McGill University

McGill University | Montreal, Que. | Founded 1821


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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 more Nobel laureates than any other school in Canada. Its students and alumni have won 10 Nobel prizes in science and medicine, including pioneering work on radioactivity and fission, as well as economics, 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, while 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, while 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.

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Standout Programs
• Strategic Management—Social Business & Enterprise: Designed to impart a comprehensive set of management skills with an emphasis on economic development, the environment, corporate social responsibility and social impact.
• Sustainability, Science and Society: A joint geography and environmental studies program; students explore science, technology, economics, public policy, ethics and justice in approaching real-world problems.
• Canadian Studies: Students sample courses from across the faculty of arts, listen to visiting lecturers at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and contribute to a student-run Canadian studies journal.

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Cool Courses
• Arab Women’s Literature: This Islamic studies course explores issues such as gender and genre, feminism in the Arab context and post-colonial theories and methods.
Hacker Culture and Politics: Examines how hackers, leakers and pranksters have transformed the Internet. Hacking is examined from ethical and technological perspectives. Case studies include WikiLeaks and Anonymous.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 85% to 94.5%
Arts: 86%
Science: 89% to 92.5%
Commerce: 93.6%
$4,059 ($8,796 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 67.1
3rd & 4th year: 26.6
Full-time: 22,889
Part-time: 4,146
3,472 (3,163 reserved for first years) Graduation: 84.2%
Retention: 91.7%

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