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The numbers speak for themselves.
Mcgill is currently ranked:

McGill is ranked number one in Canada



McGill’s history dates back to 1813, when Scottish trader James McGill willed £10,000 sterling and his forty-six acre mountainside estate for the creation of a university bearing his name. Chartered in 1821, the new college began offering the first of its regular classes in 1829.

In the many years since then, the world has changed and McGill has flourished—blazing new trails in research, women’s rights, athletics and more. Our students, researchers, faculty and alumni have made an indelible mark on history, and our school has become a recognized and respected name around the globe.Learn more



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40,000 students

McGill students hail from a vast range of nations, cultures and walks of life. McGill has been home to 144 Rhodes Scholars—more than any other Canadian university.

McGill students work hard, but they know that their academic effort is an investment in themselves—one that pays enormous dividends and unlocks a lifetime of possibilities. And their learning isn’t just in the classroom—with hundreds of clubs, sports teams, volunteer opportunities and other things to do, McGill offers an incredible range of ways to get involved. Whatever your passion, you’ll find fellow McGillians who share it.




When you graduate, your McGill degree will be recognized and valued by potential employers and grad schools. You will be able to lean on a powerful, worldwide network of more than a quarter of a million living McGill grads that blanket the globe—and even venture into the spaces beyond, with three alumni astronauts having explored the final frontier. McGillians invented the search engine and the world's top tool for evaluating pain. They helped desegregate American schools, championed human rights, and created the technology that powers digital cameras. They’ve won Grammys, Nobel Prizes and Olympic gold medals. And today they continue to push the limits of possibility—not only dreaming big, but making those big dreams a reality.

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A McGill education prepares you for a lifelong career. Employers in Canada and around the world recognize and trust a McGill degree:
In a global survey that ranks universities’ reputation among employers, we came in 18th in the world.