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Orientation & Transition: Undergraduate

Congratulations and welcome to McGill!

We hope you are excited about starting your undergraduate studies at McGill. We are! Since this is your first time at McGill University, it’s important for you to know that Campus Life & Engagement is here for you. As a service for everyone “new” at McGill, our office provides year-long support for new and/or first-time students. Please do not ever hesitate to contact us, especially when you aren’t sure where to go with your questions or concerns. We are a phone call, email or drop-in visit away from helping you find the answers to your questions.

For a comprehensive site with information, resources, services, and notices for new undergraduate students, please visit and

CL&E supports and serves all new undergraduate students at McGill through Orientation activities and programs, communications and publications, year-round programs and workshops, and assistance tailored to distinct student groups and populations.

Services, programs, and resources that CL&E provides or (co-)coordinates for new undergraduate students includes, but is not limited to:


Discover McGill campus-wide orientation event

Discover McGill is a campus-wide University welcome event at the beginning of Orientation Week. It's a chance to learn about McGill's resources for academic and personal success, Student Services, and the Students' Society of McGill University. This is when you will meet your Orientation Leader and other new students and when you'll receive your Discover McGill orientation package.

Discover McGill: Academic Expectations Day workshops

Do you have concerns about your study skills or what a university workload will entail? Perhaps you will be studying in English for the first time? If so, make sure you take advantage of and register for the workshops offered on Discover McGill's Academic Expectations Day which will provide you with plenty of tips and advice on how you can get a head start on your university career.

McGill 101 online orientation course

McGill 101 is a multimedia online info hub for all new McGill undergraduate students with videos, quizzes, and much more. New undergraduate students will able to access McGill 101 right from the myCourses homepage, starting in early summer.


"First-Year 5" bi-monthly emails

Twice a month, new undergraduate students receive a "First-Year 5" (FY-5) email from CL&E. Check your inboxes for this communication that breaks down into 5 easy-to-read sections (hence the name!) specially curated news, events, tips, and announcements. You can read the past year's archives of the emails on the First-Year website's Resources page.

New Student FAQ guides

You have questions and we have the answers. Our New Student FAQ guide answers the questions you likely have on your mind and helps you get successfully settled in for life at McGill. Get the guide on the First-Year website's Resources page.


New Student Mentorship Program

The New Student Mentorship Program pairs senior student "Mentors" with new incoming Canadian students to help them navigate their first year of study at McGill. Mentors are a wealth of experience and information and are happy to show you the ropes of McGill’s academic and social life.

International students should apply to the International Buddy Program through International Students Services.

Emerging Leaders Workshops

These 55-minute workshops are a great way to help you define how you want to navigate through your time at McGill and through life.

Summer Send-Off (with Alumni Relations) and Campus-Connect Events (with Enrolment Services)

Campus Life & Engagement is proud to be a partner in these two events:

Held every summer in cities around the world, Send-Offs are a great way for incoming McGill students to meet other freshmen from their area before leaving for Montreal. 

Campus-Connect events are for newly-admitted students and parents and take place on several Friday afternoons each spring. They include a presentation, an opportunity to meet with academic advisors and representatives from various student services, and an extensive campus tour with McGill student ambassadors.


Étudiant(e)s francophones

Saviez-vous qu'une personne-ressource est à votre disposition pour vous écouter et vous aider? L’Adjointe aux étudiants francophones de première année, Mme Manon Lemelin tâche de faciliter votre adaptation à la vie universitaire. Elle peut vous renseigner sur l'éventail de services offerts sur le campus.

Vous n'avez encore jamais étudié en anglais? C'est à vous que s'adresse la session d’accueilUne session d’orientation est planifiée pour la fin du mois d’août pour accueillir les étudiants francophones. Cette journée comprend aussi des ateliers (en anglais) sur les techniques d’études, et les ressources et outils qui peuvent contribuer à votre réussite à McGill!        

Adjointe aux étudiants francophones de première année

Transfer students, Commuter Students

The Transfer Student information session, specifically planned with transfer students in mind, is intended to help them have a strong start to their McGill careers by informing them of various resource persons and services available on campus. Transfer students will also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with other students with similar questions or concerns.

Commuter students

You’ve decided that you want to live off-campus. How will being a Commuter Student affect you? Are you worried about missing out on fun activities, important information, and other campus resources? Check out Off-Campus & Commuter Student Support’s website for more information. Our goal is to make sure that off-campus and commuter students have the resources and support they need to thrive at McGill – beyond simply attending classes.


At any time of the year, all new students are always welcome to drop by, email, or call our office if they have any questions or want more information about studying at McGill and/or living in Montreal.
In-person: Brown Student Services Building, 3600 McTavish Street, Suite 4100
Email: firstyear [at]    Phone: 514-398-6913

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