Requirements for U.S. applicants

Admission requirements for September 2021
U.S. high school applicants

Admission review process

Select the location of your school:

High schools located IN the U.S.A.

 

You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a high school diploma from an academic program leading to university entrance.

Grades 10, 11 and 12 academic results will be considered, including prerequisites for the program to which you applied.  All results are taken into consideration, including those for failed or repeated courses.

You must have taken either of the following tests (optional for Fall 2021) (unless applying to Music):

  • the ACT, or
  • the SAT and at least two SAT Subject Tests (see prerequisites for required SAT Subject Tests by program)

FALL 2021 applicants: In response to the interruption of testing services brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, test optional assessment for ACT/SAT has been adopted for students applying for Fall 2021 admission. Applicants who submit a formal request (procedure below) indicating that they cannot or choose not to submit test results will not be disadvantaged in the admissions review process. This applies to students applying with a U.S. high school diploma to most undergraduate programs*.

If you wish to exclude the requirement for ACT/SAT test scores from your application review for Fall 2021, this will apply to all your application program choices and is final once the form has been submitted. You must follow the steps in the section entitled “Applying as ACT/SAT ‘test optional’” below to indicate that you are applying as ‘test optional’. If you do not follow the steps below, your file will not be considered ‘test optional’ and test scores will be used in the review of your application.
 

*Applicable for: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, BA&Sc, Education, including Kinesiology, Engineering, including Architecture, Management, Nursing, and Science.

If you are completing the IB Diploma or certificates concurrently with a US diploma you will normally be considered for admission based on your US high school record and may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final IB results.

If you are completing College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations or university courses you may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final results.

High schools located OUTSIDE the U.S.A.

You must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a high school diploma from an academic program leading to university entrance.

Grades 10, 11 and 12 academic results will be considered, including prerequisites for the program to which you applied. All results are taken into consideration in determining admission, including those for failed or repeated courses.

You must have taken either of the following tests (optional for Fall 2021) (unless applying to Music):

  • the ACT, or
  • the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (see prerequisites for required SAT Subject Tests by program)

FALL 2021 applicants: In response to the interruption of testing services brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, test optional assessment for ACT/SAT has been adopted for students applying for Fall 2021 admission. Applicants who submit a formal request (procedure below) indicating that they cannot or choose not to submit test results will not be disadvantaged in the admissions review process. This applies to students applying with a U.S. high school diploma to most undergraduate programs*.

If you wish to exclude the requirement for ACT/SAT test scores from your application review for Fall 2021, this will apply to all your application program choices and is final once the form has been submitted. You must follow the steps in the section entitled “Applying as ACT/SAT ‘test optional’” below to indicate that you are applying as ‘test optional’. If you do not follow the steps below, your file will not be considered ‘test optional’ and test scores will be used in the review of your application.
 

*Applicable for: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts, BA&Sc, Education, including Kinesiology, Engineering, including Architecture, Management, Nursing, and Science.

If you are completing the IB Diploma concurrently with a US diploma you will be considered for admission based on your Predicted IB subject results and school transcript.  Consult the IB Diploma information found in High schools outside Canada/US.

If you are completing College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations or university courses you may be awarded advanced standing credits based on final results.


Prerequisites and last year's cut-offs

Below are the lowest grades used for admission for September 2020.

Grades that are equal to or better than those listed below do not guarantee admission in 2021.

Admission to McGill is competitive and subject to availability of space. As such, minimum grades for entry may fluctuate up or down in any given year.

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences


These programs are offered on the Macdonald campus

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (Subject Tests must include two from: Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)

All B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) programs

  •  B average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • B in each prerequisite math and science

  • SATs per minimum requirements or

  • ACT 26

Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))

Food Science (B.Sc.(F.Sc.))

Concurrent B.Sc. (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)/B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.))

 

Architecture

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus, physics
  • Standardized tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (Subject Tests must include: Math and Physics; Chemistry will be acceptable for applications for September 2020 admission).
  • Portfolio (Admission review takes into account the portfolio evaluation)
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  •  A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science

  • ACT 28​ (Math & Science subscores ≥ 27) or

  • SAT: EB Read & Writing 670, Math 670 and Subject Tests: 650 in each subject

 

Arts

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: English
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (in any two different subjects).
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  •  B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • B+ in each English

  • ACT 28 (English & Reading subscores ≥ 26) or​

  • SAT: EB Read & Writing 700, Math 640 and Subject Tests: 650 in each subject

 

Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A.&S.C.)

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: English, pre-calculus, and two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (Subject Tests must include Math, and any other subject).


NoteThe B.A.& Sc. is a unique degree that is jointly offered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.  It is rooted in both Arts and Science and carries roughly equal course weight in each faculty. It is an interdisciplinary degree intended for students who want to pursue simultaneously a Major in the Faculty of Arts and one in the Faculty of Science or one of the interfaculty programs in Cognitive Science, Environment or Sustainability, Science and Society.

LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  • A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • A- in each English and each prerequisite math and science

  • ACT 30 (Math & Science subscores ≥ 28, others ≥ 26), or

  • SAT: EB Read & Writing 700, Math 690 and Subject Tests: 670 in each subject

 

Education

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: English
  • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Mathematics: Courses must include pre-calculus
  • Applicants to the B.Ed. Secondary Science & Technology: Courses must include pre-calculus, and two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (in any two different subjects).
  • CASPer Test: B.Ed applicants to Kindergarten/Elementary, Secondary, and TESL are required to complete this online assessment as a component of the selection process (see Additional Supporting Documents).
  • TESL applicants must also pass a language test.
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
Kindergarten/Elementary Education
  • B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • B+ in each English

  • SATs per minimum requirements or

  • ACT 26

Physical Education
Secondary Education
TESL

 

Engineering

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; chemistry and physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (Subject Tests must include Math and one of Chemistry or Physics)
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)

Bioengineering

  • A average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • A in each prerequisite math and science

  • ACT 31 (Math & Science subscores ≥ 29, others ≥ 26); or

  • SAT: EB Read & Writing 700, Math 700 and Subject Tests: 700 in each subject

Chemical Engineering

  • A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • A- in each prerequisite math and science

  • ACT 31 (Math & Science subscores ≥ 29, others ≥ 27); or

  • SAT: EB Read & Writing 700, Math 700 and Subject Tests: 680 in each subject

Civil Engineering

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Software Engineering

Materials Engineering

  • B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science

  • ACT 29 (Math & Science subscores ≥ 27); or

  • SAT: EB Read & Writing 670, Math 670 and Subject Tests: 650 in each subject

Mining Engineering

 

Human Nutrition


This program is offered on the Macdonald campus

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (Subject Tests must include two from: Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  •  B average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • B in each prerequisite math and science

  • SATs per minimum requirements or

  • ACT 26

 

Kinesiology

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (Subject Tests must include two from: Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS  (2020)
  •  B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science

  • SATs per minimum requirements or

  • ACT 26

 

Management

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: English; pre-calculus
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (Subject Tests must include Math and any other subject).
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  •  A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • A- in each English and prerequisite math

  • ACT 31 (Math subscore ≥ 29, others ≥ 27); or

  • SAT: EB Read & Writing 700, Math 700 and Subject Tests: 680 in each subject

 

Music


​For information on admission requirements, see the Schulich School of Music website.

 

Nursing

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (Subject Tests must include two from: Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
  • CASPer: Applicants to Nursing are required to complete an online assessment called CASPer, as a component of the selection process (see Additional Supporting Documents).
  • Proof of French proficiency (see Additional Supporting Documents)
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)
  •  B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • B+ in each prerequisite math and science

  • SATs per minimum requirements or

  • ACT 26

 

Religious Studies

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)

For information on admission requirements and applying, see Theology

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

See: Arts

 

Science

PREREQUISITES
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject tests (Subject tests must include two from: Math, Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS (2020)

Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group

  • A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • A- in each prerequisite math and science

  • ACT 30 (Math & Science subscores ≥ 28, others ≥ 26); or

  • SAT: EB Read & Writing 700, Math 690 and Subject Tests: 670 in each subject

Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences Group

Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group
  • A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12

  • A- in each prerequisite math and science

  • ACT 31 (Math & Science subscores ≥ 29, others ≥ 27); or

  • SAT: EB Read & Writing 700, Math 700 and Subject Tests: 680 in each subject

 


Applying as ACT or SAT 'Test Optional'

If you wish to exclude the requirement for ACT/SAT test scores from your application review for Fall 2021, you must follow the steps below. This will apply to all your application program choices for Fall 2021 and is final once the form has been submitted. If the form is not uploaded, we will consider test scores in the review of your application. Please take careful note of your deadline to submit the ‘Request Form to exclude ACT/SAT’.

  • For applications submitted between October 1 and November 20, this form must be uploaded not later than December 1.
  • For applications submitted after November 20, this form must be uploaded not later than 10 days after the date of your application.

After submitting your application to McGill and receiving your emailed acknowledgement notice (which includes your Minerva ID number and PIN), complete the form following the steps outlined below:

  1. Download the form 
    1. Complete the form, and save it to your device as a PDF
  2. Log in to your Minerva account using your ID number and your PIN.
    1. Select the Applicant menu
    2. Select Admission Application and Documentation Status
    3. Select an application
  3. In the checklist requirements for that application, ‘Confirm to exclude ACT/SAT’ will show on the checklist
    1. Upload the completed PDF form to your ‘Confirm to exclude ACT/SAT’ checklist item
    2. Verify the form has uploaded by the receipt date.
  4. You may have applied to multiple programs; only upload the form once and it will update all program applications that you submitted.

 


Minimum ACT and SAT score requirements

Applicants must present the ACT or the SAT and at least two SAT Subject Tests

FALL 2021 applicants: In response to the interruption of testing services brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, test optional assessment for ACT/SAT has been adopted for students applying for Fall 2021 admission. Applicants who submit a formal request indicating that they cannot or choose not to submit test results will not be disadvantaged in the admissions review process. This applies to students applying with a U.S. high school diploma to most undergraduate programs*. You must follow the steps in the section entitled “Applying as ACT/SAT ‘test optional’” above to indicate that you are applying as ‘test optional’.

McGill requires those applying on the basis of a US high school diploma to provide ACT or SAT results by the published deadline. Minimum values for admission are set annually for the ACT composite and section sub scores for each program as well as for the SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject tests.

Applicants taking the ACT test provide McGill with the ACT composite score and four section sub scores: English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning. Some applicants retake the ACT test and submit multiple composite scores and sub scores to McGill. In such cases, to be considered for admission, the applicant must achieve the composite score determined by McGill in at least one of the test sittings.

Applicants taking the SAT test provide McGill with SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing, SAT Math and SAT Subject Test scores at the threshold set for the particular test and program for that year. Applicants can take tests and submit scores multiple times. McGill will consider the highest scores in each SAT test in its admission decision.

We cannot precisely predict minimum scores in advance.

When an otherwise strong applicant is missing one or more SAT subject test scores, at the discretion of the Admission Officer it may be possible to substitute it with the same subject AP exam score(s) of 4 or 5. AP Statistics cannot serve as a replacement for an SAT math subject. Any AP exam results used for such replacement must be received by the applicable documentation deadline. Where appropriate, applicants will be asked by the Admission Officer via their Minerva checklist to provide a copy of the score(s).

SAT 

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 670
Math
(for Engineering and Architecture)
580
(620)

SAT subject tests

Literature 610   Chinese/Chinese L 570
American History 600   French/French L 590
World History 590   German/German L 570
Math I 570   Hebrew 500
Math II/IIC 550   Italian 570
Biology 590   Japanese/Japanese L 570
Ecological Biology 590   Korean with L 570
Molecular Biology 590   Latin 580
Chemistry 580   Spanish/Spanish L 570
Physics 580      

ACT

Composite 26
Individual subject scores 24
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