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McGill University Reviews

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McGill was a challenging university in an incredible city! It's a school that pushes you to live up to it's top tier expectation, and in doing so it holds you to the highest standards of academics. You'll spend hours and hours in the library, made full on coffee, but when you leave in four years, you'll do so content and proud of what you accomplished. It's a school that prizes research, though it doesn't offer undergraduates with many opportunities to get involved in this research. Overall, it is rigorous school in a lively city that will expect and challenge you to be a competitive scholar.
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Probably the best value for higher education in North America, period. As an American, you get the quality of UC-Berkeley or U of Michigan for barely more than what you'd pay at your in-state flagship. You also get to live in Montreal, an incredibly affordable, livable, diverse, and cultured city, where the drinking age is 18. If you're after big-time athletics and Greek life, don't come to McGill. But if anything, that makes the social scene far more welcoming and inclusive, because everyone's in it together. (It, of course, being the butt-kicking academics and total lack of coddling/hand-holding, which, trust me, are both things you will come to appreciate later in life if you don't know.)
There is no denying that you will work very hard to succeed at this school. It is highly competitive, and requires a very high level of motivation. That being said, you are surrounded by outspoken and intelligent peers, and forward-thinking, passionate, and world-class professors. I am very satisfied with my experience at McGill and Montreal in general.
One thing I would like to point out is that the administration at McGill is abominable. If you are trying to see and advisor, access health services, or Service Point, you will inevitably wait a long time. Everything is so bureaucratic that it is impossible to get a simple and concrete answer from anyone that is not a professor.