Target McGill provides admitted undergraduate students the opportunity to spend a few nights in a student residence on campus, to explore the campus and the city of Montreal, and to get to know future classmates before orientation at the end of August.
"The question is not what is next for you. It is how will you deal with what is next for you. You are the main actor in the play that is your life" — Principal Suzanne Fortier #McGillGrad2014 (at McGill University Class of 2014)
Starting your studies at McGill can seem overwhelming, but there are lots of resources that can help make the transition to university easier for you. This is a suggested timeline of how and when to access academic advising from when you’re first admitted to McGill to the end of your first year.
SUMMER □ Read the New Students and Campus Life & Engagement websites to get an idea of what you need to do over the summer and the campus resources available to you. □ Set up and check your McGill e-mail address regularly (or forward it to an email address that you check regularly). This is the only email address that will be used for official communications with McGill starting in your first semester. □ Consult your Faculty’s website and the eCalendar for information on choosing your programs/courses and university regulations. □ Review McGill’s Important Dates where you’ll find among things registration dates, Add/Drop deadlines and exam periods for the upcoming academic year. □ Look at the Academic Advising website to familiarize yourself with what advisors do, the advisor directory and other resources like Ask an Advisor. □ View McGill 101 videos in myCourses as they become available throughout the year. □ CEGEP students: Attend a session of CSI McGill. □ Students with Advanced Standing: Determine which courses you may get an exemption from/credit for and make sure that your final, official results/test scores are sent to Service Point. □ Register for your courses using Minerva. It is recommended that you register for BOTH your fall and winter courses now (make sure to add at least one course by the registration deadline). Consult with an advisor if you have specific questions about course selection. You can make changes to your course selection up to the end of the first two weeks of classes in each semester, so do your best to choose your classes now and make changes as necessary later on. o U0 students: Get your Freshman Program courses approved by a Faculty advisor, if necessary for your program. o U1 students: Choose your program(s) - Major, Minor, Concentration, etc. Contact your Departmental/Faculty advisor(s) with questions about course selection. □ If you have any problems registering in Minerva (error messages, etc), make sure to read the Help text carefully, look over the registration website, and read the tips on registration problems (applicable to students in all programs). □ Complete the mandatory academic integrity tutorial available in myCourses. Updated: June 1, 2014
Fall Semester □ Attend Orientation Week, including Discover McGill and your home Faculty’s orientation. □ Finalize your Fall registration during the Add/Drop period. □ Continue to check your McGill email address regularly for important information from the university and your advisor(s). □ Attend McGill’s Advising Day and any in-residence advising sessions. □ Discuss any concerns about midterm results or final grades with your Professors, Teaching Assistants and/or Faculty advisor. □ If you are feeling overwhelmed by the adjustment to university, personal or academic stress, you can find support through McGill’s Counselling Services and Mental Health Services. In addition, there are many student services available to you as well as peer support networks such as Nightline. □ If you are interested in going on exchange next academic year, you need to attend an Exchange Information Session. Several sessions are held throughout October and November. Winter Semester and Beyond □ Finalize your Winter registration during the Add/Drop period. □ Review your unofficial transcript in Minerva and pay special attention to any holds on your record (often due to missing transcripts/test scores in your admission file). A hold could prevent you from adding or dropping courses or from obtaining an official copy of your transcript. □ U0 students: Choose your program(s) for upcoming U1 year and add them to your record in Minerva, if your program allows, otherwise contact your Student Affairs or Advising Office. You can meet with your Faculty advisor for any questions about your degree requirements and choosing program options. Contact your Departmental/Faculty advisor(s) for any questions about course selection for next year and program planning. □ U1 students: Register for courses for next year in consultation with your Departmental/Faculty advisor(s). □ Be aware of the Advising Support that’s available to you throughout your McGill studies.
Our Send-Offs could not happen without the tremendous efforts of the organizers in each city. These alumni, parent and student volunteers work to ensure the newest members of the McGill community feel welcome.
Interested in volunteering for this year’s Send-Offs? Please send an email with your name, city and phone number, to email@example.com.
And are you a born leader? Let us know if you’d be interested in a leadership role in organizing Send-Off events and helping to mentor and coordinate other volunteers.
We also welcome your tips and hints on what a new student needs to know!
Attention all new students! It’s almost time for the Send-off events so GET READY and GET EXCITED…
Soon, we will be posting the dates and locations of the Send-off events across the globe. So Like our page, “McGill Send-offs”, to receive regular updates and more information about the Send-off program.