College Program Highlight – McGill University

McGill University is one of Canada’s top 3 institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from over 150 countries, the student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country. In addition to a stellar faculty, McGill is known for attracting the brightest students from across Canada, the United States, and around the world. McGill students have the highest average entering grades in Canada, and our commitment to fostering the very best has helped our students win more national and international awards on average than any other Canadian university.

The main campus of the university is in downtown Montreal at the foot of Mount Royal. Next to the main campus is Milton Parc, an urban area that is home to many of the university’s students. The diverse multicultural population of the city consists of inhabitants from over 120 countries and boasts an incredible number of attractions, festivals, and cultural, and sporting events. The city has been voted the ‘best student city’ in the world for 3 straight years and there is always something new, fun, and exciting to see or experience in Montreal.

The McGill Men’s Rugby team dates back to 1874, when they faced off against Harvard in the first rugby match to be played on North American soil. When the Ivy League group could not reach consensus on the game’s rules at their New York City conference on October 20, 1873, the McGill rugby team filled the void by issuing a “formal but courteous” challenge to Harvard who seized upon the invitation. Arrangements were quickly completed for back-to-back matches at Harvard in the spring with the American side travelling to Montreal the following fall. From that historic day forward, McGill’s rugby team has been a dominant force in all leagues in which it has competed.

McGill Men’s Rugby currently runs two competitive teams. The varsity side competes in the Reseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (Quebec University Conference) and the development squad plays in the university second division. Both sides consistently finish at or near the top of their table with the varsity side winning 9 provincial championships in the last 15 years. Much of McGill’s success can be dedicated to the culture they have built. The team functions as a very close-knit group truly becoming a second family for players. This dynamic has many significant benefits seen beyond the scoreboard. The team consistently has one of the highest GPA’s amongst varsity teams and boasts multiple academic and athletic leadership award winners. The team also has an incredible attachment to both the university and local communities. McGill Rugby is the leading fund-raising team on campus with their Movember Awareness campaign and the Right to Play spin-a-thon. Locally the group works with the Sun Youth community services organization and has many players helping to grow our sport by working with rugby programs in community schools.

McGill Women’s Rugby is a team that fosters growth, development and community. The team is labeled as a Varsity program and competes under the USport banner. The Martlets have a strong history with many notable players, and are working towards achieving that standard again. In 2013, the Martlets won RSEQ championships, and went on to place fourth at the women’s CIS rugby championship. Alumni that have made notable impacts on the team include Team Canada player Brianna Miller who was awarded CIS women’s rugby player of the year in 2013 and Olympic wrestler Dori Yeats.


  1. In-State Tuition: 2,391 CAD

  2. Out-of-State Tuition: 7,402 CAD

  3. International Tuition: 29,200 CAD

  4. Room and Board: $9,000-18,000 CAD (dependent on residence and meal plans – Read More)


  1. Undergraduate Enrollment: 27,601

  2. Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1

  3. Acceptance Rate: 46.3%

  4. Admissions Deadline: January 15

  5. Test Scores Due: Variable – Read More

  6. Avg. High School GPA: Dependent upon area of study – Read More

  7. SAT Requirements (school also requires two subject tests): Reading and Writing > 670, Math > 580

  8. ACT Requirements: > 26


  1. Women’s Rugby Website:

  2. Women’s Head Coach: Magali Harvey –

  3. Men’s Rugby Website:

  4. Men’s Head Coaches: Ian Baillie –

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  1. Short video:

McGill vs Harvard Molson Stadium – Sept 7, 2019

Information edited from McGill University’s website,, and US News World Report and Princeton Review. Photos provided by McGill Athletics.

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