Université de Montréal looms large on the mountain, and its inﬂuence on Quebec society can be seen in its impressive list of graduates. Filmmakers Denys Arcand and Jean-Marc Vallée and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau strode its halls, as did 12 premiers of Quebec who all graduated from U de M or one of its affiliated schools.
“U de M helps students surpass and transform themselves, as well as the world around them,” says rector Daniel Jutras. The university gained international recognition for its work on the science and ethics of artificial intelligence, led largely by professor Yoshua Bengio and his team at the machine-learning laboratory MILA. U de M offers more health-science disciplines than any other Canadian university, training optometrists, audiologists, veterinarians, pharmacists and physiotherapists. U de M is home to a school of public health and has reputable business and engineering schools, HEC Montréal and École Polytechnique.
The campus architecture is a mix of art deco buildings, windowless concrete monoliths from the 1970s and the slick glass-and-steel structures of recent years. The yellow-brick Pavillon Roger-Gaudry towers above campus and provides a landmark for students. The six-storey Science Complex on the new MIL campus is home to the chemistry, physics, geography and biological sciences departments; the complex features an ultra-modern library and 200 laboratories, where research on COVID-19 has been particularly intense. U de M’s Laval campus, accessible by the metro, offers bachelor, graduate and certificate programs.
• Public Health: Undergrads can choose a full program in environmental public health and work safety or a one-year minor in public health and globalization that includes courses in epidemiology, ethics and law.
• Business Administration: Available in three language streams—French, bilingual (French, English) or trilingual (French, English, Spanish)—this bachelor program features 15 specializations, including business intelligence, finance and project management.
• Population Sciences: This program pairs a major in demography and one of eight minors ranging from anthropology and Indigenous studies to mathematics. There are internship and research opportunities.
• Innu Language: Study the Algonquin language of northern Quebec and Labrador.
• Investigations Integration: Learn intelligence-gathering techniques and how to report and analyze evidence.
Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$4,070 ($9,633 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: R score 22.5-23.6 · Science: R score 22-25.9 ·
Commerce: R score 26.5 · Engineering: R score 25.4-32
Undergraduates: Full-time: 36,078 · Part-time: 15,083
Graduates: Full-time: 11,245 · Part-time: 6,425
International Students: First-year: 11.7% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 443 (1,123 last year; first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Single room without meals: $3,216