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Pre-arrival checklist

Getting ready for university should be an exciting and worry free time in your life, so to help ease your preparations we’ve compiled a checklist of the top 17 important things to do before arriving at McGill.

  1. Make sure to accept McGill's admission offer online and pay your deposit that start at $400 (for more information on deposits specific to your faculty visit the student accounts website) .

  2. Calculate the cost of your first year of study and plan your budget here. McGill offers a need-based Entrance Bursary Program for first-time undergraduate students from modest-income families. The application deadline is 30 days from the date of formal acceptance to the University.  Students may apply via the Financial Aid Menu on Minerva.  Eligibility information is available here.
  3. If you have been offered a space in residence, please fill out the appropriate surveys on Minerva (McGill's online registration system) and make sure you make the deposit before June 3rd. If you have any questions, call the Residences Office at 514-398-6368.
  4. Bookmark the New Students website and check back often. Consider it your essential survival guide to McGill.
  5. If you are moving into residence, plan to arrive for Residence Move-In Day on either Saturday, August 23rd or Sunday, August 24th.
  6. Discover McGill, the University's Orientation Week starts on Monday, Augsut 25th. Visit the Orientation website and check back often for updates.
  7. If you are an international student, make sure you’ve completed and obtained all the necessary paperwork to study in Canada: a Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec, a Study Permit, and where applicable, a temporary resident visa or Convention Refugee status document. Copies of these documents must be submitted to Enrolment Services' Documentation Centre. For more information, please refer to the Pre-departure section of the International Student Services website.
  8. Submit your required legal documents. The documents to submit will vary according to your status in Canada. To determine what to send, when to send, and how to send, refer to the Legal Documents website at www.mcgill.ca/legaldocuments.
  9. Log on to Minerva to ensure that your application file is complete and that all applicable documents have been received. You can also verify your registration and fee information and update your mailing address. If in doubt, call Service Point at 514-398-7878

  10. If you are a Canadian student, you can request to be matched with a Student Life Ambassador, a senior undergraduate student in your Faculty that you can email with your questions about starting at McGill as a new undergraduate student. Request to be matched by completing the online application form.

  11. Keep an eye on your emails for an invitation to register for Orientation. A link and instructions will be provided.

  12. Make sure to register for at least one course by the registration deadline of August 14, 2014.

  13. Activate your McGill e-mail account through Minerva. This is very important!

  14. Check out CL&E's Publications page for online versions of our guides and documents.

  15. Read through the Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities, also known as the "Green Book."