Universities in Edmonton, Canada
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Latest ranking updates related to universities in Edmonton
  • 27 Sep, 2023: Publication of THE World University Rankings. University of Alberta ranked #109.
  • 15 Aug, 2023: Publication of ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking. University of Alberta ranked #91.
  • 31 Jul, 2023: New edition of Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities. 5 universities in Edmonton ranked.
  • 22 Jul, 2023: URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field (Business) updated with University of Alberta ranked highest among 69 listed universities in Edmonton.

Edmonton is best known for its sunny weather (by Canadian standards), for being a centre for government job positions, and for its operations based on gas and oil extraction.

The universities on offer in Edmonton are generally located very centrally, which keeps students within arm’s reach of the city’s main streets such as Whyte Avenue in the case of the University of Alberta, or the downtown area in the case of MacEwan University.


Rankings of universities in Edmonton, Canada 2024

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (1481 reviews)
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  • #5 
  • #109 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #7 
  • #111 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 27 June, 2023]
  • #4 
  • #102 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2023]
Show 23 more rankings of University of Alberta and subject specific rankings for 12 subjects

#2
Canada

MacEwan University

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (341 reviews)
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  • #57 
  • #3353 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2023]
  • #3 
  • #97 
StuDocu World University Ranking - US & Canada
[Published 06 September, 2021]
  • #55 
  • #2458 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#3
Canada

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (370 reviews)
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  • #11 
  • #139 
StuDocu World University Ranking - US & Canada
[Published 06 September, 2021]
  • #78 
  • #7064 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]


#4
Canada

Concordia University of Edmonton

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (181 reviews)
  • #74 
  • #6514 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#5
Canada

The King's University College

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (52 reviews)
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  • #87 
  • #9954 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

Highest subject rankings of universities in Edmonton

Mechanical Engineering NTU Rankings by Subject
#43 
University of Alberta
Geology URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#44 
University of Alberta
Dentistry QS World University Rankings By Subject
#51 
University of Alberta
Computer Science NTU Rankings by Subject
#59 
University of Alberta
Sociology URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#59 
University of Alberta
Agriculture URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#65 
University of Alberta
Education URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#72 
University of Alberta
Mathematics GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
#76 
University of Alberta
Finance GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
#76 
University of Alberta
Architecture URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#100 
University of Alberta

Student Opinions About Studying in Edmonton

“When it comes to socialising, people tend to meet up around Whyte Avenue, but students usually just stay on campus grounds. The city is a bit on the small side, but there’s something to do for every interest and hobby. The best bars on Whyte Avenue are the Black Dog, and the Strat.”

“In my opinion you need a car to enjoy Edmonton to the fullest. The public transport is usually well organised, but it just takes too long to get from one side to the other for it to be worth it. You live quite a bit better in Edmonton with a car, and the gasoline is cheap since the town is an oil extraction center.”

“I graduated from my nursing program at the University of Alberta last year. I was able to find a full-time position as a nurse around 5 months after graduating. I’m convinced that my job search was so short because of the respect employers have for the university.”

Edmonton Key Facts for International Students

PROS

  • Edmonton’s minimum wage is among the highest in all of Canada, at C$15 per hour, which could make life easier for students thinking about finding work to pair with their study routine.

  • The city boasts the highest amount of parkland per capita in Canada, and has a bike path which connects to all the most frequented areas of Edmonton. Since this city has the most sunshine of anywhere in the country, using your bike to get around could be a realistic and safe possibility.

  • The average young person’s living expenses come to roughly C$1,183, without factoring in rent costs. Gasoline is particularly affordable thanks to a large part of Edmonton’s industry being based on gas and oil extraction.

CONS

  • Many agree that Edmonton is not the best city in Canada when it comes to nightlife, but there are still plenty of options for local restaurants and outdoor activities.

  • The city has a slightly higher crime rate than many others, but it’s important to remember that this is Canada and the crime rates are generally not something to be too concerned about.

  • As the city is located so far north, the daylight during winter only lasts a few hours, so many people experience going to work or university in the dark and coming back when it’s dark again.


5 out of 5 Universities in Edmonton Ranked in at least one ranking

26 Different Rankings list Universities in Edmonton (21 institution and 5 subject rankings)

27 Global Rankings rank Universities in Edmonton Among TOP 200

Population: 1011000

Elevation: 668 m. above sea level

Time: GMT -7

District/province: Alberta,

Living costs for students in Edmonton:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 87* (13% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 66* (34% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 78* (22% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 7.07 C$
  • Plug Type A
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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University of Alberta ranks #1 in Edmonton in our meta ranking composed of 112 university rankings.

Among all universities in Edmonton University of Alberta is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 32 rankings where University of Alberta is listed.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Engineering (Mechanical Engineering). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Natural Sciences (Geology). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Medicine & Health (Dentistry). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Computer Science (Computer Science). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Social Studies & Humanities (Sociology). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Agriculture (Agriculture). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Education (Education). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Mathematics (Mathematics). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Business (Finance). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Architecture, Building & Planning (Architecture). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Law (Law). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

University of Alberta is ranked best in Edmonton for Languages & Literature (Linguistics). See all rankings for the University of Alberta.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:

Academic Reputation 40% Employer Reputation 10% Faculty/Student Ratio 20% Citations per faculty 20% International Faculty Ratio 5% International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:

Employer reputation 30% Alumni outcomes 25% Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25% Employer/Student Connections 10% Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:

Research Performance: 40%

  • Research Output: 10%
  • High-Quality Publications: 10%
  • Influence: 10%
  • Citations: 10%

Quality of Education: 25%

Alumni Employment: 25%

Quality of Faculty: 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:

Scientific Impact Number of Publications Collaboration Open Access Gender Diversity

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:

Research Productivity: 25%

  • # Articles last 11 years: 10%
  • # Articles current year: 15%

Research Impact: 35%

  • # Citations last 11 years: 15%
  • # Citations last 2 years: 10%
  • Average # citations last 11 years: 10%

Research Excellence: 40%

  • H-index last 2 years: 10%
  • # Highly cited papers last 11 years: 15%
  • # Articles current year in high-impact journals: 15%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Academic:

Article count (AC) Fractional count (FC) Weighted fractional count (WFC)

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:

Teaching: 40%

  • Ratio Faculty/Student: 8%
  • Ratio Faculty/Bachelor Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • Ratio Faculty/Doctoral Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • Ratio Doctoral Degrees Awarded/Bachelor Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • World Teaching Reputation: 8%

Research: 40%

  • Citations per Academic/Research Staff: 8%
  • Doctoral Degrees per Accepted PhD: 8%
  • Normalized Citation Impact: 8%
  • Papers per Academic/Research Staff: 8%
  • World Research Reputation: 8%

International Diversity: 10%

  • International Faculty: 2%
  • International Students: 2%
  • International Co-Authored Papers: 2%
  • Reputation Outside Geographical Region: 2%
  • International Level: 2%

Financial Sustainability: 10%

  • Institutional Income per Faculty: 2%
  • Institutional Income per Student: 2%
  • Papers per Research Income: 2%
  • Research Income per Academic/Research Staff: 2%
  • Research Income per Institutional Income: 2%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Academic Rankings:

Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20% Citation per papers 20% Papers per academic and research staff 20% International research reputation 20% Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:

Teaching Reputation 50% Research Reputation 50%

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RUY

Criteria used in ranking -Research Infosource: Canada's Top 50 Research Universities:

Total Sponsored Research Income 20% Research Intensity per Faculty 20% Total Number of Publications 20% Publication Intensity 20% Publication Impact 10% Research Intensity per Graduate Student 10%

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Rogers Digital Media

Criteria used in ranking -MacLeans University Rankings - Medical Doctoral Universities:

Students 28% Faculty 24% Resources 20% Reputation 15% Student support 13%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings:

Research 50% Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:

Quality of Education 10%

  • Alumni winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 10%

Quality of Faculty 40%

  • Staff winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 20%
  • Highly Cited Researchers 20%

Research Output 40%

  • Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
  • Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded & Social Science Citation Index 20%

Per Capita Performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings:

30% Teaching (the Learning Environment)

  • Reputation survey: 15%
  • Staff-to-student ratio: 4.5%
  • Doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio: 2.25%
  • Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio: 6%
  • Institutional income: 2.25%

30% Research (Volume, Income and Reputation)

  • Reputation survey: 18%
  • Research income: 6%
  • Research productivity: 6%

30% Citations (Research Influence)

7.5% International Outlook (Staff, Students and Research)

  • Proportion of international students: 2.5%
  • Proportion of international staff: 2.5%
  • International collaboration: 2.5%

2.5% Industry Income (Knowledge Transfer)"

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global Employability University Ranking:

Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings:

Research Reputation 66,6% Teaching Reputation 33,3%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:

Visibility 50% Excellence 35% Transparency 10% Presence 5%

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