About McGill

Who We Are

McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from over 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country. 


McGill is a public university, founded in 1821.

A Tradition of Success

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 that includes the invention of the artificial blood cell and Plexiglas. Today our professors are building the new field of epigenetics, developing alternative energy sources from crop plants and driving human achievement in every field imaginable.

The Best and Brightest

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 our commitment to fostering the very 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 145 McGill students.

McGill Proud

Our university is home to an exceptional collection of students, faculty and staff, and counts itself among the finest research-intensive universities in the world.

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2017 Year in Review

The Beyond Me network brings together special needs children with McGill student mentors... #mcgillimpact. Learn more

The World Health Organization predicts neurological and psychiatric diseases will claim more Canadians than cancer by 2040... #mcgillimpact. Learn more

What goes from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, has no emissions, and was built and tested by McGill engineering students... #mcgillimpact. Learn more

A Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal project pairs McGill students and the Université de Montréal with merchants... #mcgillimpact. Learn more

Dr. Mark Ware has studied the use, safety and effectiveness of medical cannabis for almost 20 years... #mcgillimpact. Learn more

Professional dental care is out of reach for many of Montreal's 200,000 working poor... #mcgillimpact. Learn more

Triple the number of Indigenous students at McGill by 2022. A new special advisor on Indigenous initiatives. Improved financial support...
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Complex, multidimensional problems demand complex, multidimensional solutions... #mcgillimpact. Learn more



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