Founded in 1821 with a bequest by Montreal merchant James McGill, McGill University has earned an international reputation for scholarly achievement and scientific discovery. The only Canadian university ranked in the top 25 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement for four years running, McGill was also picked as the top medical-doctoral school in the country by Maclean's magazine in 2008.
Innovative research programs and cutting-edge facilities including our brand new Life Sciences Complex attract internationally respected faculty. Our faculty excel at research; in 2008, McGill professors Nahum Sonenberg and Charles Taylor took home, respectively, the Gairdner International Award and the Kyoto Prize, two of the world's top research prizes. McGill's faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, too, bringing their cutting-edge breakthroughs into the classroom.
McGill also attracts the brightest students. The University offers its 34,000 students unparalleled opportunities to enrich their educational experience through hands-on research opportunities, international exchanges, internships, field-study and study-abroad programs.
McGill's 21 faculties and professional schools offer degrees in more than 300 fields of study. McGill offers a full range of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs as well as professional degrees in law, dentistry, business and medicine. The world-renowned Faculty of Medicine has four affiliated teaching hospitals and graduates more than 1,000 health care professionals each year.
With almost 20 per cent of its students coming from 160 countries around the globe, McGill has the most internationally diverse student body of any medical-doctoral university in Canada. The ability to balance academic excellence with extracurricular activities is another hallmark of students at McGill. In addition to a rich athletic tradition that includes many Olympians and Rhodes scholars, thousands of McGill students participate in the hundreds of clubs, associations and community groups that enrich Montreal and contribute to a vibrant campus life.
Our website provides an excellent introduction to McGill, including descriptions of academic programs and links to major publications, resources and events. An Open House for prospective students is held annually, and our Welcome Centre arranges walking tours and the student-for-a-day program, information about accommodation close to campus and much more in the way of support for prospective students and their families.
For information on applying to McGill University, go to our website.