University description (as per official university website)
Founded by James McGill in 1821, McGill University, formerly known at the University of McGill College till 1885, is located in Montreal, Canada, and is the countryís oldest public university. The main campus is spread across 80 acres of land in downtown Montreal. The university has another campus called the Macdonald Campus on Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and this campus sits on 1,600 acres of land. McGill University's recent enrollments have been over 34,000 students every year.
The university offers a wide variety of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs of study through the following academic divisions:
Centre for Continuing Education
Desautels Faculty of Management
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Dentistry
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Religious Studies
Faculty of Science
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Schulich School of Music
Students of McGill University are members of fraternities and sororities like Alpha Epsilon Pi, Delta Upsilon, Sigma Alpha Mu, Zeta Psi, Gamma Phi Beta, and Alpha Omicron Pi. There are several other student organizations and clubs including the Queer McGill, International Relations Students Association of McGill, and Students' Society of McGill University. The athletics department fields teams in basketball, volleyball, tennis, squash, track and field, fencing, swimming, and racquetball. The menís teams are known as the McGill Redmen, while the womenís teams are called the McGill Martlets.
The Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings 2008 placed McGill University at the 1st position among all the universities in Canada. The Maclean's 18th annual University Rankings issue also placed the university at the 1st position among all the Canadian universities for four consecutive years.
McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading research-intensive universities. With students coming to McGill from about 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any medical-doctoral university in Canada.
The oldest university in Montreal, McGill was founded in 1821 from a generous bequest by James McGill, a prominent Scottish merchant. Since that time, McGill has grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and more than 35,000 students. The University partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year.
A Tradition of Innovation
Under the leadership of Principal Heather Munroe-Blum, McGill is recognized around the world for the excellence of its teaching and research programs. Ernest Rutherford's Nobel Prize-winning research on the nature of radioactivity was conducted at McGill, part of a long tradition of innovation on our campuses which has included the invention of the artificial blood cell and Plexiglas. Today our professors are performing pioneering work in epigenetics, developing alternative energy sources from crop plants and using nanotechnology to repair damaged neurons.
The Brightest Students
In addition to a stellar faculty, McGill is known for attracting the brightest students from across Canada, the United States, and abroad. McGill students have the highest average entering grades in Canada, and our commitment to fostering the best has helped our students win more national and international awards on average than their peers at any other Canadian university. The prestigious Rhodes Scholarship has gone to a nation-leading 131 McGill students.
The ability to balance academic excellence with the extracurricular is another hallmark of the McGill student. In addition to a rich athletic tradition that includes many Olympians, thousands of McGill students participate in the hundreds of clubs, associations and community groups that enrich Montreal and contribute to a vibrant campus life.
Our 200,000 graduates form a vast global network, with many of our alumni reaching the top of their professions as Supreme Court Justices, award-winning authors and musicians, astronauts and Nobel Prize winners.