Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

ARWU uses six objective indicators (in four categories) to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. More than 1200 universities are ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published.

Ranking breakdown:
10% - Quality of Education
40% - Quality of Faculty
• Staff of an institution winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals - 20%
• Highly cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories - 20%
40% - Research Output
• Papers published in Nature and Science - 20%
• Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-expanded - 20%
10% - Per Capita Performance

Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) university ranking measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions. CWUR uses eight objective and robust indicators to rank the world's top 1000 universities.

Ranking breakdown:
15% - Quality of Education
15% - Alumni Employment
15% - Quality of Faculty
15% - Research Output (previously publications)
15% - Quality Publications
15% - Influence
10% - Citations

In years prior to 2018, the weights were slightly different following two indicators were also used:

5% - Broad Impact, measured by the university's h-index
5% - Patents, measured by the number of international patent filings


Maclean’s places universities into one of three categories that recognize differences in levels of research funding, diversity of offerings and the breadth and depth of graduate and professional programs. UCalgary is in the Medical Doctoral Category.

In each category, Maclean’s ranks the institutions in five broad areas based on 14 performance indicators, allocating a weight to each indicator.

Ranking breakdown:
28% - Students
24% - Faculty
20% - Resources
13% - Student support
15% - Reputation

QS World Rankings

Institutional rankings within the QS World University Rankings are based on six indicators that take into consideration academic and research performance as well as international outlook.

Ranking breakdown:
40% - Academic reputation
20% - Student-to-faculty ratio
20% - Citations per faculty
10% - Employer reputation
5% - International faculty ratio
5% - International student ratio 

Re$earch Infosource

Re$earch infosource ranks full-service universities based on their total sponsored research income. Sponsored research income includes all funds to support research received in the form of a grant, contribution or contract from all sources external to the institution. Financial data were obtained from Statistics Canada, except where noted. Faculty data were obtained from Re$earch Infosource Canadian University R&D Database. All institutions are members of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO).

Time Higher Education (THE)

The Times Higher Education publishes the World University Rankings including the 1,102 top universities in the world, making it their biggest international league table to date. They evaluated universities across teaching, research, international outlook, reputation and more.


Ranking breakdown:
30% - Teaching (the learning environment)
30% - Research (volume, income and reputation)
30% - Citations (research influence)
7.5% - International outlook (staff, students and research)
2.5% - Industry income (knowledge transfer)

Time Higher Education (THE) Golden Age

The Golden Age ranking uses Times Higher Education data to cast a spotlight on the best universities established for more than 50 years, but less than 80 years.

U.S. News and World Report

More than 1.250 universities from 60 countries have been ranked based on 13 indicators that measure their academic research performance and their global and regional reputations.

Ranking breakdown:
12.5% - Global research reputation
12.5% - Regional research reputation
12.5% - Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited
10% - Publications
10% - Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited
10% - Normalized citation impact
7.5% - Total citations
5% - International collaboration
5% - Percentage of total publications with international collaboration
5% - Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited in their respective field
5% - Percentage of total publications that are among the top 1 percent most highly cited papers
2.5% - Books
2.5% - Conferences