McGill University

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  • McGill Uni­ver­sity is one of Canada’s best-​known insti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing and one of the lead­ing research-​intensive uni­ver­si­ties. With stu­dents com­ing to McGill from about 150 coun­tries, our stu­dent body is the most inter­na­tion­ally diverse of any medical-​doctoral uni­ver­sity in Canada.

    The old­est uni­ver­sity in Mon­tréal, McGill was founded in 1821 from a gen­er­ous bequest by James McGill, a promi­nent Scot­tish mer­chant. Since that time, McGill has grown from a small col­lege to a bustling uni­ver­sity with two cam­puses, 11 fac­ul­ties, some 300 pro­grams of study, and more than 36,000 stu­dents. The Uni­ver­sity part­ners with four affil­i­ated teach­ing hos­pi­tals to grad­u­ate over 1,000 health care pro­fes­sion­als each year.

    A Tra­di­tion of Innovation

    Under the lead­er­ship of Prin­ci­pal Heather Munroe-​Blum, McGill is rec­og­nized around the world for the excel­lence of its teach­ing and research pro­grams. Ernest Ruther­ford’s Nobel Prize-​winning research on the nature of radioac­tiv­ity was con­ducted at McGill, part of a long tra­di­tion of inno­va­tion on our cam­puses which has included the inven­tion of the arti­fi­cial blood cell and Plex­i­glas. Today our pro­fes­sors are per­form­ing pio­neer­ing work in epi­ge­net­ics, devel­op­ing alter­na­tive energy sources from crop plants and explor­ing how nan­otech­nol­ogy might repair dam­aged neurons.

    The Bright­est Students

    In addi­tion to a stel­lar fac­ulty, McGill is known for attract­ing the bright­est stu­dents from across Canada, the United States, and abroad. McGill stu­dents have the high­est aver­age enter­ing grades in Canada, and our com­mit­ment to fos­ter­ing the best has helped our 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 132 McGill students.

    The abil­ity to bal­ance aca­d­e­mic excel­lence with the extracur­ric­u­lar is another hall­mark of the McGill stu­dent. In addi­tion to a rich ath­letic tra­di­tion that includes many Olympians, thou­sands of McGill stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in the hun­dreds of clubs, asso­ci­a­tions and com­mu­nity groups that enrich Mon­tréal and con­tribute to a vibrant cam­pus life.

    Our 215,000 grad­u­ates form a vast global net­work, with many of our alumni reach­ing the top of their pro­fes­sions as Supreme Court Jus­tices, award-​winning authors and musi­cians, astro­nauts and Nobel Prize winners.

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