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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: McGill affiliated events are amazing and a lot of fun (Frosh, Carnival, Hype, etc.), and Montreal nightlife is just as great. Having both is what makes the school so special.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene is pretty diverse and fun. You have Greek/frat parties at least every other week, as well as regular house parties. The main party though is carnival, which is a school sponsored week of drinking and insane events.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is pretty serious at McGill, but most people that come here are serious about studying so it works out. There are a couple of different libraries on campus, but finding a spot in the biggest and most convenient one during exams should be an Olympic sport.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: McGill is a massive hub for international students. There is a massive emphasis on safe space, both on campus and in residences. It can get a little overbearing with mandatory diversity seminars etc. in your first year, but mostly it's extremely positive and good for the students. Especially at orientation, diversity and inclusivity is widespread. We're all best friends, and any type of diversity regarding your background or ethnicity will not be the reason someone doesn't like you.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: My favorite thing about McGill is that there is very little judgment surrounding drugs and alcohol. When people come from all over the world, everyone has a different background regarding drugs and alcohol. As a result everybody does their own thing. Still, everything drugs and alcohol related is extremely accessible so it's there if you want it.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes decrease in size the further you get in your degree. The professors are usually extremely qualified and celebrated in their field. I imagine that this is the case at most universities, but lectures do tend to get boring at times. This is mostly in your first year when you take general classes that contain 600 students. However, most courses in my program (Arts) have smaller discussion sessions in which you do presentations and talk about the class subject matter etc.. Overall I really enjoy classes in my field of study, and this is mostly because most of the degrees at McGill can be catered towards your specific interests.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have not had any experience looking for employment yet. However many of my older friends have landed prestigious positions at great companies. Otherwise, McGill also boasts a great grad school record. A lot of kids get into Harvard etc.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't feel strongly either way. I can't recall a time when I did not feel safe to walk home alone, during the day or in the middle of the night. However this may be because McGillians are awesome and will always make sure you get home safe after a party or a night out.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in New Residence Hall my freshman year, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not the traditional campus dorm because it's a renovated hotel, but the private bathrooms are definitely a perk. There were about 750 kids in the building which was great and made making friends easy. It also means there is always someone in the lobby at 5 am when you come home after a night out. The RAs are cool and relaxed, they go out just as much as the students do. The only reason they would get you in trouble was if there was visibly smoke coming out from under your door.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am part of a sorority and I love it. In such a big school it's great to have a tight knit community that's extremely diverse and represents all aspects of the McGill student body. Most people are indifferent about the Greek life on campus, and some people don't even really know about it if they run in different circles. Still, the connections on campus are pretty great as a lot of Greeks hold leadership and administration positions around campus. Ultimately it's a lot of fun if it's your thing, and greek life itself is almost doubling in size each year.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: McGill is not an extremely athletics focused school, and varsity events are usually not heavily attended. The gym facilities are great though, and McGill definitely shows school pride in other aspects of student life. I know the university also gives out plenty of varsity scholarships.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The work hard play hard culture at McGill makes it one of the most fun, ambitious, and incredibly unique college environments out there. The diversity is incredible and everybody has a completely different background. I am about halfway through my undergrad and I can easily say that McGill has given me the best time of my life.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors are top-notch, there are tons of classes, plenty of extracurricular activities, and sports if that's what your into. Administration is terrible, but it's not really any different than other large schools. Montreal really can't be beat as a college town.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is internationally recognized, but I can't comment much on the career network or services.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is a huge focus on mental health at McGill, which is hugely helpful. I also feel very safe, but I can't comment on how others feel

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really liked living in RVC! It's right on campus and the community is the right mix of partiers and people who take academics very seriously. The rooms are pretty average, but the location and people are worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is almost non-existent at McGill. It's there if you look for it, but most people just go out to bars or clubs instead.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are certainly there, but they aren't a huge part of campus life. Its really the best of both worlds; the teams are fairly good, well-equipped, and competently coached, but life doesn't revolve around sports.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: McGill is a great place, and Montreal is an amazing city, but you have to be very self-directed and if you need something you have to seek it out. Nobody is looking out for you or holding your hand; you're treated very much as an adult. This is a good thing in some ways, because it makes you independent and responsible very quickly, but if you slip up it can be a long fall.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty safe. McGill clinic is a bit tough to access however.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors and courses are fantastic. You have to work to get A's, but I like that.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Love my floor fellows, love my building, love the renovated hotel dorm-style.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym and resources available for athletics is fantastic. I don't know much about the varsity teams themselves as it's not a big part of the culture.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Absolutely fantastic. I was able to find my niche and make friends; love all the classes and professors I've had the pleasure of taking and meeting so far.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I came to McGill mostly because of the cost, the urban environment, and the prestige. This is still known as the Harvard of Canada and we will fight tooth and nail for that. But this is where it gets iffy. So first of all, McGill isn't like Harvard. Yes they are both about the same size give or take a few thousand students (when you go above 20,000 you can do that). Harvard has some of the smartest kids. McGill, eh, not so much. It is based on numbers solely, so the community isn't curated for a specific vibe. You don't understand that from a tour. The one thing that isn't made clear about big classes is that they are huge, and It is awkward to get your professor to know you. If it is under 200 people it is possible otherwise all bets are off. McGill at the end of the day has produced excellence. Our current Prime Minister is indeed a McGill grad as are a number of MP's. And McGill has a standing reputation in the United States. But back to the aspect of classes, I personally would have chosen a school with smaller classes where I can know my professor, from first year. Additionally, It isn't a very happy school. Pride is like non-existent. It is sad. We are losing funding. Being in Montreal is pretty cool though. It is a huge party city. We have frats at McGill but the level to which they control social life is non-existent. When drinking age is 18, you have a social life that is more in sync with 20-somethings. Bars, Clubs, etc. Additionally, if you want to be on a debate team, McGill has one of the best on the planet. Overall, I wish I had picked a smaller school, with a more intimate environment. One that was catered towards a more wholesome course load. But whether I would pass up an urban environment or an inclusive social life not based on crappy house parties and frat houses for the rural nature of a liberal arts school, I would waiver on the side of no.

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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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