Founded in 1821 by royal charter, McGill University is a public, research-intensive university located in Montreal, Canada. Named after James McGill, a prominent Montreal merchant from Scotland whose bequest in 1813 formed McGill College, the university’s main campus is based at the foot of Mount Royal in downtown Montreal. The second campus is located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue on Montreal Island.
McGill’s student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in Canada. Its academic units are organized into 11 main faculties and schools, and it offers degrees and diplomas in over 300 fields of studies with the highest average admission grade of any Canadian university. Students are generally enrolled in the five larger faculties, namely arts, science, medicine, engineering, and management.
McGill University counts among its alumni Nobel laureates and Rhodes scholars, Canadian prime ministers, justices of the Canadian Supreme Court, foreign leaders and ambassadors, not to mention Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, astronauts and Olympic medalists.