CSI McGill (CEGEP Student Information) - On Line Orientation Event

Friday, June 5, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Note: Registration will open in May!

Who is Invited?

All newly accepted CEGEP students who have confirmed their acceptance and will be starting their studies at McGill in September 2020.  Participating Faculty/Schools include Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Arts, Combined BA & Sc., Education, Engineering, Law, Management, Music, Nursing, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Science (includes Pre-Med and Pre-Dent) and Social Work. 

Why should I attend?

In anticipation of Minerva course registration becoming available to CEGEP students in early June, this orientation event will give you the opportunity to inform yourself about course regulations and registration procedures. It is also a chance to meet senior students, staff from Campus Life & Engagement and Student Services, as well as Faculty and/or Departmental Advisers.

Topics covered include

  • Understanding the e-calendar and the structure of programs at McGill
  • Making the most of your academic advising sessions
  • Introduction to academics - i.e. course credits, required courses vs. complementary vs. elective courses, majors/minors, etc.
  • Campus resources and the people of McGill
  • Minerva registration “how-to” and an introduction to the Visual Schedule Builder

Schedule of the Day (TO BE CONFIRMED)

(see descriptions of sessions below)

Part I

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. University 101and Navigating Minerva (English OR French session)
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Faculty Specific Orientation
Information Sessions Depatmental Fair / Advising
  • Combines Arts & Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Physical & Occupational Therapy
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Arts
  • Music
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Virtual Services Fair (TBC)

Part II

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. À La Carte
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Simple Strategies for Effective Student & Research 101

OSD Drop-in Advising

Via Skype Appointments
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. English & French Placement Tests Simple Strategies for Effective Student & Research 101

Session Descriptions

University 101 and Navigating Minerva - Offered in English and French (Please indicate your preference when you register.  All other sessions available in English only.)

Learn about the program structure of the university; major, minor, pre-requisites, credits and much more!
Tips & tricks on registration; how it works and who can help!
Learning how to navigate Minerva; adding classes, Course Registration Numbers (CRN), Visual Schedule Builder (VSB), wait lists, etc.
Get informed on deadlines for registration (adding classes and dropping them)

Service Fair (TBC)

Get answers to your questions and meet representatives from many of the support services that exist here at McGill University. 

Faculty Specific Orientation

Faculty/School specific information sessions to help you prepare for course registration.

Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) Virtual Drop-Ins

Meet an Access Services Advisor who will be available to answer your questions about academic accommodations at McGill. If you have a disability, mental health condition, chronic illness or other impairment that may impact your studies, drop by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD).

Optional English Placement Tests - On-Line

For students who speak English as a second language wanting to register for one of the three courses in academic writing (English for Academic Purposes) offered by the McGill Writing Center.

Optional French Placement Test Interviews On-Line Friday June 5, 2020

For students who want to take credited French as a Second Language course offered by McGill University's French Language Centre, you have a 3 step process.

  1. You will need to complete the online placement test in advance of the CSI McGill day (ie, not later than Wednesday, June 4th).
  2. You will register for one of the 3 interview sessions: session 1, session 2, or session 3. Please only register for 1 session. Once, you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email. Please check your inbox (and your spam).
  3. On Friday June 5th, you will take your online interview which will determine your French level and obtain a permit for course registration.

Please contact flc [at] mcgill.ca if you have any questions.

CL&E sends out e-mail invitations in May to all newly admitted students. Invitations are sent to the e-mail address that you used to apply to McGill, so make sure to check your inboxes (and junk mail folders) regularly!  For further information, please contact Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E) by firstyear [at] mcgill.ca (e-mail).

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