Kevin's University Rating Project

What is my ideal university?


The program I generally going to apply is Engineering. The universities I use for rating is University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, McMaster University, UBC, McGill University and University of Western Ontario. I am going to use six criteria to rank these university from top to bottom, to find out my ideal universiy.

My Six Criteria

#1: Admission Average

This criterion is the most important because every program has a certain academic standard for its applicants. The admission average is a good indication for me to decide what university I should be looking for. Due to enrolment management restrictions, the Universities does not guarantee that students who meet the minimum admission requirements as published in the academic calendar will be admitted to any faculty, program or course. Therefore, my ideal admission average is 88%. A low admission average my indicate a poor field of program since all types of students are accepted or because it is not a popular program; yet a really high admission average may not be realistic for me to get in to the program. However, the raw data I collected for rating is from the previous year, which may not reflect the averages for this year. (weighting: 30%)

#2: First-Year Retention Rate

Student retention rats are important criterion for me consider because it is an important gauge of any educational institution's success. The student retention rate indicates the percentage of students who remain at the university after the first year. A high retention rate suggests school is supportive and enjoyable and that the workload is manageable for the students. The high retention rate can also attract more high quality students. However, some students may force to stay in the university even though they are not satisfied about the school, this may caused by the inconvenience, pressure from parents, etc.. In this criterion, the school with the highest retention rate gets the highest mark. (weighting: 10%)

#3: Student/Faculty Ratio

Student/faculty ratio indicates the number of student who attend the university divided by the number of teachers int he institution, which also can indicate the class size. The higher the ratio, the bigger the class. Pupils in large classes drift off task because too much interaction front he teacher to the whole class instead of individual attention. The lower the ratio, the smaller the class size, it benefits all the student because the have more individual attention, and may receive more feedback and useful instruction from the professor. For this criterion, the university has the lowest student/faculty ratio will receive a score of 100. (weighting: 15%)

#4: Tuition

Tuition fee is important because my family may have a certain budget for my university life. If I receive the offer from my ideal university, firstly, I need to consider it is financial reasonable for my family. The tuition may different from Canadian residence and inter national students, and it is usually much higher for international students. Some university may require higher tuition for student outside the province, like McGill. The scholarship and various bursaries may ease off the financial burden a little bit. However, the tuition fee may be different for different program, and the raw data is just an estimated value for each university. For this criterion, the university have the lowest tuition will have a score of 100. (Weighting: 10%)

#5: Distance from home

I would like to live far away from home, because I want to practice taking care of myself. Living on campus can make me more independent and learn to live with other people. Live in the dorm will be a challenge for me since I need to get used to other's living habits. The ideal distance from home is 100km, because I would like to go home once or twice every month. However, distance may not be a problem of timing, since the vehicle can be varied the time to get home will be different. This weighting of this criterion would be relatively lower compared to all other criteria since is it not a must have.(Weighting: 15%)

#6: Male-Female Ratio

The male-female ratio is important for me because I believe there should be gender equality in education. It is widely believe that males pretend to study in fields about science and business and females are more interested in arts. Nowadays, females for male will be the candidate for a course u the selection procedure. In order to maintain parity, brighten male or female students in a certain program may go out of estimate. Different programs have sundry demand according to the gender allocation. But ever student gets provided the same opportunities. In my opinion, an equal number of male and female student in the university will be ideal. (weighting: 15%)

Raw Data

Matrix Multiplication


1. McMaster University

2. UBC

3. University of Waterloo

4. University of Toronto

5. University of Western Ontario

6. McGill University


After seeing my university ranking, the result is pretty interesting. McMaster University becomes my 1st choice university, and UBC and University of Waterloo are in 2nd and 3rd places. Before doing this rating project, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and McMaster are my top three choices. After finish my rating, Waterloo and McMaster are still in my top 3 choices, therefore I am pretty happy about my previous decision. Surprisingly, UBC comes to the second place. I am used to prefer going to universities in Ontario, because I want to live closer with my family. Also I am interested in engineering and mathematic programs, and I know that Waterloo has one of the best engineering and math programs in the world. But the choice of UBC opens my mind that maybe I can try something new which I have never thought before. Based on my result, I will still focus more on Waterloo and McMaster, but I will also take a look at UBC because it fits lots of my interests.


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