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McGill University

McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. Students come to McGill from some 150 countries, making our student body the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country. We're talking two campuses, 10 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and 40,000 students!

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The oldest university in Montreal, McGill was founded in 1821 from a generous bequest by James McGill, a prominent Scottish merchant. He carved a new life for himself in the Canadian wild while barely out of his teens. He flourished as a fur trader, despite tough and dangerous conditions.


In addition to a stellar faculty, McGill is known for attracting the brightest students from across Canada, the United States, and around the world. McGill students have the highest average entering grades in Canada, and the commitment to fostering the very best has helped the students win more national and international awards on average than their peers at any other Canadian university. The prestigious Rhodes Scholarship has gone to a nation-leading 144 McGill students.


Today's researchers at McGill work in a range of exciting new domains, including genomics and proteomics, nanotechnologies, climate research, intelligent systems, new materials, food technology, statistics applied to the social sciences (including health care), and even the technology of music and the Internet. McGill encourages opportunities in these emerging fields, while nevertheless constantly working to support and strengthen research in its founding disciplines.

  • Bellairs Research Building
  • Lods Research Centre
  • Plant Research Facility
  • Large Animal Research Unit
  • Animal Research Centre
  • Biotechnology Research Institute
  • Horticulture Services Building


McGill has a history of shaping leaders. Nobel Prize winners, Grammy Award winners, Olympic gold medalists and world-renowned researchers—our alumni span the globe and leave McGill's mark in virtually every field, from neuroscience to the arts, from finance to physics and technology.

For undergraduate students, the McGill Commitment will mean meaningful exposure to research, whether in the laboratory or in the field, and learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom and the gates of the University. For graduate students, the Commitment will ensure excellence in supervision, and provide opportunities for developing career-enhancing professional skills.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Student services

McGill University's Student Services promotes and supports student success and well-being, offering a wide range of services to students requiring academic, career, and/or personal assistance, or simply looking to enrich their McGill experience and further their self-development.

  • Campus Life & Engagement
  • Career Planning Service
  • Counselling Service
  • First Peoples' House
  • International Student Services
  • Mental Health Service
  • Office for Students with Disabilities
  • Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
  • Scholarships and Student Aid
  • Student Health Service
  • Tutorial Service

Housing services

The McGill housing website is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about student housing both on campus and off. Whether you are a prospective student hoping to find out more about Undergraduate, Graduate, or Macdonald campus residences, or an upper year student looking for information about Off-Campus Housing or Floor Fellows, this is the perfect place.

Library services

Use the Library:

  • Library account
  • Article scan service
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL)
  • Questions? Ask Us!
  • Find a librarian
  • Hours
  • Room booking
  • Computers & software
  • uPrint: scan, print, copy
  • Borrowing books, etc
  • Workshops

ICT services

McGill Library offers over 600 computer workstations throughout the Library system for use by McGill students, faculty and staff, as well as guest users from the wider community. Guest access provides access to the Library's website, catalogues and electronic resources (journals, e-books, databases, etc.), but not to the Internet in general.

Medical services

Student Health Service provides McGill students with quality, comprehensive health care in a convenient campus location. Our services are specifically geared towards the unique health needs of students, and are delivered by caregivers sensitive to – and experienced with – their particular health concerns.

Student Life

Campus life


You can reach our downtown campus by public transit (McGill metro station or by bus), by bike, or on foot. If you bring a car, parking on campus is limited. Please be prepared to park off campus.

MACDONALD CAMPUS:The Macdonald campus, home to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, is located on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.

Sports facilities

McGill’s athletics facilities rank among the best in the country, including a fully-equipped fitness centre, two outdoor playing fields, a hockey and skating arena, tennis and squash courts, an indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tracks and much more.

With 29 intercollegiate teams, numerous competitive clubs, 700 intramural teams and an extensive Fitness and Recreation program, there’s truly something for everyone when it comes to staying active.

Student clubs

Maybe you’re an aspiring journalist. Maybe you’re a LGBT rights activist. Maybe you’ve just been mulling over trying your hand at Quidditch. No matter what your interest may be, McGill is sure to have the club or activity for you.

The undergraduate Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) sponsors nearly 300 clubs—from robotics teams to music associations. So whether your passion is politics, sustainability, or cooking, you won’t have to look far to find others who share it.


The Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the U.S. Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) jointly accredit Canadian undergraduate medical education programs. On behalf of these accrediting bodies, a survey team completes an onsite visit of each medical program at least once every eight years.

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