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Freshman Year: McGill's Macdonald Campus Freshman Program

McGill University has TWO campuses—the Downtown Campus is located in the heart of the city of Montreal; the Macdonald Campus, home of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is located in the picturesque town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, on the western tip of the island of Montreal, about 35-40 minutes away from the Downtown Campus. Download map

McGill University's Macdonald Campus Freshman Program offers you:

  • smaller classes with dynamic professors
  • a vibrant international academic community
  • an internationally-recognized education
  • a beautiful campus with lots of green space
  • a way to make a difference in tomorrow’s world

Today's critical questions require answers based on a sound scientific foundation. The Freshman Program on McGill’s Macdonald Campus provides that, and much more. Because the transition from high school to university can be challenging, our Freshman Year is specifically designed to help you adjust to the many aspects of university life.

The program offers:

  • basic science and math courses to prepare you academically
  • dedicated Freshman Seminars to develop academic and life skills
  • peer-to-peer academic support and life lessons
  • lectures on Faculty research projects
  • activities to integrate you into the wider university community
  • personalized advising

While a Freshman at Mac, you can:

  • Live on or off campus
  • Participate in leadership development and community engagement
  • Participate in research projects
  • Take courses on the Downtown Campus—just a shuttle bus ride away
  • Join one of the many clubs on campus and/or get involved in an athletics program

The Freshman Program on McGill’s Macdonald Campus is your stepping stone to an exciting career in areas such as:

  • natural resource management
  • environmental protection
  • nutritional and food sciences
  • bioresource engineering
  • global food security
  • agricultural economics