McMaster University

McMaster University | Hamilton, Ont. | Founded 1887

McMaster engineering student

Students spend time in the Maker Space in Thode Library at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday, September 22, 2017. (Photograph by Hannah Yoon)

Although its steel- and manufacturing-based economy gave Hamilton its “Steeltown” moniker, students need not be deterred by images of an industrial wasteland. McMaster is actually a green campus with ivy-covered buildings blending in with modern glass and steel. Located near lakefront conservation areas, pedestrians rule the school grounds, as cars are not allowed beyond the parking lots located along the campus perimeter.

Students are as enthusiastic and engaged as the forward-thinking professors, thanks to the university’s innovative teaching methods. In particular, the inquiry approach—a form of self-directed, problem-based learning—originated with the well-respected medical school, and universities around the world, including Harvard, continue to use Mac as a model. Students can take a break at the on-campus planetarium or art gallery, or check out the archives, which recently acquired the personal collection of broadcaster, author and humorist Stuart McLean.

Patrick Deane, who is wrapping up nine years as president, lays out the school’s priorities: maximizing the undergraduate experience, building stronger community connections and driving research excellence. “We must serve our community by cultivating human potential in rapidly changing circumstances,” says Deane. (David Farrar will succeed him as interim president.)

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Standout Programs
• Medical and Biological Physics: Students apply physics techniques to biologically relevant issues through work in the classroom, lab and simulated work environments.
• Bachelor of Commerce in Integrated Business and Humanities: Combines classes from the DeGroote School of Business and the faculty of humanities; offers experiential learning, a global approach to management, and a strong focus on community engagement and sustainable business practices.
Bachelor of Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship and Bachelor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering: Both programs expose students to the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical engineering; students share a common first year and have the option to complete either degree.

Cool Courses
• Aliens, Curses and Nazis: Archaeology and Hollywood: Study archaeology in popular culture to learn about archaeological practices past and present.
The Future of Work: Examine how workers fight for their rights, and explore the racial, gender and class inequalities still prominent in today’s economy and society.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 75-78% · Science: 82-90% · Commerce: 84% · Engineering: 89%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 26,171 · Part-time: 1,111
Graduates: Full-time: 3,811 · Part-time: 750
International Students: First-year: 12.6% ·
Graduate: 28.8%
Male-Female Ratio: 45 to 55
Residence Spaces
3,780 (3,658 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $10,834 to $12,084· Single room with meals: $11,784 to $12,734 · Apartment-style: $7,900 to $8,825

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