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Building a gameplan

Like any great endeavour, a successful academic career requires knowledge, foresight and careful planning. If you don't know exactly what you need to do to graduate, you may well find yourself in school longer than you expected.

Our Planning your Program site will walk you through everything you need to know to make sure you take the right courses at the right time and avoid headaches down the road.

When to register

Registration for newly admitted undergraduate students begins on December 2 for Winter term.

Minerva opens at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of registration and runs 24/7. While hundreds of users can access Minerva at the same time, the opening-day rush means it may be difficult to log in during the first few minutes. Don’t worry, keep trying.


  • Some courses may be filled before your registration date because returning students have registration priority. Don’t worry – places in many courses open up during the add/drop period in September, and some courses may allow you to join a wait list that will notify you via your McGill e-mail when space becomes available. Academic  advisers will help you find a place in any required courses for your program.
  • Prepare alternative course selections. You have a few years to take that really interesting course that is full this year and next year you will have a higher registration priority.
  • Be flexible with courses offered in both the Fall and Winter terms, or with multiple sections. This will give you the opportunity of fitting different selections of courses into your schedule.
  • Use Visual Schedule Builder to help you see the different schedules that are possible for the courses that interest you in each term.
  • Sometimes the schedule changes, so don’t forget to double-check your personal schedule in Minerva before the start of classes.
  • More registration information and video tutorials can be found at Registering for courses.
  • Having problems using Minerva? Consult the online information and instructions, or fill out the Service Point webform to request assistance. If you’re still having problems, call Service Point at 514-398-7878 during regular office hours.
  • For more information consult academic advising; transfer credits, exemptions & advanced standing; and the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading option for elective courses.

Do you need proof you’re registered?

You may need to provide proof you’re registered at McGill for a variety of reasons: for your parents’ health insurance, to get an International Student Card, or to qualify for the student rate on public transit. Click here for instruction on printing your letter.

Your Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) may require that you provide proof of full-time status by August 1st; however, given that newly-admitted students can only register as of late July, you are advised to submit a copy of your acceptance letter directly to your RESP provider (so they can start processing your claim). Once you have registered full-time, please refer to the RESP page for the next steps.