McGill = Prestige???

<p>Generally speaking, how prestigious is the undergraduate program at McGill? The college isn't extremely hard to get into (about 50% admit) but it seems pretty solid academically. </p>

<p>Anyone have any input?</p>

<p>It is known as a very good school.</p>

<p>I'm Canadian, so I know quite a bit about the Canadian educational system.</p>

<p>To get into McGill is not that prestigious, in an Ivy League context. As you stated, the acceptance rate is very high, and my "B" average classmates can realistically shoot for McGill if they choose to. But if you're not concerned about impressing people, then McGill is a great school, although it's a gigantic one. Don't expect much personal attention or anything.</p>

<p>What would be more prestigious in Canada?
Queens? </p>

<p>UBC is easier to get into than McGill isnt it?</p>

<p>The hierarchy of Canadian schools goes in this order:</p>

<p>1) McGill
2) Queens
3) Univ. of Toronto
4) UBC</p>

<p>I'm partial to Queens because it's smaller and not as impersonal as those other three mega-universities. But the Canadian system is pretty egalitarian, with no one school towering above the rest in the upper tiers.</p>

<p>Where does University of London Ontario stand?</p>

<p>thanks for the response! Its funny as i have only heard about the hierachy from students of the schools so of course i pretty much am told that each one is way above the rest.</p>

<p>but as far as like...graduate school placement....what "tier" (I guess you could say) does it compare to in the US?</p>


<p>sorry i meant University of Western Ontario, in london. I cant find the edit button.</p>

<p>As a Canadian, I think McGill is an extremely good university
Not to mention its academic integrity but it also has a beutiful
campus ground...(Although fluency in French is helpful... and the winters are bitterly long and cold..)</p>

<p>Waterloo is popular for its intern program
and has a very strong Engineering department...</p>

<p>Queens, Toronto, UBC and Western Ontario are all considered as great schools</p>

<p>don't even think about UWO... everyone knows its a party school</p>

<p>as a canadian and more science/math oriented student, I would place UT/waterloo above mcgill. both UT and waterloo has very strong engineering programs and UT's other co-op programs are amazing too. waterloo has a famous computer-sci program and a very good math deparment to host the program.</p>

<p>mcgill place somewhere between thses 2 schools and UBC. UBC is awsome for alot of its programs (and has many recources including triumph and the cancer research center)</p>

<p>SFU/queens/UWO all have very strong bussiness programs.</p>

<p>but thats purely my opinion.. I don't think any canadian school is big on prestige, but many of these schools can offer you an amazing education.</p>

<p>The best canadian schools, in genereral, are crap compared to good American schools. And besides that, Canada is not a very good place to be.</p>

<p>woah.. thats harsh .. and completely missing the point of the post...</p>

<p>McGill probably has the most prestige internationally (deserved or not) of all Canadian universities. It is a large university but by no means a gigantic one. Its main focus is on research, so if you're aiming for grad school anywhere it's a fine choice, if you're looking to get out of school after undergrad it's more dependent on the program (but still, a fine choice usually).</p>

<p>Don't let the admissions rate fool you.</p>

<p>Most applicants to McGill are Quebec natives. It is very easy for a pre-university Quebec student to gauge his or her chances at McGill. Aside from marks in secondary studies, students have something called a CRC, a numerical rating of that student's strength relative to his or her peers. McGill has minimum CRC scores (for Quebec applicants) for its programs. Therefore, a student from Quebec already knows if he or she will get accepted. As a result, the acceptance rate is pushed higher because very few Quebec students actually get rejected--they know before applying whether or not they will get in.</p>

<p>so the applicant pool is somewhat self-selecting.</p>

<p>what is the US equivalent of the minimum CRC for admission (if thats possible to compute)</p>

<p>Various programs have different requirements...the CRC is more of a rating of strength on a scale of 1-50 (basically class ranking with a couple variables thrown in)...very, very few students score anything higher than 36, and a strong student will have a 32+. Average is about 25, and the low end bottoms out at around 13-15.</p>

<p>They can range from the top 50% (CRC of 24) for a program like education to top 30% (CRC of 26) for management to the top 5% (32) for something like pre-law and top 1% (34) for pre-med. Of course, most Americans apply into the pure and applied sciences and the liberal arts/social sciences, so no, admission in those categories is not too rigorous (although you'll still need a 1300+ SAT and a good class rank). But try to get into pre-law, pre-med or dentistry--those are really tough, even for local students.</p>

<p>can you change programs once you are there?</p>

<p>Yes. Though try not to change half a dozen time over ten years like someone I know (who did graduate something like 2 years ago)...</p>