IMPORTANT for U.S. high school applicants Fall 2021

  • Test optional
  • Self-reporting of grades

Step 7: Submit documents and keep in touch.

Track your application on Minerva

You'll receive an email confirmation within 48 hours after submitting your application for admission. With the login information you receive, you can access your Minerva account to do the following:

  • Upload your documents (if required)
  • Verify that your documents have been received (you'll see a received date next to the item in the checklist)
  • See if additional documents have been requested by an admissions officer
  • Fill out applications for Scholarship and/or Financial Aid
  • View the decision that has been made on your application (consult our admission glossary for definitions)
  • Update your contact information
  • Verify your student housing application

It's important to check your Minerva account regularly! It is your responsibility to verify your status on Minerva and ensure the completion of your application.

If you're a Canadian high school student (outside Ontario and Quebec), consult this self-reporting page.
If you're a U.S. high school student (applying from a school located in the U.S.A.), consult this self-reporting page.

How to submit supporting documents

Review your pre-application to-do list and the program pages to make sure you have all the required documents according to your educational background and the program(s) you're applying to.

Upload documents

Consider us paperless. In most cases, you will need to upload your supporting documents rather than mailing or faxing them.

Uploading will save you time and effort and the expense of mailing transcripts and supporting documents. Plus, it can speed up the review of your application so that you can obtain an admission decision sooner. We suggest you submit documents as soon as possible to prevent any delays to your application review.

Do not mail, fax or submit electronically copies of the documents that you have already uploaded to your application; doing so may slow down the review of your application.

For information on how to format your documents before uploading them, head to the Preparing your documents page.

Consult our Step-by-step guide for detailed instructions on how to upload documents on Minerva.

If you were asked to send official paper transcripts or you are applying to a program that requires paper documents sent by mail, consult the Mailing documents page.

External test results

It is your responsibility to ensure official test results are sent directly to McGill by the testing board. McGill’s strong preference is to receive results electronically, directly from the issuing organization, when possible. Note the following:

  • Applicants should not attempt to upload or email results.
  • McGill University receives TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT, and AP test results electronically. McGill’s institutional code for TOEFL and College Board (SAT, AP) is 0935-00; for ACT, it is 5231. There is no institution code required for IELTS.
  • The personal information you provide to the examination board needs to match the information you provide to McGill. If there is a discrepancy in personal information, we will not be able to match your electronic results; contact Service Point via the webform to have your test results matched to your file.

Note regarding IELTS results:

McGill accepts only scores submitted electronically by an IELTS test centre, and no longer accepts paper TRFs (Test Report Forms) directly from test centres and candidates. Please contact the test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically to McGill. You can verify receipt of your results directly in Minerva; please allow  an appropriate delay as McGill receives IELTS results on an ongoing basis.


What additional documents might be required?

Important note to applicants and school counsellors when additional supporting documents are required:
      
For any additional documents which cannot be uploaded by the student to their Minerva file, please do not send these to McGill until after the application has been submitted and the student has received their 9-digit McGill ID number. Documents received at McGill before an application has been received can significantly delay or even prevent an admission decision.

Programs that require additional documents

If applying to one of the following programs, you must submit additional supporting documents. Documents should be uploaded unless otherwise specified.

Architecture

You must submit a portfolio of your work to McGill University by March 7.

Portfolio instructions:

  • Must be in 8-1/2" x 11" or A4 format, bound (maximum 1" thick), and submitted in an envelope marked "ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO".
  • Must include a minimum of ten (10) good quality photocopies or photographs of your original work, representing your creative and design skills.
  • Work appropriate to the portfolio might include, but is not limited to: freehand drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, computer graphics, technical drawings and model-making. Include work done in a variety of media.
  • Do not submit originals, rolled work, photographic slides, audio or video tapes, CDs or DVDs, or work in plastic sleeves.
  • Must include a detailed list of the contents, indicating the size of each work and the medium used.
  • Must be submitted by mail to Enrolment Services (see address).
  • If you are sending your portfolio from outside Canada, please indicate that the portfolio has "no commercial value" on the outside packaging. Otherwise, customs clearance charges may delay receipt.
  • If you want your portfolio returned, you must enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient Canadian postage (or international postal reply coupons). Portfolios will be returned after September 30.

If you have previously studied in an architecture or design program, your portfolio should include design studio work. In addition, a letter of reference is required from the head of your department.

Education

Applicants to all Bachelor of Education programs except Physical Education are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test as a component of the selection process. For a full list of test dates and to register, please consult the CASPer website.

  • It is important that you take the test in the language you are most comfortable expressing yourself.
  • Your CASPer test results will be sent electronically to McGill. Please ensure that you include McGill on your CASPer distribution list.
  • You are strongly encouraged to register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date. Last minute bookings are not recommended.

NOTE: Special, Visiting, and Exchange applicants are exempted from this requirement.

Applicants to the English Second Language (TESL) program are required to pass an English language proficiency test. Following a successful initial review of your application you will be contacted to make testing arrangements. If you live outside the Montreal area, you may complete the test through correspondence.

NOTE: The language proficiency test must be completed before an admission decision can be made.

Mature applicants to any Education program whose applications pass initial review will be contacted for an interview.

Music

Additional supporting documents and an audition are required.  Please consult the Schulich School of Music website.

Nursing

CASPer Test

  • Applicants to all Nursing programs (B.Sc.(N), B.N.I.) are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test (Canadian Undergraduate Health Science) as a component of the selection process.

For a full list of test dates, please consult the CASPer website.

  • It is important that you take the test in the language you are most comfortable expressing yourself.
  • Your CASPer test results will be sent electronically to McGill. Please ensure that you include McGill on your CASPer distribution list.

Note: you are strongly encouraged to register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date. Applicants to the B.N. (Integrated) (BNI), in-person or online, must write the CASPer test no later than the last available test date in March. Results from the April sitting will not be acceptedLast minute bookings are not recommended.

  • Applicants to the B.N. (Integrated) (BNI), in-person or online, must write the CASPer test not later than the last available test date in March. Results from the April sitting will not be accepted. Last minute bookings are not recommended.

 

Proof of French proficiency (for applicants to the B.Sc.(N), only)

  • Proof of French proficiency: The language of instruction at McGill University is English. However, certain McGill programs include a mandatory internship, or ‘stage’, which will be completed in a hospital, clinic, social service centre, or school setting where the ability to communicate proficiently in French is essential. Proficiency in French is necessary for students to effectively and safely work with and support patients, families, and team members and for the successful completion of the above programs.

Criteria to meet French proficiency requirements

If you answer 'yes' to at least one of the following questions, upload a single page with your full name, McGill ID, the question to which you answered ‘yes’, and your signature. Do not attach other supporting documents unless specifically requested in your Minerva checklist.

  1. Have you completed secondary 4 and 5 at a school in Quebec where French was the primary language of instruction?
  2. Have you completed secondary 4 and 5 in a Quebec school with bilingual instruction AND obtained an average grade above 75% in French language classes?
  3. Will you have graduated from a high school program where French is the primary language of instruction (e.g. Baccalauréat Francais, Certificat d'enseignement secondaire supérieur (Belgique), Certificat de maturité (Suisse))?
  4. Did you study in a French-language school during any two consecutive years of secondary school?
  5. Do you have a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) granted by a francophone CEGEP before the introduction of the Épreuve uniforme de français in 1998?
  6. Will you have passed the Épreuve uniforme de français langue d'enseignement et literature at a French CEGEP?
  7. Will you have you completed 60 credits or more of an undergraduate program in a francophone university in Quebec?
  8. Have you been enrolled for 2 consecutive years or more in a full-time undergraduate program in a francophone university outside of Quebec?

If none of the above exemptions apply to you, you will need to submit the results for one of the following approved certificates or tests:

Students are expected to obtain a level of B2 or higher (level 6 on the Échelle Québecoise (EQ)) on any of the tests listed below. A copy of your results must be uploaded to your Minerva account.

Physical & Occupational Therapy

Casper Test

  • Applicants to the B.Sc. Rehabilitation Science (Occupational Therapy and/or Physical Therapy) are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test (Canadian Professional Health Sciences), as a component of the selection process.(Occupational Therapy and/or Physical Therapy) are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer test (Canadian Professional Health Sciences), as a component of the selection process.

For a full list of test dates, please consult the CASPer website.

  • It is important that you take the test in the language you are most comfortable expressing yourself.
  • Your CASPer test results will be sent electronically to McGill. Please ensure that you include McGill on your CASPer distribution list.

Note: you are strongly encouraged to register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date. Last minute bookings are not recommended.


Proof of French Proficiency

  • Proof of French proficiency: The language of instruction at McGill University is English. However, certain McGill programs include a mandatory internship, or ‘stage’, which will be completed in a hospital, clinic, social service centre, or school setting where the ability to communicate proficiently in French is essential. Proficiency in French is necessary for students to effectively and safely work with and support patients, families, and team members and for the successful completion of the above programs.

Criteria to meet French proficiency requirements

If you answer 'yes' to at least one of the following questions, upload a single page with your full name, McGill ID, the question to which you answered ‘yes’, and your signature. Do not attach other supporting documents unless specifically requested in your Minerva checklist.

  1. Have you completed secondary 4 and 5 at a school in Quebec where French was the primary language of instruction?
  2. Have you completed secondary 4 and 5 in a Quebec school with bilingual instruction AND obtained an average grade above 75% in French language classes?
  3. Will you have graduated from a high school program where French is the primary language of instruction (e.g. Baccalauréat Francais, Certificat d'enseignement secondaire supérieur (Belgique), Certificat de maturité (Suisse))?
  4. Did you study in a French-language school during any two consecutive years of secondary school?
  5. Do you have a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) granted by a francophone CEGEP before the introduction of the Épreuve uniforme de français in 1998?
  6. Will you have passed the Épreuve uniforme de français langue d'enseignement et literature at a French CEGEP?
  7. Will you have you completed 60 credits or more of an undergraduate program in a francophone university in Quebec?
  8. Have you been enrolled for 2 consecutive years or more in a full-time undergraduate program in a francophone university outside of Quebec?

If none of the above exemptions apply to you, you will need to submit the results for one of the following approved certificates or tests:

Students are expected to obtain a level of B2 or higher (level 6 on the Échelle Québecoise (EQ)) on any of the tests listed below. A copy of your results must be uploaded to your Minerva account.

Religious Studies

Additional supporting documents are required.  Please consult the School of Religious Studies website.

Social Work

The School of Social Work encourages applications from Indigenous people, people with disabilities, racialized people, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ+ people, women, people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and others who may face systemic barriers that impact their access to education. We invite applicants to share self-identifying and contextualizing information in their admission application in the Personal Statement or other required supporting documents.

If applying to the School of Social Work, you must submit:

  1. A single WORD document entitled “Social Work Written Submission”, accessible at mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective/bsw/application. Complete the three sections of the document listed below and upload it on Minerva under checklist item "Social Work Written Submission”.

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • A Personal Statement
    • An Analysis of a Social Problem

    For important details on these three requirements and to access the format specifications, see mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective/bsw/application

  2. Two social work related confidential letters of recommendation, preferably on letterhead stationery. See mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective/bsw/application

NOTE: Continuing Studies, Dentistry, Graduate Studies, Law, Medicine and Summer Studies have their own admissions offices and also require the submission of additional supporting documents.  Please consult the relevant admission website for details.

Extenuating circumstances

In the rare event that extenuating circumstances have had a negative impact on your academic performance, you have an opportunity to report on these when you submit your application. Note that this is likely to delay your admission decision somewhat. Extenuating circumstances may include: significant medical, personal or learning difficulties encountered, the death or grave illness of someone close to you, a family move during the school year or involvement in training for high-level athletics or performing arts. Students with a P or S grade notation (IN+ EQ grade notation for CEGEP) in Winter 2020 should not submit Extenuating circumstances for the purpose of explaining these grades alone.

If you wish to report extenuating circumstances, you must:

  1. Check "yes" for extenuating circumstances on your application form (in the Additional Information section).
  2. Upload your own descriptive statement (maximum two pages) describing the nature and chronology of the circumstances, their impact on your academic record and your readiness to undertake university study.
  3. Upload documentation to substantiate your statement; such as, a letter or summary from a physician, school counsellor, psychologist, trainer or social worker, or a death certificate (maximum two pages). Please do not send multi-page reports at the time of application. If further details are needed, they will be requested from you at a later date.

Important note to applicants and guidance counsellors when supporting documents are required:

Please do not send any documents to McGill until after the application has been submitted and the student has received their 9-digit McGill ID number. Documents received at McGill before an application has been received can significantly delay or even prevent an admission decision.

The additional information you provide will be taken into consideration along with your academic record.  Please bear in mind that admission to McGill is highly competitive for all, including applicants claiming extenuating circumstances.

Proof of English proficiency

All applicants (unless exempt) must demonstrate the required level of English proficiency prior to admission to McGill, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin. Consult Proof of English proficiency for exemptions, accepted certificates/exams and submission instructions.

Major scholarship or financial aid

You will need to submit a separate application (via Minerva) and submit additional supporting documents to be considered for Major Scholarship.  Consult Scholarships and Student Aid.

Coming from a Canadian high school outside Quebec and Ontario?
Find information on how to self-report your grades.

Coming from a U.S. high school located in the USA?
Find information on how to self-report your grades.

How do I...?

Find answers to your questions about how to submit documents.

Not familiar with a term?

Review our glossary of common admission terms used in Minerva.

When to expect a decision

The timing of when you receive an answer depends on several factors, including the completion of your application, supporting documents and the program(s) you applied to. Keep in mind that it could take months before you receive a decision.

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