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Newly-Admitted Students

Steps to Beginning Your Degree Successfully: The table below contains the list of steps to follow for course selection, advising, and registration. Please read the information carefully.

These dates are provided for your convenience. Please consult the complete list of Important Dates for details and to check for updates.

Important: All newly admitted Science students must complete our on-line course approval form which will be available in early June, 2013. You can register before receiving approval, but you must have your selection of courses approved by August 30, 2013.

Help-Line for Newly Admitted Students: (514) 398-5442 [Hours: Monday- Friday; 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.]

Inform Yourself: June 3 - Sept 3

Read all our information on the B.A. & B.Sc. Freshman program requirements. Additional information is available by consulting our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Advanced standing

Newly admitted students may receive advanced standing for university work completed elsewhere, or in another faculty at McGill, or for results in International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Levels, Advanced Placement tests or the Diploma in Collegial Studies.

It is essential that you know if you will be granted credit and course exemption for work completed elsewhere as you will not be given additional credit towards your degree for any McGill course where the content overlaps substantially with any other course for which you have already received credit, such as for advanced standing results.

For information about advanced standing credits as a result of the tests mentioned above, please refer to the following: advanced standing and Science placement exams

If you have completed university work elsewhere, please ensure that you include this information in the freshman on-line Course Approval form, that you will be submitting to your Faculty adviser, as listed farther below. Your adviser will be able to inform you about possible course equivalences and exemptions from your freshman program requirements.

Advising: June 3 - Sept 17

From the beginning of term (June until the end of the drop/add period in September our team of academic advisers in the Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) Office will be available in a variety of ways (see below) to provide you with information and answer your questions.

If, after reading the information in the e-Calendar and on our web site, you need clarification or you have questions of an advising nature, contact us at newstudentadvising.science (please include your full name and McGill ID number in your email).

When e-mailing the advisers, please include your name and student number in the subject line. Make sure to use your McGill email address, which should be activated as soon as you confirm that you will be coming to McGill. Please read the following information about McGill's new email policy, e-mail communication with students

Allow at least seven business days for the advisers to respond to your questions. You will receive a response. Please do not send your questions to other people in the university as this will slow the advising process and result in longer delays for you and all other students.

Sometime after the end of June you will receive the contact information for an individual adviser in the SOUSA Office who will be your resource person until you graduate.

Course Selection: June 3 - Sept 17

Select your courses for both the Fall and Winter terms using the e-Calendar and the class schedule on Minerva. Don't forget to select the Fall 2013 or Winter 2014 term.

Keep in mind that the "normal" course load is four or five courses (12-15 credits) per term. We do not recommend that you take more than 15 credits in your first term.

Course Approval: June 3 - August 30

All newly admitted B.A. & Sc students must complete our on-line Course Approval Form which will be available on June 3rd. Please note that you can register before receiving approval, but you must have your selection of courses approved by August 30.

Registration: June 17 - Sept 17

Use Minerva to register for the courses which the adviser has approved. New students have until August 14, 2013 to register for at least one course in order to avoid late registration penalties.

Should you experience any difficulties registering, please call Service Point (514-398-7878), or drop by their office (3415 McTavish St). Also, please refer to Tips on handling registration problems.

When you have registered, don't forget to activate your McGill e-mail account. Please read Welcome to McGill for details. As of the end of course change period, all e-mail from your adviser will be sent only to your McGill e-mail account.

Discover McGill (Orientation): Tuesday, August 27th

Attend McGill's day-long, university-wide orientation. It is a day of exciting activities designed to familiarize you with the University.

Advising Sessions: August 23 - August 30 (excluding August 27)

SOUSA Advising for Newly Admitted Students: Advisers will be on hand to personally advise newly admitted students about their course selection for the coming year and answer any specific questions or concerns students may have.

Thursday, August 22nd & Friday, August 23rd:
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dawson Hall, 4th Floor, Room 405

Monday, August 26th:
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dawson Hall, Room 405

Wednesday, August 28th - Friday, August 30th:
10:00a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts Building, Rom 145

SOUSA Information Sessions for Registration and Advanced Standing: TBA

Course Change Approval: Sept 3 - Sept 17

Weekdays [10 a.m. - 4 p.m.]

Only after you have registered you will be able to use Minerva to make changes to your course selection. You can obtain an adviser's approval for your course changes at the SOUSA Office in Dawson Hall, 4th Floor, Room 405.

Continued Advising: After Course Change Period

You will be receiving e-mail (towards the end of June) from an adviser in the Faculty of Science who will be your resource person until you graduate. Your adviser will send you e-mail at intervals during the first year. Make sure you read it carefully as it will contain important information.

If you have questions your adviser will be having drop-in sessions (schedule will be posted in September 2013) throughout the academic year. For more serious issues you can arrange an individual appointment with your adviser. Come to the 4th floor, Room 405 of Dawson Hall or call (514)398-5442 and arrange for an advising appointment. If you have a simple question, you can e-mail your adviser. When e-mailing your adviser, please include your name and student number in the subject line.