U.S. 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*

*Consult exceptions below

Application for admission

January 15

          Supporting documents

March 15

Major Entrance Scholarship application & documents

January 22

McGill Financial Aid application

30 days from acceptance date

EXCEPTIONS (programs with separate deadlines)

Music application & documents

January 15

Architecture portfolio

March 7

Religious Studies application & documents

May 1

ADMISSION REVIEW PROCESS

Select the location of your school:

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 (unless applying to Music):

  • the ACT, or
  • the SAT I plus at least 2 SAT IIs (see prerequisites for required SAT II subjects by program)

 

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.

School 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 (unless applying to Music):

  • the ACT, or
  • the SAT I plus at least 2 SAT IIs (see prerequisites for required SAT II subjects by program)

 

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 MINIMUM GRADES

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


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

1) Academic documents

- Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded directly to your Minerva file.  A complete high school transcript should include:

  • Final grades from Grade 10 and Grade 11 (Grade 9 results are only required if prerequisite science courses were taken that year)
  • Current/interim results from Grade 12: this may be a first quarter report card, a first trimester transcript, a mid-semester transcript or another type of academic progress or interim report normally issued by the high school
  • Official final transcripts are only required if admitted.

- ACT and/or SAT test results must be official (sent directly from the testing board).  McGill's institutional code for the College Board (SAT and AP) is 0935-00; for ACT, it is 5231.

- If you are completing an International Baccalaureate Diploma, your predicted IB results must be uploaded or mailed to McGill.

NOTE: McGill will accept old and new SAT scores for admission and entrance scholarship.  Applicants may submit scores from either test.  Based on concordance information provided by the College Board, McGill expects the minimum requirements for the new SAT to increase for the September 2017 admission cycle.  SAT II tests and scoring are not expected to change.  For more details, consult Prerequisites and Minimum Grades.

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 complete 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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