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I am a current McGill Student; Ask me anything

LoosePetLoosePet 0 replies1 threads New Member
I'm a 4th year Anatomy and Cell Biology Undergrad at McGill. Having read through the forum, I figured I would open up to any questions you might have about my experience at McGill.

Keep in mind it will be my own, subjective experience, but I can also talk about what I have seen from other people.

I don't know much in the way of admissions - haven't thought about it since I got in!
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  • luzmariana21luzmariana21 4 replies1 threads New Member
    Does getting in U1 (being awarded credits/Advanced Standing) allow you to graduate early?
    Does receiving transfer credit reduce your tuition?
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  • greywaygreyway 4 replies1 threads New Member
    Hi,do you know how competitive the transfer students are? From the former post it seems 3.85gpa is impossible to get admitted.
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 6419 replies1 threads Senior Member
    There is something that I have wondered about for a long time.

    In high school I was very strong in math and sciences (A's were a disappointment, A+'s were expected). I was rather weak in English and French (I tried but just passing was the goal). I was in the middle in other subjects such as history. I was accepted to McGill but went elsewhere.

    I have heard that McGill is academically very demanding. As such, I have long wondered how I would have been able to handle English and language classes at McGill as a Math major.

    Does McGill have "English classes for math majors" and "math classes for English majors" that are easier than the "math classes for math majors" and "English classes for English majors"?
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15733 replies1052 threads Senior Member
    Since the OP hasn't been back I will take a stab at answering some of these questions.
    @luzmariana21 Except for students graduating from a Quebec CEGEP or obtaining the French baccalaureat McGill requires 120 credits to graduate. If you are granted credits through AP, IB etc. that will count toward the 120 credits. You can only get a max 30 credits that way. McGill charges tuition per credit taken at the university. The normal course load is 15 credits per semester but many with advanced credit only take 12 to lessen the workload.
    @greyway Transfer admission requirements vary by program. For Desautels you would likely need a 3.9 even to be considered. For Science maybe a 3.7. Arts may be 3.5 but that doesn;t guarantee admission.
    @DadTwoGirls McGill does ofer calculus for non-math/engineering majors. I doubt if they offer English for math majors.
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  • jiujiu722jiujiu722 1 replies0 threads New Member
    I'm deciding between majoring in Psych or in Marketing. Which would you say is a better major at McGill?
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15733 replies1052 threads Senior Member
    @jiujiu722 That is an odd question without additional information about you. What are your career plans? Have you already been admitted to both Arts and Desautels? Both programs are strong at McGill. Desautels has a very international focus.
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  • rosyrosyrosyrosy 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Is mcgill a party school? Whats the social scene like in mcgill? If you do not speak english is it harder to be included in the party scene?
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 6419 replies1 threads Senior Member
    "If you do not speak english is it harder to be included in the party scene?"

    If you do not speak English then do not attend McGill.

    If you speak French fluently, then the University of Montreal is very good and there are other good French language universities in Montreal.

    Did you mean to ask if you do not speak French? I have heard of students who do not speak any French attending McGill. Picking up a bit of French will make Montreal more fun, but is possible after you start at McGill.

    McGill is academically very challenging. If you attend McGill then you should expect to spend a lot of time studying.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15733 replies1052 threads Senior Member
    @rosyrosy The party scene at McGill is not like at US universities. The drinking age in Quebec is 18. Frats are few and small. There are no tailgaters before athletic games. Partying is done either in bars or clubs or in off campus parties.
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  • ukulelegirl12346ukulelegirl12346 3 replies2 threads New Member
    I'm coming from a small high school in NJ where I know all of my teachers personally and I'm a bit concerned about how rigorous and big McGill is. I have already committed and am excited but I was wondering if you have any tips to make big classes seem less intimidating?

    Also, I am currently filling out housing forms and was hoping for some guidance there? I like the idea of Solin because it's apartment-style but am hesitant because it is far from campus. I also like the hotel-style dorms but I'm not sure how I will be able to make friends there.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15733 replies1052 threads Senior Member
    Upper Rez would be the easiest to make friends. They are old and lack amenities though.

    Large classes all have discussion sections and labs for science courses. The rigor is real but manageable if you are independent and you do not get distracted by an excessive social life.
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  • FrenchCDNFrenchCDN 4 replies0 threads New Member
    My daughter is finishing her first year in Bioengineering and she came from a small HS in NC. She had no problem adjusting to big class size. She attended the tutorial (smaller group) and found that a lot of TA were really helpful. She also met with professors at their office hours, if needed.
    She did stay in Solin Hall (by choice) because she did not want to eat the campus food but cook for herself. She really liked it but found it far from campus! Metro stops at 1 am so if she was at friends house she had to either leave prior to others or spend the night!
    That was her only complaint. Solin is located in Atwater neighbourhood which is a fun and upcoming place with a great market!
    She says she would think about Douglas Hall if she had to do it again! A lot of her friends were there and they seemed to like it a lot! Douglas often fills quickly with Major Renewable scholarship kids.
    Hope this helps!
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  • SwimmingDadSwimmingDad 938 replies11 threads Member
    McGill Dad here - son finishing third (U2) year.

    Size: McGill is definitely a large school but you will be amazed how you will cross paths with friends on campus all of the time. You do need to advocate for yourself and reach out for support...but when you do the support is there. The other thing...and don't laugh...talk to the people sitting next to you in class. My son has made many close friends this way. Kids at McGill are, for the most part, very open.

    Rigor: The rigor is real. You will work very hard and there is no grade inflation like in the in US. BUT....I have been blown away how McGill has really help my son develop top notch critical thinking skills.....and a VERY global perspective.

    Dorms: Everyone will offer a different opinion. My son was in Upper Rez (Molson). He was a somewhat shy kid and not much of a partier. Upper Rez was great for him. There were always people to go out with if he wanted to and if he needed to stay in and study there were people to do that with as well. And the rooms are all singles so when he wanted privacy he could get it. His closest friends are kids he met in Upper Rez (plus the ones he made in class and activities). Kids that live in Solin tend to like it because they want to be in apartment setting and away from campus. My son liked being able to be on campus and in the middle of the action - Solin would not have been a good fit.

    Finally, Montreal is just a fantastic city to attend university. Culture, restaurants, clubs, concerts...it truly is second to none. (And you'll LOVE the affordability!)

    Congrats and good luck.
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  • kchen096kchen096 2 replies2 threads New Member
    Is it true that McGill only looks at scores? I am a student in the U.S. and as you may know, top university admissions in the states is based heavily on extracurriculars and only about half on test scores/grades.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15733 replies1052 threads Senior Member
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    @kchen096 For American applicants McGill looks at unweighted GPA and SAT/ACT scores. There are published minima on their website. The minima vary by program. EC's, letters of rec are not considered. But the minima are pretty rigid. A 4.0 unweighted GPA will not make up for a low SAT/ACT score. A 36 ACT score will not make up for a low UW GPA.
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