Advising and Orientation

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

Department Program Advisor/Administrator: TBD

For Virtual Advising, Zoom sessions are scheduled by appointment only (requested by email). Emails are answered during business hours from Monday to Friday (excluding weekends and holidays). Always use your official McGill student email address ( and include your 9-digit McGill student ID number.

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


Orientation Session(s) for New Undergraduate Students Fall 2022

McGill PRO (Pre-Registration Orientation) Events:

  • Department Q & A Information Session for Quebec CEGEP Students - Friday, June 3rd from 11:30am to 12:45pm EST. Zoom link for Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science (including B.A. & Sc.) will be provided here on the day of the event.
  • Department Q & A Information Session for Students outside of Quebec (U0/U1) - Friday, June 10 from 11:00am to 12:00pm EST. Zoom link for Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science (including B.A. & Sc.) will be provided here on the day of the event.

Discover McGill Orientation Week:

  • Virtual Departmental Advising Fair Q & A Session for newly admitted students in the Faculty of Arts - August 23rd from 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST. Zoom link provided by your Faculty here.
  • For the Faculty of Science (including BA & Sc.), see more information here about their Orientation events held on August 23rd (REGISTRATION REQUIRED).
  • Department Orientation Event - Monday, August 29 from 10:00am to 12:00pm EST. Closer to event date, Zoom link will be sent to students at their official McGill email address.


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.

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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