second-best in the reputation category among post-secondary institutions offering medical and doctoral programs. Kingston's Queen's University remains number one.

In the same category, Maclean's again put UBC among the top five universities with a winning reputation for highest quality and innovation. UBC was first on the "Leaders of Tomorrow" list.

The magazine bases its reputational results on a survey of more than 3,400 high school guidance counselors, academic administrators and CEOs of major corporations across Canada.

Top marks in the category for overall ranking -- which measures factors such as class size, alumni support, operating budget and faculty awards -- went to the University of Toronto for the second consecutive year, followed by Queen's and McGill University in third. This is the fifth consecutive year that UBC has placed fourth in the overall standings.

Simon Fraser University was ranked first in the comprehensive category which ranks 11 universities offering a range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The University of Victoria ranked third in that category, after the University of Waterloo.

The survey ranks universities on the composition and academic achievements of the student body, library resources, class size, percentage of tenured professors who teach first-year courses, calibre of faculty and success in securing research grants.