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McGill University
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Tuition: $6,641  Students: 39,500
Address
James Administration Building
Montreal, QC      H3A 0G4
514-398-8411

McGill University


McGill University is a public research college that was established in 1821. Its name was taken from James McGill, a famous French-speaking merchant from Scotland. McGill is considered to be one of the oldest Canadian universities, having transformed itself from a private institution to a public institution. Its motto is: Grandescunt Aucta Labore, which means "By hard work, all things increase and grow." ... continued below

About McGill University

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

McGill’s main campus is situated at the Mount Royal in Downtown Montreal. Its second campus is Macdonald Campus, located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Its Health Centre is in partnership with five independent teaching hospitals for many years, and they have the tradition of collaborating with other Montreal hospitals. Some of the teaching hospitals that McGill is affiliated with are: Montreal Neurological Hospital, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, and Montreal Chest Institute.

In 2006, the University has received $1.6 Billion for the redevelopment of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). This will expand the facilities into two independent campuses and merge the diverse hospitals of the MUHC on Glen Yards. It is expected to be completed by 2010.

The University offers housing services to students. Most of the incoming first-year students live in the Bishop Mountain Residences which consist of McConnell Hall, Gardner Hall, Molson Hall, and Douglas Hall. The second largest residence is the Royal Victoria College, a “women’s only” dormitory. Other residences include a four-star hotel that was transformed to The New Residence Hall. Another is the Solin Hall, an apartment-style accommodation.

One notable residential service is the First Peoples’ House, which is adjacent to the main campus. Aboriginal students are the first priority when it comes to accommodation, and any remaining spaces will be given to the other resident students. It has a student lounge / resource centres with large common kitchens, and common rooms for watching TV, studying, eating, or just hanging out with friends. It also comes with single-sized bed and mattresses, desk and study chairs, operated laundry facilities, ID Card access, night table, vertical blinds, bookshelf, electricity, hot water and heat. Most of the rooms are wired for the use of internet and telephone, although they are not included in the rental payment and must be negotiated with McGill’s REZ Voice and Data Service.

Student Services and Student Life

The University offers the following services to its students: Bookstore (General books, McGill gear, Selling your books, Textbooks); Career services (Career fairs, Choosing a career, CV workshops, Faculty career centres, Find a mentor, Find a mentor, Work-study); IT support (myMcGill, WebCT); Legal info (Staffed by McGill Law students); Macdonald-downtown shuttle schedules (Academic year, Exam period, Summer) and Security (Emergencies, Lost & found, Personal safety training, Macdonald campus).

The Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) and the Post-Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University (PGSS) are two of the most active students’ associations at the campus today. There are also hundreds of student organizations and clubs to choose from. Some of the student organizations are internationally-acclaimed, such as the International Relations Students Association of McGill (IRSAM), which works with UN’s Economic and Social Council and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The University also has two English-language student-run newspapers: McGill Daily, an independent publication and the McGill Tribune. The Daily, which publishes twice a week, is the oldest daily student paper in Canada. The Red Herring is the main satire magazine, TVMcGill is the University TV and Internet Station. The campus radio station is the CKUT (90.3 FM).

The University is represented by the men’s McGill Redmen and the women’s McGill Martlets in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The campus has many sport and exercise facilities which include: McConnell Arena, Forbes Field, Molson Stadium, Tomlinson Hall, the McGill Sports Centre (which includes the Tomilson Fieldhouse and the Windsor Varsity Clinic), Memorial Pool, many outdoor tennis courts and other extra-curricular arenas and faculties. The Macdonald Campus also has a gymnasium, an arena, a tennis court, a pool, fitness centres and green space for regular use. The university's largest sporting venue is the Molson Stadium.

Academic Programs

There are 11 Faculties at McGill: Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, Desautels Faculty of Management, Faculty of Medicine, Schulich School of Music, Faculty of Religious Studies, and Faculty of Science. McGill has 9 schools, which include: McGill School of Environment, School of Architecture, School of Computer Science, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, School of Social Work, School of Nursing, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Centre for Continuing Education, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Famous Alumni

Some of the most famous and notable people who studied at McGill are: Charles Taylor, Templeton Prize winner; John Ralston Saul, a Companion of the Order of Canada; Sam Roberts, Juno Award Winner; William Shatner, winner of several Emmy awards; Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Republic of Latvia; Ahmed Nazif, youngest Prime Minister of Egypt, and Henry Mintzberg, management thinker.

Montreal Information

Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. The population of the Montreal Census Metropolitan Area (also known as Greater Montreal Area) is roughly 3.6 million. In 2007, Montreal was ranked as the 10th cleanest city in the world. The city rests on the Island of Montreal at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers.

Montreal has many beautiful attractions and his rich in cultural heritage. A cultural heart of classical art and the venue for many summer festivals, the Place des Arts is a complex of different concert and theatre halls surrounding a large open-spaced square in the downtown. The Place des Arts harbours t he headquarters of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal), which performs in its halls regularly.

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