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A Guide to the Best Universities in Canada (for U.S. students)

American teens looking for quality universities at affordable price should consider looking toward the Great White North. Many in the U.S. have heard of schools like McGill and University of Toronto but are not aware of the multitude of other fine higher education options available across the vast Canadian provinces. The following list will provide key information about 17 of the top colleges in Canada including: Full-time undergraduate enrollment, the percentage of international students, the number of U.S. undergraduate students, tuition, entry requirements, domestic and world rankings, as well as each school’s top academic programs. For more on why American students would be wise to at least consider Canadian universities, we encourage you to check out our previous blog on the subject.

 

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Updated August 2021

InstitutionFT Undergradate Enrollment% International Tuition and Fees Canadian Entry RequirementsEntry Requirements (Additional Info)Domestic RankingsWorld RankingsStrong ProgramsNotes
Concordia University21,60116.9%$4198-$9761Minimum consideration range: C+ to B+; Honors programs require B+ or higher; SAT/ACT not requiredClick hereMaclean's - 10 (Comprehensive) AWRU - #601-700 QS - #477 Times Higher Education - #601-800 U.S. News - #670Art & Design Engineering Journalism KinesiologyEnrolling ~600 U.S. students
McGill University23,98930.1%$4769-$10,332A high school diploma before enrolling; ACT or SAT and 2 SAT Subject Tests; an ACT/SAT score of 31/1400 usually needed to prove competitiveClick hereMaclean's - 1 (Doctoral) AWRU - #78 QS - #31 Times Higher Education - #40 U.S. News - #51Biology Business Engineering English Law Medicine PhysiologyEnrolls ~1,700 U.S. students
McMaster University28,20915.4%$73785 Grade 12/Senior academic subjects or a combination of equivalents from IB, AP, SAT II Subject Tests; four years of English; four years of mathematics, including calculus; coursework in biology, chemistry and physics; SAT score of at least 1200 or ACT score of at least 27Click hereMaclean's - 4 (Doctoral)AWRU - #98 QS - #144 Times Higher Education - #69 U.S. News - #133Engineering Health Sciences Kinesiology Medicine NursingEnrolls ~85 U.S. students
Queen's University21,26914.1%$699012th Grade graduation with a minimum GPA of B- on four academic from an accredited high school; Test OptionalClick hereMaclean's - 5 (Doctoral) AWRU - #201-300 QS - #246 Times Higher Education - #251-300 U.S. News - #419Business Economics Mining Engineering Philosophy Psychology
Ryerson University27,6137.8%$6996Graduation from Grade 12 of an academic program at an accredited secondary school with high academic standing including minimum B grades in the program-specific subject prerequisites and a minimum B overall average. No SAT or ACT score requirements, but strong performance on a standardized test can strengthen an application.Click hereMaclean's - 11 (Comprehensive) AWRU - #901-1000 QS #801-1000 Times Higher Education - #601-800 U.S. News - #965Art & Design Creative Industries Engineering Biomedical Sciences
Simon Fraser University12,91916%$7006A final grade of 70% in senior level English; A minimum grade of C-/60% in a junior or senior level acceptable Math course; and SAT score of 1130 out of 1600 or ACT Composite score of 22; competitve applicants typically possess stronger grades/scores.Click hereMaclean's - 1 (Comprehensive) AWRU - #301-400 QS - #323 Times Higher Education - #251-300 U.S. News - #306Archaeology Computer Science Education Geography Labour Studies
University of Alberta29,09212.0%$6820Students who have studied the American high school diploma in the USA are eligible to apply to UAlberta based on subjects taken in their final three years (grade 10, grade 11, and grade 12). American high school diploma students must also present an SAT of 1200 or higher, with no section below 600 or an ACT composite score of 26 or higherClick hereMaclean's - 6 (Doctoral)AWRU - #101-150 QS - #119 Times Higher Education - #131 U.S. News - #138Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Business Engineering Kinesiology Nursing
University of British Columbia38,88832%$6608Grade 12 English; three years of mathematics; and the SAT or ACT (competitive scores vary by program)Click hereMaclean's - 3 (Doctoral)AWRU - #38 QS - #45 Times Higher Education - #34 U.S. News - #31Business Computer Science Engineering Environmental Studies Geography Kinesiology PsychologyEnrolls ~1200 U.S. Students
University of Calgary25,63013.2%$7041High school diploma before enrolling; SAT score of at least 1190 or ACT score of at least 24Click hereMaclean's - 8 (Doctoral)AWRU - #151-200 QS - #246 Times Higher Education - #200 U.S. News - #174Education Entrepreneurship Kinesiology Medicine Public Health
University of Guelph24,4614.7%$7537Must have a minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 from a regionally accredited high school; SAT score of at least 1190 or ACT score of at least 24Click hereMaclean's - 4 (Comprehensive)AWRU - #301-400 QS - #571-580 Times Higher Education - #501-600 U.S. News - #483Agricultural and Food Science Animal Science Biology Neuroscience Plant Science
University of Ottawa30,57317.1%$7152High school diploma before enrolling.Click hereMaclean's - 9 (Doctoral)AWRU - #151-200 QS - #279 Times Higher Education - #145 U.S. News - #192Entrepreneurship International Development Linguistics Nursing Political Science
University of Toronto66,75131.1%$7651A grade point average of a B+ or higher; Enrollment in rigorous academic course load, highest level available in pre-requisite subjects. Program area specific requirements should be reviewed for admission.Click hereMaclean's - 2 (Doctoral)AWRU - #23 QS - #25 Times Higher Education - #18 U.S. News - #17Biology Business Computer Science Engineering Mathematics PsychologyEnrolls ~900 U.S. students
University of Victoria14,0039.5%$6668Must have a minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 from a regionally accredited high school; SAT score of at least 1270 or ACT score of at least 26Click hereMaclean's - 2 (Comprehensive) AWRU - #301-400 QS - #370 Times Higher Education - #351-400 U.S. News - #301Earth Sciences Ocean Sciences Law Physics
University of Waterloo33,32218.9%$6753Requirements vary considerably by program; however, applicants typically need to possess at least an A- GPA, strong grades in AP courses relevant to their chosen course of study; SAT/ACT required for some programsClick hereMaclean's - 2 (Comprehensive)AWRU.- #151-200 QS - #166 Times Higher Education - #201-250 U.S. News - #210Computer Science Engineering Materials and Nanosciences Mathematics StatisticsEnrolls ~500 U.S. students, including those who are dual citizens of the U.S. and Canada
Western University29,94012%$7443Must have a minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 from a regionally accredited high school; SAT score of at least 1190 or ACT score of at least 24; AP courses/exams are also strongly considered.Click hereMaclean's - 8 (Doctoral)AWRU - #201-300 QS - #203 Times Higher Education - #201-250 U.S. News - #287Business Engineering Kinesiology Media Nursing
York University43,04017.1%$7300High school diploma before enrolling; SAT or ACT requiredClick hereMaclean's - 6 (Comprehensive) AWRU - #401-500 QS - #531-540 Times Higher Education - #401-500 U.S. News - #432Business/Commerce English Global Health International Studies/Development Law
Dalhousie University13,48425.5%$8114-$9397A final senior year average of ‘B’ is the minimum requirement to be considered for admission, however admission to many Dalhousie programs is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. SAT or ACT test scores are required for admission.Click hereMaclean's - 7 (Doctoral)AWRU - #201-300 QS - #291 Times Higher Education - #251-300 U.S. News - #325Agriculture Biology Earth Science Law, Justice, and Society Kinesiology

 

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