Montreal is consistently ranked among one of the best cities in the world, thanks to the city’s unique European culture, stunning architecture, affordability, and lively nightlife scene. It also happens to be one of North America’s most popular college towns for both local and international students. Here are five of Montreal’s top universities.

McGill University

Founded in 1821 and located in the Ville-Marie neighbourhood, McGill University is one of Canada’s oldest and most recognized post-secondary institutions, with the school’s alumni including Novel laureates and at least 145 Rhodes scholars. McGill students have the highest average entering grades in the country, and the school has been ranked Canada’s #1 Medical-Doctoral University by Maclean’s University Rankings for 17 consecutive years. McGill has over 26,000 undergraduate students and over 10,000 graduate students, and has the highest proportion of international students (over 30%) of any Canadian university.

University of Montreal

The University of Montreal along with its affiliated schools, HEC Montreal and Polytechnique Montreal, is one of Canada’s largest post-secondary institutions. The university’s main campus is located in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood on Mount Royal. University of Montreal regularly appears in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, and is one of Canada’s top universities by volume of research. Of the school’s total population, at least 27% are enrolled in graduate programs, which is one of the highest proportions for Canadian universities. 

Concordia University

Founded in 1974 and located in downtown Montreal, Concordia University has secured its place as one of the most reputable newer universities, recently ranking first place in QS World University Rankings of the Top 50 Under 50. The school calls itself a “next-generation university,” emphasizing social responsibility and innovation toward slowing climate change. The school offers six types of experiential learning opportunities, paid co-op placements, and study abroad programs through their partner universities in more than 35 countries.


HEC – which stands for Hautes études Commerciales de Montréal or Montreal School of Business Studies – is considered one of the top business schools in the world, and is Canada’s oldest business school; founded in 1907. Located in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, the school’s MBA program is consistently ranked among the top 5 best in Canada, and it has been internationally recognized as a top university by Forbes, The Economist, and more. A large majority of HEC’s students are international, representing over 140 different countries. The school has Canada’s most extensive international exchange program for business students and Canada’s largest bilingual business library.

Polytechnique Montreal 

Located in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood, Polytechnique Montreal is one of Canada’s largest and most recognized engineering education and research universities, having trained over 50,000 engineers, specialists, and researchers since the school’s founding in 1873. The school is associated with more than 200 international institutions, and over a quarter of the student population is international.

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