Undergraduate Students

Congratulations and welcome to McGill!

We hope you are excited about starting your undergraduate studies at McGill. We are! Since this is your first time at McGill University, it’s important for you to know that Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E, pronounced "clay") is here for you. As a service for everyone “new” at McGill, our office provides year-long support for new McGill students and/or first-time university students. Please don't hesitate to contact us, especially when you aren’t sure where to go with your questions or concerns. We are a phone call, email or drop-in visit away from helping you find the answers to your questions.

In the meantime and before you arrive on campus, help yourself have a strong start to your McGill career by taking the time to read the following important University Welcome messages.

From your Deputy Provost, Student Life & Learning

Welcome to the McGill community. You are about to embark on an incredible period of learning and discovery, gaining vital experience while you build lasting relationships. With over 300 areas of study and 21 faculties and professional schools, McGill is Canada’s leading teaching and research-intensive university. It is a wonderful place to begin the next exciting stage in your life.

You will be immersed in the most international campus in Canada with peers who are among some of the brightest students in the world in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.

You will acquire a first-rate education, and you will have the chance to study abroad, to sing in an opera, to work in a lab as an undergraduate researcher, or to experience one of hundreds of internships, so that you concurrently develop the social skills and innovative thinking required to address the complex issues of the future.

You will live on one of the most unique and supportive student life and learning campuses in North America, which will provide you with the community and social engagement, the self-awareness, the global understanding, and the critical and creative thinking opportunities needed to shape the world.

And you will be joining a network of more than 250,000 alumni worldwide, including three astronauts, ten Nobel Prize recipients, nine Oscar winners, numerous Olympians, and many leaders who help shape our world.

This is going to be the adventure of a lifetime!

Bienvenue... Welcome to the McGill adventure. Our doors are open.

Ollivier Dyens,
Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning)

From your First-Year Coordinator

Hello and welcome to all,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to McGill University and to congratulate you on beginning this exciting stage of your life! As the First-Year Coordinator in Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E, pronounced “clay”), one of my roles is to help you become aware of the vast resources available on campus that will provide you with continued support throughout your studies. In fact, Campus Life & Engagement is your “first-year office”, so to speak, in that we are the one office on campus dedicated to serving all students who are attending McGill for the first time, and where all new students can find answers to questions or concerns. All of us in CL&E are here to help you & McGill get acquainted as quickly as possible so that you can get involved and make the most of your time at McGill. We want to help you become an active member that helps build and shape the McGill Community in the years ahead.

I urge you to reach out, not only to the resources at your disposal, but to the people around you. Invest in friendships, relationships, and most importantly, in yourself. We understand that McGill University is only one step in your journey and while you are here, please take advantage of your time. Confidently move forward to build the life you want! You are here to learn and invest in your future, and we have countless resources at your fingertips to allow you to be the best “you” possible. McGill University is here to help you discover and build your potential.

We look forward to meeting as many of you as we can at one of the various events we host during the year. Of course, all the knowledge contained in this website, and more, can also be accessed by picking up the phone, sending an email, or coming to visit us at CL&E.

On behalf the Campus Life & Engagement team, I wish you all a truly joyful and rewarding McGill experience!  Good luck. We look forward to meeting you!

Best wishes,

Leslie Copeland

First-Year Coordinator

Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E)