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McGill takes top spot in Canada for 15th year in a row

McGill has again been ranked the top medical-doctoral university in Canada by Maclean’s magazine. Among the highlights, McGill devoted the highest proportion of its operating budget to student scholarships and bursaries and had the highest percentage of students who had won national awards.

McGill's John McCall MacBain Arts Building at dusk

Maclean’s Magazine issued its annual university rankings and, for the 15th consecutive year, McGill has been named Canada’s top medical-doctoral university. The medical-doctoral category includes 15 Canadian universities, each with a medical school and a wide range of PhD programs.

“We are delighted to be recognized by Maclean’s for the high calibre of our university and the exceptional contributions of our people,” said Principal Suzanne Fortier. “We understand that rankings are not an exact science, but our strong showing in the Maclean’s rankings over the past fifteen years testifies to our commitment to excellence. All members of our McGill community can take pride in this accomplishment.”

McGill scored particularly well in:

  • Devoting the highest proportion of its operating budget to student scholarships and bursaries
  • Having the highest percentage of students who have won national academic awards
  • Scoring first in Social Sciences and Humanities grants
  • Leading in Library Acquisitions and tied for second in library services expenditures

McGill also had the largest percentage of international students.

Principal Fortier is particularly proud of McGill’s performance in scholarships and bursaries, saying that being ranked No.1 in that category for 10 straight years “underscores McGill’s long-standing commitment and the university’s vision to ensuring accessibility to education for all talented students, regardless of their financial means.”

The release of the rankings comes just a week after the University launched “Made by McGill: the Campaign for Our Third Century.” One of the key elements of the $2 billion campaign is to support students by increasing accessibility to a McGill education and ensuring they have opportunities to take part in hands-on learning experiences that complement their classroom studies.

Many of the scholarships currently available at McGill are funded by philanthropic support, as are a number of new initiatives for students, such as the University’s Student Wellness Hub cited in the Maclean’s article.