The French-speaking University of Montreal is the largest centre of higher education and research in Québec and the second largest in Canada. The university's 16 faculties and two affiliated schools (HEC Montréal and École Polytechnique) bring together more than 2,500 professors and researchers and 64,000 students. Offering more than 650 programmes at all academic levels, it annually awards about 3,000 masters and doctorate diplomas.
The Université de Montréal first opened its doors on January 6th, 1878. At the time, less than a hundred students were admitted to three faculties-theology, law and medicine-in various locations around the city. In 1895, new premises were acquired on Saint Denis St., in the heart of the Latin Quarter, and all of its faculties were moved to one location.
Formerly a branch of the Université Laval de Québec, the Université de Montréal officially became a self-governing and independent institution on May 8th, 1919. With its affiliated schools (the École Polytechnique, founded in 1873 and affiliated in 1887, and the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, founded in 1907 and affiliated in 1915), it became for Montreal a prestigious and much-awaited Francophone university.
The University has an extensive alumni network, with more than 300,000 members registered with the university's alumni network. Throughout the university's history, faculty, alumni, and former students have played prominent roles in a number of fields. Several prominent business leaders have also graduated from the university. Graduates include Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien, founder and CEO of Telemedia, Louis R. Chênevert, chairman and CEO of the United Technologies Corporation, and Pierre Karl Péladeau, president and CEO of Quebecor.
The University of Montreal has consistently been ranked one of Canada's top universities.
Situated on the northern slope of Mount Royal, the Université de Montréal boasts an exceptional natural setting. Combining green space and modern architecture, the campus is steeped in the great tradition of North American universities. With over 30 buildings, some of which are connected by an underground network, the campus is dominated by the majestic Art-Deco tower of the Roger-Gaudry Building-a distinctive feature of Montreal's unique silhouette. Côte-des-Neiges, one of the city's most cosmopolitan and vibrant districts, offers the university community a wide range of shops and services, including a cultural centre, bookstores, boutiques, restaurants and cafes.