McMaster Fast Facts
- At McMaster our purpose is the discovery, communication and preservation of knowledge.
- In our teaching, research and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation and excellence.
- We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork in everything we do.
- We inspire critical thinking, personal growth and a passion for lifelong learning.
- We serve the social, cultural and economic needs of our community and our society.
- Founded in 1887 in Toronto through a bequest from the estate of Senator William McMaster, a member of the first senate after Confederation and founding president of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
- Maroon and grey were adopted as the official colours in 1912.
- Relocated from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930.
- Celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2012.
- One of only four Canadian universities consistently ranked among the top 100 in the world (Shanghai Jiaotong University Academic Ranking of World Universities, August 2016).
- A medical-doctoral, research-intensive university dedicated to teaching, research and service.
- The McMaster Model, a student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning, has been adopted worldwide.
- Eighth in Canada's Top 50 Research Universities 2016, bringing in $324.6 million in sponsored research income in 2015.
- Home to more than 70 research centres and institutes.
- The only university in Canada to serve as host to the United Nations University through the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).
- More than 70 international exchange agreements.
- World-class athletic facilities; 2011 Vanier Cup national football champions and 2012/2014 Vanier Cup finalists.
- 24,473 undergraduate and 3,514 graduate students, for a total full-time student population of 27,987.
- International students represent 98 countries.
- In fall 2015, international graduate students represented 20 per cent of the graduate student body.
- The percentage of undergraduates registering with an admission average of 90 per cent and above has risen from 13.5 per cent in 2000 to 35.4 per cent in 2015.
- More than 182,000 alumni represent 134 countries.
- 90.36 per cent of our graduates find careers within two years.
- Cabinet ministers, business leaders, scientists, university presidents, Hollywood actors, Olympians and astronauts.
- 955 full-time faculty members, of which 93.7 per cent hold doctoral degrees.
- Full-time faculty members represent 57 countries (not including Canada).
- Research intensity of $358,300 per full-time faculty member, nearly double the national average, placing second among Canada's top research universities. ("Research intensity" measures research income per full-time faculty member.)
- Sixth in the country for papers in peer-reviewed, scientific international journals, publishing 36,469.
- Dr. Bertram Brockhouse (a professor of physics at McMaster from 1962 until his retirement in 1982) was co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Physics.
- Chosen as a Hamilton-Niagara Top Employer for 2016 and 2017.
- One of the top 5 employers in Hamilton.
- Employing more than 10,900 staff members in 10 employee groups.
- Visit workingatmcmaster.ca.
- 300 acres of scenic property.
- 30-acre central core designated for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- The McMaster Forest: 115 acres of natural lands in the Dundas Valley.
- Explore the natural beauty in McMaster's own backyard at Nature@McMaster.
- Hamilton, Ontario: The Waterfall Capital of Canada.
- Close proximity to Toronto and Niagara Falls.
- Flourishing local arts community.
- Regional campuses in Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara and downtown Hamilton.