Maclean’s magazine has conducted its second annual student survey, asking more than 17,000 university students across Canada to give their opinions on a range of education topics including student life, exams, career preparation, and more. Read on to find out more about the top ten universities for career preparation, according to students.
Ranking by institution
Maclean’s magazine asked students “whether their university education is helping them gain skills and knowledge for employment”.
Here’s the top 10.
1. St. Francis Xavier University: 53 percent strongly agree
St. FX, as it is affectionately known, is located in the small town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. It has also ranked highly on Maclean’s lists for best primarily undergraduate university, and for student satisfaction.
2. Nipissing University: 48 percent strongly agree
Small class sizes, hands-on training, and outstanding student services mean it is no surprise Nipissing University ranks high on this list. The university is particularly known for its Education program, and began as a teaching college in the 1960s.
3. Acadia University: 48 percent strongly agree
Co-op programs, volunteering, leadership, and professional development are all encouraged at Acadia University. Students can even earn credits from these opportunities, helping them towards the completion of a degree.
4. Bishop’s University: 45 percent strongly agree
For a smaller university, Bishop’s attracts international attention: approximately 10 percent of the student population comes from overseas. While it is located in Quebec, the university itself is predominantly English-language, and is known for its strong community spirit.
5. University of Waterloo: 43 percent strongly agree
Waterloo can boast the largest co-op work experience program in the world, with more than 19,000 students participating in more than 120 co-op programs — so it’s not surprising that students feel prepared for the workforce.
6. Mount Saint Vincent University: 43 percent strongly agree
With class sizes at an average of 24 students and one of the lowest student-to-teacher ratios in Canada, students can expect close attention and support from professors. The university also receives more research funding per student than the national average.
7. Cape Breton University: 40 percent strongly agree
Cape Breton University has strong roots in vocational and technical programs, and has long provided Atlantic Canada with skilled workers. In particular, it is known for its strengths in engineering and energy technologies, but there are also programs in the traditional Gaelic culture of the region.
8. Brock University: 38 percent strongly agree
Initiatives over the past 20 years have proven effective at Brock — it is known for its strengths in a range of programs including bioscences and health, and has nearly doubled in size in the last 10 years alone. Co-op opportunities are plentiful here, and students may graduate with a Co-op distinction.
9. University of Northern British Columbia: 38 percent strongly agree
Small class sizes and work opportunities in local industries, particularly forestry and mining, help students get involved in real-world learning on the five campuses of this university in Northern British Columbia.
10. University of Lethbridge: 34 percent strongly agree
With several specialist institutes and renowned professors, students at the University of Lethbridge may have unique opportunities to contribute to research and development. Lethbridge is in Alberta, a province known for its strong industries and employment opportunities.
Sometimes less is more
One thing that most of these universities have in common is their size — they are all smaller, in terms of the number of students and faculty, than many of the big research giants that make ranking lists worldwide. With the exception of the University of Waterloo, all the institutions on this list have fewer than 10,000 students.
Potential international students who are starting to look at Canadian universities are encouraged to consider a range of smaller universities alongside well-known names such as McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia, among others. In addition to a quality education, smaller institutions may also provide a strong community feel, close collaboration and access to professors, and targeted student services including career preparation.
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