2021 Quick Facts

Quick facts


39,267Total students [Fall 2021]
26,765Undergraduate students
10,411Graduate students
698Postdoctoral scholars
1,393Residents and fellows


By mother tongue

46.8% English  
19.7% French           
33.5% Other  


By place of origin

46.8% Quebec
22.8% Rest of Canada
30.4% International

By Faculty

1,845 Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
9,450 Arts
706 Interfaculty BA & SC
278 Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences
2,623 Education
4,649 Engineering
722 Interfaculty Studies
859 Law
3,051 Desautels Faculty of Management
5,803 Medicine and Health Sciences
866 Schulich School of Music
6,282 Science
2,133 Continuing Studies

Average entering R score* of undergraduates - 2020

Source: CRÉPUQ





(average excluding McGill)

Proportion of international students – 2020

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




Canadian research universities
(average excluding McGill)

Proportion of PhD students – 2020

[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 2019-2020

[including affiliated hospitals]
Source: CAUBO 

$336.5M [53.5%]        Federal
$77.6M       [12.3%]        Provincial
$103.5M    [16.5%]    Not-for-Profits and Individuals
$52M          [8.6%]   Industry
$58.4M  [9.3%]    Other (includes foreign, investments, endowment, and miscellaneous revenues)
$628.6M       [100%] Total

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168 government- and industry-sponsored RESEARCH CONTRACTS valued at $14 million (excluding affiliated hospitals) in FY2020-21.

24 CLINICAL TRIAL agreements signed between April 2020 and March 2021 (internal reporting calendar).

Revenue of $4.3 million from a total of 84 CLINICAL TRIALS in FY 2020-21.

220 active licenses and options, including 32 licenses and options to license granted to the private sector in 2020.

McGill reported 153 disclosures, submitted 62 national and international patent applications, and received 24 new patents in 2020.

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


#1in Canada among
for 17 consecutive years
[Maclean's University Rankings 2022]
#27in the world

[QS World University Rankings 2022]
#44in the world

[Times Higher Education World University
Rankings 2022]

#67in the world

[Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021]




Financial highlights 2020-21

Total combined sources of revenue
2021: $1.47 billion

Government of Quebec to fulfill teaching mission   $381.2
Tuition and fees, including domestic, Canadian, international students and Self-funded programs   $382.3
Government of Canada research and infrastructure grants, including Tri-Agency and CFI   $262.0
Research and infrastructure grants and contracts, recognized to the extent expenses are incurred, including MEES, US government grants and other sources   $187.7
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   $82.6
Investment and interest income from endowment income distribution and contributions to operations as well as unrealized gains and losses on investments.   $100.8
Gifts and bequests   $69.4


Total Student Assistance from Operating Fund

[By fiscal year]

In addition to deploying efforts to seek funding for scholarships for McGill students from external sources, McGill continues its commitment to accessibility by contributing $39.3M of its unrestricted revenue towards student aid and support in 2021-2022.

2020: $39.3 M
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


74 percent of community members believe their actions have an impact on the University’s sustainability performance and accomplishments. Community members who are interested in learning how to live, work, and study more sustainably are invited to participate in the McGill Sustainable Workplace and Event Certification programs, or stay tuned for upcoming workshops or training sessions offered by the Office of Sustainability.

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92 percent of community members believe that it is important that McGill has a strong commitment to sustainability. Learn about McGill’s commitment to sustainability—including how we plan to get to zero-waste by 2035 and carbon neutrality by 2040—by reading the McGill University Climate & Sustainability Strategy 2020-2025.

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23 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 40 tonnes of e-waste in 2020.

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More than 14,000 kilograms of produce grown at the Macdonald Campus Farm was served at dining halls on the downtown campus in 2021 as a part of the McGill Feeding McGill program.

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Over 100 McGill student groups and clubs focused on sustainability and/or address the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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74% of McGill academic departments offer sustainability-related courses.

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More than 1,600 community members participated in a sustainability-related workshop, training or presentation hosted by the Office of Sustainability in 2021.

Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF)

Since its creation in 2010, the SPF has allocated about $10.1 million in SEED FUNDING to over 275 sustainability-related projects.

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More than 4,500 volunteers have been mobilized and 7,500 people trained for sustainability projects on McGill’s campuses.

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More than 1,200 trees planted through SPF-supported projects over the last year.

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In the past year, more than 70 partnerships and collaborations have been established through the SPF.

Year in Review

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

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McGill established a fair-trade carbon offsetting project in partnership with Indigenous communities in Panama to foster sustainable reforestation efforts, contribute to experiential learning opportunities, and further the University’s progress towards carbon neutrality.

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McGill’s Bicentennial Student Sustainability Challenge, impact200, saw 10 finalist teams produce proofs-of-concept for transformative projects that can enhance the sustainability of our campuses, our city, and the world.


Philanthropy by the numbers

25,000Donors who gave to McGill in FY21
$180 MIn gifts and pledges from McGill donors
[The second-highest fundraising total in McGill history]
$12.7 MDonated through The McGill Fund, the University’s annual giving program, from a total of 23,000 donors
$2.1 MIn gifts of $250 or less to
The McGill Fund shows the power of collective giving

$11.3 MIn bequests from 78 donors

Our Alumni

McGill has over 300,000 alumni living in over 185 countries.

28%Rest of Canada
10%Other international

70+ alumni branches and constituent groups worldwide

33,000 alumni and friends participated in over 300 webcasts, webinars and virtual salons

100+ events were hosted globally in collaboration with McGill Alumni Association volunteers

2021 highlights

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The Student Emergency Support Fund, originally created to help those struggling due to the pandemic, was expanded to include any student in crisis. To date, over 5,000 donors have donated $1.6 million to support more than 1,500 students in need.

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$13 million in gifts from Gerald Rimer and the Rimer family will support a major renovation of the Leacock Building – one of the central campus hubs for students and faculty – and build the foundation for a future Institute for Indigenous Research and Knowledges. In honour of the family’s generosity, the Leacock Building will be renamed the Rimer Building upon completion of the renovations.

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A record-breaking $3.8 million was raised on McGill24, the University’s annual day of giving, from a total of 6,885 gifts. Among many important causes, 63 student-led projects were supported through McGill’s crowdfunding platform.

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Two of Canada’s leading financial institutions donated to cutting-edge research: A $2-million grant from TD Bank Group will support the development of clean energy technologies at the McGill Centre for Innovation in Storage and Conversion of Energy, and $2 million from BMO Financial Group will fund fellowships and awards for students exploring the ethical implications of AI.

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Dr. Ray L. Hart, a renowned American professor of religion, made an extraordinary bequest to the School of Religious Studies, which is expected to be the largest donation to the School since its founding in 1948.

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The Schulich School of Music announced plans for a $25-million transformation of Pollack Hall. Thanks to a partnership between McGill and private philanthropy, more than $20 million has already been committed to the initiative.


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
Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute
Montreal Chest Institute
Lachine Hospital and Camille-Lefebvre Pavillon 

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