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McMaster University

public research university in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
McMaster University in a panoramic view in 2008

McMaster University (commonly referred to as McMaster or Mac) is a public research university located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is located on 121 hectares (300 acres) of land near the residential neighbourhoods of Ainslie Wood and Westdale, Hamilton.[1][2]

It opened in Toronto in 1890. It was named after famous Canadian Senator William McMaster (1811–1887) who donated C$900,000 to create the university. It was relocated to a larger ground space in Hamilton in 1930.[3] McMaster was controlled by the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec until it became a privately chartered, publicly funded non-denominational institution in 1957.

The university is co-educational, and has over 25,000 undergraduate and over 4,000 post-graduate students.[4]

The university ranked 4th among Canadian universities and 94th in the world according to the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


  1. "U15 Submission to the Expert Review Panel on Research and Development" (PDF). Review of Federal Support to R&D. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  2. "THE World Rankings Clinical". THE. THE. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  3. "McMaster in the 1920s". History of McMaster. McMaster University. 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  4. "SUMMARY OF TOTAL ENROLMENT". Retrieved 2015-09-29.

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