Choosing a College: McGill University

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. And for some students, this includes schools beyond the U.S., too! As such, we are highlighting an international college this week in our School Spotlight series.

School Spotlight: McGill University
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Love the idea of attending an international and world-class research university that’s not too far away? McGill University, located in safe and beautiful downtown Montréal, enrolls over 27,000 undergraduates, approximately 30 percent of whom are international citizens. From accounting to world religions, there are hundreds of academic fields to choose from, and the University makes it easy for students to personalize their ideal course of study. Through the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, for example, students can combine an arts major with a science major, resulting in multi-track programs such as political science (BA) and psychology (BS), or women’s studies (BA) and biology (BS). Given McGill’s prime location, cultural and recreational diversions abound. Each year the University sponsors nearly 700 musical performances, while students can also choose from a wide range of athletic programs. In addition to options such as varsity ice hockey and club cheerleading, students can join the unique co-ed sport known as woodsmen that tests skills in axe throwing, wood chopping, and fire building. Good to know: no essay is required when applying to McGill. Rather, admissions decisions are made primarily on a student’s academic achievement.

Photo credit: Top, Courtesy of McGill University

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.