McMaster University 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 ranked among the top 100 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, August 2015, and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, October 2014).
- A medical-doctoral, research-intensive university dedicated to teaching, research and service.
- The McMaster Model, a problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning, has been adopted worldwide.
- Seventh on the list of Canada's top 50 research universities (Research Infosource Inc., October 2014).
- Home to more than 50 research centres and institutes.
- The only North American host site of a United Nations University, 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.
- 21,441 full-time undergraduate students and 3,519 full-time graduate students (Fall 2014).
- 30,117: total student population, including part-time, interns/residents and Divinity College (Fall 2014).
- McMaster students hail from 92 countries plus Canada.
- Average entering grade is 87.08 per cent.
- Students entering with an average of at least 90 per cent now comprise 27.6 per cent of the student population.
- 170,654 alumni in 137 countries plus Canada (August 2014).
- 92.3 per cent of our graduates find successful careers within two years.
- Our alumni collectively gave more than $8.3 million to McMaster in 2013.
- Cabinet ministers, business leaders, scientists, university presidents, Hollywood actors, Olympians and astronauts.
- 1,413 full-time instructional faculty, including clinicians.
- 94 per cent of our full-time faculty hold a doctoral degree.
- Our full-time faculty hail from 69 countries plus Canada.
- McMaster attracted more than $322.5 million in sponsored research income in 2013 (Statistics Canada).
- Research intensity of more than $234,000 per full-time faculty member, well above the national average of $175,900 (Research Infosource Inc., October 2014). "Research intensity" measures research income per full-time faculty member.
- Dr. Bertram Brockhouse (professor of physics at McMaster from 1962 until his retirement in 1982) was co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Physics.
- 300 acres of scenic property.
- 30-acre central core designated for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- 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.