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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's really hard to see a nurse at Mcgill, you're better off going to an off-campus doctor.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: McGill is a great school, but it's too difficult and would be better if they didn't care so much about numbers. The social scene is fantastic and the students are nice. However if I could change one thing... it would the academic experience.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the social scene, but the academics are insane. It's good to note that you can apply to two school within McGill. I made the mistake of picking the wrong one, due to the fact that I did not know that. Class are incredibly difficult and the grading can be harsh. But the "play-hard" aspect can make it worth it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: McGill is internationally recognized school. They have a broad reach in name, but in terms of networking, it's not comparable to the ivy league schools.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is very little greek life at McGill. There are many party activities without them, so they have no become a dominant influence on campus. There are some you can join for parties or community work, but it's not huge at McGill.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are many clubs and sports you can do on campus. The facilities are good, but they can get crowded (as McGill is a big school). Staff are friendly and there are tons of new activities to try.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You will need to find your own place the 2nd year at McGill. There is no point in staying in Rez after the first year. Prices can vary, but there are many options. McGill offers many seminars on how to handle finding and signing for an off-campus place.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Montreal is hands down of the best cities for eating. Everything is absolutely great. There are thousands of restaurants in the city and most of them have great food. Prices can range from affordable to expensive depending on your tastes, but you can find good food for any cost.

5 College Freshman

Administration: McGill is not strict at all. As soon as you arrive, you are treated as an adult. You can drink, party, and ditch class to you heart's content, but if you do... your grades will drop sharply. It's a great social scene for students who are responsible on their own.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The cost of the University is low to being with. But there are plenty of students here on scholarships.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are always parties in Montreal. There are house parties, clubs, bars. People are always nice, which makes Montreal one of the best places in the world for parties.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's good food and the staff are kind. It's expensive compared to other places in the city, but its convenient.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is really nice, some Rez's are far better than others, so do research. They are all expensive compared to the standard of living in the city, but you will generally be in Rez for one year.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: No barriers to minorities. Specially designed initiatives to guarantee inclusiveness. Most students are remarkably accepting, even celebrate, the presence of so many different groups.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: So many options as far as opportunities for leisure time: unique nighttime venues, art galleries, cultural attractions, outdoor festivals in the summer, and the Montreal Canadiens.

1 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The administration is awful. In short, the lines for speaking with the administrative staff is like being captive in purgatory and their helpfulness and motivation often times seem to be disincentivized, especially anything involving the student health center.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Heavy workload, but always fair. Some faculties are notorious for extremely challenging final exams in the intro courses such as Calc 2. Nonetheless, it is completely possible to receive A's if you study all the material.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Most professors work their hardest to present students with opportunities to provide extra support.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: As far as research jobs go, there are so many opportunities for summer work that pay reasonably. If you speak French then securing a good job/internship in Montreal is so easy.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: So many great options: you can find whatever kind of place you're looking for.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletics are not that important, but many students have competed in the Winter Olympics for skiing and Mike Babcock, coach for Canada's hockey team fir the winter Olympics, is an alum.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Honestly, the only concern regarding safety at McGill is the snow and ice falling from rooftops during the periods of time when it melts.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Montreal has so much to offer in regard to places to eat and deals for these options. One word: AMAZING!!!!

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Carrefour Sherbrooke was absolutely amazing as a residence. After all, it was a four points hotel before its conversion into a dormitory.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Never had a much of a difficulty.

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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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