With access to six universities and twelve junior colleges in an 8 kilometre (5 mi) radius right in the downtown core, Montreal has a very high concentration of post-secondary students compared to other major cities in North America (4.38 students per 100 residents, followed by Boston at 4.37 students per 100 residents).
- Total Number of University Students in and near Montreal: 335,200
- Public CEGEP’s in the same area: 34
- Private CEGEP’s in the same area: 25
- Private colleges under license in the same area: 29
- Government colleges in the same area: 7
- Total of Colleges: 95
There are two French-language universities located in the city of Montreal:
- Université de Montréal (UdeM) is the second largest research university in Canada. Two separate institutions are affiliated to the university: the École Polytechnique de Montréal (School of Engineering) and HEC Montréal (School of Business).
- Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) is the Montreal campus of Université du Québec. UQÀM generally specializes in liberal-arts. It has several separately run schools, notably the École de technologie supérieure (ETS), the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) and the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). With the addition of the Télé-université in June 2005, UQAM, with a current student population of about 60,000.
There are also two English language universities in the city:
- McGill University is one of the oldest and most renowned schools in Canada, a major research university, and has been rated as Canada’s best university by various sources, and the twelfth best in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds.
- Concordia University is the other English-language university, created from the merger of Sir George Williams University and Loyola College. According to a worldwide ranking by the École des Mines de Paris, Concordia ranks first among Canadian and 33rd among world universities in terms of graduates occupying the rank of Chief Executive Officer at Fortune 500 companies.
The education system in the province of Quebec is slightly different from other systems in North America. Between the high school and university levels, there is an additional college level called CEGEP. It is at the same time a preparatory school (preparing students for admission to university) and a technical school (offering courses which lead to technical diplomas and specializations). In Montreal, seventeen CEGEPs offer courses in French and five in English.