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Newly Admitted U1 Arts Students: Advising, Orientation and Registration Checklist

✔ The table below contains the list of steps to follow for course selection, advising, and registration for newly admitted Fall 2014 departmental students (U1 year). Please read the information carefully.  You should also consult the Important Dates (www.mcgill.ca/importantdates) and view the information on the Programs, Courses and University Regulations website (www.mcgill.ca/study).

✔ If you are a student newly admitted to the Winter 2015 term, be sure to attend the Faculty Orientation Session and the University Orientation Session!

✔ All new international students should also refer to the information offered by International Student Services at www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents.


Steps to Beginning Your Degree Successfully

Attend CSI McGill

Thursday, June 5, 2014

McGill's Campus Life and Engagement (First Year Office) provides a day of activities to help newly admitted U1 students from CEGEP get started.  Click here for details.

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 of 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 if 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, please refer to the following: advanced standing and placement examinations. 

If you have completed university courses elsewhere, make sure that you provide your departmental program adviser with a copy of your university transcripts and course descriptions when you meet for your advising appointment. Your departmental adviser will be able to inform you about possible course equivalences and exemptions from your program requirements. When meeting with your adviser, you should also take with you the Transfer Credit Equivalence Form for Arts Students. Once the form is completed and signed, you should return it to Service Point for processing (don't forget to make a copy for yourself).

As departmental advisers are not available until just before the start of term, please register for courses you consider appropriate, and then adjust your registration once your course equivalences have been determined.


from June to Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There are two types of advising for U1 (departmental) students.

1. Departmental Academic Advising (Program Advisers):

Each department provides advisers who are very familiar with the requirements of their Honours, Major Concentration, and Minor Concentration programs. These advisers will be available at CSI McGill (on June 5, 2014) and just before the start of the fall term. Some departments may have advisers available earlier. Check with your department and meet with a departmental adviser.  

Most departments hold orientation sessions during the last week of August. Please refer to 'Departmental Orientations' below for additional information.  

After meeting with a departmental adviser, use Minerva to make any recommended changes to courses for which you have already registered.

2.  Arts OASIS Advising (Faculty of Arts Advisers):

Arts OASIS Faculty Advisers and Peer Advisers are available to provide you with information and to answer your questions.  You can contact us in person at our counter (Dawson Hall, room 110), by telephone at 514-398-1029, by online chat or by newstudentadvising [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email).  For our hours of operation please visit the Arts OASIS homepage

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

Allow at least seven (7) business days for an adviser to respond to your questions. Please do not send your questions to more than one adviser as this will slow the advising process and result in longer delays for you and all other students.

Degree Planning

from June to Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

In order to plan your B.A. degree, please refer to our Degree Planning Information.  You will find this information useful before choosing your programs and courses.

Program Selection

from Monday, June 16 to Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Most students in the B.A. degree select at least two departmental programs as described in the McGill eCalendar under "Departmental Programs".  You can find a list of available departmental programs here.  Scroll down and select the department from the menu on the left.  Each department page has links to the requirements of the departmental programs it offers.

If you have difficulty choosing a departmental program, email the advisers at the address provided above.

Course Selection

from June to September (see 'Registration' for more details)

After you have chosen your departmental program(s), select your courses for both the Fall AND Winter terms using the eCalendar course search and the class schedule on Minerva. Don't forget to select either Fall 2014 or Winter 2015 term.  You must register for at least one course By August 14, 2014 to avoid late registration fees.

Keep in mind that the "normal" course load is four or five courses (12-15 credits) per term.  A student taking five courses per term would take, on average, two courses for a major concentration, one course for a minor concentration and two elective courses in each term.

Registration (the course change period)

from Monday, June 9 (or as of June 6 for scholarship recipients only) to Tuesday, Sept. 16: Course registration for students from CEGEP

from Monday, June 16 to Tuesday, Sept 16: Course registration for all other U1 students

Use Minerva to register for the departmental programs you have chosen. These can be modified later if you change your mind about which programs you wish to complete.  Once you have registered for your program combinations, you may then register for your courses.  Note that you must register for at least one course By August 14, 2014 to avoid late registration fees.  After you have made your initial registration you will be able to change your courses until the end of the course change (add/drop) period in mid-September.  If you are changing courses for your Major and/or Minor Concentrations, please discuss the changes with your departmental adviser first. Should you experience any difficulties registering, please contact Service Point. When you have registered, don't forget to activate your McGill email account. Please read Welcome to McGill for details. As of the end of Course Change period, all email correspondence from Arts OASIS will be sent only to your McGill email account.

Orientation Week: Discover McGill and your program options!

Last week of August 2014

McGill's University-wide Orientation will begin on Tuesday, August 26 with Discover McGill Day.  Some of the events require registration therefore please remember to consult the UNIVERSITY ORIENTATION website for full details.

Be sure to attend the FACULTY of ARTS ORIENTATION session also on Tuesday, August 26 - from 2pm to 4pm (location to be confirmed).  Faculty Advisers from the Arts OASIS will also be available to answer any academic questions you might have about your first year at McGill.

PROGRAM FAIR - for all newly admitted Arts students: please join us on Wednesday, August 27 from 1pm to 3pm, at the SSMU Ballroom (3rd floor, Room 301).  We are inviting new Arts students to seek out as much information as possible about their future departments and programs at this Fair!  

Advising during the year

After the Course Change Period (as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014)

If you have questions about your departmental program, consult with your departmental academic adviser.

You will receive emails (to your McGill email account) from Arts OASIS throughout the academic year. Please read these emails carefully as they will contain important information about deadlines and degree requirements. You should also refer to the Arts OASIS homepage for important announcements.

If you have questions, you can see a Faculty adviser during drop-in sessions throughout the academic year. Please come to the Arts OASIS counter (Dawson Hall, room 110) Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm (arrive early to ensure a spot!) or call 514-398-1029. If you have a simple question, you can send us an newstudentadvising [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email). Please include your name and student number in the subject line. You can also chat with us online!

Other Sources of Information

You can obtain information on a broad range of topics from other offices at the University by following the links below: