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Student Census

Student Census


McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

For more information about traditional territory and tips on how to make a land acknowledgement, visit our Land Acknowledgement webpage.


Complete McGill’s Student Census

Login to Minerva to access the Student Census in the Student section.

Student Census data governance and request form

Download and complete the request form.

Student Census preliminary results

View the preliminary results of the Student Census.

Contact us

For more information about the Student Census, requests for data, or governance policies please contact EDI.es [at] mcgill.ca

 

You are what counts

About McGill’s Student Census

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission.

The data from the Student Census allows for better understanding of the composition of our student body so that we can identify and adapt our Strategic Enrolment Plan to address identified areas of underrepresentation and to assess our efforts to enroll and support students in line with the Final Report of the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, McGill’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan 2020-2025, and McGill’s Action Plan to Address Anti Black Racism. We also recognize that we are best able to anticipate and meet the needs of our students when we understand who our students are.

Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security

McGill University is committed to protecting privacy and safeguarding personal information in accordance with Quebec privacy law.

All data from the Student Census is kept strictly confidential, is not used or shared outside of McGill, and is used for operational purposes only. Data may not be used for any other purpose, including research or to affect any academic evaluation or disciplinary action. Individual-level identifiable data is never shared.

Data from the Student Census is encrypted and stored on McGill’s secure servers.

All requests for data from the Student Census are subject to review and require approval by the Registrar.

For more information about the Student Census, requests for data, or governance policies please contact, EDI.es [at] mcgill.ca.


FAQ

What is McGill’s Student Census?

It is a data collection initiative to help better understand and serve the student population.

Is the Student Census mandatory?

No, the Student Census is not mandatory and each question in the census includes a “prefer not to answer” option.

We encourage all students to complete the Student Census to facilitate our understanding of the composition of our student body and our ability to meet student needs accordingly.

How long does it take to complete the Student Census?

It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the census.

Who should participate?

All students are strongly encouraged to complete the census. This includes students in certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs, both domestic and international students, as well as those currently enrolled on either a part-time or full-time basis.

The Census excludes students from: The School of Medicine, Ingram School of Nursing, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Continuing Studies’ Lifelong Learning, and Quebec Inter-University Transfer.

How do I participate?

The census is available under the “Student” menu in Minerva.

Why is it important to participate in the Student Census?

McGill is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. These principals are fundamental to our core values and are essential to our excellence as an institution.

Advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion is an ongoing and continuous effort which is essential across the University. Collecting student demographic information facilitates our planning for our communities; including data driven resource allocation, initiatives, and strategic planning.

The information from the Student Census helps identify representational and resource gaps, systemic barriers, as well as who is and who is not represented at McGill University (in general as well as within specific departments and programs).

This data allows us to measure our success in engaging and supporting our diverse student body and to better understand intersections, experiences, and needs.

When should I participate?

Students can complete the census at any time and may go in and change their answers as well.

We will take a snapshot of the data annually in April, so we strongly encourage students who have not completed the Census by this date to please do so.

Can I change my responses?

Yes, your responses can be changed at any time.

Why is McGill collecting this data and how is the data used to help underrepresented groups?

The Student Census is a fundamental component to McGill University’s mission and commitments made in the Final Report of the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, McGill’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan 2020-2025, and McGill’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism.

The collection of data through the Student Census enables McGill to be aware of and plan for its communities.

The information from the Student Census allows for data driven resource allocation, initiatives, and strategic planning in areas such as:

  • increasing the representativeness of the student body,
  • promoting wellness, success, and support especially for students from underrepresented groups,
  • enhancing the capacity of teaching staff and student services to create and maintain respectful, safe, and inclusive settings for students.

Why does the Student Census not ask about certain demographic data such as age and citizenship?

The Student Census does not ask about certain demographic data such as age and citizenship as this information is already collected in the Student record.

We would like to assure you that this data is used in our operational planning and decision making so as not to neglect the needs of our diverse student body.

Why does the Student Census use the terminology it does?

For some questions, the Student Census adopts categories from Statistics Canada's 2016 Census.

The census collects data on demographics such as gender, sexual orientation, disability, Indigenous identity and status, race and ethnicity, and educational attainment of parents/guardians.

The data will be used in operational decision making such as organizing community outreach efforts and determining support needs.

To offer feedback, or for more information, and questions about the Student Census, please contact, EDI.es [at] mcgill.ca.

I don't identify with any underrepresented group, why should I participate?

This data will allow McGill to better understand and serve all students. We are best able to anticipate and meet the needs of all our students when we understand who our students are.

How is this sensitive data being stored and how is my privacy protected?

McGill University is committed to protecting privacy and safeguarding personal information in accordance with Quebec privacy law. Data from the Student Census is stored on our secure servers. Results are masked when cell sizes are less than 5 to prevent identification of individuals.

All data from the Student Census is kept strictly confidential, is not used or shared outside of McGill, and is used for operational purposes only.

Responses are confidential, and access to detailed or identifying participant data is highly restricted to a small number of employees for the purposes of building aggregate reports and responding to data requests.

Your individual responses containing any personally identifiable information will never be shared with any internal or external bodies. Responses will never be considered in the context of a future application to McGill, nor will any personal information about you ever be shared with your instructors, supervisors, or fellow students.

Will my responses affect my academic record?

No, data can be used for operational purposes only and not for any other purpose, including research or to affect any academic evaluation or disciplinary action.

Responses will never be considered in the context of a future application to McGill, nor will any information about you ever be shared with your instructors, supervisors, or fellow students.

Will my responses be shared or used for research and marketing?

No, data can be used for operational purposes only and not for any other purpose, including research or marketing.

Your individual responses containing any personally identifiable information will never be shared with any internal or external bodies.

Who can make a request for faculty, unit, or department level Student Census data?

Faculties and administrative units can request more granular data than what is publicly reported. All requests for data from the Student Census are subject to review and require approval by the Registrar. Access the Student Census data request form.

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