Top Universities in Ontario

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Universities in Ontario

Located in one of the happiest countries to study abroad, Ontario is also famous as one of the most diverse provinces of Canada. Home to the iconic and picturesque Niagara Falls, Ontario is globally reputed in terms of government effectiveness, safety, and public welfare. With the Capital city and its financial hub, Toronto situated here, there are promising employment opportunities for graduates in Ontario. Let’s explore the top universities in Ontario and their prospective programs and other exciting aspects this province offers to international students. 

List of Top Universities in Ontario

Amongst the best student cities in Canada and the world, Ontario is the ideal place for students who want to explore the international-level academic, professional and research opportunities across medical, creative, technological and cultural arenas! Here are the top 10 universities in Ontario according to the QS World University Rankings 2020.

Universities QS World University Rankings 2022 [Canada] QS World University Rankings 2022
University of Toronto 1 26
McMaster University 6 140
University of Waterloo 7 =149
Western University 8 170
Queen’s University 11 240
University of Ottawa 9 230
York University 17 =494
University of Guelph 19 581-590
Carleton University 21 601-650
University of Windsor 24 701-750

Now, let’s explore the major courses and salient features of these top universities in Ontario in further detail:

University of Toronto (U of T)

Founded in 1827 by the Royal Charter, University of Toronto’s notable alumni include 4 Prime Ministers of Canada as well as renowned personalities like Margaret Atwood, William Lyon Mackenzie King and Frederick Banting. The university offers 700 undergraduate programs and 200 graduate programs and ranks the highest among all universities in Ontario. You can find wide-ranging programs in almost every field of study with the most prominent ones in:

  • Medicine  
  • Teaching
  • Psychology
  • Educational Theory
  • History 
  • Administration

The university also offers unique courses in Music and Culture, Rap Poetics, Urban studies, Writings and Rhetorics which helps students tap their creative minds.

McMaster University

Located in the city of Hamilton alongside Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes of North America, McMaster University is a member of the U15-a research enterprise that supports research and development and features as the second leading university among all the universities in Ontario. Along with its prominent Medical courses which receive more than 5000 applications every year (the highest number of applications for medical programs in Canada), it also offers students undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in varied fields of study such as:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

University of Waterloo

Waterloo is known for its remarkable initiation of the ‘Cooperative Education’ which combines classroom education with practical methodologies (providing placements and internships). Recently, UWaterloo’s Donna Strickland (along with Gérard Mourou) won Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018 for the invention of chirped pulse amplification. Amongst the top 3 universities in Ontario, the university offers a plethora of full-time and online programs across wide-ranging study areas such as: 

  • Quantum Computing 
  • Nanotechnology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Engineering 
  • Health Sciences Research 

Western University

Putting a core emphasis on research in Western University, the institution has successfully established itself amongst the most reputed universities in Ontario as well as Canada. With an aesthetic campus equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and laboratories, the college has partnered with various industries and government bodies for their research projects. The main topics of research practiced by the university are:

  • Musculoskeletal Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Global Health
  • Green Energy
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Imaging
  • Philosophy Of Science
  • Child And Youth Development
  • Wind Engineering
  • Natural Disaster Mitigation

Queen’s University at Kingston

Being the first University in Canada to provide higher education to women in the country, Queen’s University holds a royalty of 178 years. Its serene campus and diverse programs attract a large number of students from over 114 countries and it is also among the top medical colleges in Canada. It encourages students to understand art, history and the modern world which makes it stand out among the universities in Ontario. Being another research hub of Ontario, its notable researches are conducted on interesting distinct topics like:

  • Globalization Studies
  • Mental Health
  • Clinical Biomedical Sciences 
  • Healthy Environments And Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Social Issues- Poverty And Bullying 

[Bonus] Major Requirements for Studying at Universities in Ontario

Take a look at some of the general prerequisites you must know before applying for a program at any of the aforementioned top universities in Ontario:

  • Academic Transcripts: All your original documents of the graduate and postgraduate courses with a good academic performance throughout.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: Acceptable test scores in IELTS or TOEFL are necessary for non-English native students. 
  • Immigration Requirements: A valid passport, proof of good medical health, an acceptance letter from the applied university are a few basic immigration requirements that you need to apply to any university in Ontario. 

Cost of Studying in Ontario

The cost of studying at the top universities in Ontario can be divided into undergraduate and postgraduate tuition fees. 

Top Universities in Ontario Average Annual Tuition Fees for Undergraduate courses (INR) Average Annual Tuition Fees for Postgraduate courses (INR)
University of Toronto 34.53 lakhs 20.9 lakhs
McMaster University 20 lakhs 13.1 lakhs
University of Waterloo 25 lakhs 17 lakhs
Western University 19.1 lakhs 11.2 lakhs
Queen’s University 13.8 lakhs 11.8 lakhs
University of Ottawa 32.8 lakhs 18.2 lakhs
York University 18.9 lakhs 16 lakhs
University of Guelph 20.6 lakhs 7.8 lakhs
Carleton University 22 lakhs 9.9 lakhs
University of Windsor 26.5 lakhs 12.9 lakhs

The tuition fees given above are just average figures and the cost of each course is varied.

Cost of Living in Ontario

Ontario has the top student-friendly cities in Canada. Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and London are some of the Canadian cities popular amongst the international students. Cost of living in Ontario depends upon whether you choose to live in the busy cities like Toronto or small cities like Hamilton. However, the estimated cost of living in Ontario is given below-

Types of Expenses  Average Cost (INR)
Accommodation 7.71-11.87 lakhs per year
Food  11,875-36,750 per month
Transport  4,750 per month
Study Material   11,875 per semester
Miscellaneous  30-59,000 per year

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Visa Requirements to Study in Ontario

To study in the top universities of Ontario, you must apply for the Canada Study Permit once accepted. The documents required for the same are-

  • Offer Letter as Proof of Acceptance
  • PAN Card or other as Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Financial Support 
  • CAQ Document (if applied)
  • Letter of Explanation

Other than that, you may be asked to attach the documents required for admission in Canada during the Canada student visa process. 

Learn how to apply for a Canada Study Permit!

Top Universities in Ontario for MBA 

The average cost of doing an MBA from the top universities in Ontario is INR 40 lakhs per year. Below given are the top business schools/universities in Ontario for MBA-

  • University of Ottawa
  • Carleton University 
  • University of Toronto 
  • McMaster University 
  • Queen’s University

Top Universities in Ontario for MBBS

Want to be an MBBS in Ontario? Here are the top medical univeristies in Ontario to become a doctor– 

Top Universities in Ontario without IELTS

IELTS is an important part of the application process to study in Canada for Indian students. However, there are certain universities in Ontario that either don’t require or accept IELTS– 

  • Carleton University 
  • Brock University

Hope this blog helped you explore the plethora of academic and research opportunities offered by top universities in Ontario! Planning to study in Canada? Our Leverage Edu experts are here to help you find the right course and university and further sort out the admission process to ensure that you get successfully shortlisted!

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  1. For international students who are Canadian citizen, finished their High school American curriculum, outside Canada
    what about the Fees payment
    English proficiency test (does it required for them or no

    1. Hi, Maged!
      If you are an international student, you will require many documents to apply to Canadian universities. This would include SOP, LOR, English proficiency test scores, official transcripts, bank statements, GMAT/GRE scores, updated CV/resume and more. For more information and expert guidance in studying abroad, call our Leverage Edu experts at 1800 57 2000 and get your queries resolved! You can also look forward to filling your application form with the help of our experts.
      Meanwhile, you can also read our blogs on: Ontario Graduate Scholarship
      Best Colleges in Ontario
      Top Universities in Ontario

  1. For international students who are Canadian citizen, finished their High school American curriculum, outside Canada
    what about the Fees payment
    English proficiency test (does it required for them or no

    1. Hi, Maged!
      If you are an international student, you will require many documents to apply to Canadian universities. This would include SOP, LOR, English proficiency test scores, official transcripts, bank statements, GMAT/GRE scores, updated CV/resume and more. For more information and expert guidance in studying abroad, call our Leverage Edu experts at 1800 57 2000 and get your queries resolved! You can also look forward to filling your application form with the help of our experts.
      Meanwhile, you can also read our blogs on: Ontario Graduate Scholarship
      Best Colleges in Ontario
      Top Universities in Ontario

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