McGill students and grads know there are plenty of things about the university that are less than, shall we say, ideal. And being that we are right in the middle of exam season right now, all of that awful is probably at the forefront of your mind.
That said, speaking as a McGill alumni myself, I know the struggle is real, but how about we look at some of the positive for a minute,
For, despite the intense course load, the abundance of SJW-hipsters, and the lack of good food options around McGill, the university does have plenty of great features, too. The beautiful campus, the devoted staff, and the fact that the illustrious institution has helped shape Canada as a nation, are just a few of the reasons to be proud of McGill.
So rather then get all critical on the almost century-old school, let's celebrate some of the amazing things you would (and should) be proud to know about McGill University.
#1 McGill Is The Best University In Canada For Medical-Doctoral Graduates
A title given to the university by Maclean’s University Rankings 2016, and McGill has held that top-spot for 11 straight years.
#2 We're Among The Best Universities In The World
For the last twelve years, McGill has been ranked as one of the top 25 universities in the world in the QS University Rankings, receiving the 24th spot in 2015.
#3 You Need To Have Really Good Grades To Get In
Out of every university in Canada, McGill has the highest average admission grade. The median grade average for students outside Quebec is about 92%, a 30.0 CEGEP R-score for students in Quebec, and an SAT score of about 2090 for American students.
#4 One Of Canada's Best Law Schools
Even though Maclean's has seemingly ended their annual list of top law schools, a yearly roundup which began in 2007, it's good to know McGill always placed within the top three. In 2013, McGill actually placed first for Civil Law.
#5 Without McGill, Other Universities & Colleges May Not Exist
Thanks to some of McGill's talented alumni, many notable post-secondary educational institutions were founded throughout North America. Examples include the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Dawson College.
#6 Youngest Members Of Parliament Ever
Five McGill students rose to the rank of Members of Parliament after the May 2011 election in Canada, the youngest ever to do so in the nation's history.
#7 Incredibly Important McGill Discoveries
A school deeply cemented in research and innovation, McGill students, alumni, researchers, and professors have made incredible discoveries throughout the school's history. Some such innovations include the discovery that atoms are divisible, the creation of the first artificial blood cell, the invention of Plexiglas, and many more.
#8 McGill Grads Get Jobs
An incredibly comforting piece of information was released in a 2013 survey, in which employers ranked a McGill degree as the 37th most prestigious and desirable in the entire world.
#9 Almost A Quarter Of McGill Students Are International
Specifically 24% of McGill's student body hail from more than 140 countries around the world. In fact, McGill is recognized as the most internationally diverse medical-doctoral university in the country. Another rather interesting factoid is how nearly half of the student population have a mother tongue that isn't English.
#10 The Most Rhodes Scholars
Of the many graduates that have come out of McGill over the years, 139 have been/are Rhodes Scholars, the most held by a university in Canada. McGill also boasts three prime minsters, nine Oscar winners, three Pulitzer Prize winners, and three astronauts.
#11 And The Most Nobel Prize Winners Too
Among McGill's scores of alumni are twelve Nobel Prize winners, a number no other Canadian university can boast. The work of these amazing alumni include the theory of electron transfer, the technology used in digital camera, and the ways in which the human body ensures its genetic code is passed on.
#12 McGill Is One Of Montreal's Top Employers
As named by Canada's Top 100 in their annual ranking.
#13 The First Fraternity For Gay Men In Canada Was Founded At McGill
Well, technically it's a fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men, otherwise known as Delta Lambda Phi which established its first official chapter at McGill in 2012. And I personally may have had a small little something to do with that.
#14 McGill Is Actually In The Association of American Universities
A member since 1926, McGill is one of only two members of the Association of American Universities to function outside of the United States.
#15 Over 300 Subjects Can Be Studied At McGill
Putting the "liberal" in a liberal arts degree.
#16 The University Bears Strong Ties To The Canadian Grenadier Guards
Having militaristic ties may not be the biggest point of pride for some, but this particular fact is quite integral to McGill's history. James McGill was actually part of the Canadian Grenadier Guards regiment, serving as Lieutenant-Colonel. The stone in front of the Arts building notes his title, and that's why the Grenadier Guards begin the yearly Remembrance Day ceremony from the steps.
#17 McGill's Faculty Of Law Is The Oldest In Canada
Founded in 1848, no other Canadian university had a Faculty of Law at the time, making it the oldest in all of Canada.
#18 Women Entered McGill Classrooms In 1884
With the first degree given to a female student in 1888. This was largely thanks to the efforts of Donald Smith/Lord Strathcona, who actually funded lectures specifically for women.
#19 McGill's Campus Is One Of The Most Beautiful In The World
At least according to a ranking by Travel + Leisure, which McGill got the #4 spot out of 17 universities.
#20 McGill Has Canada's Only Teaching & Research Facility In The Tropics
It is known as the Bellairs Research Institute, situated in Saint James, Barbados.
#21 It Also Launched The First Canadian Degree Program in Japan
Created by the Faculty of Management in 1998, the MBA program is offered in Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo.
#22 McGill's Coat Of Arms Was Recognized And Officiated By Actual English Lords (And Canada)
Originally the patent of arms was granted in 1922 by the Garter King at Arms, then Lord Lyon King of Arms registered the coat of arms in Edinburgh in 1956. The Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada then registered the university's crest in 1996.
#23 McGill Boasts The Largest Medical History Library In Canada
The Osler Library of the History of Medicine is also recognized as one of the most comprehensive in the world.
#24 The Redpath Musuem Is The Oldest Of Its Kind In The World
To be a bit more specific, McGill's Redpath Musuem is the oldest built to actually be a museum (rather than converted to one afterwards) in Canadian history.
#25 North America's First (Recorded) Game Of Rugby Was Put On By McGill Students
They played against British army officers and it led to McGill creating the first university rugby club on the continent.
#26 As Well As The First Game Of Football
On May 14, 1874, Harvard took on McGill for what is known to be the first game of organized North American football. Many credit this moment to be when the sport began to spread in popularity throughout the Ivy League group of universities.
#27 Lets Also Not Forget About The First-Ever Indoor Hockey Game
Held at the Victoria Skating Rink on March, 1875, this undoubtedly led to the creation of the McGill University Hockey Club in 1877, the first organized hockey club ever. These students then wrote the very first hockey rule book, cementing the tradition of Canada's most popular sport.
#28 Or How Basketball Was Invented By A McGill Alumni
This credit goes to James Naismith, McGill's first director of athletics, who created the sport of basketball in the winter of 1891 at Springfield YMCA.
#29 Without McGill, There May Not Be A Just For Laugh's Festival
Andy Nulman, co-founder of the Just For Laugh's International Comedy Festival, graduated from McGill in 1983 and was integral in establishing the much-adored event. Fun fact: the infamous Rowan Atkinson character "Mr. Bean" was first presented at JFL, so by extension, without McGill there may not be a Bean!
#30 Many McGillians Are Also Olympians
In total, the 112 Olympians who have (thus far) studied at McGill have competed in each Olympic Games from 1908 'til now.
#31 McGill Has Produced Three Prime Ministers
Sr John Abbot, Sir Wilfrid Laurier (Canada's first Francophone prime minster), and (of course) the much-adored Justin Trudeau.
#32 Canada's First Female University Professor Was Appointed At McGill
Carrie Decker, a prominent geneticist, was offered the role in 1912 and went on to create the very first university course on genetics and evolution.
#33 Modern Heart Surgery Is All Thanks To A McGill Alumna
Without Maude Abbot, modern medicine wouldn't be where it is today, at least when it comes to the human heart. Thanks to her research on cardiac issues and heart disease, Abbot was able to create the Atlas of Congenital Cardiac Disease in 1936, regarded as the informational basis for modern heart operations.
#34 A McGill Grad Wrote "Oh, Canada"
Well, the English version anyway, as the French version of Canada's national anthem was already quite popular once Robert Stanley Weir got to work on a translation. While many would try to make an English-version of the song, only Weir's version, released in 1908, would win public favour and go on to become the song we all know by heart.
#35 And Another Drafted The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Previous Professor of Law at McGill University can be thanked for writing the groundbreaking Universal Declaration of Human Rights, regarded as the "most cited legal document ever drafted by a Canadian."