Two hundred years of history

From its founding in 1821, McGill has been home to momentous firsts thanks to brilliant and curious minds.

Our university grounds were the birthplace of basketball and hockey. This is where Archie, the world’s first internet search engine, was created, and where Canada’s first female professor taught.

Recently, McGill’s researchers have been making significant breakthroughs in RNA research that will shape the future of medicine. In all fields, McGillians continue to push boundaries and make an impact.

Archival images of McGillians from old yearbooks

McGill. Made by dreamers and trailblazers.

From revolutionary scientific and medical innovations, to artists and humanitarians giving back to the community — McGillians have made, and continue to make, a lasting change in the world.

Two students walk up the stairs of the McLennan Library building

Our faculties' histories

McGill has 11 faculties and 13 schools across three world-renowned campuses. Discover the people and events that shaped them.

Portrait of James McGill

James McGill (1744-1813)

James McGill, the man whose vision would lead to the creation of the University that bears his name, was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 6, 1744.

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