Canadian universities top new North American ranking of school desirability

By Christopher Cotton, Queen’s University

Last night, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America. Half of the US is excited. The other half scared. Over the last 12 hours, there has been a spike in internet searches for “move to Canada” and the Canadian immigration website crashed.

What better time to release a new ranking of North American universities.

Top 10 most-desirable North American Universities as of November 9, 2016

1 McGill University Montreal, QC Canada
2 University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC Canada
3 University of Toronto Toronto, ON Canada
4 Queen’s University Kingston, ON Canada
5 Simon Fraser University Burnaby, BC Canada
6 Dalhousie University Halifax, NS Canada
7 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA United States
8 Columbia University New York, NY United States
9 University of Waterloo Waterloo, ON Canada
10 Harvard University Cambridge, MA United States

Methodology: The tongue-in-cheek ranking is based on a very unscientific weighted average of academic quality, current faculty satisfaction with their university and its location, gut feeling, a limited knowledge of quality of life across cities in the sample, and an estimate of how badly faculty from other institutions would like to move there based on internet searches and immigration site web traffic over the last 12 hours (as of 8:00 am on November 9th).