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Minimum grades accepted for admission last year (September 2017) and prerequisites by program

  • Below are the lowest grades used for admission for September 2017.
  • Grades that are equal to or better than those listed below do not guarantee admission in 2018. 
  • 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 
(Sept. 2017)

Prerequisite Courses & SAT II Subjects

Applicants must have taken either of the following:

SAT I plus at least two SAT IIs, OR

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

  • B average in grades 10, 11 and 12;
  • B in each prerequisite math and science;

  • SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

  • Courses: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • SAT IIs: Two of Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))

  • Food Science (B.Sc.(F.Sc.))

  • Concurrent B.Sc. (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)/B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.))

Architecture (B.Sc. Arch.)*


 

  • A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science;

  • SATs/ACT as per minimum requirements

  • Courses: pre-calculus; chemistry and physics;

  • SAT IIs: Math and one of Chemistry or Physics.

* Architecture applicants must submit a portfolio

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

Arts (B.A.)

 

  • B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+in each English;

  • ACT 28 or

  • OLD SAT I:
    Crit Read & Writing 650, Math 620

  • NEW SAT I:
    EB Read & Writing 700, Math 640

  • SAT IIs: 650 in each subject

  • Courses: 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;

  • ACT 30 (subscores 26 or higher) or

  • OLD SAT I:
    670 in each

  • NEW SAT I:
    EB Read & Writing 710, Math 700

  • SAT IIs: 670 in each subject

  • Courses: English, pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics

  • SAT IIs: Math and one other subject

Education (B.Ed.)

  • Kindergarten/Elementary Education*
  • B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each English;

  • SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

  • Courses: English

  • SAT IIs: Any two different subjects

* B.Ed applicants to Kindergarten/Elementary, Secondary, and TESL must submit a Letter of Intent

** TESL applicants must also pass a language test.

Note: The decision to admit takes into account the evaluation of the Letter of Intent.  

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

Mathematics:

  • Courses: Pre-calculus (functions)

 

Science & Technology:

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

 

  • Secondary Education*

  • TESL***
  • Physical Education

  • Minimum requirements as for Arts

Engineering (B.Eng.)

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

  • ACT 30 (subscores 26 or higher) or

  • OLD SAT I:
    670 in each

  • NEW SAT I:
    EB Read & Writing 710, Math 700

  • SAT IIs: 670 in each subject

  • Courses: pre-calculus; chemistry and physics

  • SAT IIs: Math and one of Chemistry or Physics.

 

** Bioengineering: New program in 2017. Admission minima may fluctuate significantly in the first few years of a program. 

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical, Computer & Software Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science;

  • ACT 28 or

  • OLD SAT I:
    650 in each

  • NEW SAT I:
    EB Read & Writing 700, Math 670

  • SAT IIs: 650 in each subject

  • Mining Engineering

Human Nutrition* (Macdonald Campus)

  • Nutrition
  • B average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B in each prerequisite math and science;

  • SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

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

  • SAT IIs: two of Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Kinesiology (B.Sc. (Kinesiology))


 

  • B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science;

  • SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

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

  • SAT IIs: two of Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Management (B.Com.)

 

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

  • A- in each English and prerequisite math;

  • ACT 30 (subscores 26 or higher) or

  • OLD SATI:
    670 in each

  • NEW SATI
    EB Read & Writing 710, Math 700

  • SAT IIs: 670 in each subject

 

  • Courses: English and pre-calculus
  • SAT IIs: Math and one other subject

Music (B.Mus)

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

Nursing (B.Sc.(N.))

 

  • B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science;

  • SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

  • Courses: pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • SAT IIs: two of Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Religious Studies(B.A; B.Th)

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
See Arts  
  • Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)
For information on admission requirements and applying, see Theology.  

Science (B.Sc.)

  • Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group
  • A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • A- in each prerequisite math and science;

  • ACT 30 (subscores 26 or higher) or

  •  OLD SATI:
    670 in each

  • NEW SATI:
    EB Read & Writing 710, Math 700

  • SAT IIs: 670 in each subject

  • Courses: pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics 
  • SAT IIs: two of Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences Group
  • Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group
Minima not available (New Program Group)

Minimum SAT and ACT score requirements

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

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

SAT I OLD

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

SAT I NEW

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 670
Math
(for Engineering and Architecture)
580
(620)

 

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 500
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 2016 academic entrance requirements for U.S. high school students

Please see the PDF icon Admission Standards for September 2016 - U.S. High School Students


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

Please see the PDF icon Admission Standards for September 2015 - U.S. High School Studentsdocument to view the required minima for admission in September 2015. 


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


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