Department Chief Advisor: Professor kelome [at] (Armel Kelome)

Department Program Advisor/Administrator: olivia.sanalitro [at] (Olivia Sanalitro)

(Virtual) Drop-In Hours: Zoom by appointment only (email).

Orientation Session for New Undergraduate Students  Fall 2020

  • Discover McGill Advisor Meet & Greet: Wednesday, August 26th as of 11:30am. For B.A., B.Sc. and BA & Sc. students  - Zoom information provided by your Faculty.
  • Departmental Orientation: Thursday, August 27th at 10am (for B.A., B.Sc. and BA & Sc. students; mostly for U1, but U0 also welcome). Zoom link sent via email.

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Please note that U0 students are advised by Faculty advisors in Dawson Hall.

Advising in General

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Many sources of information are available to you in planning your academic program, exploring career opportunities, and clarifying policies and procedures. This document has been prepared as a reference and a guide and not as a substitute for personal contact between yourself and your academic advisor.

You are strongly encouraged to meet with your Academic advisor before registering for courses using MINERVA (McGill's Automated Registration System) and during the course of the academic year. If you are unable to meet with an advisor prior to registering for your courses, you should make an appointment at the beginning of your first semester here at McGill to ensure that you are on the right track.

Seeing your academic advisor annually is a good idea, but going very much out of fashion. Sometimes advisors know of fixes to situations that students are not aware of. For example in Arts and Science, a student's academic advisor has the discretionary power to make up to six credits of substitutions in the student's program. If the student does not have an advisor, this option is not open. Some students who have not seen an academic advisor make horrendous errors in course selection. 

There are three primary sources of help and information available to students at McGill: your academic advisor, advisors in the Student Affairs Office and peer advisors.

(SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) As of September 28th, 2020, On-Campus Advising is now also an option, if necessary. This does NOT replace our online options recommended in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. If required, one of our department advisors will be available on Tuesdays with appointment slots available between 10am to 2pm. You must make an appointment with one of the contacts above before 5pm the day before. NO DROP-INS ALLOWED.

  • Where:
    • McGill College 2001, Level 12
      2001 McGill College Avenue
      Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1G1
  • Guidelines:
    • You must bring your student ID

    • Face coverings are to be worn at all times within the building and the Science Advising Hub area.

    • You may bring a water bottle, but consumption of any other food or drink is not permitted in the advising centre.

    • Aim to arrive at the Science Advising Hub on Level 12 of McGill College 2001 no more than 10 minutes before your appointment time. When you enter the building, take the elevator directly to Level 12. Before entering the Advising Hub, you will be asked to show your McGill ID and provide details of your advising appointment.

For more information, follow the link:

Departmental / Program Advisors

Departmental Program Advisors are responsible for advising all incoming Arts and Science students (90 to 120 credit degree) and provide the general advising to all undergraduate students. Their function is to assist you in the proper selection of courses so that you may develop the academic program most suitable to your educational needs and consistent with the academic requirements of the university.

Student Affairs Office

Advisors in the Student Affairs Office provide the following general academic information and advice:

  • Prerequisites & programs
  • Procedures for withdrawal
  • Course changes
  • Rereads
  • Deferred & supplemental exams
  • Second programs/degrees
  • Academic standing and readmission
  • Faculty transfer
  • Transfer credits
  • Exchange or study away

Faculty advisors are located in the Student Affairs Office in Dawson Hall on the ground floor (OASIS for Arts students) and the 4th floor (SOUSA for Science students). Office hours are 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday to Friday. If you wish to make an appointment with a Faculty advisor any time during the year, please contact the Student Affairs Office in person or by telephone. If you don't know where to go for your particular problem, ask someone in the Student Affairs Office in Dawson Hall. If they can help you, they will, otherwise, they will at the very least point you in the right direction.











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