SACKVILLE, N.B. – Mount Allison University has been named Canada’s top primarily undergraduate university by Maclean’s magazine for a record 16th time.
The 22nd annual Maclean’s University Rankings were released Thursday. In addition, Mount Allison also moved to first place in its category in the national reputational survey rankings.
“We are very pleased to have maintained our number one ranking and wish to thank our community for helping us to retain this standing,” said Mount Allison President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell. “One of Mount Allison’s strategic goals is to be the best undergraduate university in Canada, indeed, one of the best in the world. Being consistently ranked number one in the Maclean’s rankings is one indication we are meeting that objective.”
Mount Allison has been ranked Canada’s top undergraduate university for the past six years in a row and has never finished lower than second in the annual report.
Mount Allison scored the top spot in its category for student awards and library holdings per student, and had high marks in a number of other categories, including library expenses, student/faculty ratio, awards per full-time faculty, medical/science grants, operating budget, and scholarships and bursaries. The University also scored well overall for the number of faculty with a PhD, first professional degree, or terminal degree.
In the national reputational rankings, which survey CEOs, experts, educators, and community leaders across the country on their views of quality, innovation, and leadership at Canadian universities, Mount Allison was ranked first in its class for best overall and highest quality and second for most innovative.
“We are especially delighted to be in top spot in the national reputational rankings,” Campbell said. “Coming on the heels of our excellent showing in The Globe & Mail’s Canadian University Report, it shows that our focus on the quality of our teaching, the quality of our programs, and on providing students with an immersive learning experience that is second to none has grabbed the attention of not only students, but community and business leaders across the country.”
The magazine also published the results of the annual National Survey of Student Engagement, which asks first-year and senior-year students to weigh in on the quality of their university’s education.
Eighty-nine per cent of first-year students rated their educational experience at Mount Allison as good or excellent (10th overall nationally, amongst all Canadian universities), while 94 per cent of senior-year students rated their experience as good or excellent (7th overall nationally, amongst all Canadian universities).