McGill University

McGill University | Montreal, Que. | Founded 1821

McGill campus exterior

(Hossein Taheri/McGill University)

McGill University attracts bright students from around the world. “At McGill, we see strength in diversity, and we are proud to welcome talented students from more than 150 countries across the globe,” says principal Suzanne Fortier. McGill has cultivated more Rhodes Scholars and Nobel Prize laureates than any other school in Canada. Its faculty and graduates have won 12 Nobel Prizes for pioneering work in areas such as economics, radioactivity and fission. As a research-intensive school, McGill is affiliated with more than 100 research centres and networks.

The main campus’s location between Mount Royal Park and downtown Montreal offers students lots of opportunities for off-campus activities (art galleries, festivals and hundreds of restaurants, cafés and bars), and rent is generally cheaper than in most Canadian city centres. The smaller Macdonald campus enjoys a scenic location on the island of Montreal, about 35 km west of downtown. It’s home to programs in agriculture, environmental sciences and nutrition. In addition to existing peer support and mentorship programs, including a buddy program for international students, McGill launched the First Friend program last fall to help first-year students who attend classes virtually. The program paired new students based on time zone, level and faculty, making 578 matches.

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Standout Programs
Software Engineering: Gain hands-on experience and prepare for work in fields including video game development, robotics automation and flight navigation software design.
Technological Entrepreneurship: This minor explores how to create and manage successful new ventures, including for-profit companies, co-operatives, social enterprises and entrepreneurship initiatives.
Nanotechnology: This multidisciplinary minor incorporates courses from the faculties of science, engineering and medicine; topics include nanomaterials in areas such as pharmacology and electronics, and their environmental, health and social effects.

Cool Courses
Design Principles and Methods: This course covers the electrical engineering process from design, troubleshooting and refinement to project management and risk analysis.
Biology of Fungi: Students explore the biology and physiology of groups of fungi and how they are used in biotechnology and various industries.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$4,769 ($10,332 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 88% · Science: 93-95% · Commerce: 95% · Engineering: 88-96.5%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 23,989 · Part-time: 3,584
Graduates: Full-time: 9,570 · Part-time: 1,937
International Students: First-year: 30.1% ·
Graduate: 41.3%
Male-Female Ratio: 39 to 61
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 2,168 (3,474 last year with 3,019 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $14,407 to $17,551 · Single room without meals: $3,984 to $11,500
Apartment-style: $4,768 to $11,710

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