McGill University

  • 845 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal, QC, H3A 2T5view map
  • (514) 398-4455
  • (514) 398-3594
  • www.mcgill.ca

Fact Sheet

  • 1821
  • University
  • Research Intensive
  • English/French
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier - former Prime Minister of Canada; Leonard Cohen - Poet, author, songwriter, musician; Sheila Fraser - Auditor General; Rudolph Marcus - Nobel Prize winner in chemistry; Julie Payette - astronaut; Steven Pinker - neuro-scientist; John Ralston Saul - Governor General's award-winning philosophical author

What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Top international reputation
  2. Ultra-competitive atmosphere
  3. Research-oriented faculty
  4. Large class sizes
  5. Infamous bureaucracy

Courses With Kudos

Engineering, Medicine, Law, Music, Sciences, Business, Education, Political Science, History

Student Sound Offs

"The opportunities for research as an undergraduate make a big difference for careers in science and medicine."

"The off-campus student life is unbeatable. The downtown campus is literally in the middle of one of Canada's most vibrant and exciting cities."

"There is so much activism and altruism at McGill. Our students are very outspoken, opinionated and knowledgeable."

"You meet people from every background, religion and part of the world, who really allow you to open your mind and push you to go beyond your bubble of thought about the unknown. You need not speak French to go to McGill, although it is a plus."

"It is a very competitive atmosphere, and one is unlikely to receive notes if one misses a class. This creates a tense atmosphere between students."

"The Macdonald campus is amazing, and often gets ignored. It offers a really great community atmosphere, smaller class sizes and alternative programs that aren't offered downtown."

"I don't like the pressure to be thin, and to dress in expensive, high fashion all the time. The campus is full of skinny, beautiful girls, and it can be really stressful."

"Class sizes overwhelm both teaching assistants and professors, therefore some lectures do not go into as much detail, and questions are not welcomed."

"McGill is famous for its red tape. To accomplish even quite basic administrative changes, a bureaucracy reminiscent of that of the Soviet Union needs to be navigated, with one office sending one to another office, that office sending one back to the first office, etc."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: McGill University
Institution size classification: Large   (see the methodology)

    Notes
  1. Latest survey update: September 2012
  2. Other data sources: latest available data shown
  3. All letter grade results are student satisfaction data

Legend

Canadian University Report - Student Survey
 

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Overall Student Satisfaction

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Satisfaction B+ B

Quality of Teaching

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning B+ B+
Out-of-Class Communication Between Students and Instructors B B
Academic Reputation of Faculty Members A B+

Academic Resources

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Ease of Course Registration Process B- B
Number of Courses to Choose From B+ B+

Campus Atmosphere

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Sense of Community on Campus B- B-
Sense of Community Within Your Faculty B B
Sense of Personal Safety and Security A- B+

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size B- B
Average # of Students in First Year Class 259 247
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 8% 9%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 22% 25%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 70% 66%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students N/A 27%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students N/A 52%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students N/A 21%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection A B-
Availability of Computers On-Campus A B
Access to Course / Teaching Materials On-Line A- B+
Labs and Research Equipment B+ B

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls B B-
Student Residences B+ B
General Attractiveness of Buildings A B
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities A- B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals A- B+
Study Spaces in the Library A- B-
Library Hours of Operation A A-

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career B+ B
Reputation of the University Among Employers A+ B+
Co-op / Internship Opportunities B- B-
Career and Employment Services B- B

Off Campus

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
The City or Town in Which the Institution is Located A B+
Quality of Public Transportation A- B
Variety and Quality of Cultural and Sports Activities and Events A B+
Affordability and Quality of Places to Hang Out Like Restaurants, Bars, clubs or Coffee Shops A B
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing B+ C

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services A- A-
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services 75% 67%

Student Services

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Academic Support Services (e.g. Writing Clinics, Learning and Study Skill Workshops) B B
Academic Counselling and Advising Services B- B
Campus Bookstore B B
Services for International Students B B+