A survey of students at Canadian universities and colleges, released by a national news magazine, found that Briercrest College in Caronport, Sask., is among the top schools in the country when it comes to student satisfaction.

"We are thrilled with the results and we want to use them to do things better," Wesley Olmstead, a vice-president of the college told CBC News Friday.

The survey was done by Maclean's, which asked a number of questions of students to gauge feelings about their educational experience.

The survey, published Feb. 13, found that 59 per cent of first-year Briercrest students considered they were getting an excellent education, a rating that put the school in the number three position among 33 post-secondary institutions.

Briercrest, a faith-based vocational college, with about 600 students as well as a high school, is about 25 kilometres west of Moose Jaw.

Students told CBC News the college ranked well because of its strong values.

"I ranked Briercrest very highly," Erik Buddingh said, "I think Briercrest provides what more closely resembles the classical models of education than other universities that are quite a bit larger."

"There's also this whole other side that they're interested in developing in you and that's the spiritual and emotional side," Melanie Goode, another student, added. "They want to see you grow as person and not just see you grow academically."

With files from CBC's Roxanna Woloshyn