University ranking

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

Leiden University rankings

UVic is a major hub for global research—and the data proves it.

The 2019 Leiden Rankings show that UVic-based researchers wrote a higher proportion of top-performing papers based on international collaborations than any other university in North America. In the nine years the Leiden Rankings have been released, UVic has claimed this spot eight times.

Leiden’s 2019 rankings place UVic fourth in Canada for its proportionate research impact in all sciences—just behind the University of Toronto, UBC and McGill—and second for collaboration. This is the fifth year in a row that UVic has held this spot or higher. UVic is in 169th place globally for research impact across all sciences.

Leiden ranks UVic first in Canada for its research impact in math and computer science, and third nationally for social sciences and humanities.

For the third year in a row, Leiden ranks UVic fifth in Canada for biomedical and health sciences—a remarkable result for a university without a medical school.

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

This year, the Leiden Rankings added a new category for Open Access publications as well—showcasing UVic’s strength in making science and scholarship’s findings accessible and affordable. Nearly half of all UVic publications (46.7 per cent) circulate legally and sustainably in open access journals and repositories—putting UVic just behind McGill and ahead of the University of Toronto in this emerging domain.

Times Higher Education

UVic graduates are among the world’s most employable, according to Times Higher Education (THE). THE’s 2019 Global University Employability Ranking identifies UVic as the best Canadian comprehensive university, and one of only nine Canadian universities overall, in preparing its students for the workplace, based on feedback from top international companies. 

The Times Higher Education (THE) 2020 World University Rankings by subject place UVic programs in physical sciences and psychology among the Top 200 around the globe. These are in addition to previously announced Top-300 rankings for UVic in arts and humanities, computer science, and engineering and technology. 

The THE subject rankings comprise 11 broad subject areas which gather related disciplines together. For instance, THE’s physical sciences category includes the fields of chemistry, geology, environmental, earth and marine sciences, math and statistics, and physics and astronomy.

QS World University Rankings

The 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject recognize UVic's leadership in a broad mix of academic fields. The QS rankings also suggest that UVic's rising international reputation stems from extraordinary programs across the institution.

UVic is identified in the top 300 institutions globally for research in nine QS subject areas:

  • Earth & marine sciences
  • Education
  • English language & literature
  • Environmental sciences
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics & astronomy
  • Psychology

Shanghai Jiao Tong /ARWU

The 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities, created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, also ranks UVic as one of Canada's leaders in research intensity across many fields.

Of the 54 individual subjects ARWU considers, UVic is among the world’s top 300 performers in 20 areas:

  • Atmospheric science
  • Computer science & engineering
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Electrical & electronic engineering
  • Environmental science & engineering
  • Geography
  • Hospitality & service management
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Public administration
  • Sociology
  • Telecommunication engineering
  • Transportation science & technology

Research strength highlighted in global ranking

The combined efforts of our campus researchers have put UVic among the top six Canadian universities for research, based on three key indicators—research publications, citation rate, and top-cited publications—according to data from U-Multirank, a global university ranking consortium funded by the European Union. UVic also placed among the top four schools in Canada for international joint publications. More at U-Multirank.


UVic is also consistently ranked among the top Canadian comprehensive universities by Maclean's magazine, holding second place in for the third consecutive year in the 2020 rankings.

Among various categories and distinctions, UVic topped all comprehensive universities in medical and science grants, and in faculty awards. In library acquisitions and expenses, UVic holds second place among its peer schools.

Among all Canadian institutions, UVic was second nationally—trailing only the University of Toronto—for the number of NSERC and CIHR medical and science grants per faculty member. 2020 marks the fifth consecutive year that UVic has been the top Canadian comprehensive university for medical/science grants per faculty member.

Maclean's 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.

Research Infosource

In 2019, Research Infosource, which provides ranking information about Canada’s research and development ecosystem, named UVic as one of its Comprehensive Research Universities of the Year. Among comprehensive universities, Research Infosource ranked UVic second in Canada for the research intensity of graduate students, and for overall publication impact.

US News and World Report

The US News and World Report Best Global Universities Rankings put UVic among the world’s top 200 schools for citation impact. Additionally, UVic is #14 globally for the percentage of its mathematics publications that are among the top 10 per cent most-cited.

In seven individual fields, US News ranked UVic among the world’s top 300 schools, including one (space science) among the top 100:

  • Engineering
  • Environment / ecology
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social science & public health
  • Space science