SACKVILLE, N.B. – Mount Allison University is in familiar surroundings.
The Sackville, N.B. university was named the top undergraduate university in the country again this year in the 2018 Maclean’s magazine university rankings, officially announced on Oct. 12. This marks the 19th year the University has received the #1 spot in the rankings since 1991.
“We are delighted to once again be named the number one primarily undergraduate university by Maclean’s magazine,“ university president and vice-chancellor Robert Campbell said in a news release. “These long-standing rankings are one of the many measures of Mount Allison’s success and are a reflection of the accomplishments of the University’s larger community, including our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.“
The university ranked first in the primarily undergraduate category in the reputational survey, which surveys university faculty and senior administrators, high school guidance counselors, and business people across the country for their views on quality and innovation.
Mount Allison also received top ranking in its category for faculty awards and medical/science grants and third for the number of students who have won national awards.
“These results, in particular the faculty awards and research grants, help illustrate the high calibre of research and teaching by our faculty members, who are among the best in the country,” Campbell said. “The reputational survey results also speak to the quality of education that comes with a Mount Allison degree.”
The overall rankings include a dedicated survey of students, covering such topics as mental health services, residence living, and extracurricular activities.
Campbell said the university has been working diligently to listen to its students and improve support services based on that feedback, particularly in the areas of mental health and wellness.
“There is still much to do,” said Campbell. “We will continue to review and build on our student services, both in and outside the classroom.”
The Maclean’s university rankings compare universities on five main indicators — students, faculty, resources, student support, and reputation. Schools across Canada are divided into three categories: Mount Allison is measured alongside 18 other primarily undergraduate universities.
The November issue of Maclean’s with the university rankings will be on newsstands Oct. 18.