University ranking

The University of Victoria is recognized annually as one of Canada's top universities by external surveys and UVic students alike.

UVic in the rankings, April 2014

Times Higher Education

The 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings place UVic on its elite Top 200 list, among the top one per cent of universities around the world. Ranked at #173 globally, UVic has been the top-ranked university in Canada without a medical school since 2010.

Only eight Canadian universities were ranked in the Top 200. In early 2013, THE also ranked UVic first in Canada and number 20 globally among universities less than 50 years old.

The THE global ranking is the only system that includes a section dedicated to the teaching and learning environment, including the first-ever global survey of institutions' teaching reputation.

For more information visit the Times Higher Education website.


Once again, the University of Victoria has been ranked among the top Canadian comprehensive universities by Maclean's magazine.

This is the eighth consecutive year that UVic has been ranked either first or second in this category. In a strong showing across the board, UVic racked up top-three finishes in eight of the 12 key performance indicators used by Maclean's for its 2015 rankings.

The comprehensive category comprises the 15 Canadian universities that combine a significant amount of research activity with a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including professional degrees.

Re$earch Infosource

In 2014, for the 12th consecutive year, UVic was named a Research University of the Year in Canada by Re$earch Infosource. This designation indicates that UVic "demonstrates superior achievement in earning research income and in publishing research in leading scientific journals."

In the current Re$earch Infosource decade-in-review summary of Canada's research universities, UVic outscored all other comprehensive universities in two out of three measures of research performance from 1999-2009.

For more information visit the Re$earch Infosource website.

Leiden University rankings

UVic is a major hub for global research—and the data proves it. The 2014 Leiden University rankings put UVic ahead of all other Canadian universities in the proportion of internationally co-authored research, based on scientific publications issued from 2009-2012.

UVic also retains its place in the top one per cent of universities in the world and among the top-ranked in Canada for scientific impact.

QS World University Rankings

The 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject also recognize UVic's leadership in a broad mix of academic fields. UVic is identified in the top 200 institutions globally for research in six QS subject areas: English language and literature, earth and marine sciences, geography, law, physics and astronomy, and psychology.

The QS subject ranking studied nearly 3,000 of the world's top universities—approximately 15 per cent of all institutions—and ranked fewer than 700 of them for statistically significant subject-specific leadership.

The QS rankings also suggest that UVic's rising international reputation stems from extraordinary programs across the institution. The Department of English ranked in the top 100. In total, the university is ranked for world-class performance in 22 of 30 subject areas.

Globe and Mail

In the 2013 Globe and Mail's "Canadian University Report" on undergraduate student satisfaction with their university experience, students ranked the University of Victoria highly for its facilities, commitment to sustainability, campus atmosphere and libraries.

The university received an overall B+ for student satisfaction. UVic received an A for its buildings and facilities; an A- for libraries, environmental commitment, campus atmosphere and city satisfaction; and a B+ for quality of teaching and learning, class size, student/faculty interaction, recreation and athletics, information technology, career preparation, co-op/internships and reputation with employers.

For more information visit the report on the Globe and Mail website.