Queen’s places fifth in 2022 Maclean’s university rankings

Queen’s places fifth in 2022 Maclean’s university rankings

Queen’s continues to be ranked among the best universities in annual survey.

By Communications Staff

October 7, 2021


Grant Hall and a Queen's pennant
The annual Maclean's University Rankings were released Thursday, with Queen's continuing to be ranked among the top institutions in Canada. (University Communications)  

Queen's maintained its ranking of fifth out 15 medical-doctoral universities nationwide, in the 2022 Maclean's university ranking, which were released Thursday.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Queen’s has been ranked fifth, behind only McGill, Toronto, UBC, and McMaster.

Queen’s University once again placed first nationally in the proportion of undergraduate students who graduate (89.1 per cent), second in student retention from first year to second year (95.4 per cent), and fifth for average entering grade (90.3 per cent). The university improved its score in each of the categories as well.

The medical-doctoral category features universities with a broad range of PhD programs and research, as well as medical schools. The two other categories in the rankings are comprehensive, and primarily undergraduate.

The rankings comprise five categories: students (28 per cent of final score); faculty (20 per cent); resources (22 per cent); student support (15 per cent); and reputation (15 per cent).

Within those categories Queen’s highest rankings were Faculty Awards (3), Student Satisfaction (4), Student Awards (5), Library Expenses (6), Medical/Science Grants (7), and Student Services (7).

Queen’s ranked sixth in the Reputational Survey, matching last year’s ranking.

“The entire Queen’s community should be proud of the work that is being accomplished at the university. There is world-class research and teaching being conducted every day at the university and improvement in these areas is a continual goal,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane. “With the support and ongoing efforts by all in our community, Queen’s continues to provide an educational experience that is recognized as one of the best in Canada.”

Student Satisfaction Survey

More than 19,000 students from across Canada responded to Maclean’s online survey, providing their views on their university experience and overall satisfaction. In the medical-doctoral category Queen’s placed fourth, behind Sherbrooke, Laval, and Western.

Queen’s grabbed a spot in the top five in six of the 10 categories, led by a first place in Extracurricular Activities. Queen’s placed second in Residence Living and third in Academic Advising Staff, and Experiential Learning. The university placed fifth in Student Life Staff and Administrative Staff.

National Reputational Ranking

Queen’s placed seventh out of 49 universities in the national reputational ranking, for a fourth year in a row. This ranking brings together all universities. For the reputational ranking Maclean’s surveyed university faculty and senior administrators, and a variety of businesspeople for their views on quality and innovation at universities.

In the three categories of the ranking, Queen’s placed sixth for Highest Quality, sixth for Most Innovative, and seventh for Leaders of Tomorrow.

Program rankings

Maclean’s also looked at five programs in the sciences and social sciences, assessing program reputation and research reputation. Only the top 20 were highlighted for each program, with Queen’s being ranked in each category, and making the top 10 in four of the five program rankings. Queen’s program ranking were: Business (4); Computer Science (8); Education (5); Engineering (7); Nursing (11).

The full rankings are available at macleans.ca