UBC secures silver spot in Maclean's rankings
Faculty grants, library acquisitions and entering grades among categories to
UBC has secured second position in overall rankings of
universities, according to the annual survey recently published in
Last year, UBC shared the second-place spot with Ontario's
"We're very pleased to gain this national recognition for the
year -- it's a benchmark for implementing our strategic goals," says UBC
President Martha Piper.
"This achievement reinforces our commitment to our Trek 2000 vision and our
particular emphasis on undergraduate education. Students, faculty,
and alumni all share in this success, however, we need to ensure
is in place to maintain quality education."
Improved access to education through greater financial support for students,
curriculum that includes opportunities for undergraduate research,
top faculty are key strategies of Trek 2000, the university's
The University of Toronto again placed first overall in the category, which
ranks 15 universities with a broad range of PhD
programs and research
as well as medical schools. Queen's University placed third.
UBC was ranked first in percentage of faculty with PhDs
and in faculty receiving humanities and social science research grants. The
university jumped to second place from last year's fifth spot in
medical and science research grants.
In library acquisitions UBC leapt to third place from its 10th place
spot last year. In expenses, the UBC Library maintained the number two
spot and kept its number three position in total holdings.
UBC also moved up to fifth in scholarships and bursaries as a percentage
of budget. Last year it held eighth position.
The average entering grade for students moved to second place from third place
last year. A 78 per cent average is now the minimum for admission to first-year
Arts, while at least 83 per cent is required for first-year Science.
The university ranked third in proportion of students with a 75 per cent or
higher entering grade and in class size in first- and second-years.
Ranking for student awards held its third position from last year. Student
services as a percentage of budget earned a second-place spot, dropping from
last year's first-place finish.
Awards per full-time faculty dropped from fourth place last year to place fifth
The size of UBC's operating budget was ranked 12th for the
The ranking for overall reputation moved to fifth place while alumni support
maintained its fourth-place ranking. Results in the reputation category are
based on responses from university officials, corporate
guidance counsellors and chief executive officers.
The Maclean's ranking measures the undergraduate experience
universities, comparing post-secondary institutions in three
comprehensive and primarily undergraduate.
Simon Fraser University took top place in the comprehensive category with the
University of Victoria holding fourth position in the same category.
Mount Allison University took top place in the primarily undergraduate category
with the University of Northern British Columbia ranked 10th.