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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.

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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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The students of McGill have such a broad range of interests that it is very easy to find friends.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school has a unique blend of cultures that provides for a vibrant campus culture. Furthermore, being in the heart of Montreal, this university allows its students to be part of the city. The bilingualism is extremely enjoyable and the city's atmosphere is unparalleled. With regards to academics, McGill is hard; there is no grade inflation here. I personally prefer this, and knowing that many of the Ivy League schools in the United States are experience grade inflation does not make me regret my choice of coming here. The only thing that I find detracts from this school is its professors. Although it certainly depends on your subject and specific professors, many of my professors have not been good teachers, and knowing the international recognition of this school I was rather surprised. Despite this, there are many resources at a students disposal to learn and overall I am pleased with my experience so far.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

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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.

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4 College Freshman

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

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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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