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    Ranking of McGill University: World-wise, Country-wise and Subject-wise Rankings 2020

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    Located in the beautiful city of Montreal, McGill University is one of the most reputed universities in the world. Over the years, it has given a tough competition to several universities across the globe and created a niche for itself in the world rankings. All the accomplishments of this university can be primarily attributed to top-class education and high-quality research work offered through more than 400 programs, and 50 research centres and institutes.

    Furthermore, McGill University is the only institution in Canada that was part of the ‘Global University Leaders Forum’ of the World Economic Forum, which consists of the heads of the top-26 higher education institutions in the world. The university receives a whopping number of applications in every academic year. In the Fall season of 2019, it received applications from 34,047, 1,479, and 16,066 students, respectively, for undergraduate, continuing and graduate courses.

    McGill University Ranking Highlights

    • Ranked 1st in Canada among medical-doctoral universities for 15 consecutive years by Maclean’s University Ranking till 2020
    • Ranked 35th among the world universities, according to QS News World University Ranking for 2020.
    • According to THE World University Ranking, placed at 42nd position among world universities.
    • 5 subjects ranked in top 20 across the world, as per the QS News Ranking for Subjects in 2020. 

    McGill University Ranking in the World

    In the Times Higher Education Ranking (THE) 2020, McGill jumped by two positions higher to #42 than the previous year’s ranking of #44. Notably, it continues to be among the three Canadian universities to make up to the top-50 universities. According to Mr Phil Baty, the Chief Knowledge Officer of Times Higher Education, THE ranking of 2020 has been the most competitive one, posing challenges for even the top-notch universities. Amidst such a tough situation, it is a remarkable achievement for the university to climb two positions higher outweighing other premier institutions in the race.

    Considering the rankings of the last 10 years, McGill University’srankings have been going down constantly, except in the year 2012 when a sharp increase was witnessed. Now after almost a decade, it seems to have improved its position in terms of its popularity among academics and students.

    Year wise Ranking

    THE took into account nearly 1,400 institutions from over 92 countries and conferred the ranking based upon several factors like teaching quality, type of research conducted, number of citations, industry income, and international outlook.

    In contrast to this, McGill’s performance in the QS World University Rankings has been on the downside since 2012. In 2020, the university toppled two ranks down from #33 to #35 sharing the position with University of California, Los Angeles. Despite the depreciation in the world ranking, it has shown considerable improvement in the subject-wise ranking of QS World University and stood at #3.

    McGill University Ranking in Canada

    Coming to the national rankings for the year 2020, McGill has outperformed many premier institutions in Canada to grab a place in the top-3. The top-ranking agencies like Topuniversities.com, Times Higher Education and US News use the same analyzing parameters that are used for world rankings to determine the country-wise ranking.

    As per the latest available information, the university has been placed at #2 in the QS Top-10 universities in Canada. In contrary to this, the US News and THE shared a common opinion and placed McGill at 3#.

    According to US News Ranking for 2020, University of Toronto tops the list with a global score of 83.1, while the McGill University was ranked #3 with a global score of 74.7 facing tough competition from the University of British Columbia whose global score was 77.6.

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    McGill University Ranking for Subjects

    McGill University has performed exceptionally in the most latest QS World University Rankings 2020 by subjects. A total of 48 subjects that are worldwide famous among students were picked for evaluation and ranking. The subjects majorly ranged across Arts & Humanities; Engineering & Technology; Life Sciences & Medicine; Natural Sciences; and Social Sciences & Management.

    The subjects were ranked considering two primary factors, global reputation and contribution towards research. The global reputation was determined based upon the types of courses offered and list employers, while the research contribution was determined based upon the number of citations per paper and h-index of the associated subject.

    Remarkably, out of 48 subjects, this institute featured in the list several times for 41 subjects. In total, 33 courses of McGill University were ranked in the top-50 including 5 subjects in the top-20. It was a great achievement for the university as a broad spectrum of subject areas, ranging from Engineering to Law, made up to the top ranks.

    Subject QS Ranking 2020
    Minerals and Mining Engineering #3
    Anatomy and Physiology #10
    Library & Information Management #12
    Linguistics #17
    Medicine #19
    Biological Sciences #29
    Earth & Marine Sciences #26
    Education #25
    Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing #27
    English Language & Literature #29
    Environmental Sciences #26
    Law #22
    Nursing #21
    Pharmacy and Pharmacology #24
    Psychology #24
    Sports-related Subjects #28

    According to THE rankings 2020, the subjects that found a place in the top-100 are Computer (at 66), Law (at 20), Education (at 48), and Psychology (at 29).

    Considering the US News Subject Rankings 2020, a total of 28 subject areas showed up in the top-200 with 11 institutions in the top-50. All the subject areas were analysed critically based upon the global & regional research reputation, the number of publications, conferences held, citation impact and international collaboration.

    Of all the subjects making up to the top-100, ‘Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems’ acquired a global rank of #17 followed by ‘Neuroscience and Behavior’ at #19. In general, most of the Science & Technology-related subjects qualified for the top positions followed by a few Arts subjects.

    Here is the list of top-50 subjects in the world as per the US News Ranking 2020.

    Subjects US News Ranking 2020
    Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems #17
    Neuroscience and Behavior #19
    Molecular Biology and Genetics #31
    Social Sciences and Public Health #36
    Arts and Humanities #37
    Psychiatry/Psychology #37
    Surgery #37
    Clinical Medicine #38
    Mechanical Engineering #42
    Environment/Ecology #48
    Oncology #48

    Some of the other courses that ranked in the top-200, according to US News Ranking of 2020, are Civil Engineering, Microbiology, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Economics and Business, Electrical and Electronic Engineering etc.

    These rankings are the indications of the hard work put by McGill University in improvising its education quality up to the global standards in terms of high-quality education and research output. In view this, over the years, it has evolved as one of the best research institutions in Canada and the world.

    McGill University - Quebec, canada: 18 answered questions

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    Ques. Which university should I go to for a master’s in Analytics, University of Cincinnati or McGill?

    ● Top Answer By Gaurav Kalsi on 03 Feb 21

    Ans. The engineering and IT schools at the University of Cincinnati work alongside each other on many aspects including analytics too. The IT school has a reputation for having the fastest growth in the entire university. P&G, GE, Cincinnati Bell, Great American Insurance, Western-Southern Life, Kroger, Macy’s, are some of the companies with which the school partnered which means great placement opportunities. The Co-op program offered by the college is also the best you can get in the country. McGill University is ranked at 51st place in Best Global Universities by US News meanwhile the University of Cincinnati is ranked at 143rd place in National universities in the US. If you wish to choose the college depending on academics, then both the schools share a good reputation in that aspect.  Here’s a quick comparison for you to consider their pros and cons: Content University of Cincinnati McGill University Program MS (Business Analytics) MBA (Business Analytics) Duration 2 Years 2 Years Tuition Fees USD14,949/Year USD33,375/Year Exam Scores (Average) IELTS-7.5 TOEFL-100 GMAT-737 IELTS-7 TOEFL-105 GMAT-660 However, with all its academic excellence the University of Cincinnati is not so well known outside of Ohio. So, after finishing your master's, if your goal is to look for work opportunities outside of the US, you may as well wish to pursue your education at an institute that is known around places. Meanwhile pursuing your Master's degree at McGill University offers better future academics, as well as better employment opportunities. McGill has global recognition and it was ranked at 42nd place in World University Rankings in 2020 by Times Higher Education. The institute is well-reputed around the world which will surely ensure better job prospects for you when you finish your studies.Read more
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    Ques. What are my chances of getting into McGill University?

    ● Top Answer By Nikkil Visha on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. Acceptance at McGill is essentially founded on the details. For any student, grades have primary importance. Evaluations are also based on the latest academic performance and your extra-curriculars.  The table below compares the acceptance rate of students from different backgrounds. The acceptance rate for McGill University is 52%, implying that it is competitive but not impossible to get into. CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 is considered good. This, obviously, varies with program.Read more
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    Ques. In what ways can McGill University surpass the reputation of the University of Toronto?

    ● Top Answer By Aishwarya Bhatnagar on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. Both universities are probably among the most popular Canadian Universities. McGill and UToronto both have exceptional reputation in the US so it doesn't matter much to people about the differences in their rankings. Your choice is between two well-known and highly in-demand universities. At most, you should consider your choice of department and see how your university stands for that particular subject. World Rankings are instantaneous; they change annually and are a little vague. McGill is a top Canadian university in global QS rankings, depending on which survey you use, there are many ways McGill tops the ranks among similar universities. Having one of the world's best medical programs, it also has an excellent life sciences program. Montreal also scores Toronto impressively for affordability and rating employer operation. The above is based on a survey of domestic and foreign graduate employers who look at the cities from which they prefer to hire. Both cities are in the top ten for their desirability, but Toronto is still ahead of the 10th ranking of this metric, which ranks first. Toronto is English while McGill is based in Montréal in the French province of Quebec. Toronto is English speaking. However, most courses at the university are held in English, and documentation of English competence is a prerequisite for the application.  There is a considerably larger population of students at the University of Toronto with 93,081 students registered in the academic year 2018-19. Of these, 20,296 (22%) students were graduate students and 23,019 (25%), foreign students. This is a lot of students, Toronto has one of the largest schools of students among institutions.Read more
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    Ques. What is it like to study physics at McGill University?

    ● Top Answer By Shivam Chaudhary on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. The subject is very challenging and will definitely push you to do better. Your problem-solving abilities will improve while you pursue this problem, sometimes requiring endless hours of deep thinking. In final year you will find all this helpful, especially when you pick up advanced subjects. Homework and classes will take up most of your time and during exams, a crib sheet will be provided to you to solve problems that you have never heard of before. This is to give you a better foundation in all the major fields of your subject and might even cause a burnout. Still, with proper breaks and consistency you will definitely find it rewarding. Learning Physics at McGill University is for the development of problem-solving skills. With intense activities and deep thought, you’d be engrossed in and cultivated by the subject. Faculties actively look for (talented/interested) students looking for research and internships. Read more
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    Ques. What is your review of McGill University?

    ● Top Answer By Mayank Badhwar on 13 Jan 21

    Ans. McGill University is undoubtedly a good place with world-class facility. It is one of the leading universities in North America. It is very competitive and has a broad student support system. The University admits students from all over the globe so you won’t feel out of place here. There were various nationalities and many students communicating 2-4 languages. On average, McGill graduates earn around 40,000 CAD to 108,000 CAD and are placed within 3-6 months of completing their studies. However, the support services for students and their administration staff might not meet your standards. Also, the atmosphere here can be a bit too intense because of their reputation and constant efforts to maintain their standing. Admission wise, being one of Canada's highest-ranking universities, the GPA and admission criteria is also very high. It has an acceptance rate of 41%, an articulate essay and strong recommendations are important. It’s located in Montreal which is a splendid city with great restaurants, nightclubs, and world-class museums a stone's throw from it. McGill is an excellent place providing lots of courses, financial help, facilities, and a good support system. There’s a wide variety of highly skilled faculty for pharmacy, psychology, healthcare, the business sector, sciences, education, engineering, music, arts, law, environmental and agriculture, computer sciences and many more. The dorms are located near the hill and the lake, suitable for comfort in the autumn and spring and for skating and hot chocolate in the winter. Some of the sleeping places are situated next to the Mond Royal, the Montreal "Central Park" featuring footpaths, cycling pads, and skiing trails. The stunning mountains are within 2 hours for climbing and skiing. Students are crucial, lessons are rigorous.Read more
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