Maclean's Rankings - Queen's Medical School Earns Top Marks

Maclean’s magazine released its 2017 university rankings last month. And while we know how incredible Queen’s medical school is, it a great feeling when others acknowledge it too.

This year, Queen’s placed fourth overall in the medical-doctoral category. Queen’s ranked in the top five medical doctoral universities in all of the 10 categories, including satisfaction with course instructors, mental health services, experiential learning, residence living, and steps taken by the university to prevent sexual assault.

What is Included in the Rankings 

The Maclean’s rankings are a good measure of Queens’ success in providing students with an exceptional medical education with high-quality learning experiences. The national news and current events magazine publishes an annual rankings of Canadian universities. The magazine groups universities into three categories: medical/doctoral; primarily undergraduate, and comprehensive. The top category of Canadian universities is referred in the rankings as medical-doctoral universities (or major research universities with associated medical schools). These rankings help inform interested applicants about Canadian universities based on a range of criteria, including classes, faculty, finances, library, and reputation. To learn more on how Maclean’s selects Canada’s top universities, check out the magazine’s methodology and references.

Queen's National Rankings


Queen’s also placed sixth when it came to the national reputational ranking, which incorporates forty-nine universities from all three categories into one group. For this ranking, Maclean’s surveyed high school guidance counsellors and businesspeople as well as university faculty and senior administrators. In the three categories of the reputational ranking, Queen’s placed fifth for highest quality, seventh for most innovative, and sixth for leaders of tomorrow. 

Queen’s is a medium-sized, research-intensive university that is home to around 22,000 students from more than 100 different countries. The university is located in the city of Kingston, on the shores of Lake Ontario, in Canada, mid-way between Montreal and Toronto, and near the entrance of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site. The university offers its students a small, pedestrian-friendly campus comprising six libraries and several museums and arts centres, including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts: a $72million, 80,000-square-foot performance hall and learning space for theatre, music, film and media students. The waterfront campus comprises heritage limestone buildings– Kingston is nicknamed the 'Limestone City' because of the local limestone used in constructing many of the buildings.

Queen's Recognized Among Top-Rated University Cities

Maclean’s noted that “Queen’s is a hub of academic research on the shores of Lake Ontario near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. The campus is dotted with charming limestone buildings in Romanesque revival and neo-Gothic style, several more than 100 years old. More modern structures coexist, such as the new athletic centre, which houses three gyms, a food court, and a coffee shop.” Perhaps, not surprisingly, the BBC also took notice of Kingston several years ago. The BBC news article noted that Kingston was one of the top five university centres in the world, in part, because of the “culturally vibrant, well-educated populations, and are often ranked as some of the most sought after places to live.” The BBC also stated that “every September, about 25,000 students swell Kingston’s population” and “cultural institutions such as the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and festivals such as the Kingston Writers Fest are well established, giving the city a cosmopolitan air.”

So, for international students looking abroad for a medical education, consider Queen’s for its exceptional medical training and Kingston for its excellent cultural opportunities.

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