There are a number of organizations that produce a ranking of post-secondary institutions on an annual basis.  This activity continues to gain prominence as various organizations attempt to provide their interpretation of how universities are performing according to proprietary methodologies and factors.  Many of these agencies set out to provide an international ranking of universities while some are focused on ranking institutions nationally. Additionally, some of these organizations attempt to rank institutions in particular subject or program areas. As part of University of Saskatchewan’s interest in continuous improvement, we welcome external assessments that provide perspectives on our performance that help us understand areas of strength and areas of potential opportunity.  Although numerous rankings exist, we pay close attention to three international and two national rankings described below.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

ARWU institutional rankings are published annually by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.  In total, about 1,800 universities are ranked and the top 1,000 are published.  The University of Saskatchewan is currently placed in the top quartile of all universities ranked.

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Subject Rankings

ARWU publishes a Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) each summer, where more than 1,600 institutions from over 83 countries are ranked across 54 subjects in five broad discipline areas.

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Official website: http://www.shanghairanking.com/  

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings

Quacquarelli Symonds, a British company specializing in education and study abroad services, releases their ranking of universities in the world on an annual basis.  They evaluate more than 4,700 universities from over 150 countries and provide rankings for roughly 1,000 institutions.  The University of Saskatchewan is currently in the top 10% of the 4,700 universities evaluated.

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Subject Rankings

QS publishes a World University Rankings by Subject, typically each February. Overall, more than 1,200 institutions were ranked across 48 subjects in five broad subject areas.

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Official website: https://www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings

Times Higher Education is a weekly British magazine that reports specifically on news and issues related to higher education.  As part of this, they produce an annual ranking of over 1,250 universities from across the world.  The University of Saskatchewan is currently situated in the top half of all universities ranked.

Summary of institutional ranking results:

  • 2019
  • 2018 (THE changed the convention for reporting year)
  • 2016

Subject Rankings

THE publishes an annual ranking of subjects, typically later in the calendar year, ranking institutions in 11 broader subject areas.

Summary of subject ranking results:

Official website: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings

Maclean’s University Rankings (Canadian medical/doctoral)

Maclean’s, a Canadian news magazine, provides an annual release of 49 universities in Canada separated into three categories: medical/doctoral, comprehensive, and primarily undergraduate.  Because of its comprehensive set of health science programs (including medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and nutrition, rehabilitation science, public health, physical therapy, and nursing), the University of Saskatchewan is ranked in the medical/doctoral category.

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Program Rankings

Maclean’s releases an annual ranking of programs, typically in the fall, which assess research and reputation in ten popular areas in the sciences and social sciences.

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Official website: https://www.macleans.ca/education/university-rankings/

Research Infosource Top 50 Research Universities in Canada

Research Infosource, a company that specializes in providing research and development intelligence, produces an annual ranking of the top 50 research universities in Canada.  The University of Saskatchewan is currently ranked in the top quartile of all universities ranked by this organization.

Summary of results:

Official website: https://researchinfosource.com/top50_univ.php

For more information on topics relating to university rankings, please contact the Assessment and Analytics team.