U of G Maintains High Maclean's Ranking

November 10, 2010 - News Release

The University of Guelph continues to be highly ranked by Maclean's magazine. U of G placed second in reputation and fourth overall among comprehensive universities in the 20th annual rankings released today.

"Maintaining this level of quality in the face of significant challenges and financial constraints is difficult,” said president Alastair Summerlee.

“The fact that we retained our placement among Canada’s top universities is a tribute to the dedication and excellence of our faculty, researchers, students and staff. It reflects how hard our community has worked to preserve the unique learning environment that distinguishes Guelph.”

The annual Maclean’s university issue includes two surveys: an overall ranking of institutions and a reputational survey.

To determine the overall university rankings, universities are divided into three categories: medical/doctoral, primarily undergraduate and comprehensive (schools with significant research activity and a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs).

Maclean's uses 13 indicators to determine overall placements within six general themes: students and classes, faculty, resources, student support, library and reputation.

U of G was ranked No. 1 in total research dollars and for library acquisitions among comprehensive universities.

In the reputational survey, Guelph was ranked second among comprehensive universities and second in each of four categories used to determine reputation: highest quality, most innovative, leaders of tomorrow and best overall.

The reputational ranking is based on surveys from several hundred Canadians, including CEOs of major corporations, high school counsellors and academic administrators.

A U of G student is also featured on the cover of the magazine. Deanna Jarvis, a first-year family relations major, tells Maclean’s she chose to come to Guelph because of its program offerings and campus atmosphere, and because she is a part-time actor who is a “big fan” of drama professor Judith Thompson.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982 or dhealey@uoguelph.ca.

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