Maclean’s magazine ranks universities in three categories: medical doctoral, comprehensive and primarily undergraduate. Schools in the comprehensive category have a significant amount of research and a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including professional degrees.
University of Guelph was fourth overall in the comprehensive school category but was ranked 15th for the ratio of student to faculty.
University of Guelph says on its website there are over 250 students in 6 per cent of undergraduate classes. The university did not provide average class sizes to Maclean’s for the 2021 rankings.
There are fewer than 50 students in almost 60 per cent of undergraduate classes on Guelph campus. In comparison, at University of Guelph-Humber there is an average class size of 49 and the largest class is 125 students.
Memorial University of Newfoundland was first in the ratio of student to faculty among comprehensive schools in the 2021 rankings. Memorial had an average size of 33.9 students for undergraduate classes in fall 2019.
The ratio of students to faculty may have received low marks, but University of Guelph ranked first overall in the student satisfaction survey for comprehensive schools. Students at the university were satisfied with instructors, staff, extracurricular activities and residence living.
Students also ranked how their university is making Indigenous histories, cultures and languages visible on campus. Responses placed University of Guelph sixth for the institution’s promotion of an Indigenous voice.
Another question put to students was how they felt their university is doing preventing sexual assault on campus and providing mental health services. University of Guelph finished fifth in the comprehensive category for these questions.
The Maclean’s 2021 university rankings require schools to be members of the national association Universities Canada. University of Guelph-Humber is not listed as a member of the national association in Ontario.
“Maclean’s ranking does not apply to UofGH because we are an affiliate of the University of Guelph,” says Ken Turriff manager of communications and public relations at University of Guelph-Humber.