McGill University


McGill University is among the finest public research institutes in Canada. The university was first founded in 1821 by McGill College and later got recognized as a university in 1885. Besides the University of Toronto, McGill is the only Canadian Association of American Universities member.  

The university is spread over three main campuses: Downtown Campus, Gault Nature Reserve, and MacDonald Campus. It offers degrees in over 400 programs in five main faculties, including Science, Art, Medicine, Engineering, and Education.  

The distance between the two campuses is around 30 kilometres. Although English is the primary teaching language, over 20% of university students reported that French was their native language during a recent academic year. About half of the population is fluent in French as their native language.

The reputation that McGill University has earned is due to the institution's more than 400 different programs, 50 research centres and institutes, extensive history, and flourishing alumni network of over 250,000 individuals worldwide.

Employers have a strong desire to hire graduates, as seen by the high percentages of graduates who are either continuing their education or gaining work two years after graduation.


McGill University is considered a home for about 40,000 students. Among these students, 32.2%, over 10,000 are international. These students come from more than 150 countries worldwide.  

Approximately two-thirds of the university's students are undergraduates. International students must pay a premium for tuition.

Despite a reduction in enrollment from the 1,962 students, the campus has 1,892 actively enrolled students in all offered programs as of autumn 2020. This includes both part-time and full-time students. In university, 1,212 students are pursuing a bachelor's degree, 374 are pursuing a master's degree, and 248 are seeking a doctoral degree. 70.7% of the population is female, while 29.3% is male.


McGill University housing is offered to students for both the undergraduate and graduate levels on both campuses. Approximately 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students live in McGill's residence system, which comprises 16 buildings. These facilities include dormitories, flats, and lodging in the form of a hotel. Most second-year students move into off-campus apartment accommodation during this transitional year.

McGill University offers a supportive and respectful community environment for students who want to live on-campus. Downtown and MacDonald campuses offer dorm-style, hostel-style and apartment-style residences for students.


  • Rank #31 by QS World University Ranking 2022
  • Rank #37 in Arts & Humanities by QS World University Ranking 2022
  • Rank #42 by Graduate Employability Ranking 2022
  • Rank #41 by World Reputation Ranking 2022
  • Rank #67 by Academic Ranking of World University Ranking


McGill University
845 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G4, Canada

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