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Deadlines for admission in 2019-20

Where a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the effective deadline will be the following business day.

DEADLINES*

*Consult exceptions below

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 22

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

EXCEPTIONS (programs with separate deadlines)

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Religious Studies application & documents

May 1

Admission review process

Select the location of your school:

Schools located IN the U.S.A.

 

You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a high school diploma from an academic program leading to university entrance.

Grades 10, 11 and 12 academic results will be considered, including prerequisites for the program to which you applied.  All results are taken into consideration, including those for failed or repeated courses.

You must have taken either of the following (unless applying to Music):

  • the ACT, or
  • the SAT I plus at least 2 SAT IIs (see prerequisites for required SAT II subjects by program)

 

If you are completing the IB Diploma or certificates concurrently with a US diploma you will normally be considered for admission based on your US high school record and may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final IB results.

If you are completing College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations or university courses you may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final results.

School located OUTSIDE the U.S.A.

You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a high school diploma from an academic program leading to university entrance.

Grades 10, 11 and 12 academic results will be considered, including prerequisites for the program to which you applied. All results are taken into consideration in determining admission, including those for failed or repeated courses.

You must have taken either of the following (unless applying to Music):

  • the ACT, or
  • the SAT I plus at least 2 SAT IIs (see prerequisites for required SAT II subjects by program)

 

If you are completing the IB Diploma concurrently with a US diploma you will be considered for admission based on your Predicted IB subject results and school transcript.  Consult the IB Diploma information found in High schools outside Canada/US.

If you are completing College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations or university courses you may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final results.


Minimum grades & prerequisites

  • Below are the lowestgrades used for admission for September 2018.
  • Grades that are equal to or better than those listed below do not guarantee admission in 2019.
  • Admission to McGill is competitive and subject to availability of space. As such, minimum grades may fluctuate up or down by as much as 5% in any given year.
  • To view a printable version, consult: September 2018 Admission Requirements for U.S. High School Students

Select your Faculty/School/Program of interest:

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences


These programs are offered on the Macdonald campus

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY

All B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) programs

  •  B average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B in each prerequisite math and science;

  • SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))

Food Science (B.Sc.(F.Sc.))

Concurrent B.Sc. (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)/B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.))

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • SAT I or ACT
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs selected from the following subjects: Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

 

Architecture

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY
  •  A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science;

  • SATs/ACT as per minimum requirements​;

  • Applicants must submit a portfolio which will be taken into account during the admission process.

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: Pre-calculus; chemistry AND physics
  • SAT I or ACT
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs: Math and one of Chemistry or Physics.

 

Arts

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY
  •  B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each English;

  • ACT 28 or​

  • SAT I: EB Read & Writing 700, Math 640

  • SAT IIs: 650 in each subject

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: English
  • SAT I or ACT
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs​: any two different subjects.

 

Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.&S.C.)

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY
  • A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • A-in each English and each prerequisite math and science;

  • ACT 30 (Math & Science subscores ≥ 28, others ≥ 26);

  • SAT I: EB Read & Writing 710, Math 700

  • SAT IIs: 670 in each subject

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: English; pre-calculus; two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • SAT I or ACT
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs​: Math AND one other subject.


NoteThe B.A.& Sc. is a unique degree that is jointly offered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.  It is rooted in both Arts and Science and carries roughly equal course weight in each faculty. It is an interdisciplinary degree intended for students who want to pursue simultaneously a Major in the Faculty of Arts and one in the Faculty of Science or one of the interfaculty programs in Cognitive Science, Environment or Sustainability, Science and Society.

 

Education

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY
Kindergarten/Elementary Education*
  • B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each English;

  • SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

Physical Education
Secondary Education*
TESL**

* B.Ed applicants toKindergarten/Elementary, Secondary, and TESLmust submit aLetter of Intent.

Note:The decision to admit takes into account the evaluation of the Letter of Intent.

**TESL applicants must also pass a language test.

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: English
  • SAT I or ACT
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs​: any two different subjects.
  • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Mathematics program must also complete pre-calculus
  • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Science & Technology must also complete pre-calculus, and two of biology, chemistry or physics

 

Engineering

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY

Bioengineering**

 

  • A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • A- in each prerequisite math and science;

  • ACT 30 (Math & Science subscores ≥ 29, others ≥ 26); or

  • SAT I:
    EB Read & Writing 710, Math 700

  • SAT IIs: 670 in each subject

** Bioengineering: New program in 2017. Admission minima may fluctuate significantly in the first few years of a program. 

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical, Computer & Software Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Materials Engineering

  • B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science;

  • ACT 28 (Math & Science subscores ≥ 26, others ≥ 24); or

  • SAT I:
    EB Read & Writing 700, Math 670

  • SAT IIs: 650 in each subject

Mining Engineering

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: Pre-calculus; chemistry AND physics
  • SAT I or ACT
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs: Math and one of Chemistry or Physics.

 

Human Nutrition


This program is offered on the Macdonald campus

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY
  •  B average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B in each prerequisite math and science;

  • SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • SAT I or ACT
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs selected from the following subjects: Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

 

Kinesiology

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY
  •  B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science;

  • SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • SAT I or ACT
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs selected from the following subjects: Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

 

Management

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY
  •  A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12; 

  • A- in each English and prerequisite math;

  • ACT 30 (Math subscore ≥ 28, others ≥ 24); or

  • SATI EB Read & Writing 710, Math 700

  • SAT IIs: 670 in each subject

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: English AND pre-calculus
  • SAT I or ACT
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs​: Math AND one other subject.

 

Music


​For information on admission requirements, see the Schulich School of Music website.

 

Nursing

MINIMUM GRADES ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ENTRY
  •  B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science;

  • SATs/ACT per minimum requirements

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • SAT I or ACT
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs selected from the following subjects: Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
  • Applicants to Nursing are required to complete a mandatory online assessment called CASPer, as a component of the selection process (see Additional Supporting Documents).

 

Religious Studies

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)

For information on admission requirements and applying, see Theology

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

See: Arts

 

Science

Minimum Grades accepted for admission for september 2018 entry

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group

  • A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12;

  • A- in each prerequisite math and science;

  • ACT 30 (Math & Science subscores ≥ 28, others ≥ 26); or

  • SATI:
    EB Read & Writing 710, Math 700

  • SAT IIs: 670 in each subject

Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences Group

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group

PREREQUISITE COURSES & STANDARDIZED TESTS
  • Courses: pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics 
  • If taking SAT I, you must also submit two SAT IIs selected from the following subjects: Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

 


View minimum grades in PDF Format: September 2017 Admission Requirements for U.S. High School Students


Minimum SAT and ACT score requirements

Applicants must present the ACT or the SAT I plus at least two SAT IIs

NOTE: McGill will accept old and new SAT scores for admission and entrance scholarships.  Applicants may submit scores from either test.

SAT I 

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 670
Math
(for Engineering and Architecture)
580
(620)

 

SAT II

Literature 610   Chinese/Chinese L 570
American History 600   French/French L 590
World History 590   German/German L 570
Math I 570   Hebrew 500
Math II/IIC 550   Italian 570
Biology 590   Japanese/Japanese L 570
Ecological Biology 590   Korean with L 570
Molecular Biology 590   Latin 580
Chemistry 580   Spanish/Spanish L 570
Physics 580      

 

ACT

Composite 26
Individual subject scores 24

Supporting documentation

1) Academic documents

- Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded directly to your Minerva file.  A complete high school transcript should include:

  • Final grades from Grade 10 and Grade 11 (Grade 9 results are only required if prerequisite science courses were taken that year)
  • Current/interim results from Grade 12: this may be a first quarter report card, a first trimester transcript, a mid-semester transcript or another type of academic progress or interim report normally issued by the high school
  • Official final transcripts are only required if admitted.

- ACT and/or SAT test results must be official (sent directly from the testing board).  McGill's institutional code for the College Board (SAT and AP) is 0935-00; for ACT, it is 5231.

- If you are completing an International Baccalaureate Diploma, your predicted IB results must be uploaded or mailed to McGill.

 

2) Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English Proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

 

3) Additional supporting documents

Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

 - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

 - You have complete the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

 - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.

 

The information was current at the time of posting but may be subject to change without notice.


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