The University of Fredericton becomes the only Canadian University to be awarded a QS 5-Star Rating in Online Learning


Fredericton, June 5, 2024 – The University of Fredericton (UFred), becomes the only Canadian university to be awarded a 5-star rating in the latest QS Stars: Online Learning assessment. The internationally recognized rating assesses the quality of the learning situation in digital studies. It is the first - and so far, only - Canadian university to be awarded this honor by the QS Institute, which is renowned for its worldwide university rankings. Accordingly, UFred will be listed in the QS Stars ratings at effective immediately. The award confirms UFred's consistent focus on digital and flexible study programs that adapt to the needs of students.

Online study breaks down boundaries: New opportunities for students and universities

Digital learning offers new educational and career opportunities, especially for people without access to in person education. Today, students can choose from a wide range of programs, from anywhere around the world. "The award is an important milestone because it confirms our role as a pioneer in digital education and makes our programs internationally comparable," says Don Roy, UFred President and Co-Founder "Our students learn flexibly, whenever and wherever they want - regardless of whether they live in New Brunswick or New Delhi. This is made possible by our consistent focus on digital learning."

Pioneer in digital education

Since its founding in 2005, UFred has pioneered fully online education designed to provide students the flexibility to balance their busy lives, educational pursuits, and career goals. While focusing on the need for flexibility, UFred remains committed to ensuring that students receive the highest possible quality of education. This five-star rating from QS Institute not only celebrates its dedication to excellence, but also reinforces its commitment to delivering an unparalleled online learning experience.

About the 5-star rating

The QS Institute performs a detailed review of institutions using a universal criterion that is updated regularly to help future students make informed decisions on where to pursue their education. In discussing the criterion used, QS says, “the methodology ensures a fair and transparent evaluation that celebrates excellence in every area crucial for your academic journey.” A five-star rating represents outstanding service in the respective category, which, in UFred’s case, is online learning.

The ratings for online learning are assessed over a three-year span and are awarded based on several factors, including: student-faculty engagement, student interaction and student services and technology.

About the University of Fredericton

The University of Fredericton (UFred) is a leading online Canadian university based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Founded in 2005, it has since grown to educate more than 10,000 professionals across Canada and around the world. UFred takes exceptional pride in providing innovative, relevant online education that emphasizes leadership development and lifelong learning. Presently, UFred:

  • Offers personalized, flexible learning that makes education more accessible.

  • Offers opportunities to build a national professional network.

  • Has a student satisfaction rate of 94% in master-level degree programs.

UFred is home to the School of Business, which offers certificate and degree programs in business, as well as the School of Occupational Health and Safety, which offers certificate, diploma, and degree programs in health and safety, psychological health and safety, disability management, and more.

To learn more about UFred, visit

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