Hmm, - I thought that King's/LSE were up there. No matter - so Canada and the UK have similar numbers, but really Canada wins because it has a vastly lower population, I'd say. Like I said before - I wasn't sure that the UK had more - I just had a hunch they did. Regardless, it proves Canada's school system is better than I give it credit for.
That notwithstanding - I still stand by my statement that McGill and UofT aren't as prestigious as most people give them credit for. To me, comparing McGill to cornell/UCB is still ludicrous, and even comparing it to BC is still a stretch in terms of undergraduate education. It goes back to the fact that the world views Canadians as more sophisticated than American hillbillies and hippies and hicks, and so the world's view of the schooling system here is skewed. Like I said before - on alot of worldwide rankings that I've seen, Princeton is low - way down - like below McGill sometimes. That's ridiculous, honestly - arguably the best university in America is ranked below McGill? Yeah, right.
I think that 30-40% is everyone together - Americans, Canadians, other internationals all lumped together if I remember correctly.
Also, of course Seattle and UWAsh etc are better research schools than Dartmouth and ND - the latter ones named are more known for their undergrad education (arguably among the best in the U.S) - I agree with you.
I agree with you that alot of people would put Cornell ahead of BC - I agree with those people. But how would people compare McGill to BC? or McGill to UTAustin - because where I have lived (Nigeria, UK, Holland) - I think that McGill is better known than UTAustin and maybe comparable to BC, but here in the U.S. most people I talk to would put McGill behind both.
I think it just goes to show regional opinions and provincial biases that I enumerated in my first post.