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News Release

October 15, 2003

Students rank U of G No. 1 in campus atmosphere, technology

The University of Guelph was ranked the No. 1 university in Canada for campus atmosphere and technology resources and placed highly in other categories, including student services and quality of education, in the University Report Card, a survey of Canadian students published today by the Globe and Mail.

The survey of more than 126,000 undergraduate students from 64 schools across Canada asked a broad range of questions that fall within nine main categories and a series of subcategories. Students who took part in the survey are registered on, an online scholarship search service that has more than 650,000 registered users. More than 26,000 students responded, including 847 from U of G, and data from 58 of the schools are included in the survey results.

We are delighted that our students named the University of Guelph as a leader among Canadian universities, especially in areas such as campus safety, student services and campus food, said Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs).

In the main categories, U of G was ranked second among all Canadian schools in student services, third in quality of education and fourth in off-campus life. In the various subcategories, U of G was ranked among the top three Canadian universities in campus food, quality of teaching, campus safety, availability of course material online, availability of professors outside the classroom, online resources, and personal counselling.

We are very pleased with the high-level rankings across all of the categories, said Maureen Mancuso, acting provost and vice-president (academic). Its rewarding to see our students recognize our efforts in so many different areas. Ultimately, this national recognition is a tribute to the quality and dedication of our faculty, staff and students.

The University Report Card, like other surveys and rankings of Canadian universities, provides future students with an important source of information to help them decide which institution fits their needs best, added president Alastair Summerlee. Its an attitudinal study of student views, specifically the views of students registered with the scholarship website, and is just part of the information that is available to students about universities.

Full details of the survey are available on the University Report Card website.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982.

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