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:
|93% OF RRU STUDENTS: "quality of instruction was good OR very good"
||93% OF RRU STUDENTS ARE SATISFIED OR VERY SATISFIED WITH THEIR EDUCATION
||90% OF RRU STUDENTS: "knowledge and skills GAINED WERE SOMEWHAT OR VERY USEFUL FOR their CAREER"
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
|Opportunities for student collaboration and teamwork
|Quality of academic experience
|Overall university experience
|Quality of graduate/professional program
|Quality of student life
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.
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.