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FAQ: Why study in Canada?

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  • Canadian students are among the Top 5 academic performers in the world and #1 among English speaking countries – OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) studies in reading, mathematics, and science
  • Canada's higher education system is in the top 5 in the world in terms of overall funding it receives
  • Canada ranks #1 in the G8 as the best place to invest and do business – Economist Intelligence Unit's global business rankings forecast 2008-2012

FAQ: How do I apply for Royal Roads University programs?

To apply for degree preparation programs and bachelor's degrees, you can start in two ways:

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Contact our Enrolment Advisors using the online inquiry form to ask a question.

Students applying directly for a  master's degree should use the University's online application form.

University ranking, rating and accreditation

Library, IT & learning facilities at Royal Roads University in Canada

Royal Roads University is consistently highly ranked in student surveys and has a reputation as a top level university in Canada.

Student survey results

Very high student survey ratings by both undergraduate and graduate students are evidence of Royal Roads University's high quality academic programs. These surveys measure student evaluations of key indicators such as academic challenge, experiential learning, and quality of faculty and teaching:

Canadian University Report

The Globe and Mail is Canada's National Newspaper. Each year, the publication collects the opinion of over 35,000 current undergraduate students across Canada, and produces the "Canadian University Report". Highlights of the results for Royal Roads University from the October 2012 student survey are:

Graded A+ for:
  • Sense of safety and security on campus
  • Class size
Graded A for:
  • Quality of teaching and learning
  • Communication with instructors outside of class
Graded A- for:
  • Student satisfaction
  • Sense of community on campus
  • Sense of community within faculty
  • Academic support services
  • Academic reputation of faculty
  • Availability of computers, books, articles, and periodicals on campus
  • Library hours of operation
  • Study spaces in library
  • Attractiveness of campus buildings
  • Access to teaching materials online

Read the full Globe and Mail report on Royal Roads University

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a student evaluation of the quality of education and level of satisfaction at universities in Canada and the USA. The latest published results, from 69 Canadian universities, is the 2013 survey. For the third year running, Royal Roads University ranked highly among Canadian universities:

  • #1 public university (#2 overall): Active and Collaborative Learning
    (student involvement, teamwork, presentations, community-based projects)
  • #1 public university (#2 overall): Level of Academic Challenge
    (intellectual demands placed on students through assigned readings, written reports, and coursework that emphasizes judgement)
  • #14 overall: Senior year student satisfaction - 2010 results
    (students in their final year evaluating their entire education experience)
  • #28 overall: Supportive campus environment
    (university support of academic and non-academic activity, cultivation of positive relationships among students, faculty and staff)

See the full results published by Maclean's

Royal Roads University Student Survey

Results from the University's 2011/2012 survey of its bachelor's, graduate and certificate student outcomes:


Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey

The Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey measures the graduate student satisfaction. In 2010, master's-level students at 23 universities in Canada rated their university's quality of academic provision and support services. This table compares Royal Roads University's ratings with all participating universities:

Rated 'Excellent' or 'Very Good' for: Royal Roads University All
Opportunities for student collaboration and teamwork 87% 69%
Quality of academic experience 68% 63%
Overall university experience 67% 59%
Quality of graduate/professional program 65% 60%
Quality of student life 60% 44%

University rankings in Canada

There is no official ranking of Canadian universities.

Maclean's University Rankings

Maclean's, a Canadian news magazine, publishes an annual unofficial ranking of Canadian universities: Maclean's University Rankings. Maclean's asks for RRU information every year and it is submitted it for their consideration.

However, Royal Roads University does not appear in the final Maclean's University Rankings because it is not comparable to other Higher Education institutions in Canada. Maclean's does not rank institutions that have a specialized mission. Since Royal Roads University is the first public university in Canada created to address the knowledge needs of working professionals through applied and professional programs, it is not included.

Sustainability ranking

Royal Roads University is the first Canadian Higher Education institution to receive a silver ranking from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, through its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

Bachelor of Commerce program ranking

In 2009, Corporate Knights Magazine published a 'Sustainability in Education' ranking. The magazine placed Royal Roads University's BCom program 4th in Canada in the Small Sized Business School category, and 25th overall out of 47 Canadian universities.

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From: Saudi Arabia
Degree: BA International Hotel Management

"Getting a degree from a university that provides an academic education is a dream which all students desire. Canada is one of the best countries that has universities which are known for their fantastic reputation all over the world. Universities in Canada have proved that they are efficient by being some of the best universities around the world."

University Accreditation

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Canada has no formal system of university accreditation. Therefore, membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and compliance with provincial legislation is generally accepted in lieu of institutional accreditation.

Royal Roads University is a member of AUCC, and is authorized to grant degrees as a Canadian public university by the Province of British Columbia through the Royal Roads University Act. University operations are directed by a Board of Governors.

Quality assurance and organizational membership

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  • Education Quality Assurance (EQA): recognized globally as a symbol of quality education and consumer protection. Royal Roads University is an EQA-designated institution.
  • Business Council of British Columbia: policy and business advocacy organization representing approximately 250 major business enterprises
  • Canadian Association of Graduate Studies: promotes graduate education and university research
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education: promotes Canada's international relations through international education
  • Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences: represents 50,000 researchers in these disciplines, working in 150+ associations, universities, colleges and affiliates
  • Canada Council for Learning: committed to improving learning across Canada
  • National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE): obtains, on an annual basis, student information from hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide
  • Western Canadian Deans of Graduate Studies: promotes the effective pursuit of graduate studies at Western Canadian Universities