McGill University

McGill University | Montreal, Que. | Founded 1821


McGill University campus

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.

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Standout Programs
• Strategic Management—Social Business and Enterprise: Designed to impart a comprehensive set of management skills, this program puts an emphasis on economic development, the environment, corporate social responsibility and social impact.
Sustainability, Science and Society: In this joint geography and environmental studies program, students explore science, technology, economics, public policy, ethics and justice in real-world problems.
• French Immersion Pedagogy: This program prepares students to teach in French immersion classrooms by offering French and second-language education courses within the bachelor of education degree.

Cool Courses
Introduction to Indigenous Studies: This course takes a comparative approach to studying the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of Indigenous life in Canada
Fermentation Engineering: This advanced agriculture and environmental sciences course covers the fermentation process. Field trips to breweries, wineries and other fermentation operations are included.

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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