Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
While at McGill, you have access to a variety of advisers, mentors, and counsellors who have different skills, expertise, and levels of authority. You can talk about your situation freely with your advisers; they will respect your wish for confidentiality. Typical types of advisers are described below. You should refer to your faculty's section of this publication for additional advising information specific to your degree program. Note that some academic matters require approval of more than one adviser, e.g., the faculty adviser and the department/school academic adviser.
Faculty Advisers are normally located in the Student Affairs Office of each faculty and are available throughout the calendar year (Faculty Student Affairs Offices).
Department/School Academic Advisers are normally located closer to the offices of professors in your program and may only be available during specific times of the year (e.g., prior to registration for the next session or during the add/drop period) or during regularly scheduled office hours. If you are completing a major or minor in more than one unit, you will likely have an adviser in each unit. The departmental academic adviser may be either a professor or a member of the administrative staff. You should contact your department's administrative office to determine the identity and availability of your academic adviser. You should check your progress with your departmental academic adviser from time to time—and certainly before your final year (Contact Information for Advising).
Professors/Lecturers may act in a voluntary capacity to mentor you as you progress through your program. The faculty adviser or department/school academic adviser may be able to help you identify a good resource person in your program.
Peer Advisers are students who have been trained by faculty advisers or department/school academic advisers. They normally offer drop-in hours for advice on University life and will help you find the information you need in this publication or through other University resources. Peer advisers are only available in some faculties or departments.
The First-Year Office (FYO) (Brown Student Services Building; www.mcgill.ca/firstyear) can help new students navigate their way through this publication and the information contained in the Welcome to McGill publication (www.mcgill.ca/newstudents). They help newly admitted students prepare for the course registration period on Minerva. To maximize this help, you are strongly urged to read the sections in the Welcome to McGill publication that apply to your faculty. The FYO staff are always available to provide advice and referrals to the many support mechanisms at McGill.
Counselling Service (Brown Student Services Building; www.mcgill.ca/counselling) has professional counsellors and psychologists who are available to discuss personal, academic, and career goals or problems. They provide individual counselling, therapy, psychoeducational workshops, and crisis intervention. A walk-in service is available.
Career Planning Service (CaPS) (Brown Student Services Building; www.mcgill.ca/caps) provides career education, guidance, and individual advising to help you in your search for permanent, part-time, or summer jobs and internships.
Enrolment Services (Service Point, 3415 McTavish Street, Montreal (QC) H3A 0C8; 514-398-7878; www.mcgill.ca/students/records) is the place to start if you have questions related to credits on entrance or Advanced Standing based on previous studies.
On the Macdonald campus, information is provided by the Student Affairs Office, Laird Hall, Room 106; www.mcgill.ca/macdonald.