SFU takes top spot in Maclean’s rankings ninth time in past decade

Andrew Petter
Photo: SFU

SIMON Fraser University has for the ninth time in 10 years topped the Maclean’s Magazine University rankings in the comprehensive universities category. The magazine’s full rankings were released on Wednesday.
The comprehensive category is comprised of universities that have a significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including professional degrees.

“It’s gratifying to see Simon Fraser University again recognized for excellence,” said SFU President Andrew Petter. “As Canada’s engaged university, we take great pride in being a research and innovation leader, and in our commitments to students and the communities we serve.”
In its comprehensive category, SFU ranked first in student services and library expenses and acquisitions. The University also ranks highly in several research categories: second in areas including faculty awards, medical science grants, and citations; third for grants in social sciences and the humanities; and fourth for overall research dollars.

SFU continues to be highly ranked for its national reputation—moving from 10th to ninth overall among all 49 universities in the rankings (including medical / doctoral and primarily undergraduate categories). SFU remains among the top 10 universities considered most innovative and is 12th among Leaders of Tomorrow.

The reputational rankings are based on a survey of university faculty and senior administrators, high school guidance counselors and a variety of business people across the country.

With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities, Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 150,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world.