51 Facts About McGill University


McGill University is an English-language public research university located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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McGill University alumni include 8 Academy Award winners, 12 Grammy Award winners, at least 13 Emmy Award winners, four Pulitzer Prize winners, and 121 Olympians with over 35 Olympic medals.

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McGill University has one of the largest endowment per student in Canada.

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When James McGill University died in 1813, his bequest was administered by the RIAL.

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On March 31, 1821, after protracted legal battles with the Desrivieres family, McGill University College received a royal charter from King George IV.

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McGill University is responsible for the creation of Bishop's University in 1843 and Bishop's College School in 1836 in the Eastern Townships.

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McGill University recruited the aid of Montreal's wealthiest citizens, many of whom donated property and funding needed to construct the campus buildings.

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McGill University Waltz composed by Frances C Robinson, was published in Montreal by W H Scroggie, c 1904.

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Also the same year in 1905, the Bishop's University Medical Faculty Montreal who established in Montreal in 1871, closed and amalgamated with McGill University to create the new McGill University Faculty of Medicine, where BU graduates such as Maude Abbott, one of Canada's earliest female medical graduates transferred to work for McGill as the Curator of the McGill Medical Museum.

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Women's education at McGill began in 1884 when Donald Smith, began funding separate lectures for women, given by university staff members.

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On November 11, 2012, the McGill Remembers website launched; the University War Records Office collected documents between 1940 and 1946 related to McGill students, staff and faculty in the Second World War.

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McGill University was instrumental in founding several major universities and colleges.

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Dawson College began in 1945 as a satellite campus of McGill University to absorb the anticipated influx of students after World War II.

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Dawson eventually became independent of McGill University and evolved into the first English CEGEP in Quebec.

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McGill University led the creation of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1893.

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The campus extends west of Peel Street for several blocks, starting north of Doctor Penfield; the campus extends east of University Street, starting north of Pine Avenue, an area that includes McGill's Percival Molson Memorial Stadium and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.

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In 2019, McGill University announced the construction of a new campus for its Faculty of Medicine in Gatineau, Quebec, which will allow students from the Outaouais region to complete their undergraduate medical education locally and in French.

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In 2007, McGill University premiered its Office of Sustainability and added a second full-time position in this area, the Director of Sustainability in addition to the Sustainability Officer.

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The program was founded by Fiona Clark, then-assistant director of continuing studies at McGill University, and drew inspiration from horizontal peer-led programs, including the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement.

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Until the late 19th century, McGill University had owned parkland atop the Westmount Summit, which was used as a botanical garden.

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McGill University's symbol is the martlet, stemming from the presence of the mythical bird on the official arms of the university.

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McGill University's motto is Grandescunt Aucta Labore, Latin for "By work, all things increase and grow".

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McGill University maintains ties with more than 160 partner universities where students can study abroad for either one or two semesters.

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McGill University endowment provides approximately 10 per cent of the school's annual operating revenues.

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McGill University's endowment rests within the top 10 percent of all North American post-secondary institutions' endowments.

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Since the 1880s, McGill University has been affiliated with three Theological Colleges; the Montreal Diocesan Theological College, The Presbyterian College, Montreal (Presbyterian Church in Canada), and United Theological College (United Church of Canada).

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McGill University has joined Project Hero, a scholarship program cofounded by General Rick Hillier for the families of fallen Canadian Forces members.

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McGill University is one of three English-language universities in Quebec; French is not a requirement to attend.

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Internationally, McGill ranked 31st in the world and first in Canada in the 2023 QS World University Rankings.

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McGill University is one of only two non-American universities to be a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of research-intensive universities.

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McGill University is affiliated with 12 Nobel Laureates, and professors have won major teaching prizes.

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McGill University has one of the largest patent portfolios among Canadian universities.

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Since 1926, McGill University has been a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of leading research universities in North America.

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McGill University is a founding member of Universitas 21, an international network of leading research-intensive universities that work together to expand their global reach and advance their plans for internationalization.

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McGill University is a member of the U15, a group of prominent research universities within Canada.

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McGill-Queen's University Press focuses on Canadian studies and publishes the Canadian Public Administration Series.

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McGill University is perhaps best recognized for its research and discoveries in the health sciences.

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Since 2017, McGill University has partnered with the Universite de Montreal on Mila, a community of professors, students, industrial partners and startups working in AI, with over 500 researchers making the institute the world's largest academic research centre in deep learning.

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IRSAM has hosted the McGill Model United Nations for university students since 1990 and the Secondary Schools United Nations Symposium since 1993.

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Nevertheless, the McGill University Centre has been informally referred to as the Shatner Building ever since.

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Greek system at McGill University is made up of eleven fraternities and five sororities, including fraternities Alpha Delta Phi, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Delta Lambda Phi, Kappa Alpha Society, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi and Zeta Psi, and sororities Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma.

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The Greek letter organizations at McGill University are governed by the Inter-Greek Letter Council, the school's second-largest student group.

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McGill University is known for its strong baseball, hockey and lacrosse programs.

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In 2006, McGill University's Senate approved a proposed anti-hazing policy to define forbidden initiation practices.

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In December 2018, McGill University released a working group report that revealed deep divisions between students and alumni who defend the nearly century-old name and those who feel it is derogatory to Indigenous students.

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However, on 17 November 2020, McGill University revealed that the varsity men's sports teams would now be known as the "Redbirds".

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In 2007, McGill University students arrived in bus-loads to cheer on the McGill University Redmen, occupying a third of Queen's Jock Harty Arena.

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In education, McGill University alumni have played pivotal roles in the founding of several institutions of higher education.

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McGill University has produced five astronauts out of 14 total selected in the CSA's history.

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In law and politics, McGill University alumni include three Prime Ministers of Canada, one Governor General of Canada (Julie Payette), and 15 justices of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Foreign leaders who have graduated from McGill University include President of Costa Rica Daniel Oduber Quiros, President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Prime Minister of Egypt Ahmed Nazif.

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