In 2003, the University became the first North American business school to have three international accreditation's: AACSB International – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AMBA – Association of MBAs, and EQUIS – European Foundation for Management Development. It also has Canadian accreditations: Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants – IT Management, Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), and the CMA National.
Its main building has won an award for “institutional architecture,” and is located on Côte-Sainte-Catherine, near the Université-de-Montréal Metro Station. It currently has an estimated 15,000 students, with 4,000 international students, 60,000 graduates, and 300 professors. The campus also boasts of the Standard Life Room, which allows professors to give team projects and interact with the group in real-time. There are also multimedia control consoles, smartboards, photosensors, multiple monitors, and Wi-Fi-enabled environments available in the campus.
The Student Service Office supports the students who need valuable information on Academics, Financial Aid, Career Counselling, and Housing Accommodations. It also has an International Student Affairs program that assists all foreign students in all matters, be it immigration, housing assistance, exchange programs, Quebec lifestyle, and many others.
HEC Montreal aims to enrich a student’s life through the various clubs and events it organizes. It encourages students to compete in their fields of studies and join diverse groups to encourage them to set higher goals and promote a sense of belonging and camaraderie among each other.
Its student associations include: Association Des Étudiants De HEC Montréal (AEHEC), Association Des Étudiants Aux Programmes De Certificat (AEPC), Association Des Étudiants MBA (AEMBA), Association Générale Des Étudiants De Maîtrise Ès Sciences En Gestion Et Du Doctorat En Administration (Agemscphd), and Association Des Étudiants Du Diplôme D'études Supérieures Spécialisées Et Maîtrises Conjointes (AEDESS); It also has diverse committees, such as: Association Radio-Vidéo, Association Marketing, Association Technologies De L'information (ATI), CHEC, Radio Étudiante, Comité Gestion Des Ressources Humaines (GRH), Comité Sports Et Loisirs (CSL), Délégation Des Jeux Du Commerce, Fonds De Placement Étudiant HEC, Journal L’Intérêt, Omnium Financier, and Promotion.
The academic departments of the University include: Department of Accounting Studies (Department of Finance), Department of Human Resources Management, Department of Information Technologies (Department of International Business), Department of Management (Department of Management Sciences), Department of Marketing, and Department of Logistics and Operations Management (Institute of Applied Economics).
HEC was listed by Forbes’ 2007 under the category "1-year non-US Business Schools." In 2009, the AméricaEconomía magazine ranked HEC Montreal 16th in the Global Ranking of the Top 50 Business Schools, which is the main reference of the Latin American business community. In 2009, it was also ranked 28th in North America by QS Top MBA.
Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. The population of the Montreal Census Metropolitan Area (also known as Greater Montreal Area) is roughly 3.6 million. In 2007, Montreal was ranked as the 10th cleanest city in the world. The city rests on the Island of Montreal at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers.
Montreal has many beautiful attractions and his rich in cultural heritage. A cultural heart of classical art and the venue for many summer festivals, the Place des Arts is a complex of different concert and theatre halls surrounding a large open-spaced square in the downtown. The Place des Arts harbours the headquarters of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM: Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal), which performs in its halls regularly.