Many of the world's top universities are located throughout Canada, several of which are frequently included on the US News & World Report list of the World's Best Universities. US News & World Report also puts out a ranked list of the top schools in Canada each year; rankings depend on an extensive list of criteria, inclusive of acceptance rate, average graduation rate, class sizes, faculty compensation, number of faculty members with a PhD or other top ranking degree, and SAT/ACT scores of accepted students.

McGill University

McGill University received the number one ranking on US News & World Report's 2010 list of Canada's best undergraduate colleges and universities, receiving an overall score of 90.4. McGill, Montreal's oldest university, was founded in 1821. Today, the university features two campuses, over 35,000 students (approximately 20,000 of which were undergraduate students as of 2010) and around 300 programs of study. McGill houses eleven faculties, which include the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Engineering. In 2010, one full year of tuition is reported as being $1,868.20 for residents of Quebec and $5,378.40 for students from other parts of Canada. Tuition for international students, as reported in 2010, is $15,000, depending on academic program.

McGill University

3625 Avenue du Parc

Montreal, QC H2X 3P8



University of Toronto

The University of Toronto, originally founded in 1827 as King's College, received the number two ranking on the US News & World Report 2010 list of top Canadian schools. The university is Canada's largest, as of 2010, and offers over 800 academic programs to the approximately 60,000 undergraduate students. Undergraduate programs include commerce and management, computer science, drama, Celtic studies, Christianity, zoology, music and engineering. The University of Toronto has three separate campuses, located in St. George, Scarborough, and Mississauga. Tuition is dependent on each student's campus and chosen degree program, but for the 2010-2011 academic year, tuition fees started at $4,991.

University of Toronto

27 King's College Circle

Toronto, ON M5S 1A1



University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is comprised of two major campuses, one in Vancouver and one in the Okanagan Valley, in addition to two smaller campuses at Robson Square and the Great Northern Way. Ranked number three on the US News & World Report 2010 list of top Canadian schools, the university's library is Canada's second largest research library, with a collection inclusive of 5.4 million volumes. Approximately 36,000 undergraduate students attend the University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus, as reported during the 2008-2009 academic year. Tuition varies depending on each student's campus and program of study; in 2010, the tuition for one semester was reported as ranging from $4,400 to $6,800 for Canadian students and from $20,000 to $25,000 for International students.

The University of British Columbia

1874 East Mall

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1



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