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.

QS World University Rankings

The 2019 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 10 QS subject areas:

  • Computer science
  • 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.

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.

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