angie0817 wrote:I don't really know much about Canadian programs, but I have heard people mention Toronto, UBC, and McGill. In general, among these programs, is there one particularly stronger or weaker than the other two? Which ones are harder to get into? And how do these programs compare with programs in the US? For example, are they comparable to a top 10 program, top 30, or 50? Just curious about these, so any thoughts are appreciated.
Toronto > McGill > UBC, easily. Probably Toronto is the hardest to get into. As far as programs go, it varies, but I assume you mean math programs. Toronto's math department is in the top 15-20 US, around the same place as Cornell... perhaps a bit better, because it has the Field's Institute and the largest endowment/focus of any Uni in the country. McGill is next - probably 20-30 - and still rides the rep it had 30 years ago as Canada's best. UBC is also good, the up and comer, and has gotten really good lately. I don't think UBC has much name recognition outside of Canada though (and believe me, I hadn't even considered it until I got to uni and heard others talking about it). However, note also that you will get a great education at any of these schools as they all have some of the best faculty in the world. World class research goes on, they are all top institutions, and each has certain specialties. For example, McGill has Henri Darmon and is slightly better known for number theory whereas U of T has all of Canada's best set theorists.