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Minimum grades accepted for admission in 2016 | Minimum SAT and ACT scores

Minimum grades accepted for admission last year (September 2016) and prerequisites by program

 

Grades that are equal to or better than those listed below do not guarantee admission in 2017. 

Admission to McGill is competitive and subject to availability of space. As such, minimum grades for entry may fluctuate up or down in any given year.

Consult the U.S. high school admission requirements and deadlines for complete information on the admission review process and application deadlines.

NOTE: the scores listed below represent the minimum grades accepted in September 2016 for applicants who took the old SAT.  Based on concordance information provided by the College Board, McGill expects the minimum requirements for the new SAT to increase for the September 2017 admission cycle.  SAT II tests and scoring are not expected to change.

McGill will accept old and new SAT scores for admission and entrance scholarships.  Applicants may submit scores from either test.

FACULTY OR SCHOOL

MINIMUM GRADES

(September 2016)

PREREQUISITE COURSES & SAT II SUBJECTS

Applicants must have taken either of the following:

  • the SAT I plus at least two SAT IIs, or
  • the ACT (no SAT IIs required if taking the ACT). 

If taking the SAT, consult below for SAT II requirements.

Agricultural and Environmental
Science
(Macdonald Campus)
  • All B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) programs
  • Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))
  • Concurrent B.Sc. (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)/B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.))
  • Food Science (B.Sc.(F.Sc.))

B average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

B in each prerequisite math and science; 

SAT I: Critical Reading: 620, Math: 560, Writing: 610

SAT II: see table below for minimum scores

ACT: 26 (subscores of 24 or better)

Prereqs: pre-calculus and two of biology, chemistry or physics

SAT IIs: one math and one science

Architecture, School of (B.Sc. Arch.) *

The decision to admit also takes into account the portfolio ranking.

A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12; 

B+ in each prerequisite math and science; 

SAT I: Critical Reading: 620, Math: 600, Writing: 610

SAT II: see table below for minimum scores

ACT: 26 (subscores of 24 or better)

Prereqs: pre-calculus, chemistry and physics

SAT IIs: one math and one of chemistry or physics.
Arts (B.A.)

B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

B+ in each English; 

SAT I and II: 620 (SAT I Math: 600)

ACT: 27 (subscores of 24 or better)

Prereqs: English

SAT IIs: any two different subjects
Arts and Science (B.A.&Sc.)
 

B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

A- in each English and each prerequisite math and science; 

Each SAT I and II in Math: 650; all other SAT I and II subjects: 620

ACT 29 (subscores of 26 or better)

Prereqs: pre-calculus and two of biology, chemistry or physics
 

SAT IIs: one math and one other subject.

Dietetics and Human Nutrition, School of (B.Sc. Nutr.Sc.) (Macdonald Campus)

  • Nutrition

B average in grades 10,11 and 12;

B in each prerequisite math and science; 

SAT I: Critical Reading: 620, Math: 560, Writing: 610

SAT II: see table below for minimum scores

ACT: 26 (subscores of 24 or better)

Prereqs: pre-calculus and two of biology, chemistry or physics

SAT IIs: one math and one science

Education (B.Ed.)
  • Kindergarten/Elementary Education*
  • Secondary Education*
  • Physical Education
  • TESL*

The decision to admit takes into account the evaluation of the Letter of intent. TESL applicants must also pass a language test.

B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

B+ in each English; 

SAT I: Critical Reading: 620, Math: 560, Writing: 610

SAT II: see table below for minimum scores

ACT: 26 (subscores of 24 or better)

 

 

Prereqs: English

SAT IIs: any two different subjects

*Note: additional courses are recommended for applicants to B.Ed. Secondary Education domains in Mathematics and Science & Technology.  See below.


 

 

 

  • Kinesiology (B.Sc. (Kinesiology))

B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12; 

B+ in each prerequisite math and science; 

SAT I: Critical Reading: 620, Math: 560, Writing: 610

SAT II: see table below for minimum scores

ACT: 26 (subscores of 24 or better)

Prereqs: pre-calculus and two of biology, chemistry or physics

SAT IIs: two different subjects from math, biology, chemistry or physics.

Engineering (B.Eng.)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical, Computer & Software Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

A- average in grades 10,11 and 12;
A- in each prerequisite math and science;

SAT I: Critical Reading: 620, Math: 670, Writing: 610

SAT II: Math and science subjects: 670, all other subjects: see table below for minimum scores

ACT: 30 (subscores 26 or better)

Prereqs: pre-calculus, chemistry and physics
SAT IIs: one math and one of chemistry or physics.

 

 

 

  • Mining & Materials Engineering

B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;
B+ in each prerequisite math and science; SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

  • Bioengineering

Admission Minima not available (new program)

Management (B.Com.)

A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

A- in each English and prerequisite math;
SAT I and II: 670
ACT: 30 (subscores 26 or higher)

Prereqs: English and pre-calculus

SAT IIs: math and one other subject
Music, School of (B.Mus)

The Schulich School of Music has its own admission office. Please consult Music Admissions for more information.

Nursing, School of (B.Sc.(N.))

B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

B+ in each prerequisite math and science;

SAT I and II: see table below for minimum scores

ACT: see table below for minimum scores

Prereqs: pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics

SAT IIs: two different subjects from math, biology, chemistry or physics.
Science (B.Sc.)    

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences group

A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12;
A- in each prerequisite math and science;

SAT I and II in math and science: 670

SAT I and II in all other subjects: 650

ACT: 30 (subscores 26 or higher)

Prereqs: pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics

SAT IIs: two different subjects from math, biology, chemistry or physics

Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences group

B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

A- in each prerequisite math and science;

SAT I and II in math and science: 650

SAT I and II in all other subjects: 620

ACT: 29 (subscores 26 or higher)

* Additional requirements and/or course recommendations:

Architecture applicants must submit a portfolio.

Education applicants must:

  • Submit a letter of intent (except Physical Education).
  • TESL applicants must also pass a language test.
  • Precalculus (functions) is recommended for applicants to B.Ed. Secondary, Mathematics domain.
  • It is recommended that applicants to B.Ed. Secondary, Science and Technology domain meet the same course prerequisites as those applying for Kinesiology.

Minimum SAT and ACT score requirements

Applicants must present the ACT or the SAT I plus at least two SAT IIs

NOTE: the scores listed below represent the minimum grades accepted in September 2016 for applicants who took the old SAT.  Based on concordance information provided by the College Board, McGill expects the minimum requirements for the new SAT to increase for the September 2017 admission cycle.  SAT II tests and scoring are not expected to change.

McGill will accept old and new SAT scores for admission and entrance scholarships.  Applicants may submit scores from either test.

SAT I

Critical Reading 620
Math
(for Engineering and Architecture)
560
(600)
Writing 610

 

SAT II

Literature 610   Chinese/Chinese L 570
American History 600   French/French L 590
World History 590   German/German L 570
Math I 570   Hebrew 550
Math II/IIC 550   Italian 570
Biology 590   Japanese/Japanese L 570
Ecological Biology 590   Korean with L 570
Molecular Biology 590   Latin 580
Chemistry 580   Spanish/Spanish L 570
Physics 580      

 

ACT

Composite 26
Individual subject scores 24

September 2015 academic entrance requirements for U.S. high school students

Please see the September 2015 Admission Requirements for U.S. High School Students [.pdf] document to view the required minima for admission in September 2015. 


September 2014 academic entrance requirements for U.S. high school students

Please see the September 2014 Admission Requirements for U.S. High School Students [.pdf] document to view the required minima for admission in September 2014.


The information was current at the time of posting but may be subject to change without notice. 


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