McGill University

McGill University

McGill University is one of Canada’s best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the country’s 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 Montreal, 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 34,000 students. The University partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year.

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 131 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 Montreal and contribute to a vibrant campus life.

Scholarships and Student Aid

McGill University has a comprehensive scholarship and award program to recognize, honour and encourage the outstanding achievements of its undergraduate students at different levels of study.

Most of McGill’s extensive program of scholarships and awards has been funded by the generosity of its donors. These include millions of dollars of entrance, in-course, activity and athletic awards offered annually to outstanding students.

In addition, students may be eligible for the myriad of external awards which are available every year from a host of associations, corporations, organizations and foundations. McGill maintains a wide-ranging web site with abundant links, but new scholarship programs are being established constantly and students should apply for all awards for which they may be eligible.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Calendar

Student Residences

Residence accommodation is guaranteed for first-year students admitted by June 15th and is granted on a first-come, first-served basis after that date. If you requested to live in residence on your initial application, the status of your residence offer will be indicated on your acceptance letter from McGill Admissions and on Minerva. If you have been offered a space in residence, you must confirm your room reservation on Minerva and pay your deposit before the June 15th deadline to secure your spot.

If you will not be living in residence, it is best to start looking early for an apartment or room to rent. Montreal offers many interesting and diverse neighbourhoods to live in and most are easily accessible by public transportation.

The Off-Campus Housing Office can help with your search, and offers important information about your rights as a tenant and useful tips for finding great apartments. Students often post housing ads in McGill’s classifieds, and the First-Year Office offers advice for apartment-hunters as well.

Athletics and Recreation

In keeping with McGill University’s commitment to education and innovation, Athletics and Recreation vows to provide students and staff opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity within an inclusive environment that values health, well-being, and fairplay. We strive to instil within our community the values of academic and sporting excellence along with the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle.

Whether it be exercise classes, martial arts, intramurals, or recreational sports, Campus Recreation offers the McGill community plenty of ways to get in shape.

Like your exercise a little less structured? Drop by the McGill Sports Complex for a pick-up game of basketball, volleyball, badminton, or soccer. Or grab a partner and play squash or tennis. The Campus Recreation program is a great way to stay active and meet new friends.

From the spectacular Percival Molson Stadium, located in the heart of bustling Montreal, to the gymnasiums, tracks, courts, all-purpose activity rooms, fitness facilities, and pool, McGill students, staff, faculty, and community members benefit from some of the finest recreation and athletics facilities in the country.

Join or create a team and play in any one of the fifteen intramural leagues. All full-time McGill students are eligible to participate in this popular program that combines competitive athletics with the philosophy of inclusion, participation, and fair play. Individuals are also welcome to participate by becoming free agents and signing on with an established team.

McGill staff and alumni who have purchased Sports Complex memberships may also compete in intramural activities.

The intramural sports program offers all full-time McGill students, as well as staff and alumni with Sports Complex memberships, the opportunity to participate in competitive sport. Individuals are encouraged to participate in the spirit of fair play and good sportsmanship. Depending on the sport, most intramural games take place on week-nights after 17h00, and on weekends beginning at 9h00.

Most sports are divided into three categories: men’s, women’s, and co-recreational. Individuals may not participate on two teams within the same league. However, participation in a gender league (men or women) and a co-recreational league is permitted. And each league is divided into three levels (divisions) of play: competitive, intermediate, and recreational.

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