McMaster University

Entrance @ 1280 Main St. West

1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, is McMaster University's official street address and one of three gateways to the campus.

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Welcome to McMaster University

  • Founded in 1887 in Toronto, Canada by Senator William McMaster
  • Moved to Hamilton (currently Ontario's fourth largest city) in 1930
  • Situated in West Hamilton on a 300-acre campus with a 30-acre central core (approx. 70 kms from Toronto/U.S. Border)
  • School Colours: Maroon & Grey
  • 25,000 Students (full & part-time, undergraduate & graduate)
  • Two thirds of our students are from Hamilton & Greater Toronto Area. Others from across Ontario, Canada, & over 78 countries world-wide
  • 100 per cent of undergraduate students enter with an average of 75 per cent or higher
  • 130,000+ alumni in 128 countries
  • 96 per cent of our graduates are employed within two years

    Our Faculties/Programs:
  • Arts & Science
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

    Our Faculty Members:
  • 894 fulltime instructional faculty members, 1,434 (including clinical faculty
  • 96.7 per cent of faculty with PhDs


    A Few of McMaster's Renowned Faculty Members:
  • Agnes Lee- Health Sciences, discovered the blood thinner LMHW to prevent blood clotting in cancer patients
  • Lennard Niles- Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, head of researchers developing therapeutic strategies for managing Parkinson's disease
  • Eileen Schuller - Religious Studies, part of international team deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Henry Giroux- internationally renowned educator, specialist in culture & education
  • Dr. Bertram Brockhouse, co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for physics only the 14th Canadian ever to win the prestigious award


    Our Strengths:
  • One of the Top 100 universities in the world (Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking of world universities)
  • The "McMaster Model" a student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning has been adopted by universities around the world.
  • With a total sponsored research income of $345 million, McMaster University ranks first in the country in research intensity--a measure of research income per full-time faculty member--averaging $308,000 per faculty member. ( Research Infosource Inc., 2006)
  • McMaster is the only North American host site of a United Nations University.
  • McMaster participates in more than 40 international exchange agreements around the globe.
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    Transit Terminal

    Campus is serviced by municipal, GO Transit, Coach Canada, & Greyhound bus services. Included in the full time undergraduate fees is the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) bus pass. Students simply show their student cards with the attached HSR sticker & away they go! Information on using Coach Canada, Greyhound, or GO Transit (i.e. travel to neighboring cities) is available at the Compass Information Desk in the McMaster University Student Centre.


    Sterling Street (the entrance you likely used when arriving at McMaster) extends into Westdale Village. This village is home to unique stores, coffee shops, pubs, & a movie theatre. Students can access the village by foot or by bus.


    The McMaster campus is a bicycle & pedestrian friendly space. That means no outside traffic aside from city buses!


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    Class of 54 Oasis Garden

    The Class of 54 Oasis Garden is located between Hamilton Hall & Alumni Memorial Hall. The three stones engraved with Arts, Science & Divinity, represent the original faculties of McMaster!



    Alpine Tower

    Established in 2003


  • The Alpine Tower is the first of its kind in Canada (at a university)
  • Utilized as a powerful team development resource
  • Features universal accessibility - open to all abilities
  • Over 32 climbing routes - rope ladders, swinging logs and a seesaw from a platform.
  • It is SAFE!! Climbers wear a safety harness tethered to a rope yoked to 2 teammates on the ground.

  • Alpine Tower/ALTITUDE Website
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    Cootes Paradise


  • Owned by the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), Cootes Paradise is located at the northern edge of McMaster's campus. It is "an 840-hectare wildlife sanctuary containing a 250-hectare coastal wetland located at the west end of Hamilton Harbour, a natural bay at the west end of Lake Ontario. The sanctuary supports a wide variety of plants and animals including rare and threatened species."

  • Additional details available at the RBG Website
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    Central Campus

    Establishd 1930


    McMaster's large, attractive campus, the interior of which is open only to pedestrians and cyclists, is at the western end of Lake Ontario. Nearby attractions include Cootes Paradise, the Bruce Trail, the Niagara Escarpment, the Waterfront Trail and the Royal Botanical Gardens.


    The University is minutes from downtown Hamilton and the activities that a major city has to offer. Buses from the region's public transit system make frequent stops on campus, facilitating travel between McMaster, Hamilton and the surrounding area.


    The campus has grown immensely since the University officially moved to Hamilton in 1930. The original six buildings (all still in use) were added over the years and now there are 56 buildings on McMaster's campus.


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