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Rankings & reputation

UVic is one of Canada’s leading universities. We are widely recognized for leadership in research, inspired teaching and community engagement. We provide innovative undergraduate and graduate programs and dynamic learning experiences in our diverse and welcoming West Coast setting.

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Among Canadian comprehensive universities for preparing career-ready students.

(2019 Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking)

Ranking highlights

#3 among all Canadian universities in citation impact per faculty member (QS rankings, 2021)

#4 in the Air and Climate category of the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index, compiled by the international Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and Gold Certified in AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System.

#1 among comprehensive universities in medical/science grants per faculty (Maclean’s 2020)

Rankings by external bodies

The University of Victoria is recognized annually as one of Canada’s top universities. 

Leiden University rankings

#1 in North America for international research collaborations

The Leiden Rankings show that UVic-based researchers consistently write a higher proportion of top-performing papers based on international collaborations than any other university in North America. UVic has claimed this spot nine times out of ten.

UVic is in the top 300 globally for research impact across all sciences.

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.

#1 in Canada for Open Access publications

UVic is the top school in Canada for its performance in making science and scholarship findings accessible and affordable. Leiden’s Open Access category, introduced last year, shows that more than half of UVic’s publications (54.6 per cent) circulate legally and sustainably in open access journals and repositories.


#1 in Canadian comprehensive universities (2022), a distinction it shares with SFU this year. 

UVic was also ranked as the top school for promoting Indigenous visibility—a position it’s held since this category was introduced in 2018.

UVic is consistently ranked among the top Canadian comprehensive universities by Maclean's magazine.

In addition to information from two subjective reputational surveys, Maclean’s weighs 11 key performance indicators to arrive at its rankings, including funding data on research and student services. UVic’s performance is among the top three performers in eight of those 11 categories.

#1 in faculty awards and medical/science grants.

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.

The 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject recognize UVic's leadership in a broad range 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 11 QS subject areas:

  • Earth and marine sciences
  • Education
  • English language and literature
  • Environmental sciences
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and astronomy
  • Psychology

The 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), 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 21 areas:

  • Atmospheric science
  • Business administration
  • Computer science and engineering
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Environmental science and engineering
  • Geography
  • Hospitality and service management
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Public administration
  • Sociology
  • Telecommunication engineering
  • Transportation science and technology
  • Water resources

U-Multirank shows that UVic is the top university in North America for producing research based on international joint publications. UVic is among the top 10 Canadian universities for research overall.

UVic also placed among the top four schools in Canada for international joint publications.

The US News and World Report 2020 Best Global Universities Rankings put UVic among the world’s top schools for citation impact—particularly of its most highly cited papers (#118 globally). UVic research findings put it at #14 globally for international collaborations in space science, #18 globally for international collaborations in computer science and #21 globally for the citation impact of its mathematics publications.

US News ranked UVic among the world’s top 300 schools in 10 individual fields, including one (space science) among the top 100: 

  • Arts and humanities
  • Computer science
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Engineering
  • Environment/ecology
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social science and public health
  • Space science

Honours & awards

47 UVic faculty members have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, the nation’s highest academic honour for career achievement. 

UVic has an allocation of 37 Canada Research Chairs. UVic instructors are also well-represented among the winners of acclaimed national 3M teaching awards.

Our Co-operative Education Program and our Peter B. Gustavson School of Business have both received Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada ScotiaBank Awards for Excellence in Internationalization.

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