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Arts Freshman Advising, Orientation and Registration Checklist for U0 Students

The table below contains the list of steps to follow for course selection, advising, and registration for newly admitted Freshman students (U0 year). Please read the information carefully.

The dates specified in the table below are provided for your convenience.  You should always verify dates on the List of Important Dates.

Steps to Beginning Your Degree Successfully

Inform Yourself

from May to August

Read all our information on the B.A. Freshman Program Requirements.

Advanced Standing

Newly admitted students may receive advanced standing for university work completed elsewhere, in another faculty at McGill, or for results in International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Levels, Advanced Placement tests or in 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, please refer to the advanced standing and placement examinations information.

If you have completed university work elsewhere, please ensure that you include this information on the Freshman Course Approval Form (see below). Your adviser will be able to inform you about possible course equivalences and exemptions from your freshman program requirements.

Please contact us (Arts OASIS) should you have any additional questions.


from June to Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

From now until the beginning of term, Faculty advisers in Arts OASIS will be available to provide you with information and to answer your questions.

If, after reading the information in the eCalendar and on our website, you need clarification or you have further questions, contact us by newstudentadvising [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email). 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 [.pdf].

Allow at least seven (7) business days to receive a response from OASIS. Please do not send your questions to more than one adviser as this may result in longer delays for you and all other students.

After Course Change period, please contact Arts OASIS should you have any questions about your courses.

Course Selection

from Tuesday, June 17 to Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

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 the 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.

U0 Freshman Course Approval

from Friday, June 13 to Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

All U0 Faculty of Arts students should submit their Freshman Course Approval Form by Friday, August 22 (5pm).  THIS FORM FORM IS NOW CLOSED. If after this date you have not submitted your form, please come to the Arts OASIS counter (ground floor of Dawson Hall, Room 110) between 10 AM and 3 PM (on weekdays) and ask to have your freshman course selection reviewed. 

You can obtain a Faculty adviser's approval for your course selection by submitting the form.  A Faculty adviser will look at the courses you have submitted and will either approve them or make suggestions for changes. There is a space on the Course Approval Form which you can use to send questions to the adviser.

Registration (the course change period)

from Tuesday, June 17 to Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Use Minerva to register for the option you wish to complete in the Arts Freshman Program and for your courses. You can always change your option and courses up to the end of the course change period if you change your mind about what you wish to take.  Read the information about how to select your Freshman Program option using Minerva. You must register for at least one course by August 14, 2014 to avoid late registration fees.  Should you experience any difficulties registering, please contact Service Point right away. When you have registered, don't forget to activate your McGill email account. Please read the Welcome to McGill for details.

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!  

U0 Freshman Course Change Period/Approval

from Monday, Sept. 8 to Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

After you have registered you will be able to use Minerva to make changes to your course selection. If you have made changes to your course choices for your U0 year, please come to the Arts OASIS on the ground floor of Dawson Hall between 10 AM and 3 PM on weekdays.  Tell the person you speak to that you have come for Freshman Program course change approval.

Advising during the year

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

You will receive emails (to your McGill email account) from Arts OASIS throughout the 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 McGill by following the links below.