First-Year Key Dates

important registration dates May 2023 – April 2024



15: Deadline to choose your practical instruction (a.k.a. private lesson) teacher



2: Part 2 “What to Register For” Info Session for CEGEP and transfer students

5: New students may begin to register

*June 7-July 5: Music Placement Exams

  • Theory, Musicianship, and Keyboard Proficiency

9: Part 2 “What to Register For” Info Session for high school students

12: Deadline to apply for McGill Residence


July 1-5: Music Placement Exams continue

3rd week of July: Placement test and transfer credits results relayed to students

28: Part 3: Post Placement Test and Transfer Credits Registration Info Session

  • What to register for based on placement test results and transfer credits


14: Deadline to register for at least one course to avoid registration penalties

  • B.Mus. and L.Mus. students typically finalize the year’s registration before September’s add/drop deadline after having received the placement test results, and/or a summary of transfer credits and ensemble placements following auditions in the first week of September. If you need to register full-time before mid-September, use the sample first-year course plan for your program as a guideline then make changes to course registration once you have received the ensemble placements and placement test results. Students have until Tuesday, September 12 to make changes to fall registration without incurring a course change fee penalty.

22: Welcome Orientation & Discover McGill

Late August – Early September: Ensemble auditions

21 – 29: Meeting with Area Coordinator and Fellow Students

30: Classes begin
30: Deadline to cancel registration if you do not plan on studying at McGill University this fall.

August 26 - September 1: Ensemble Auditions
With the exception of guitar ensemble (MUEN 562) and Intro to Ensemble Play for Pianist (MUEN 581), all students must audition to seek placement in a small or large ensemble.


4: Labour Day (No class) and offices are closed.

12: Add/Drop deadline for fall courses.

19: Course Withdrawal WITH REFUND deadline


6, 10 & 11: Fall Break (No class) but offices are opened.

24: Course Withdrawal WITHOUT REFUND deadline


5: Classes end

7: Exams begin

21: Exams end



4: Classes begin

15: Application opens for Intra-faculty transfer / 2nd major
Application opens for music minor(s)
Application opens for elective lesson in a 2nd instrument

16: Add / drop deadline for winter courses

23: Course Withdrawal WITH REFUND deadline



27: Course Withdrawal WITHOUT REFUND deadline


  • March 4-8: Spring Break


12: Classes end

15: Exams begin

15: Application opens for Intra-faculty transfer / 2nd major

30: Exams end

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