Daphne's University Rating Project

Find a University that fits me the most

Programs and Universities that I am interested in:

The program I interested the most is engineering. After all kinds of considerations, I decided to apply University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, UBC, McGill University, Carleton University. In order to find out the university that fits me the most, I need to rate these universities to screen down to the best one.

My SIX Criteria for Rating

Criteria #1: Admission Average

Description: Admission Average is the most important criterion of all for me to consider. All the university programs require that applicant has an admission average above a certain threshold. Engineering faculties tend to require higher averages. A low admission average may indicate the program is not popular and there will a larger range of student; a high admission average may be difficult for me to get in. A university with program average at around 85% will be acceptable for me. ( weighting 30%)


Discrepancy: The admission average required to enter a university program varied from year to year depending on the field of applicant. Since the raw data is the entry average from the previous year, it may not reflect the accurate average for this year.


Reference: Maclean's 2013 Guide to Canadian University (Book)


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Criteria #2: Tuition

Description: Tuition Fee is important for me because I need to consider it is affordable for my family. There are various types of scholarship from the university that can ease off the financial burden. Private colleges often cost significantly more than public universities. University like McGill, may offer higher tuition fee for student outside the province. For this criteria, the university with the lowest tuition fee will have a score of 100. (weighting: 15%)


Discrepancy: Scholarships, grants, student loans and work-study can make the tuition more affordable. The tuition may be potentially lower. However, tuition can be vary by the year and specific program. I can only get the raw data from the previous years.


Reference: Maclean's 2013 Guide to Canadian University (Book)


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Criteria #3: Distance from Home

Description: My personal preference is to live far away from home, since I would like to be more independent. Living alone will provide me more opportunities to practice my ability to take care of myself. In order to do so, I want to go back home maybe every two weekend, so my university should be an adequate distance from home. The ideal distance will be around 150 km away from home. (weighting: 10%)


Discrepancy: The distance is not really represent the time to get home, it relies on vehicle of travel. Like it takes less time to drive compare to public transit, and even lesser to take a flight.


Reference: Google Maps


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Criteria #4: Awards per Full-time Faculty

Description: This criterion is important for me because it represents the teaching quality of the university. The more awards every full-time faculty have, the higher the quality of teaching. The faculties may given more effectiveness instruction to the student, and promote learning process and make the material easily accessible. The lower the ratio, it may indicate the lower quality of teaching. The award count for each university is divided by each school's number of full-time faculty. (weighting: 15%)


Discrepancy: This data is collected for the number of faculty over the past five years who have won major national awards. Some full-time faculty may leave the school or retire during these five years.


Reference: Maclean's 2013 Guide to Canadian University (Book)


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Criteria # 5: Student - Faculty Ratio

Description: The student-faculty ratio affect the academic environment. The lover the the student-faculty ratio, usually the better the learning environment. Since the size of class is smaller, the professor can focus more on each of the student. Which means the student will have more individual attention and can have more chance to as for help and feedback from the professor. Higher student-faculty ratio may lead to lack of building the fundamental knowledge for the first year of university. (weighting 15%)


Discrepancy: There is full-time faculty but also part-time faculty in the school as well, they may also help to assist the teaching. The raw data is only an average ratio generally collected from the school, will be varied by different programs.


Reference: Maclean's 2013 Guide to Canadian University (Book)


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Criteria #6: First Year Retention Rate

Description: The retention rate indicates how many percent of student want to keep on staying in this university after the first year. It reflects student's satisfactory towards their campus life. The higher the retention rate, the better the learning environment, recreation facilities, social circle and extracurricular activities. The high retention rate will be ideal. The more student drop out from the first year, there might be some problems with the university. (weighting: 15%)


Discrepancy: Student may stay in the university even though they are not satisfied with the campus. These may cause by pressure from parents, transportation conveniency, financial problem or other factors.


Reference: Maclean's 2013 Guide to Canadian University (Book)


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Raw Data Matrix

Matrix Multiplication

Results:

1. University of Guelph

2. University of Toronto

3. University of Waterloo

4. UBC

5. McGill University

6. Carleton University

Conclusion

The final result was surprising for me. University of Guelph came to be the university that is the best fit for me based on my rating. Before the rating, my top three choices are University of Waterloo, U of T and McGill University. I was glad to see that U of T is on the second place, and University of Waterloo is on the third place, thus proved my previous thought of choosing them as my top choices. The engineering program in Waterloo is attractive for me because of it has the largest co-op program in the world, and many of my friends go there. However, based on QS's world university ranking, U of T ranked the top university in Canada, and on the 17th place globally. This is because of its international reputation and location. Base on the ranking result, I will focus more on University of Guelph, U of T, and University of Waterloo; because the data told me that these universities are highly corresponded to my interests.