calendar_month 10 Dec 2007, 00:00
McGill is Canada''s best-known university, ranked among the world''s finest publicly funded universities. It offers the highest of standards and an exciting and unique learning environment in the heart of Montreal. It is Canada''s leading research-intensive university.

Facts 2004-2005 offers a sampling of facts about McGill, its many programs and fields of expertise, as well as some of the great people who study, teach and innovate at the University.

McGill is a dynamic place. Interdisciplinary hubs like the Pain Research Centre and the Tools for Nanoscience research facility are among the finest in the world. The Faculty of Music''s new building will house innovative research, teaching and performance space that is unique in North America. McGill''s leadership position is being further solidified by new facilities such as the proteomics and genomics research building and the new McGill University Health Centre, which will begin construction shortly.

It is people who are McGill''s most valuable resource. McGill students are the best and brightest from Quebec and Canada, and around the world. McGill''s faculty are outstanding, and each year, more distinguished professors and researchers join the University. Under its academic renewal plan, McGill is hiring 100 new professors each year, bringing new knowledge, ideas and energy to build on its strengths and history to create a remarkable future.

McGill attracts the top students and faculty from around the world. The student body at McGill is recognized as being the most dynamic and diverse in North America, bringing together French- and English-speaking Canadians with other students from over 140 countries. McGill is one of the most exciting campuses in North America, with an international reputation for teaching and research and with world-renowned experts teaching in hundreds of disciplines.

Quick facts
* McGill has 21 faculties and professional schools, including Arts, Science, Education, Law, Medicine, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Engineering.
* The University offers 300 fields of study. It is possible to combine fields of study through McGill''s interdisciplinary programs, double majors and minor concentrations.
* The new Bachelor of Arts and Science degree provides students with a valuable interdisciplinary education experience.
* McGill has dozens of interdisciplinary schools and programs, including the McGill School of Environment and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology.
* Students can complete diploma certificates, as well as undergraduate, master''s or doctoral degrees.
* Through exchanges and multilateral agreements, McGill provides access to over 500 universities internationally.
* McGill students looking for hands-on experience can participate in field study programs in Barbados, Panama and Africa.

Quick facts
* McGill has 14 libraries open to the public. They hold more than five million books and journals.
* The libraries have rare and unusual books, such as Greek manuscripts that date back to 158 A.D. and a volume known as "the feather book" from 1618 Milan, an illustrated volume that used real bird feathers on its pages.
* The Marvin Duchow Music Library has 45,000 volumes of musical scores, 30,000 LPs and 18,000 CDs. McGill''s Macdonald Campus is the largest privately owned green space on the Island of Montreal.
* Apples grown in the orchards near the McGill-run Gault Nature Reserve at Mont Saint-Hilaire (Canada''s first UNESCO biosphere reserve) are sold in University residences, providing income for local farmers.
* There are six museums run by or associated with McGill, including the McCord Museum of Canadian History, the Rutherford Museum, and the Lyman Entomological Museum.
* The McGill University Herbarium has a collection of over 135,000 plant specimens, some 200 years old.

Quick facts
* The Redpath Museum, one of the oldest museums in Canada, opened in 1882 to preserve and display the valuable collections of Sir William Dawson, a noted Canadian natural scientist.
* The Centre for Continuing Education offers courses in languages and language translation, music appreciation, personal computers, business and professional development, and many others.
* The Faculty of Dentistry runs a free dental clinic, designed primarily to serve the physically and mentally challenged, through the facilities of the Montreal General Hospital site of the McGill University Health Centre.
* The legal information clinic is a free, student-run service for McGill and the wider community.
* A wide variety of recreational opportunities are offered to the general public through athletics facilities.
* Professionals from the School of Social Work volunteer their time to community groups to help people deal with family violence, bereavement and other losses.
* Every year, McGill sponsors a wide variety of lectures and conferences. Recent speakers include Nobel Prize winner Joseph Taylor.
* Opened in 1904, the Yellow Door operates a popular coffee house and runs a visiting program for the elderly, supported largely by student volunteers. They work closely with McGill''s chaplaincy.
* The McGill Office for Science and Society is dedicated to disseminating up-to-date information on food issues, medication, cosmetics and health topics in general.

Life at McGill today
McGill offers a number of services on campus for students and staff. Computing facilities, including the new Information Commons and Info-CafA in the library, residence space and medical clinics all make McGill a home for the people who help make the University what it is. The Students'' Society of McGill University and the Post-Graduate Students'' Society are the two largest student organizations. They run a number of independent services and clubs as well as being the main voice representing students to the University administration

Quick facts
* McGill has 2,400 residence spaces.
* McGill offers dozens of different living options, from a converted hotel to the Eco-Residence at Macdonald Campus.
* McGill Athletics boasts 32 self-financed sports clubs and 14 funded sports teams, from football to badminton. There are also more than 800 intramural teams.
* Two-thirds of students participate in some physical activity, such as kayaking, tennis, playing a competitive sport or letting off steam in the gym.
* McGill staff can keep in shape with the Fit@McGill program, which offers lunchtime classes for employees.
* Athletics runs a number of facilities, including an indoor track, pools, tennis courts, weight room, ice rink and outdoor stadium.
* McGill Student Services offers a full range of support services, including tutoring and transport for the disabled, housing, and coaching on resumA writing and being interviewed for a job.
* More than 100 clubs on campus, organized and maintained by students, represent cultural and political interests, performance arts and seasonal sports. These include the Amateur Radio Club, Amnesty International and the McGill International Students'' Network.
* The Savoy Society, McGill''s renowned Gilbert and Sullivan student theatre company, celebrated its 40th year in 2004.
* McGill is home to dozens of publications, including The Reporter and the McGill Alumni Association publication, McGill News, and several student newspapers, including The McGill Daily, Le DAlit FranAais and The McGill Tribune.

Faculties and Schools
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Dentistry
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Law
Desautels Faculty of Management
Faculty of Medicine
Schulich School of Music
Faculty of Religious Studies
Faculty of Science

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