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Montreal, QC
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20,181
Tuition (in-state)
$16,360 ($5,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The MLIS program is in a transitional stage right now.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Compared to my experiences from dining at American universities, the campus dining options here are a lot better. There are always decent vegan/vegetarian options.

The dining hall at RVC is known for having the best food. The dining halls at the hotel residences are pricier but also offer a lot of choices, including a variety of types of steaks to be cooked on the spot, sandwiches, burgers, and pastas.

If you don't want to use your meal plan home base dollars at the dining hall, McGill offers some dining locations around campus that take flex dollars. Student favorites include the Tim Horton's, the Subway, and Sinfully Asian.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Knowing how to speak French isn't a necessity, but it would definitely come in handy and open up many opportunities to you not available to strictly-English-speaking students.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Generally speaking, the student body here is ridiculously attractive. Everyone seems to have their own sense of personal style, and most students dress very well (including the guys).

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Living in a huge city where the legal drinking age is 18, the party scene is fantastic. Many great restaurants, clubs, and bars are located within walking distance from campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body at McGill University is very diverse and includes students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: As McGill is in the middle of Montreal, off-campus dining oppotunities are endless.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Wide availability of apartments to choose from. Prices are reasonable, so you can probably find an apartment that fits you and fulfills your needs. The area has a great housing selection that includes townhomes and walk-ups seconds away from campus, to apartment complexes minutes away that are connected to an underground mall. Many students also choose to live even further from campus, where apartments tend to be a lot nicer, but it's necessary to take the metro, the bus, or a bike to get to class. On that note, quality of the apartments / landlords in Montreal also widely varies. Be sure to do your research before you begin hunting for an apartment (which is mandatory for all students who aren't freshmen, as living in Rez is only available to first years).

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: McGill offers a lot of freedom and expects you to act like the adult you legally are.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: The first month of school (September) can be HOT. Then one day, temperature will suddenly begin declining, and before you have time to blink, it will be winter. The worst stretch of winter here includes temperatures that can dip down to -40 degrees (both Fahrenheit and Celsius).

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: McGill offers a huge variety of social opportunities for students, including hundreds of student-run clubs and organizations. Events thrown by student councils, clubs, and McGill Faculties range from Academic meet-and-greets with professors to wild and crazy social parties.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: As a huge university with a good reputation, McGill offers something for everyone--if you're willing to put in the necessary effort to find what you're looking for.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Plenty of computer labs, though all become busy during exam season. Wireless network is very fast and reliable.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Once again the bureaucracy is absolutely terrible making any process ridiculously slow.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Very little community feeling on campus. Frosh is the only "tradition"

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities are old and run down do to lack of funding.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wifi is very expensive in rez. Most people have there own computers

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is very little school spirit or sense of community on campus so sports games have very little attendance.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: It is easy to declare a major but McGill makes it difficult to take many classes outside of your major because they are restricted to people in that major.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are experts in the field but often are more focused on research than teaching.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The only transportation is an old bus to get to the McDonald Campus, but most students never go there their entire four years. There is a program called drive safe at night to get people home from clubs safely but there are few cars so it takes a long time for the car to come.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: McGill really just doesnt care about much. In rez there is no enforcement against drug use and even in school sponsored events like frosh it is really easy to get alcohol underage and no one really cares

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The bureaucracy of McGill is absolutely terrible. Nothing ever gets done easily and it is hard to meet with advisors. You hear a lot of horror stories of people not graduating in time because they did not have enough guidance in making their schedules from advisors and they havent completed their major in time. Classes are huge and very impersonal. If you are in sciences it is very difficult to make relationships with professors making it difficult to find letters of recommendation when applying for graduate and medical school.

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: It gets really cold and snowy. On top of that wind whips through campus. You really need to layer up and the lecture halls are kept really hot so its a lot of going from freezing to dying of heat in the winter.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: It is really hard to find parking because McGill is in the middle of the city.

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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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