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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.

Faculty or School Minimum grades
(September 2016)

Prerequisite courses & SAT II requirements (if taking SAT I - see below)

Agricultural and Environmental
Science
  • 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; SATs/ACT as 
per minimum requirements


Prereqs: pre-calculus; 
and two of biology,
chemistry or physics
SAT IIs: one math and one science
Architecture, School of (B.Sc. Arch.) *

NOTE: 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; 
SATs/ACT as per minimum requirements

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; each SAT I and II 
620 (SATI Math 600) or ACT 27

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 Math 650, others 620 or 
ACT 29 (subscores 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.) ⊕

  • Nutrition

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

Prereqs: pre-calculus;
two of biology,
chemistry or physics
SAT IIs: one math and one science

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

*NOTE: The decision to admit takes into account the evaluation of the Letter of intent.

  • Kinesiology (B.Sc. (Kinesiology))

 

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

 


 

 

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

 

Prereqs: English 
SAT IIs: any two different subjects


 


 

Prereqs: pre-calculus; 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

 

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  • Mining & Materials Engineering
     

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  • Bioengineering (New program)


A- average in grades 10,
11 and 12;
A- in each prerequisite
math and science;
each SAT I and II math
and science 670, others per minimum requirements
or ACT 30 (subscores 26 or better)

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

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Admission Minima not available




Prereqs: pre-calculus;

chemistry and physics
SAT IIs: one math and one of chemistry or physics.
Management (B.Com.) A- average in grades 10,
11 and 12; A- in each
English and prerequisite math;
each SAT I and II 670
or ACT 30 (subscores 26 or higher)

Prereqs: English and pre-calculus

SAT IIs: math and one other subject
Nursing, School of (B.Sc.(N.)) B+ average in grades 10,
11 and 12; B+ in each
prerequisite math and science;
SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

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

 

 

 

 

Physical, Earth, Math and
Computer Sciences


A- average in grades 10,
11 and 12;
A- in each prerequisite
math and science;
each SAT I and II math and science 670, others 650; or
ACT 30 (subscores 26 or higher)

B+ average in grades 10,
11 and 12; A- in each
prerequisite math and science;
each SAT I and II math and science 
650 or ACT 29 (subscores 26 or higher)

Courses: pre-calculus;
two of biology,
chemistry or physics
SAT IIs: two different subjects from math,
biology, chemistry or physics

The Schulich School of Music has its own admission office. Please contact them directly for more information.

⊕ Macdonald Campus
* Additional documentation is required. Architecture applicants must submit a portfolio; B.Ed. applicants to Kindergarten/Elementary, Secondary , and TESL must submit a letter of intent. TESL applicants must also pass a language test.


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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