2019 Factbook



40,153Total students [Fall 2019]
27, 573Undergraduate students
10,260Graduate students
738Postdoctoral scholars
1,247Residents and fellows
335Other (non-credit)


By mother tongue

45.4% English  
18.9% French           
35.7% Other  


By place of origin

47.9% Quebec
20.2% Rest of Canada
31.9% International

By Faculty

1,962 Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
9,525 Arts
589 Interfaculty BA & SC
245 Dentistry
2,604 Education
4,669 Engineering
590 Interfaculty Studies
926 Law
3,231 Desautels Faculty of Management
5,424 Medicine
884 Schulich School of Music
6,172 Science
2,843 Continuing Studies

Average entering R score* of undergraduates - 2018

Source: CRÉPUQ





(average excluding McGill)

Proportion of international students – 2018

[As a percentage of degree-seeking students]
Source: U15 Data Exchange




Canadian research universities
(average excluding McGill)

Proportion of PhD students – 2018

[As a percentage of degree-seeking students]
Source: U15 Data Exchange




Canadian research universities (average excluding McGill)



Tenured and tenure-stream faculty


Endowed teaching and research chairs


Canada Research Chairs allotted to McGill


Active Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada




Funding - Fiscal year 2018

[including affiliated hospitals]
Source: CAUBO 

$295.9M [51%]        Federal
$94M       [17%]        Provincial
$88.4M    [16%]    Not-for-Profits and Individuals
$44M          [8%]   Industry
$44.2M  [8%]    Other (includes foreign, investments, endowment, and miscellaneous revenues)
$566.6M       [100%] Total

*Amounts are rounded.

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109  government- and industry-sponsored RESEARCH CONTRACTS valued at  $18 million  (excluding affiliated hospitals) in FY2018-19. 

27  new CLINICAL TRIAL agreements signed between April 2018 and March 2019 (internal reporting calendar).

Revenue of  $4.7 million  from a total of  89  CLINICAL TRIALS in FY 2018-19.

198 active licenses and options, including  23  licenses and options to license granted to the private sector in 2018.

McGill reported  108  disclosures, submitted  62  national and international patent applications, and received  22  new patents in 2018.

[All contracts and clinical trials figures exclude affiliated hospitals.]


#1in Canada among
for 15 consecutive years
[Maclean's University Rankings 2020]
#31in the world

[QS World University Rankings 2020]
#42in the world

[Times Higher Education World University
Rankings 2020]

#78in the world

[Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020]




For a detailed breakdown of McGill University’s financial position, operations and cash flow, please see our most recent Audited Financial Statements, for the year ended April 30, 2018.

Financial highlights 2018-19

Total combined sources of revenue
2019: $1.42 Billion

Government of Quebec to fulfill teaching mission   $365.3
Tuition and fees, including domestic, Canadian, international students and Self-funded programs   $349.6
Government of Canada research and infrastructure grants, including Tri-Agency and CFI   $217.0
Research and infrastructure grants and contracts, recognized to the extent expenses are incurred, including MEES, US government grants and other sources   $177.0
Sales of goods and services generated by student housing and hospitality services, bookstore sales, faculty programs, community services (ex. School of continuing studies, Executive Institute, Dental clinic), student services, such as athletics and health services   $154.6
Investment and interest income from endowment income distribution and contributions to operations as well as unrealized gains and losses on investments.   $78.1
Gifts and bequests   $76.9


Total Student Assistance from Operating Fund 

[By fiscal year] 

McGill continues its commitment to accessibility by contributing at least 30% of incremental net tuition towards student aid and support, taking into account incremental amounts received from donations. McGill maintains its commitment  to provide financial support to students by contributing $34.2M of its unrestricted fund towards student aid and support in 2019-2020.

2019: $34.2 M
2018: $32.6 M
2017: $30.1 M
2016: $29.6 M
2015: $27.0 M
2014: $26.0 M
2013: $25.7 M
2012: $22.7 M
2011: $18.5 M
2010: $16.7 M
2009: $13 M
2008: $7.2 M
2007: $4.2 M



Since 2002, McGill has invested over $26 million in ENERGY MANAGEMENT projects, resulting in greenhouse gas emission reductions related to energy of 40%, despite acquiring more buildings and area during this same timeframe.


In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, our dining halls served about 15,600 kilos of produce, 5,000 kilos of beef and 95,000 eggs from MACDONAL CAMPUS FARM.

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62% of seafood purchased for McGill-run cafeterias is sourced from

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Approximately 94% of total coffee and 48% of total tea purchased by Student Housing and Hospitality Services was certified FAIR TRADE.

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The RVH Sustainability Sciences cohort (~140 members) published
approximately 1000 publications.

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The McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative distributed nearly $900,000 in funding to the winners of the first Ideas Fund and Innovation Fund Competitions, fueling bold and innovative SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH.

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21 ELECTRIC CHARGING STATIONS for vehicles have been or are in the process of being installed throughout the Gault, Macdonald and downtown campuses.

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McGill RECYCLED 60.6 tonnes of e-waste in 2018.

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Since May 2017, student volunteers certified over 150 sustainable events.

Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF)

Since its creation in 2010, the SPF has allocated about $8 million in SEED FUNDING to over 215 sustainability-related projects.

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More than 4,150 volunteers have been mobilized and 7,160 people trained for sustainability projects on McGill’s campuses.

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More than 330 sustainability-related student jobs have been created.

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In the past year, more than 120 partnerships have been established through the SPF.

Year in Review

The University received a Blue Community designation for banning the sale of single-use water bottles from retail locations.

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McGill was designated one of Canada's top 100 Greenest Employers for the second year running.

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The International Green Gown Awards, endorsed by UN Environment, recognized McGill as Sustainability Institution of the Year for its ambitious yet realistic Vision 2020 Sustainability Strategy.



Philanthropy by the numbers

30,000+Donors who gave to McGill
$385 M*In gifts from McGill donors
*This figure includes a $200 M gift from John and Marcy McCall
$12.5 MRecord amount donated through The McGill Fund,
the University's annual giving program,
from a total of 26,457 donors

$2.3 MIn gifts of $250 or less to
The McGill Fund shows the power of collective giving

$7.6 MIn planned gifts from 86 donors

Our Alumni


McGill has over 275,000 alumni living in over 185 countries.

  • 50%

  • 30%

      Rest of Canada
  • 13%

  • 7%

          Other international

14,036 McGill alumni attended 475 events worldwide

53 student groups received $16,000 in support from the McGill Alumni Association

4,045 alumni and friends attended 92 events over the 2019 Homecoming Celebration Weekend, including the launch of Made by McGill: the Campaign for Our Third Century

Support for students

  • The Bieler Internship Program enabled 64 students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to participate in internships around the world.
  • Thanks in part to donor-funded awards, the Arts Internship Office was able to provide 146 students with skill-building internships in more than 35 countries.
  • With assistance from a McGill Seeds of Change crowdfunding project led by the men’s lacrosse team, more than $100,000 was raised to create a new scholarship for an Indigenous student who plays lacrosse.
  • Donor generosity helped 125 undergraduate Engineering students gain in-depth research experience through Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) awards.
  • The Science Undergraduate Research Award (SURA) program funded summer research experiences for 83 Science students.


2019 highlights

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John McCall MacBain, BA’80, LLD’14, and Marcy McCall MacBain made a landmark $200 million gift – the single-largest philanthropic gift in Canadian history – to create a flagship graduate scholarship program.

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Les Vadasz, BEng’61, DSc’07, and Judy Vadasz made a $15-million gift to boost the prestigious Vadasz Doctoral Fellowships program in the Faculty of Engineering.

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McGill24, the University’s annual day of giving, raised a record $2.3 million in 2019 from 5,244 gifts over a 24-hour period; 1,857 of those who contributed were first-time donors.

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An investment of $14 million, made in part by The Rossy Foundation, created a new centralized Student Wellness Hub.

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Through a $2.5-million gift, McGill Chancellor Michael Meighen has established the Chancellor’s Third Century Challenge Fund to match gifts by donors supporting new entrance bursaries, and to provide a vital boost to the McGill Library’s Fiat Lux building campaign.

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The Doggone Foundation made a $1-million gift to the Ingram School of Nursing to launch the Bachelor of Nursing integrated online program to improve accessibility for working nurses in Quebec who hold a DEC.

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McGill’s crowdfunding program, Seeds of Change, raised $582,647 from 2,914 donors to support 54 projects.

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A major gift from Margaret Newall, BEd’72, will help establish a national consortium that brings together Indigenous education professionals from across Canada to share best practices and address challenges affecting Indigenous education.


McGill is home to Canada's first faculty of medicine, established in 1829.

Canada's second largest hospital-based research facility is located at the McGill University Health Centre, with 550 researchers and clinicians, 1,200 graduate and postdoctoral students, and close to $170 million research funding.

Affiliated Teaching Hospitals:

Montreal Children's Hospital
Montreal General Hospital
Royal Victoria Hospital
Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute
Montreal Chest Institute
Lachine Hospital and Camille-Lefebvre Pavillon 

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