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Ontario Tech climbs again in annual Maclean’s university rankings

Latest survey highlights Ontario Tech’s reputational and research strengths

Ontario Tech students in the Dixon-Alger Fireside Reading Room in the Campus Library at the university's north Oshawa location.
Ontario Tech students in the Dixon-Alger Fireside Reading Room in the Campus Library at the university's north Oshawa location.

For one of Canada’s youngest research-intensive universities now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ontario Tech University once again celebrates its remarkable trajectory in the 2024 Canadian post-secondary rankings published by Maclean’s magazine.

In the university rankings released on October 12, Ontario Tech was listed within the category of Canada’s top 20 ‘primarily undergraduate universities’, receiving strong performance indicators including Top-5 placings in:

  • Reputational survey (No. 2)
  • Student services (including academic advising and mental-health services)
  • Total research dollars (No. 2)
  • Social science and humanities grants (No. 1)
  • Medical/science grants
  • Library acquisitions (No. 2)
Ontario Tech’s longer-term trends

The Maclean’s data further affirms Ontario Tech wide-ranging quality, as the university placed No. 8 nationally in the ‘overall/combined’ category, up one spot over last year. By comparison, in 2012, Ontario Tech ranked No. 15 overall.

Impressively, Ontario Tech’s national reputational ranking has jumped from No. 11 to No. 2 since 2017.  

With its growth in applicants far surpassing the provincial system average in recent years, Ontario Tech’s strength in experiential- and work-integrated learning opportunities has made it a university where career-minded students want to be. Employers and industry partners across a variety of dynamic sectors are looking to the university’s advanced education ecosystem and unique research environment to discover the innovation leaders of tomorrow.

Although grouped among ‘primarily undergraduate’ universities, Ontario Tech also has a strong legacy of graduate and postdoctoral studies

While Ontario Tech distinguishes itself as an undergraduate university with 75 program options and 30 college-to-university transfer programs, the university’s graduate program offerings have expanded widely since the 2005 creation of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The university offers 40 master’s and doctoral programs and is the academic destination for a growing number of postdoctoral fellows. This underscores the importance of research in enhancing the student experience at Ontario Tech.

Learn more about Ontario Tech University

“Ontario Tech’s reputational momentum across a broad range of national and international surveys clearly reflects tremendous growth in student satisfaction, our expanding research capacity and partnerships, as well as our fundamental commitment to excellence in all of our teaching and learning practices. We are exceptionally proud of our university’s achievements in the 2024 Maclean’s rankings, as they reaffirm long-term trends and underscore the success of our drive to improve lives through the ethical application of technology.”
-Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University

Media contact

Bryan Oliver
Communications and Marketing
Ontario Tech University
289.928.3653 (mobile)

About Ontario Tech University: Celebrating 20 years
A modern, forwarding-thinking university, Ontario Tech advances the discovery and application of knowledge to accelerate economic growth, regional development and social innovation. We inspire and equip our students and our graduates to make a positive impact in a tech-focused world. For us, it’s not only about developing the next tech breakthrough. Understanding and integrating the social and ethical implications of technology differentiates us as university. Learn more at