Orientation and Registration - Start Here

Help Line for Newly Admitted B.A. & Sc. and B.Sc. students (2018-2019):

Tel: 514-398-5442
Hours: Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Steps to Beginning Your Degree Successfully

The table below contains the list of steps to follow for course selection, advising, and registration. Please read the information carefully.

The dates in the table are provided for your convenience. Please consult the complete list of important dates for details

Inform Yourself: June 1 - September 1

Advanced standing:

Newly admitted students may receive advanced standing for university work completed elsewhere, or in another faculty at McGill, or for results in International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, Advanced Levels, Advanced Placement tests or the Diploma in Collegial Studies.

Note that if you receive 24 or more advanced standing credits, you will be classified as a U1 student. However, depending on which courses you have been granted exemptions for, you may still have outstanding freshman program requirements. These must be completed. If you are not sure if you have met the freshman requirements, you can fill out a course approval form available as of June 1, 2018. This will allow an advisor to review your exemptions and reply to you.

It is essential that you know if you will be granted credit and course exemption for work completed elsewhere as you will not be given additional credit towards your degree for any McGill course where the content overlaps substantially with any other course for which you have already received credit, such as for advanced standing results.

For information about advanced standing credits as a result of the tests mentioned above, please refer to the following: advanced standing and Science placement exams.

If you have completed university work elsewhere (other than freshman requirements), you need to get the courses evaluated for course equivalency system.  If you need assistance you can contact Mary Gauthier at: mary.gauthier [at] mcgill.ca 

As program academic advisers may not available until August, please register for courses that you consider appropriate, and then adjust your registration once your course equivalences have been determined.

Advising: June 1 - September 18

There are two types of advising for students.

1. Program Academic Advising:

Each department in the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts provides advisers who are very familiar with the requirements of their Honours, Major, B.Sc. Liberal and Minor programs. These advisers will be available for consultation at the end of August. Some departments may have advisers available earlier. Check with the department.

2. SOUSA Advising (Faculty Advising):

From the beginning of June until the end of the drop/add period in September our team of academic advisers in the Faculty of Science, SOUSA Office will be available in a variety of ways (see below) to provide you with general information and answer your questions.  We provide service all year, but our schedule may change periodically.

If, after reading the information in the e-Calendar and on our web site, you need clarification or you have questions of an advising nature, contact us by newstudentadvising.science [at] mcgill.ca (email) at newstudentadvising.science [at] mcgill.ca. When e-mailing the advisers, please include your name and student number in the subject line. Please allow at least seven business days for the advisers to respond to your questions. You will receive a response. Please do not send your questions to other people in the university as this will slow the advising process and result in longer delays for you and all other students.

Sometime over the Summer 2018, you will receive the contact information for an individual adviser in the SOUSA Office who will be your resource person until you graduate.

Course and Program Selection: June 1 - September 1

To complete the B.A. & Sc. or B.Sc. degree you will have to do all the requirements for departmental programs as described in the McGill e-Calendar. After you have chosen your departmental program(s), select your courses for both the Fall and Winter terms using the e-Calendar and the class schedule on Minerva. Don't forget to select the Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 term.

If you have difficulty choosing a departmental program, e-mail the advisers at the address provided above.

Keep in mind that the "normal" course load is four or five courses (12-15 credits) per term. We do not recommend that you take more than 15 credits in your first term.

Registration: June 8 - September 18: Program registration
June 11 - Sept 18: Course registration for students from CEGEP
June 19   - Sept 18: Course registration for all other students

Use Minerva to register for the program or programs that you have chosen. These can be changed on Minerva later on if you change your mind about which program(s) you wish to complete.  New students have until August 14, 2018 to register for at least one course in order to avoid late registration penalties.

Once you have registered for your programs, you may then register for your courses.

Should you experience any difficulties registering, please call Service Point (514-398-7878), or drop by their office (3415 McTavish St.). Also, please refer to Tips on handling registration problems.

When you have registered, don't forget to activate your McGill e-mail account. See the Welcome Book for details. At the end of the course change period all e-mail from your adviser will be sent only to your McGill e-mail account.

Discover McGill (University Orientation): Tuesday, August 28:

Attend McGill's day-long, university-wide orientation. It is a day of exciting activities designed to help you familiarize yourself with the University.

For B.A & S.c students, you must choose the Science schedule of events.

Departmental Program Orientations: August 27 and August 29

Attend an orientation session(s) offered by the department(s) in which you intend to major. You should be able to schedule a meeting with a program adviser at these sessions.


Faculty of Science Advising Sessions August 23 - August 31:

Location - See below

SOUSA Advising for Newly Admitted Students:

Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising (SOUSA) advisers will be on hand to personally advise newly admitted students about their course selection for the coming year and answer any specific questions or concerns students may have.

Thursday, August 23rd and Friday, August 24th:
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dawson Hall, 4th Floor, Room 405

Monday, August 27th
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dawson Hall, Room 405

Tuesday, August 28th
Discover McGill Day - no advising.

Wednesday, August 29th
10:00 a.m. to 3:30
Location: Arts Building, Room 150

Thursday, August 30th
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Arts Building, Room 150

Friday, August 31st
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Dawson Hall, Room 405

Course Change Approval: September 4 to September 18

Faculty Advising: Dawson Hall room 405
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Discuss course changes with your departmental program adviser(s) who will approve them if appropriate. Use Minerva to make the changes to your record.

Continued Advising
After Course Change Period

If you have questions about your departmental program, consult with your adviser in the department that administers the program.

You will also be receiving an e-mail (towards the end of June) from an adviser in the Faculty of Science who will be your resource person until you graduate.  Your adviser will send you e-mails at intervals during the first year. Make sure you read them carefully as they will contain important information.

If you have questions your Faculty adviser will be having drop-in sessions (schedule will be posted in September 2017) throughout the academic year. For more serious issues you can arrange an individual appointment with your adviser. Come to Room 405 on the 4th floor of Dawson Hall or call (514) 398-5442 and arrange an advising appointment. If you have a simple question, you can e-mail your adviser. When e-mailing your adviser, please include your name and student number in the subject line.

Other Sources of Information

You can obtain information on a broad range of topics from other offices at McGill by following the links below. Their e-mail links are also provided in case you have questions after having read the information.  Be aware during busy periods (like the beginning of term) your email may not be answered in a timely fashion.


Campus Life & Engagement's First-Year Website
Enrolment Services
Student Services