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McGill Architecture Program

sandri66sandri66 4 replies2 threads New Member
My son is a senior in U.S. considering applying to McGill for 2021 as an Architecture major. How competitive is this program to get into? Should he apply to any other Arts & Sciences program and then transfer?
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15972 replies1068 threads Senior Member
    edited August 3
    Architecture is moderately competitive at McGill. Here are the requirements:
    PREREQUISITES
    Courses must include: Pre-calculus, physics
    Standardized tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    ACT, or
    SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (Subject Tests must include: Math and Physics; Chemistry will be acceptable for applications for September 2020 admission).
    Portfolio (Admission review takes into account the portfolio evaluation)
    LAST YEAR’S CUT-OFFS
    A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12

    B+ in each prerequisite math and science

    ACT 28​ (Math & Science subscores ≥ 27, others ≥ 24) or

    SAT: EB Read & Writing 670, Math 670 and Subject Tests: 650 in each subject
    Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
    https://www.mcgill.ca/applying/requirements/usa

    On the McGill application you can apply to two programs. Admission is evaluated separately for each program. Once admitted you cannot transfer until towards the end of first year.
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  • sandri66sandri66 4 replies2 threads New Member
    Thank you so much for the info. Since they went test optional, I guess they will rely exclusively on grades. If he applies by late October, when is it realistic to expect a decision?
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15972 replies1068 threads Senior Member
    edited August 3
    McGill has its own version of rolling admissions. For Americans decisions start to come out around 12/1 and continue until around 4/1. They admit from the top down. Applicants with the highest stats (and perhaps best portfolio) would be admitted first.

    If he has taken the SAT/ACT and the scores are significantly above the minimum I would suggest submitting them.
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  • sandri66sandri66 4 replies2 threads New Member
    edited August 3
    He hasn't been able to take the tests. He was scheduled in March, April, May, June and July and they were all cancelled. He is staying home for this semester, doing online classes so we will have to do the college admission process remotely. We are in Miami, the epicenter of the pandemic, so the test situation is really up in the air. Do you think it's worth trying to take the exam or just apply with grades? His grades are really good for the entire junior year, straight As, his sophomore he has some Bs. but he has As in Pre-Calc and Physics. So hoping that's enough. He is currently working on his portfolio. It's just very scary to submit an application with nothing but grades.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15972 replies1068 threads Senior Member
    Unless things radically improve by the fall (doubtful) don't worry about the tests.
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  • sandri66sandri66 4 replies2 threads New Member
    Thank you so much. I'm so happy I found this forum. My son's first choice is McGill. We attended a virtual info session and tour and fell in love with the school. He was really leaning into applying ED to NYU but after the info session with McGill, he changed his mind. He attends boarding school in New Jersey and wanted to stay in the North East but we have some friends who mentioned McGill and I'm glad they did. Hoping for the best!
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