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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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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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5 College Junior

Administration: The rules are there to protect us.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: Everyone is very helpful. I've never had any issues with Administration and they seem to be pretty chill.

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3 College Junior

Administration: I haven't personally had any issues with the school administration or academics, and I don't think I know of anyone who has, so it seems like they are rather fair.


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Going to McGill for college is going to a place where administration actually treats you like the adult, which you are. By Montréal law, your leased apartment, which includes your dorm room, is your private property, and is only subject to search with proper warrant. This means that the administration does not have the authority to do any sort of dorm check for drugs or alcohol. In fact, it is not even against campus policy to have alcohol in the dorms, as it is assumed that everyone is of age. McGill has school-sponsored drinking for a variety of activities, including freshman orientation. Drinking in Montréal just isn't an issue if you're over 18, in the city or on the campus.

What McGill is likely to get involved in is campus theft, vandalism, disturbing campus peace, smoking in unauthorized areas, or blatant drug use on school property. However, unlike many schools in the U.S., if you are charged with possession, you will not just be charged by campus security and suffer an academic punishment. At McGill, they treat you like an adult, and that includes adult penalties. In general, McGill administration does not care what students do, so long as it does not interrupt the academic environment for the rest of the student body.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Blocking a walkway in the library with a computer cord
  • Bringing food into the library
  • Carrying an open bottle of liquor
  • Jaywalking

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 33 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 41 responses

  • 41% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 56% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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