2018 Factbook



40,036Total students [Fall 2018]
27, 601Undergraduate students
10,144Graduate students
638Postdoctoral scholars
1,287Residents and fellows
366Other (non-credit)


By mother tongue

45.9% English  
19% French           
35.1% Other  


By place of origin

48% Quebec
20.6% Rest of Canada
31.3% International

By Faculty

2,094 Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
9,458 Arts
530 Interfaculty BA & SC
252 Dentistry
2,617 Education
4,644 Engineering
558 Interfaculty Studies
922 Law
3,251 Desautels Faculty of Management
5,562 Medicine
910 Schulich School of Music
6,029 Science
3,209 Continuing Studies

Average entering R score* of undergraduates - 2017

Source: CRÉPUQ





(average excluding McGill)

Proportion of international students – 2017

[As a percentage of degree-seeking students]
Source: U15 Data Exchange




Canadian research universities
(average excluding McGill)

Proportion of PhD students – 2017

[As a percentage of degree-seeking students]
Source: U15 Data Exchange




Canadian research universities (average excluding McGill)



Tenured and tenure-stream faculty


Endowed teaching and research chairs


Canada Research Chairs allotted to McGill


Active Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada




Funding 2016-17*

[including affiliated hospitals]
Source: CAUBO 

$273.1M         [53%]        Federal
$61.8M       [12%]        Provincial
$92.8M    [18%]    Not-for-Profits and Individuals
$41.2M          [8%]   Business Enterprises
$46.4M  [9%]    Other (includes foreign, investments, endowment, and miscellaneous revenues)
$515.3M       [100%] Total

*Amounts are rounded.

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129  government- and industry-sponsored RESEARCH CONTRACTS valued at  $20.8 million  (excluding affiliated hospitals) in FY2017-18. 

30  new CLINICAL TRIAL agreements signed between April 2017 and March 2018 (internal reporting calendar).

Revenue of  $4.1 million  from a total of  130  CLINICAL TRIALS in FY 2017-18.

201  active licenses and options, including  25  licenses and options to license granted to the private sector in 2017.

McGill reported  108  disclosures, submitted  108  national and international patent applications, and received  14  new patents in 2017.

[All contracts and clinical trials figures exclude affiliated hospitals.]


#1in Canada among
for 14 consecutive years
[Maclean's University Rankings 2019]
#33in the world

[QS World University Rankings 2019]
#44in the world

[Times Higher Education World University
Rankings 2019]

#70in the world

[Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018]




For a detailed breakdown of McGill University’s financial position, operations and cash flow, please see our most recent Audited Financial Statements, for the year ended April 30, 2018.

Financial highlights 2017-18

Total combined sources of revenue
$1.33 Billion

Grants - Quebec government $ 431.20 32.51%
Grants - Canadian government $ 205.00 15.45%
Grants - U.S. government $ 6.10 0.46%
Grants - Other sources $ 48.10 3.63%
Contracts $ 16.50 1.24%
Tuition and fees $ 319.70 24.10%
Sales of goods and services $ 151.40 11.41%
Gifts and bequests $ 59.40 4.48%
Foreign exchange gain $ 1.70 0.13%
Investment and interest income $ 87.40 6.59%
  $ 1,326.50 100%

Total Student Assistance from Operating Fund 

[By fiscal year] 

McGill continues its commitment to accessibility by contributing at least 30% of incremental net tuition towards student aid and support, taking into account incremental amounts received from donations. McGill maintains its commitment  to provide financial support to students by contributing $32.6M of its unrestricted fund towards student aid and support in 2018-2019.

2018: $32.6 M
2017: $30.1 M
2016: $29.6 M
2015: $27.0 M
2014: $26.0 M
2013: $25.7 M
2012: $22.7 M
2011: $18.5 M
2010: $16.7 M
2009: $13 M
2008: $7.2 M
2007: $4.2 M



Since 2002, McGill has invested over $26 million in ENERGY MANAGEMENT projects, resulting in greenhouse gas emission reductions related to energy of 40%, despite acquiring more buildings and area during this same timeframe.


This year, our dining halls served about 15,600 kilos of produce, 3,000 kilos of beef and 104,000 eggs from MACDONALD CAMPUS FARM.

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62% of seafood purchased for McGill-run cafeterias is sourced from

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Approximately 94% of total coffee and 48% of total tea purchased by Student Housing and Hospitality Services was certified FAIR TRADE.

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The RVH Sustainability Sciences cohort (~140 members) published
approximately 1000 publications.

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The McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative distributed nearly $900,000 in funding to the winners of the first Ideas Fund and Innovation Fund Competitions, fueling bold and innovative SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH.

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21 ELECTRIC CHARGING STATIONS for vehicles have been or are in the process of being installed throughout the Gault, Macdonald and downtown campuses.

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McGill RECYCLED 60.6 tonnes of e-waste in 2018.

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Since May 2017, student volunteers certified over 70 sustainable events.

Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF)

Financial support for the SPF was secured for another 5 years following 3 student referenda and renewed commitment from the University.

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Since its creation in 2010, the SPF has allocated about $7 million in SEED FUNDING to over 190 sustainability-related projects.

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More than 3,200 volunteers have been mobilized and 2,100 people trained for sustainability projects on McGill’s campuses.

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More than 330 sustainability-related student jobs have been created.

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In the past year, 100% of teams reported both IMPROVED KNOWLEDGE of sustainability and personal and professional growth.

Year in Review

The University announced it will phase-out single-use bottled water from the retail locations by May 2019.

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McGill was designated one of Canada's top 100 Greenest Employers, and was ranked 2nd Greenest Campus in Canada by Corporate Knights.



Philanthropy by the Numbers

29,486Donors who gave to McGill
$173 MIn gifts from McGill donors
$12.1 MRecord amount donated through The McGill Fund,
the University's annual giving program,
from a total of 26,000 donors

$2.3 MIn gifts of $250 or less to
The McGill Fund

$24.4 MGiven through bequests, bequest intentions and other planned gifts from 126 donors

Our Alumni


McGill has over 275,000 alumni living in over 180 countries.

  • 50.6%

  • 29.7%

      Rest of Canada
  • 12.9%

  • 6.7%

          Other international

16,976 alumni attended 415 events worldwide

McGillConnect, the McGill Alumni Association’s online mentorship platform, saw

6,654 McGillConnect members had 2,348 coffee chats/meetings,
and exchanged 17,686 messages

Student Success

   3,600 Need-based bursaries and loans granted to students
2,900 In-course merit awards granted by Faculties and Departments
154 Athletic awards granted to students
1 in 6 Full-time degree students who received some form of financial aid
1,000+ First-year undergraduates who received entrance scholarships and awards

2018 Highlights

On March 14, 4,542 gifts added up to $1,878,453 raised in a single day during a best-ever McGill24, the University’s third annual day of giving; 1,750 of those who contributed were first-time donors.

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That same month, Seeds of Change, McGill’s crowdfunding program, celebrated closing its 100th STUDENT-LED PROJECT; in 2018, the platform
raised $336,202 from 2,427 donors.

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In September, Bob Wares made a landmark $5-million gift in support of McGill’s Faculty of Science, with a particular focus on his home department, EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES (EPS).

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Homecoming CELEBRATION WEEKEND 2018 took place from October 11-13, 2018. More than 3,400 alumni, students and friends attended events on McGill’s downtown and Macdonald campuses. Class REUNIONS drew nearly 500 guests, including seven graduates from the Class of 1948, who celebrated a milestone 70th class reunion! Alumni returned to campus from as far away as
Australia, China, South Africa and Japan.

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In April, the DOGGONE FOUNDATION donated $15 million to McGill and the MUHC, targeted to support the fight against infectious disease and immune threats.

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In May, Garvin Brown and Steffanie Diamond Brown gave $5 million to endow a
CHAIR IN DEMOCRATIC STUDIES at the Max Bell School of Public Policy.

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In June, the Irving Ludmer Family Foundation provided $10 million in further funding to the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health, creating a GLOBAL BRAIN CONSORTIUM to bolster brain research.

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In July, the Chan Kwok Wai Foundation helped create a new LEARNING COMMONS with the latest technologies and digital resources in the Faculty of Education, thanks to a $1-million donation.

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In October, the Institute for GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY was named for alumna Margaret A. Gilliam, whose landmark $5-million gift will help researchers understand the causes of hunger and malnutrition, and develop solutions to eradicate food insecurity.

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In November, the DOBSON CUP, McGill’s flagship startup competition, received a significant boost on its 10th anniversary in the form of a $4-million contribution from National Bank, one of its longtime supporters.


McGill is home to Canada's first faculty of medicine, established in 1829.

Canada's second largest hospital-based research facility is located at the McGill University Health Centre, with 550 researchers and clinicians, 1,200 graduate and postdoctoral students, and close to $170 million research funding.

Affiliated Teaching Hospitals:

Montreal Children's Hospital
Montreal General Hospital
Royal Victoria Hospital
Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute
Montreal Chest Institute
Lachine Hospital and Camille-Lefebvre Pavillon