McGill just celebrated its 200th birthday (It was founded in 1821!), but we've come a long way technologically over the last two centuries! Did you know that "Archie", the first Internet search engine, was created at McGill?  You're welcome, Google!
Check out some of the ways that technology will shape your McGill experience.

Learn more about IT Services here.


You are given two usernames: a McGill username and a short username. Your McGill Username is based on your first and last name (e.g., first.last [at]
The first.last portion may sometimes include an initial or middle name or a number, where necessary to ensure uniqueness.
Your short username is usually composed of the first letter of your first name, and the first 5 letters of your last name, often followed by a number to ensure uniqueness.
The McGill Username and McGill Password are used to access most IT services at McGill. However, the Short Username is required to sign into a few systems (most notably uPrint).

Polling @ McGill

Polling @ McGill (previously known as clickers) is a technology-supported questioning strategy to assess students’ learning and encourage active classroom participation. At McGill, we are using a web-based polling system, called TurningPoint Cloud. During a class with polling questions, students respond from their personal devices (smartphones, tablets, or laptops).

Students can register for accounts and join polling sessions from


Not on campus and need to download an article from a respected journal? No problem! The Library’s EZProxy server allows you to access Library databases from off-campus locations with ease.

McGill Email

You are given a McGill Email Address and mailbox automatically when you confirm your acceptance to McGill. Notification about your McGill Email Address is sent to the non-McGill email address you entered on your application form. Make sure to check your McGill email account often, as it is McGill’s formal means of communication with you. This means that all of McGill’s professors/staff will often only use this account.

You should be proud of your new McGill email!
Consider using it in more professional settings, too.

You can also set up your McGill email on your phone or tablet. Access the IT Knowledge Base to learn how to do this for iOS (iPhone) or Android.


Minerva is the web-based administrative interface you used to apply to McGill. It can also be used to update your contact information, check your grades, order transcripts, declare your program, view your fee information, apply for financial aid and register for your courses. Once lectures begin, you might want to print a copy of your personal weekly class schedule for handy reference.
Log in to Minerva. Having difficulties? Contact Service Point.


myCourses is McGill’s learning management system for online teaching and learning. myCourses brings instructors and students together in a virtual classroom and creates a highly interactive learning environment. This is where professors will post announcements and class notes. It is also where you can access a course discussion board and your grades.


myMcGill, also called “the Portal”, offers all-in-one access to McGill information systems such as Minerva, myCourses, email, and library resources. Think of it as a one-stop shop for all your personal, online McGill services!


McGill offers a campus-wide copy and print management service that allows any student with a valid McGill ID to send a print job to the central print queue, and pick it up from any uPrint device. uPrint machines are located all over campus and residence buildings for your convenience! Refer to the uPrint list to find a uPrint device near you. 

Print on the go: uPrint Anywhere is the e-mail solution that allows you to print from your mobile devices (smartphone, tablet, or laptop) and pick up your documents at any uPrint device without the need to install any programs. Using your McGill email account, attach the files you want to print to a new email message and send the email to either uprint.mono [at] (for black & white jobs) or uprint.colour [at] (for colour jobs). Then go pick up your documents at a uPrint machine as you normally would with your McGill ID. Printing is charged to your student account at a rate of $0.065 per black and white page and $0.22 per colour page.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

You can set up a VPN connection to access McGill-restricted sites and resources while you are off campus.


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