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Applicants from U.S. High School programs (in the U.S.A. and other countries)

Deadlines

Where a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the effective deadline will be the following business day.

Deadline

Application

January 15

Submission of supporting documents*:

Major Scholarship applicants

January 22

All other applicants

March 15

Architecture applicants: Portfolio submission

March 8

Application to Music and submission of supporting documents

January 15

Application to Religious Studies (B.Th.) and submission of supporting documents

May 1

* It is in the interest of all applicants to complete their files as quickly as possible. The upload feature (in Minerva) facilitates the submission of documents by allowing applicants to upload their own documents (for further information, see: www.mcgill.ca/applying/submitting-your-documents).

When program space is limited, preference may be given to applicants who have provided all required supporting documents earlier on. Should a program reach its capacity prior to the deadline for submission of documents, incomplete applications may be cancelled.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to McGill, you must hold a high school diploma and must have followed an academic program leading to university entrance.

  • Grade 10, 11, and 12 academic results will be considered, but special attention will be paid to results from those courses most relevant to the intended program of study.
  • You must have taken either of the following (unless applying only to Music):
    • the ACT or
    • the SAT I plus at least two SAT IIs (see individual faculty requirements for SAT II subjects).

For a list of approximate minimum acceptable scores for most undergraduate programs at McGill, refer to the end of this section. It is your responsibility to ensure official test results are sent directly to McGill. McGill’s institutional code for SAT is 0935-00 and, for ACT, it is 5231.

Conditional admission decisions can be made on the basis of unofficial transcripts. Although not required, should a school counsellor or principal wish to furnish important additional insight on a particular applicant, this must be submitted in a sealed envelope, signed across the flap by the author.

If you complete the IB Diploma or certificates concurrently with a regular high school program in the U.S., you will normally be considered for admission based on your high school record and subsequently be awarded advanced standing credit based on final IB results.

High school students are not eligible for direct admission to Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Social Work.

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Dietetics and Human Nutrition

  • Precalculus (functions)
  • At least two of biology, chemistry, or physics
  • SAT IIs must include one mathematics and one science

Architecture

  • Precalculus (functions)
  • Chemistry and
  • Physics
  • Portfolio by March 8
  • SAT IIs must include one mathematics AND one chemistry or physics

Arts

  • Strong grades in all Grade 10, 11, and 12 English courses
  • SAT IIs may be in any subject

Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.)

  • Precalculus (functions)
  • At least two of biology, chemistry, or physics
  • Strong grades in all Grade 10, 11, and 12 English courses
  • SAT IIs must include at least one mathematics

Education

  • Strong grades in all Grade 10, 11,and 12 English courses
  • SAT IIs may be in any subject
  • Precalculus (functions) is recommended for applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary (Mathematics) 
  • It is recommended that applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary (Science and Technology) meet the same requirements as for Kinesiology

B.Mus./B.Ed. applicants must also meet Music requirements.

Engineering

  • Precalculus (functions)
  • Chemistry and
  • Physics
  • SAT IIs must include one mathematics AND one chemistry or physics

Kinesiology

  • Precalculus (functions)
  • At least two of biology, chemistry, or physics
  • SAT IIs must include two different subjects from: biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics

Management

  • Precalculus (functions)
  • Strong grades in all Grade 10, 11, and 12 English courses
  • SAT IIs must include at least one mathematics

Music

  • No specific prerequisite courses
  • SAT or ACT recommended for scholarship only

Audition and academic record determine admissibility.
B.Mus./B.Ed. applicants must also meet Education requirements.

Nursing (B.Sc.(N.))

  • Precalculus (functions)
  • At least two of biology, chemistry, or physics
  • SAT IIs must include two different subjects from biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics

Nursing (Integrated Program) (B.N.I.)

Not eligible for admission.

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy (B.Sc.Rehab.Sci.)

Not eligible for direct admission.
Minimum one year of university studies with completion of all prerequisite courses.

Religious Studies (B.Th.)

Applicants with a high school diploma with a competitive average may be considered.
For further information: www.mcgill.ca/religiousstudies/theological/bth.

Science

  • Precalculus (functions)
  • At least two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • SAT IIs must include two different subjects from biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics

Social Work (B.S.W.)

Not eligible for direct admission.
Minimum one year (30 credits) of university studies.

Documentation

You are strongly encouraged to upload your supporting documents (see www.mcgill.ca/applying/submitting-your-documents for further information). Transcripts should show interim grades for the current year for courses in progress.

If admitted, you must then arrange for your school to send to McGill University an official, final transcript of your complete high school record including graduation.

If you are in a combined high school/International Baccalaureate Diploma program, please arrange for your predicted IB results to be uploaded or sent directly to McGill.

SAT I, SAT II, ACT, and Advanced Placement test results must be sent directly by the testing board or ACT reporting services to McGill. Institutional versions of these tests are not acceptable. It is your responsibility to ensure official test results are sent. For SAT and AP, the institutional code at McGill University is 0935-00, and for ACT, it is 5231.

SAT AND ACT MINIMUM SCORE REQUIREMENTS

The scores listed below approximate the minimum acceptable test score ranges for the last few years for most undergraduate programs. These scores and the list of tests accepted are subject to change by McGill University without prior notice. All test results are required to be reported to McGill University, including those of retaken tests. Ordinarily, the best score will be considered.

SAT I

MINIMUM Score Range

Critical Reading

620 - 650

Writing

620 - 650

Mathematics

(Engineering and Architecture programs)

600 - 650

Mathematics (other programs)

560 - 650

SAT II

Subject

MINIMUM Score Range

Literature

610 - 650

Am. History

600 - 650

World History

590 - 650

Math I

570 - 650

Math II/IIC

540 - 650

Ecological Biology

590 - 650

Molecular Biology

590 - 650

Chemistry

580 - 650

Physics

580 - 650

Chinese/Chinese L

570 - 650

French/French L

590 - 650

German/German L

570 - 650

Hebrew

500 - 650

Italian

570 - 650

Japanese/Japanese L

570 - 650

Korean L

570 - 650

Latin

580 - 650

Spanish/Spanish L

570 - 650

ACT

MINIMUM Score Range

Composite Score

26 - 29

English

24 - 25

Math

24 - 25

Reading

24 - 25

Science Reasoning

24 - 25