Students Say

A world class school in a great city (Montreal), McGill University has “a nearly unparalleled reputation” around North America and the world, and gives students “the tools [they] need, a positive environment,” and the space for them to make their own opportunities. The school is known for “embracing the internationality of all the students”; those who attend pay “a fraction of the cost that a top private school in the U.S. would cost,” and a McGill degree “opens the most doors for graduating students.” It is “everything you want to learn and do, found in 19th century buildings and snow.”

Overview

Applicants
24,901
Acceptance Rate
56%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 720
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 32

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

A world class school in a great city (Montreal), McGill University has “a nearly unparalleled reputation” around North America and the world, and gives students “the tools [they] need, a positive environment,” and the space for them to make their own opportunities. The school is known for “embracing the internationality of all the students”; those who attend pay “a fraction of the cost that a top private school in the U.S. would cost,” and a McGill degree “opens the most doors for graduating students.” It is “everything you want to learn and do, found in 19th century buildings and snow.” The faculty is generally “high caliber” but the quality can vary slightly. “I’ve had drone-ish philosophy profs and some teachers whose enthusiasm, intelligence and wit made even discussing Judith Butler for the fiftieth time fascinating, some teachers who shut off after class and a few who became ersatz therapists/mothers,” says one junior. Academics tend to be theoretical and “old-school,” containing rigorous, structured curricula, and there is a good deal of active research going on by the faculty, which “makes lectures up-to-date and continuously changing.” Professors are also “always eager to take on students for independent research projects and lab assistance, as long as students make an effort.” Students do admit that the school struggles with a fair amount of “bureaucratic redundancy,” but agree that the school is “a facility that works very hard in order to ensure its students’ success not only within its educational system, but also in preparing them for the outside world.” “McGill does not baby you, and that makes you more responsible for yourself,” says a student.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
1,835
with Terminal Degree
1,696

1,221
Men
643
International
614
Women

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
  • Food Science
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • Canadian Studies
  • Caribbean Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Regional Studies (U
  • Russian Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Aquatic Biology/Limnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology and Anatomy
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Genetics, General
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Physiology, General
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Auditing
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Insurance
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Finance
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Taxation
  • Transportation/Transportation Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Teaching French as a Second or Foreign Language

  • Engineering

  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Human Nutrition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Language Interpretation and Translation
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist

  • History

  • Asian History
  • Canadian History
  • European History
  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Legal Studies, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Cognitive Science
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Natural Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics, General
  • Planetary Astronomy and Science

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious Education
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Diploma
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 30
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

School

Financial Aid Statistics


Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,715

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,414

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
2%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Canadian (Federal & Provincial) Student Assistance
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
FFEL PLUS loans
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

McGill has “an incredibly diverse student body” in terms of nationalities, though “ethnicity-wise, the vast majority of the students are Caucasian.” The student body “doesn’t usually form cliques”; people “appreciate each other’s differences” and all are “hard-working, engaged and interested in the world around them.” “There’s no way to not fit in with an undergrad population so largeyou’ll find your people,” assures one student. Many American students are surprised at the “international flavor” and autonomy of the native Quebecois, but catch on by their second year. However, “it can be hard for outsiders to break into the local Quebec students’ social circles, especially for non-French speakers.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
25,081
Out of State
37%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
136

Demographics

58% female
42% male
37% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The size of the school means “there are many social as well as academic opportunities.” Admittedly “it takes a lot of work to have time to play,” but students manage just fine. “People are at the library after a night of partying,” says one. Most people “take school seriously and work really hard,” but also love to go out when they’re through. “How many McGill students does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” asks a student. “One, just don’t ask them to do it Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.”
Every McGill student has an abiding love for Montreal, which provides “a bilingual environment in a major metropolitan city.” “McGill is very much a Montreal school… it’s not uncommon for students to start renting an apartment their first year.” Not to mention one other aspect: “The legal drinking age of 18 was unimportant to me when I applied, but very quickly I discovered its value,” says a student. The bar and club scene in Montreal is “famous and with good reason,” and Thursday is campus bar night. “The music scene and making dinners” for large groups of friends are also wildly popular activities.
The Macdonald Campus of McGill is actually “quite different” from the much larger downtown campus: the “community is smaller, in a scenic area (between the waterfront and a forest)” and there is a “different atmosphere [and a] different social life.” McGill is also close to lots of good ski hills, which gives plenty of opportunities for students to leave Montreal, as well. “You have much more freedom to do what you want and there are endless places to visit, during the day and at night,” says a junior finance major.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
12%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
51%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
250
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

Men's Sports (Redmen)
25 Sports

Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Curling
Cycling
Fencing
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rugby
Sailing
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Ultimate Frisbee
Volleyball
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Martlets)
25 Sports

Badminton
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Curling
Cycling
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rugby
Sailing
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Synchronized Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Ultimate Frisbee
Volleyball
Wrestling

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.queermcgill.ca/

Minority Support Groups: First People's House and Office for Students with Disabilities

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
91

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, IBM, HP, any other PC compatibles.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Veronique Dorais
Welcome Center Supervisor

Address
Welcome Center (Burnside Hall, Room 115)
805 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 2K6

Phone
514-398-6555

Email
welcome@mcgill.ca

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Arts Building
Schulich School of Music
McGill Bookstore
MacDonald Campus
Redpath Museum
To get a big-picture view of the entire campus, take a walk up Mont-Royal. From the Chateau look-out it is possible to see the entire downtown campus.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal Summer Festivals
Underground Shopping Complex - Downtown
St. Laurent and Crescent street (Restaurants and shop)
Morgan Arboretum
4) Shopping, restaurants and pubs on rue St. Denis, rue St. Laurent and Crescent Street

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
514-398-6555

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
welcome@mcgill.ca

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
Not available during academic year, available during non-academic year

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Travel by air: Montreal is serviced by the Trudeau International Airport. The airport is approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of downtown Montreal. Buses, limousines, and taxis provide quick, efficient shuttle service between the airport, the major hotels and the city centre. For detailed information on flights to and from Montreal please see the Aeroports de Montreal website: http://www.admtl.com/ . Travel by train or bus: If you are coming by train you will be traveling by either VIA Rail (within Canada) or Amtrak (from the United States) arriving at Central Station, a few blocks from McGill. The easiest way to get to McGill is to head north through the underground shopping concourse of Place Ville Marie. You should exit at Cathcart Street and McGill College Avenue and follow McGill College Avenue north three blocks to Sherbrooke Street where you will see the Roddick Gates of McGill University. Alternatively, you may be arriving by bus. All major bus lines have a final destination of Berri terminal. From there you can take a taxi to the University or use the subway. Montreal is well served by a clean and efficient underground subway system known as "the Metro". Take the Metro green line marked "Direction Angrignon" and get off at either the McGill or Peel station, both just a few blocks from the main campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Travel by car: McGill University (downtown campus) is located in the heart of Montreal, the third largest French speaking city in the world and the most important city in the province of Quebec, Canada. For those arriving by automobile there are a number of routes into the city. From the south or east you will be crossing the St. Lawrence River via the Champlain Bridge. Signs at the exit from the bridge indicate the way to Centre Ville (Downtown). This route feeds you right onto University Street, which at its north end runs along the east side of the campus.

Local Accommodations
The following are hotel accomodations located in downtown Montreal. They are all within walking distance of the campus and they offer special preferential rates to McGill visitors. In order to take advantage of these rates you need only mention "McGill University". Ritz Carlton (1228 Sherbrooke Street West, 1-800-363-0366); Hotel Omni Mont-Royal (1050 Sherbrooke Street West, 1-888-444-6664); Delta Montreal (450 Sherbrooke Street West, 1-877-286-1986); Holiday Inn Montreal-Midtown (420 Sherbrooke Street West, 1-800-HOLIDAY); Chateau Versailles (1659 Sherbrooke Street West, 514-933-3611); Marriot Residence Inn (2045 Peel Street, 1-514-982-6064). McGill Residence makes their rooms available to visitors during the summer months. To make a reservation to stay in a McGill Residence please call 514-398-6367.
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Key Stats

24,901
Applicants
25,081
Size
56%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists