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McGill University

McGill University | Montreal, Que. | Founded 1821


Left to right: McGill students Isabella Chon, 3rd year International Development, Sheree Marshall, 3rd year psychology student, and Reem Bushara, 3rd year Economics student, chat outdoors at the McGill University campus in Montreal on Thursday, October 19, 2017. (Photograph by Dario Ayala)

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. The Max Bell School of Public Policy opened in 2017, creating a research and teaching hub for real-world public policy and governance issues. McGill has educated more than its share of Canadian cultural icons, including actor William Shatner and musician Leonard Cohen. 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 cities. 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
• Bioengineering: This undergrad program incorporates both biology and medicine-focused engineering studies. Students have the opportunity to specialize in one area of bioengineering.
Liberal Arts: Students can 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. Arts undergrads can also earn a minor in social entrepreneurship, which equips them with the skills to analyze social issues and develop solutions.
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.

Cool Courses
• Artificial Intelligence: Examine historical and philosophical perspectives on AI, with a focus on areas of machine learning.
• Geography of Nunavut: Learn about Nunavut’s natural environment, as well as its cultural and political economy.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 87% to 95%
Arts: 85.5%
Science: 89% to 93%
Commerce: 87% to 95%
$4,141 ($9,04 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 61.5
3rd & 4th year: 27.6
Undergraduates: 27,075
Graduates: 10,735
3,424 (3,060 reserved for first years) Graduation: 84.8%
Retention: 92.4%

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