Ontario high schools

Requirements and deadlines for admission in 2018-19

Where a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the effective deadline will be the following business day.

DEADLINES

For applicants from schools located in Canada.  Applicants from schools located outside Canada must consult High schools outside Canada/US for deadlines.

Application for admission

February 1

     Supporting documents (when required)

May 4

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents (online via Minerva)

February 7

McGill Financial Aid application (online via Minerva)

30 days from acceptance date

EXCEPTIONS (Programs with separate deadlines)

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Religious Studies

May 1

ADMISSION REVIEW PROCESS - McGill calculation of the "Top 6"

Select the location of your school:

School located IN Canada

Admission is based on McGill’s calculation of your "Top 6" pre-university (4U, 4M) course average. A minimum of six 4U and/or 4M courses are required for admission.

  • At least four of the six required courses, as well as all prerequisite courses, must be taken at the 4U level.
  • All grades for required 4U and 4M courses are taken into consideration, including any grades for failed or repeated courses. In addition, depending on the program, certain prerequisite courses are included. The McGill calculated average excludes most applied courses. However, all types of performing arts courses at the 4M level (allowing only a maximum of two) will be eligible for inclusion in the top-six average. This may vary from the calculation used at other institutions.
  • For programs where sciences and/or math are prerequisites, these must have been completed within the last five years.
  • If you come from a school where the language of instruction is English, then 4U-level English must be included in the six courses. If you come from a school where the language of instruction is French, then 4U-level French must be included in the six courses.
  • English and French Second Language courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
  • You must have obtained an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) prior to the start of classes.

Applicants are considered for admission in two rounds. Consult decision dates for more information.

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

School located OUTSIDE Canada

Though completing an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, you must apply as an applicant from a High school outside Canada/US.  As such:

- Deadlines will be the same as for applicants from schools outside Canada.

- Transcripts and additional supporting documents (if required), must be uploaded via Minerva.  If you have an OUAC number, you should enter it in your online application.   

Admission is based on McGill’s calculation of your "Top 6" pre-university (4U, 4M) course average. A minimum of six 4U and/or 4M courses are required for admission.

  • At least four of the six required courses, as well as all prerequisite courses, must be taken at the 4U level.
  • All grades for required 4U and 4M courses are taken into consideration, including any grades for failed or repeated courses. In addition, depending on the program, certain prerequisite courses are included. The McGill calculated average excludes most applied courses. However, all types of performing arts courses at the 4M level (allowing only a maximum of two) will be eligible for inclusion in the top-six average. This may vary from the calculation used at other institutions.
  • For programs where sciences and/or math are prerequisites, these must have been completed within the last five years.
  • If you come from a school where the language of instruction is English, then 4U-level English must be included in the six courses. If you come from a school where the language of instruction is French, then 4U-level French must be included in the six courses.
  • English and French Second Language courses are not accepted as prerequisites.
  • You must have obtained an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) piror to the start of classes.

Applicants are considered for admission in two rounds. Consult decision dates for more information.

If you are completing the IB Diploma concurrently with the OSSD 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.


PREREQUISITES AND MINIMUM GRADES

Consult the prerequisites by program and minimum grades required for admission in September 2017.


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

1) Academic documents

If you are currently studying at an Ontario high school and are registered with the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), you must provide your correct OUAC number so that McGill University can electronically access your transcripts. Please verify the accuracy of your OUAC number carefully; an incorrect number will delay the admission process. If your number is not available at the time of application, you can submit it at a later date via Minerva. If, for any reason, your electronic transcripts cannot be obtained from OUAC, you will need to upload a copy to your file.

Note:

If you are an Ontario high school student who will graduate before April, who has taken or will take any distance, night, or correspondence courses, or who will take summer school courses during the summer prior to university entry, it is very likely that some of your grades will not show on the electronic transcript we get from OUAC. Therefore, you must upload a transcript of these grades.

If you are not registered with OUAC, your unofficial transcripts must be uploaded via Minerva. Transcripts should show interim grades for the current year for courses in progress. "Interim grades" means one of the following:

Terms per year

Interim Grades

Two terms

First term

Three terms

First two terms

Four terms

First two terms

Two semesters

First semester finals and second semester mid-terms

 

2) Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants who have lived and attended school, for at least four years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, are not required to provide further proof of English proficiency.

If this is not the case, official test results will be required by the supporting document deadline.  Please consult Proof of English Proficiency for accepted tests and other exemptions.

 

3) Additional supporting documents

Additional supporting documents (such as recommendation letters and personal statements) are only required in the following circumstances:

 - You have applied to Architecture, Education, Music, Religious Studies and/or Social Work

 - You have completed the separate application for Major Entrance Scholarship and/or Financial Aid

 - You selected ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ on the application for admission

If none of the above circumstances apply, additional supporting documents are not considered in the admission review and should not be submitted.


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