McGill attracts bright students from around the world. “A degree from McGill right now is worth a lot because the reputation of McGill worldwide is strong,” says principal Suzanne Fortier. The university has cultivated more Rhodes Scholars and Nobel laureates than any other school in Canada. Its faculty and alumni have won 12 Nobel prizes for pioneering work in areas such as economics, radioactivity and fission, not to mention the 2007 Peace Prize. As a research-intensive school, McGill is affiliated with more than 100 research centres and networks. It has educated more than its share of Canadian cultural icons, including actor William Shatner and musician Leonard Cohen. Author Stephen Leacock was a long-time head of the department of economics and political science. The campus’s location between Mount Royal Park and downtown Montreal offers lots of opportunities for off-campus activities, from art galleries and festivals to hundreds of cafés, bars and nightclubs, and rent is much cheaper than in most metropolises. The Macdonald Campus, a smaller second location about 35 km west of downtown Montreal, offers programs such as agriculture, environmental science and nutrition.
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Designed to develop entrepreneurial skills in the food, agribusiness and environmental sectors; offers internships, research opportunities, faculty mentorship, as well as opportunities to participate in start-up competitions and accelerator programs.
• Liberal Arts: Customize a program choosing from three streams and select courses that integrate texts and histories from a range of cultures and historical periods; includes a capstone seminar in final year.
• Arctic Field Studies: An opportunity for hands-on study of Arctic issues in its very environment. Train to be a northern specialist by completing field work at the McGill Arctic Research Station at Expedition Fjord, Nunavut.
• The Milky Way Inside and Out: Learn about the mysteries of the universe that have, and have not, been uncovered. Study white dwarfs, supernovae, neutron stars, black holes and how galaxies form and evolve.
• The Underground Economy: Explore black markets, underground economies, international contraband—how they form and their structures.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Engineering: 85% to 94.5%
Science: 89% to 92.5%
|$4,059 ($8,796 out-of-province)||1st & 2nd year: 67.1
3rd & 4th year: 26.6
|3,472 (3,163 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 84.2%