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Courses Considered During the Admission Process

For Canadian high school students, admission is based on the calculated average of the five highest academic Grade 12-level course results (regardless of the calendar year in which they were taken). The "top five" average must include any subjects required for the particular McGill program.

What is considered an “academic" course?

Academic (considered for inclusion in the Top Five average)

  • All Advanced Placement (AP) courses
  • All International Baccalaureate (IB) courses
  • Most first language English and French courses
  • All foreign language courses
  • Most mathematics courses
  • Most locally developed social science/social studies courses

Note: only one Fine Arts course can be included in the Top Five average, excluding AP and IB courses. Fine Arts courses include Drama, Music, and Visual Arts.

Non-academic (excluded from the Top Five average)

  • All computer courses (except AP Computer Science and IB computer courses)
  • All English as a Second Language (ESL) courses
  • Most technical, professional, and applied courses
  • All career courses
  • All physical education and health courses
  • All work experience and co-op courses

Specific courses used by McGill in the calculation of the Top Five average

NOTE: This list is not comprehensive as it does not include most locally developed courses. Where applicable, “Challenge” exams for academic and foreign language courses are recognized and can be included in the Top Five average.


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