Université de Montréal looms large on the mountain, and its inﬂuence on Quebec society can be seen in its impressive list of alumni. Filmmaker Denys Arcand 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.
“To live the U de M experience is to evolve in a stimulating environment and to represent the knowledge society,” says Guy Breton, who is wrapping up 10 years as rector. (Daniel Jutras will succeed him.) 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, providing 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, and features 200 research laboratories and an ultra-modern library. U de M’s Laval campus, accessible via metro, offers bachelor’s, graduate and certificate programs.
• Data Science: This program combines computer science, statistics and mathematics, training students to process and analyze information coming from large data sets.
• Biomedical Engineering: Drawing on biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and engineering, students learn how to design and develop medical devices for diagnosis and treatment. The program includes internship and a final large-scale project.
• Environmental Public Health and Work Safety: This program gives students a foundation in the natural sciences and public health. Grads can identify and evaluate work-related and environmental risks.
• Gender Identity: Students learn how to effectively support and interact with transgender people in various settings.
• Horizon: Risks and Challenges in the 21st Century: Working in teams, students from various faculties look for solutions for major current issues.
$3,930 ($9,326 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: R score 22.2-24.8 · Science: R score 23.5-28.2 ·
Commerce: R score 26.5 · Engineering: R score 25.2-32
Undergraduates: Full-time: 36,325 · Part-time: 15,116
Graduates: Full-time: 10,847 · Part-time: 6,347
International Students: First-year: 10.7% · Graduate: 30.2%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Residence Spaces: 1,123 (first come, first served)
Residence Costs: Double room without meals: $2,580 · Single room without meals: $3,168