Fast Facts

About McMaster

McMaster Image
McMaster's Bachelor of Health Sciences program offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of health. Currently one of McMaster's most popular programs, it receives 3,000 applicants for 160 positions.

Our Mission

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 and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth and a passion for learning. We serve the social, cultural and economic needs of our community and society.

From McMaster University's Mission and Vision Statement

Our History

  • 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.

 

Our Strengths

  • One of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 100 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, August 2014, 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 student-centered, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning, has been adopted by universities around the world.
  • Seventh on the list of Canada's top 50 research universities (Research Infosource, 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 and 2011 Vanier Cup football champions.

 

Our Students

  • 22,367 full-time undergraduate students and 3,408 full-time graduate students (fall 2013).
  • 29,765: total student population, including part-time, interns/residents and Divinity College (fall 2013).
  • McMaster students hail from 88 countries.
  • Average entering grade is 86.8 per cent.
  • Students entering with an average of at least 90 per cent now comprise 30 per cent of the student population.

 

Our Alumni

  • 170,654 alumni in 138 countries.
  • 96.7 per cent of our graduates find 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.

 

Our Faculty

  • 1,394 full-time instructional faculty, including clinicians.
  • 93 per cent of our full-time faculty hold a doctoral degree.
  • Our full-time faculty hail from 65 countries.
  • McMaster attracted more than $322.5 million in sponsored research income in 2013 (Statistics Canada).
  • More than $234,000 per faculty member, well above the national average of $175,900 (Research Infosource, October 2014).
  • McMaster is the former home of Dr. Bertram Brockhouse (professor of physics from 1962 until his retirement in 1982), co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Physics.

 

Our Surroundings

  • 300 acres of scenic property
  • Pedestrian-friendly campus
  • Quiet, residential neighbourhood
  • Outdoor recreational attractions and quaint Westdale Village nearby

 

Our Location

  • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • The Waterfall Capital of Canada
  • Fourth largest city in Ontario; ninth in the country
  • Close proximity to Toronto and Niagara Falls
  • Flourishing local arts community
  • Regional campuses in Burlington, Waterloo, Niagara and downtown Hamilton

The McMaster University Fast Facts is maintained by the Office of Public Relations, Chester New Hall, Room 111, (905) 525-9140 ext. 24073.