The University of Guelph has been named one of the world’s top universities, according to the 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings.  

U of G ranks among the top third of all institutions globally, tying for 486th place among more than 1,500 global institutions included in the rankings by global higher education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds. 

U of G continues to score high for academic reputation, employer reputation and leadership in sustainability. The rankings also note the University’s high ratio of international faculty members, which remains well above the global average. 

As well, U of G researchers continue to have a strong impact on their peers, with the score for citations per faculty increasing significantly in the 2024 rankings, placing U of G in the top 10 of all Canadian institutions that participate in the rankings. 

“We are delighted to see U of G recognized for our academic excellence, world-class research and teaching leadership through these rankings,” said Dr. Gwen Chapman, provost and vice-president (academic). “These results reflect our commitment to deepening our global impact through teaching, research and the success of our graduates.” 

The QS World University Rankings are one of the most widely read university rankings in the world. This year’s rankings are the largest ever, with 1,500 universities across 104 locations assessed, up from 1,418 last year. 

The rankings use nine criteria, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio and citations per faculty. 

QS adjusted its methodology this year to reflect the changing priorities of students over the past two decades and the growth in data availability, introducing three new metrics to the rankings: sustainability; employment outcomes and international research network. 

Earlier this year, U of G’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) ranked high in QS Rankings’ of best veterinary schools in the world. OVC was ranked first in Canada, third in North America and top 10 worldwide.  

OVC has consistently placed in the top 10 since QS first included veterinary science in its rankings in 2015.