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One of Canada’s most popular current affairs magazines, MacLean’s, has released its 2019 Comprehensive schools ranking for Canadian universities, and UVic has claimed 2nd place.

The Comprehensive school category measures universities by their level of research activity, range of programs for undergraduates, graduates, and professional degrees, and more.

The full list of MacLean’s criteria, and what UVic was ranked compared to the other top 15 schools, is below:

  • Student Awards: 2nd
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 5th
  • Faculty Awards: 2nd
  • Social Sciences & Humanities Grants: 4th
  • Medical/Science Grants: 1st
  • Citations: 3rd
  • Total Research Dollars: 2nd
  • Operating Budget: 8th
  • Library Expenses: 3rd
  • Library Acquisitions: 3rd
  • Scholarships & Bursaries: 4th
  • Student Services: 8th

“We’re big enough to have an international reach and impact, but small enough to create a personalized learning environment,” said president Jamie Cassels to MacLean’s. “It’s just that right size.”

While Simon Fraser University in Vancouver claims the top spot, the University of Victoria holds a firm second place, topping Waterloo in Ontario that sits at third.

“Not many campuses can offer a 10-minute walk to the beach with surroundings of ocean, mountains and forests,” Says MacLean’s. “But the University of Victoria has so much green space, it’s no wonder students flock outdoors in the springtime—which comes in early March—to study and suntan on blankets.

In a similar study, UVic students responded to MacLean’s Top Schools by Student Satisfaction survey, and placed the school at 4th place.

For an indepth look at the MacLean’s rankings, you can check out the Comprehensive school results here, and Student Satisfaction results here.

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