Mount Allison consistently ranks among Canada's best undergraduate universities.

Discover how Mount Allison compares against other Canadian universities in some of the key areas students consider when choosing a university.

Top undergraduate university in Canada.Reputation

Maclean’s magazine’s annual university rankings is a leading source of information about universities in Canada. Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean’s as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada 21 times in the past 29 years — a record unmatched by any other university.

School Finder presents a variety of information for students thinking about post-secondary education. Check out their overview of the Maclean’s primarily undergraduate university rankings.

National awards won by faculty.Faculty

As a small university, Mount Allison students enjoy direct access to some of the finest faculty in the country. Compared to primarily undergraduate universities, Maclean’s ranks our faculty:

  • first in national awards won
  • first in the percentage of full-time instructional faculty with a PhD, or highest degree in their field


National academic awards won by students.A high percentage of Mount Allison’s graduating students move on to graduate programs or professional schools such as law and medicine.

  • Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison fourth in the number of students who have won national academic awards.  
  • To date, 55 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars — one of the best per capita records of any university in Canada. Valued at more than $100,000, the University of Oxford’s Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world.

Student experience and engagement

Rankings - Student SatisfactionIn Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, Mount Allison ranked #1 in student satisfaction, as well as on a variety of student satisfaction measures including:

  • first — course instructors
  • first — student life staff
  • first — administrative staff
  • first — extracurricular activities
  • first — experiential learning
  • second — academic advising staff
  • second — residence living
  • third — mental health services
  • fifth — steps to prevent sexual assault
  • sixth — promoting Indigenous visibility

The annual National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) surveys students at many Canadian and U.S. universities.

Student experience.The 2017 NSSE survey finds that Mount Allison students are more likely than students at other Canadian institutions to:

  • work on research projects directly with professors
  • be involved in on-campus events
  • be encouraged to attend social and cultural activities
  • interact with faculty members on activities other than coursework

Mount Allison students also report higher overall satisfaction than students at other schools. Over 80 per cent of first year students, and more than 90 per cent of senior students, rate their experience at Mount Allison as excellent or good.

The Globe and Mail’s annual Canadian University Report noted Mount Allison provides an above-average overall student experience.

Student supports

Maclean’s ranked Mount Allison third for spending on scholarships and bursaries. On average more than $2 million is awarded annually in scholarships, bursaries, and financial aid.

According to the 2017 NSSE survey, MtA students are more likely than students at other Canadian institutions to rate their campus as a supportive environment.

Mount Allison continues to invest in student resources and supports. Find out more about: