Universities in Toronto, Canada
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Latest ranking updates related to universities in Toronto
  • 27 Sep, 2023: New edition of THE World University Rankings. 3 universities in Toronto ranked.
  • 15 Aug, 2023: New edition of ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking. 2 universities in Toronto ranked.
  • 31 Jul, 2023: Publication of Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities. University of Toronto with highest ranking among universities in Toronto ranked #16.
  • 22 Jul, 2023: Urap published most recent results of URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field (Business). Includes 148 universities from Toronto.

Toronto is known for being one of the busiest major metropolises, and for having some of the most sought-after and prestigious universities in the country.

Owing to the city’s significant academic offerings, it has a strong attraction for both domestic and international students alike.

Students in Toronto can expect to spend their free time populating a neighbourhood known as The Beaches, with a beach right on Lake Ontario - and thanks to Toronto’s relatively mild climate compared to more northern cities, you might even find yourself going for a swim.

The city offers everything you could expect to find in a macro city: cinemas, shopping centers and so on. Students can enjoy the bohemian tone of the city, between its artful street graffiti in the city’s Fashion District, or the hipster Kensington Market where students like to check out vintage clothes selections, as well as vegetarian and vegan cafes.


Rankings of universities in Toronto, Canada 2024

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (1395 reviews)
  • #1 
  • #21 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #2 
  • #21 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 27 June, 2023]
  • #1 
  • #17 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2023]
Show 25 more rankings of University of Toronto and subject specific rankings for 13 subjects

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (1269 reviews)
  • #18 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #31 
  • #353 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 27 June, 2023]
  • #20 
  • #640 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2023]
Show 20 more rankings of York University and subject specific rankings for 10 subjects

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (659 reviews)
  • #27 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #55 
  • #851 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 27 June, 2023]
  • #26 
  • #990 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2023]
Show 13 more rankings of Ryerson University and subject specific rankings for 6 subjects


#4
Canada

Ontario College of Art and Design University

Student satisfaction: 3.9 / 5.0 (176 reviews)
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  • #68 
  • #5509 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

Highest subject rankings of universities in Toronto

Sociology URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#3 
University of Toronto
Education URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#3 
University of Toronto
Data Science QS World University Rankings By Subject
#6 
University of Toronto
Finance GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
#10 
University of Toronto
Linguistics QS World University Rankings By Subject
#14 
University of Toronto
Dentistry URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#15 
University of Toronto
Law THE World University Rankings by Subject
#16 
University of Toronto
Chemistry QS World University Rankings By Subject
#16 
University of Toronto
Aerospace Engineering GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
#19 
University of Toronto
Mathematics GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
#22 
University of Toronto

Student Opinions About Studying in Toronto

“I was able to get a part-time job fairly quickly after moving to Toronto, which was a relief because the cost of living here is a constant challenge. Fortunately speaking French isn’t a requirement to find work here as it would be in other Canadian cities.”

“The TTC (public transit) is really unreliable, and taking the car if you’re going south of Eglinton is impractical because you’re almost guaranteed a traffic jam.”

“Toronto suffers from very high costs of living, but it compensates for that with its friendly and welcoming locals, and nearly limitless options for ways to spend your free time. You have to get out of the confines of the city centre to see it, but the nature on offer in the surrounding area is truly stunning.”

Toronto Key Facts for International Students

PROS

  • International students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week as per the conditions of their visa, but it can be increased to 30 hours per week during winter and summer breaks.

  • Students are entitled to significant discounts on Toronto’s public transport by using a Presto card, so they should sign up for one immediately to save money on all transport methods in the city.

  • Toronto has one of the lowest crime rates among Canada’s large cities, which means you can enjoy Toronto’s thriving nightlife scene with your friends without having to worry too much.

CONS

  • The cost of the Presto card used for discounted student transit is paid for by the students themselves in Toronto, unlike in other provinces where the student travel pass is paid for by participating universities and colleges.

  • Rent prices are infamously high in Toronto. One can expect to pay around $1,595 for a very basic 2-bedroom apartment in the Downtown area.

  • The city has a reputation for being difficult to make friends and connections in, because most people are commuters. This means that not many have the time to socialise after university or work.


4 out of 4 Universities in Toronto Ranked in at least one ranking

29 Different Rankings list Universities in Toronto (23 institution and 6 subject rankings)

31 Global Rankings rank Universities in Toronto Among TOP 200

Population: 2600000

Time: GMT -5

District/province: Ontario,

Living costs for students in Toronto:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 92* (8% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 80* (20% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 70* (30% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 7.13 C$
  • Plug Type A
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
Nobel prize laureates:
John C. Polanyi (, 1986)
 
Frederick G. Banting (, 1923)
 
John Macleod (, 1923)

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

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University of Toronto is ranked best in Toronto for Engineering (Aerospace Engineering). See all rankings for the University of Toronto.

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

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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 - Comprehensive:

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

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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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Criteria used in ranking -THE World’s Most International Universities:

Proportion of international students 25% Proportion of international staff 25% Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25% University’s international reputation 25%

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:

Patent Volume 33% Patent Citations 34% Industry Article Citation Impact 11% Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11% Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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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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