Congratulations on your admission to McGill!

We are pleased to welcome you to the Faculty of Science.

The Science Office for Undergraduate Student Advising team has prepared this website as a "First Year Guide" to help you begin your academic career at McGill successfully.

Academic advising

Common advising questions

University orientation events

New Students

New Student Checklist

The following checklist will help you organize your ACADEMIC priorities:

1) Attend orientation events


2) Plan your first year course selection (in preparation for registration)

Read carefully through "Your first year courses" to learn about Freshman (U0) requirements, transfer credits and exemptions, degree requirements and everything you need to plan your course selection for the coming year (this includes the Fall and Winter terms).

Each student in the Faculty of Science must be aware of the Faculty regulations as stated in the eCalendar publication and on the McGill, Science and SOUSA websites. While faculty and program advisors are always available to give advice and guidance, the ultimate responsibility for completeness and correctness of course selection and registration, for compliance with, and completion of, program and degree requirements, and for the observance of regulations and deadlines rests with you.


3) Find out when registration opens for you

Consult "When to register" for the calendar of dates.

4) Register for your courses (on Minerva)

Consult our "Registration Tips" for guidance on how to register using Minerva, where to get help and how to handle common registration issues.

Make sure you register for at least one course by August 14 to avoid a late registration fee!


5) Verify your registration on Minerva

Once you have registered for your Fall and Winter courses, login to Minerva and consult your Unofficial Transcript to ensure there are no errors.

6) Activate your McGill email

All important correspondence from McGill will be sent to your McGill email address - you should activate your account as soon as possible. Consult the IT Services website for full details.

7) Connect with your Academic advisor

Shortly after you have registered for courses, you will be assigned a Faculty advisor (your SOUSA advisor).  This is a good time to meet with them, ask questions and make sure you are properly registered.  You will also have access to Program advisors, as well as a range of additional support services.

8) August 31st - First day of classes for the Fall term!

For a full list of other key dates that you should be aware of, consult "Key Academic Dates"

9) September 13 - Add/Drop deadline

You can continue to make changes to your course registration (without penalty) until this date.  Review your course syllabi before the end of the add/drop period to help plan your semester and determine what is expected of you in each course. If you notice that two of your midterms are scheduled at the same time, speak to your professors right away to make necessary arrangements – do not wait until the last minute to resolve exam conflicts!

10) Know your rights and responsibilities

It is each students responsibility to know and understand their degree and program requirements.  Your first step is to read carefully through the information found on this website (New Student website).  It is also important that you familiarize yourself with the Faculty of Science's Undergraduate Handbook and McGill's eCalendar, which is the definitive authority on all courses and programs at McGill.
McGill places a great deal of importance on honest work, the art of scholarship, and the fair treatment of all members of the University community. You must inform yourself of McGill's Student Rights and Responsibilities to ensure that all your dealings with McGill faculty, staff and students are fair and respectful.

This checklist outlines the key steps in preparing for you academic life as a B.Sc. or B.A.&Sc. student.

You are strongly encouraged to consult the Enrolment Services “Next Steps” website for details on other important aspects of your university experience, such as finances, housing, legal documents and more.

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