Canada is a very large country with some of the best universities in the world. There are ten provinces in Canada and each has a unique character. Canada is popular with U.S. citizens because of the obvious proximity and because the degrees are equal and accepted. Beyond the fact that one can receive an outstanding education, there are other reasons to consider Canada as a collegiate destination: the diversity of the college-aged student body,  the quality of life, the safety and security that Canada is known for, and the financial cost. Canadian schools are attractive for many reasons and high school students should consider the 100 plus universities and colleges to the north. 


Ontario is the most populated province of Canada and home to the financial center and largest city in Canada—Toronto. It is also home to the capital in Ottawa. However, there are twenty-seven universities in Ontario and each provides an excellent higher education option to a range of students from all over the world.

Western Canada

Western Canada consists of five provinces including the Northwest Territories (which is sparsely populated) as well as  British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Most of the universities in Western Canada are found in the larger cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. 


Quebec is unique because it is a French-speaking province. The main city of Montreal is the home of several universities including McGill University and the Universite du Quebec. One may be surprised by the number of undergraduate students enrolled at these two leading universities.

The Atlantic Provinces (Maritimes)

The Maritime Region consists of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. These four areas are known for their scenic beauty, connection to the sea, and a number of excellent universities. Like most schools in Canada,  Acadia University, Dalhousie University, and St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, are recognized for their dedication to undergraduate study.

University of Toronto