Location
Montreal, QC
Undergrads
20,181
Tuition (in-state)
$16,360 ($5,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Freshman

Scholarships: I don't qualify for financial aid but as I have hear they are very helpful with giving out money to those who need it.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Since it is a city there are so many options, but depending where you go it can either be expensive or inexpensive, but everything tastes amazing.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: This school is in the heart of Montreal, there is no better place a school could be.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's a really small part of school but you meet really great people if you're into that kind of stuff.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Honestly, I don't even know if we have campus police. Everybody is very chill up in the arctic of Montreal, but the main rule is safe space. If you don't say or do anything that could make somebody uncomfortable, then you're all good.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It is a very European system, you first choose your faculty and then your major. The faculties include management, engineering, science, nursing, arts, and education, and probably others. If you are deciding between engineering and science, choose engineering, it is much easier to switch into science from engineering than the other way around. There is no essay component to admission, only grades.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Engineering faculty has the best people, the best opportunities, and the most fun. It is easy to get involved and everybody is passionate about what they do. I am so happy with my choice and it really feels like a family away from home.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Best place for on campus dining is RVC, it's right off of campus but fairly expensive. Only first years get meal plans, and it carries over only for one year. First years can use the meal plan on campus and dining halls while after that its only dining halls.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The hockey team is amazing obviously but that's it

5 College Freshman

Diversity: It's an international school, nuff said.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's Montreal, everybody is too french to fight.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The most beautiful libraries ever!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Each faculty has their own pub night on campus!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are many different housing styles to choose.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everybody is so diverse and very accepting.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Easy to apply, but I felt like I was not treated as a person, especially when the university kept extending the deadlines for decisions without notifying me, as an applicant.

College Freshman

Greek Life: McGill does not have a very active Greek life, so I don't know a lot about it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is very confusing, and one may not get their first choice, but everything works out okay in the end.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Lots of variance in the quality of the facilities.

College Freshman

Scholarships: Not very many scholarships are given out, and you have to apply by a very early deadline to even be eligible.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Wonderful facilities for athletes and nonatheletes alike.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Sometimes expensive, but great variety.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Drinking age is 18. Parties are easy to find. Clubs and bars are popular.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I have seen no drugs on campus, nor have I heard of them.

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Lots to do and friendly people.

2 people found this useful Report
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Kelly Baker
Hometown
Weston, CT
Major
Sociology
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Looking at the school as a whole, most students would say that they are pretty content to call McGill their university. It can be pretty hard to pin down the overall atmosphere here; it's a large school in a large city, and where there is one trend on campus, it is not hard to find the exact opposite happening somewhere else. This can be a great asset. It's so easy for students to do their own thing and find someone who does something similar, too. However, it can also be troublesome if you don't know what your thing is yet. It's so easy to get overwhelmed with decisions about majors, where to live, when to study, and when to party, that succeeding here can seem unlikely at best. To top it off, McGill's bureaucracy is obscene, there are a million policies and guidelines buried in the Web site, and administration likes to be as unhelpful as possible enforcing these guidelines.

However, despite the red tape and faceless crowds, McGill is an amazing opportunity for those who want to make it one. It really is a school that you can mold to fit your needs. If you are content to spend four years by just passing classes, never joining anything, and staying with the same five people since frosh, you can do that. However, if you want to get to know your TAs and throw yourself into your subject, start an organization, and literally meet hundreds of new people a day, there is no better school or city to do that in. No other school is as liberal with as much personal freedom, and as ready to give people the responsibility of their actions, as McGill. There are few schools where you can live in your own apartment, cook for yourself, and in general, act like the adult the law says you are. McGill makes kids grow up fast; for some it's terrifying, but for others, it's the ideal.

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