McGill University

McGill University | Montreal, Que. | Founded 1821

McGill campus exterior

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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 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. As a research-intensive school, McGill is affiliated with more than 100 research centres and networks. The new Max Bell School of Public Policy is being launched with the aim of creating a research and teaching hub for real-world public policy and governance issues.

The main campus’s location between Mount Royal Park and downtown Montreal offers students lots of opportunities for off-campus activities, from art galleries and festivals to hundreds of restaurants, cafés and bars, and rent is much cheaper than in most cities. 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.

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Standout Programs
• Civil Law/Common Law: Students of the bilingual BCL/LLB program study common law, civil law and Indigenous legal traditions. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning, problem solving and critical thinking. Graduates receive two bachelor’s degrees—one in common law and one in civil law.
Business Analytics: Students pursuing a bachelor of commerce can choose this concentration, which teaches students to understand and harness data. Course content covers a range of managerial disciplines and focuses on practical skills.
• Arts Minor in Social Entrepreneurship: Arts undergrads can choose this minor, which focuses on issues of social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Students also learn management skills through courses offered in the faculty of management.

Cool Courses
• Fundamentals of Global Health: Offers a broad look at this popular field of study, going beyond theory with practical case studies; features guest lecturers.
• Natural Disasters: Earth & Planetary Sciences: Examines the science behind different types of disasters, as well as the efforts to predict them and reduce their impact.

$4,333 ($9,509 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 86.5% · Science: 91.5-93% · Commerce: 94.5% · Engineering: 90-95.5%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 23,803 · Part-time: 3,723
Graduates: Full-time: 8,975 · Part-time: 2,006
International Students: First-year: 32.6% ·
Graduate: 39.9%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Residence Spaces
3,438 (2,981 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $14,519 to $16,727 · Single room with meals: $15,271 to $18,287 · Double room without meals: $3,888 · Single room without meals: $4,264 to $4,520 · Apartment-style: $4,632 to $12,523

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