First-Year Key Dates

important registration dates May 2024 – April 2025



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



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

10: New students may begin to register

*June 10-July 5: Music Placement Exams

  • Theory, Musicianship, and Keyboard Proficiency

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

25: 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


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

  • Which courses 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 10 to make changes to fall registration without incurring a course change fee penalty.

20: Welcome Orientation Day 1 & Discover McGill

21: Welcome Orientation Day 2 in small groups

TBA: Meet and Greet with Program Coordinator

28:  Classes begin

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

TBA: Ensemble Auditions
With the exception of percussion ensemble (598), 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.


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

10: Add/Drop deadline for fall courses.

17: Course Withdrawal WITH REFUND deadline


15-18: Fall Break (No class) but offices are open.

29: Course Withdrawal WITHOUT REFUND deadline


4: Last Class

6: Final exams begin

20: Final exams end



6: 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

14: Add / drop deadline for winter courses

21: Course Withdrawal WITH REFUND deadline



25: Course Withdrawal WITHOUT REFUND deadline


  • March 3-7: Spring Break


11: Classes end

14: Final exams begin

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

30: Final exams end

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