USask on the rise in Maclean’s rankings

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has moved up in Maclean’s magazine’s annual rankings of Canadian universities for 2023.

USask has climbed from 15th to tied for 13th overall in the medical-doctoral rankings for the top U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, the highest USask has been ranked since 2016.

“As a proud member of the U15 group of the top medical-doctoral research-intensive universities in the country, we are pleased to see that our commitment to innovative research, scholarly and artistic work, and for enriched student experience is reflected in a rise in this year’s Maclean’s rankings,” said USask Vice-President Research Baljit Singh. “We remain focused and committed to offering world-class scholarly and research opportunities for all of our students, and to supporting them throughout their entire academic journeys at the University of the Saskatchewan.”

In the influential program rankings category, USask moved up four spots into the top 10 for education, now tied for ninth in program reputation (up from 14th last year) and jumped eight spots from 18th to 10th in research reputation. The university’s College of Nursing also moved up from 18th to 16th in the program rankings across the nation, improving four spots to 15th in Canada for program reputation, and is now 16th in research reputation. USask’s computer science program also cracked the top 20 once again this year, tied for 19th overall in the country.

In the key resources category, USask is also one of the national leaders in the indicator covering operating expenditures per weighted full-time student—now ranked second in the country—and also moved into the top 10 in total research dollars per full-time faculty.

In the area of student support, USask moved up one spot to 14th in Canada in the area of student services as a percentage of operating expenses, while slipping slightly from third to fifth overall this year in the library expenses indicator and continues to be ranked sixth in the country in library acquisitions. USask also remains in the top 10 in the category of student/faculty ratio, ranked sixth in the nation.

Of note, Maclean’s did not specifically rank universities this year for Indigenous engagement and support, a student satisfaction category in which USask had previously been ranked No.1 in the country.

Maclean’s released its 32nd annual rankings of the top 49 universities in the country on Oct. 6. To be considered for the magazine’s rankings, institutions must be one of the 97 members of the Universities Canada national association.

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