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McGill!!

harpgirl27harpgirl27 472 replies9 threads Member
edited December 2010 in McGill University
We had a large thread in the other forum, and I'm excited to be the creator of the new McGill thread :)

So yeah, any questions about the school, advice on admissions, classes, rezs etc, or those of you like me who just want to chat, let's get this party started!

BTW McGill has a facebook account now. Yay! www.facebook.com

Noelle
edited December 2010
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  • hhfm786hhfm786 9 replies7 threads New Member
    quick question....i am an american student who is looking at canadian schools for mcgill and u of t for pre-med.....what types of sat scores/class rank are needed for these universities....are sat 2s necessary
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  • harpgirl27harpgirl27 472 replies9 threads Member
    No SAT IIs required, obviously you can't enter directly into premed, most premed student enter into general science for undergrad...what are your stats?
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  • hhfm786hhfm786 9 replies7 threads New Member
    there not that great...i have a 1280 (690m/590v) plan to retake....(prolly 1300+) i'm in the top 8% of my class...3 APs....good ec's....such as co-captian of the academic team and varsity captian of my school's fencing team....those are a few...will i have a good shot
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  • harpgirl27harpgirl27 472 replies9 threads Member
    get that SAT up over 1300 and you'll have a good shot :) I might look at taking the ACT too....because they do care about your individual SAT marks (your math and your verbal...they like to see each category at least at a 640, is what the admissions rep told me) but really only care about your ACT composite score. So therefore if you have a large gap in skill areas (My SAT was 730V,590M), it looks better to take the ACT and get a good composite (My ACT, which I sent to McGill, was 31).

    As I think I said elsewhere the most important things are grades...if you have good grades and it looks like you do, that will get you in :)
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  • veralynveralyn 73 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Hey there,

    I visited McGill last December, and I just fell in love with the university. Although I always had my heart set on attending UCLA, I am toying with other options (namely, McGill). I loved the city, the atmosphere and campus that much! I am currently studying at a community college in california and I am not quite sure about whether or not I should try to pursue this venture.

    I spoke to an addmissions officer while I was there about whether they accept CA community college transfers or not. She said they do. I understand that going for it would be just a bit tricky on my end such as having to send all of the course syllabi (for all post secondary courses taken) and having to go through confusion in regard to which credits they may let me transfer... whereas transferring and matriculating to a California school is pretty much offered up on a platter (more or less!
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  • skyhigh5skyhigh5 83 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Harpgirl, is it true that Canandian students are separted from international students during the first year? I think it was called the jpeg program, or something like that.
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  • harpgirl27harpgirl27 472 replies9 threads Member
    no way :)

    I think the program you're thinking of is called CEGEP, which is where Quebec students finish high school after grade 11, then do two years in a CEGEP studying a slightly more specialized field (they can either do a science stream or an arts stream), and then transfer to university as U1 students. The other students who can do this are those who've done french bacc, IB, or if you have enough AP credits. However the rest of Canada, all internationals, and US students start off at U0 (and some quebecers do too...I've heard rumours about canceling the CEGEP program, though if you ask me it's a good good program).

    So the short answer to your question is that you are in no way segregated from other Canadians, though most quebec students won't be in your classes first year.
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  • ian kavanaghian kavanagh 169 replies7 threads Junior Member
    please rate my chances, im a history major, 660 verbal 620 math 720 world hist 610 writ ...530 bio, im not sure what happened there, i got a 5 on the ap, and 87 average, could someone rate if i could get in, i know they dont care about ecs but ive been playing trombone for 8 years and i think they could use that but whatever, thanks in advance
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  • harpgirl27harpgirl27 472 replies9 threads Member
    that gives you a cumluative 1280 on the SAT, non? I'd say yoru chances are pretty good to get in, with a 87 average (US or Canadian system?)...I wouldn't call it a sure thing but I would definitely apply.

    Good luck!
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  • everhopefuleverhopeful 49 replies3 threads Junior Member
    How long does it take? I applied first week in october...
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  • ian kavanaghian kavanagh 169 replies7 threads Junior Member
    id like to more to know about jobs and such, how hard are they to get, are they impossible for americans with just a study visa?
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  • harpgirl27harpgirl27 472 replies9 threads Member
    everhopeful, I was a slacker deadline applicant so I didn't hear back until late (but that was partially because they lost part of my application), but I would be looking for a decision around March.

    From what I understand, a US student can work on campus, but one must be Canadian and bilingual to work off campus (unless you work "under the table" which is what some people do).
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  • ian kavanaghian kavanagh 169 replies7 threads Junior Member
    now is working on campus like the work study program? there is no way my family could qualify for that, which is gonna be an intresting situation for me, but c'est la merde/vie
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  • swilson001swilson001 10 replies5 threads New Member
    Yeah im also interested to know about jobs for americans. Is it absolutely impossible to work (other than getting paid under the table) on campus or off campus if i do not qualify for financial aid??? I dont qualify for financial aid, but i still would really like to have a job to earn spending money. Is there no way to do this?
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  • ian kavanaghian kavanagh 169 replies7 threads Junior Member
    as of right now its not terribly important, im gonna have to figure out phones and stuff, whethor its better to get a room line or just go straight cellphone, and pocket money, im gonna have to go through my grandparents, well we see
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  • harpgirl27harpgirl27 472 replies9 threads Member
    no, I don't think working on campus is like a work/study thing...I know there are jobs you can apply for and stuff if you just want the extra $$. there are work study options, but there are other options too. I actually saw the website on the Shatner building bulliten board thingie yesterday, and I meant to write it down for you and of course, forgot. but I will go by there later on today and see if it's still mentioned.

    hmmm, for the phone question, I suppose I'm not the best one to ask because due to my family's financial situation, I am currently phone-less...no cellphone or landline. It's a pain in the arse, but I must admit it HAS been nice to never be disrupted by the phone ringing! you have to pay for internet connection in the dorms, and then if you get a net line, it's not too much more expensive to get a phone line along with it. But then a cellphone has portability, which is always nice.
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  • ian kavanaghian kavanagh 169 replies7 threads Junior Member
    oh thank you, that is very kind of you, im nervous about getting in. money persay isnt a problem in my household, actually we benefit from the taxcuts by bush, but my parents couldnt pay 50,000 a year for me, and then my brothers in 2-4 years, it would just be way too much, im not sure if i can get in, is there a different way they caculate gpa in canada?
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  • ian kavanaghian kavanagh 169 replies7 threads Junior Member
    i guess i should clarify, i got into tulane, and i dont want to go, i pretty much have my heart set on mcgill, does it help to be an american in getting in?
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  • harpgirl27harpgirl27 472 replies9 threads Member
    Ian, your situation sounds kinda similar to mine. I'm the oldest with three little sisters, and while my family is a solidly middle class situation, they have to support my sisters college tuition as well, not too far down the road...and it adds up.

    Actually, it is an advantage to be an American getting in..here is why:
    1. they like the name recognition in the states. the more american students they have, the more well known they are around the world
    2. they are looking to increase the number of US students..which means easier standards for us!
    3. US students have to pay internatn'l tuition, which for us isn't too bad (quite a deal), for them it's tremendously higher than canadian tuition (and qubec tuition is ridiculously cheap because it's frozen)...plus the influx of US dollars strengthens the canadian dollar, albeit slightly ;)

    GPA is done differently...they go by percentages more. It definitely works to an American's favour too...in Canada an 80 to an 83% is an A-, and anything above an 83% is an A. However, courses are harder, so you see the same GPA trends as you do in the US.

    Congratulations on getting in to tulane, and best of luck with your McGill application!! You look to me like a strong candidate, and..if memory serves me right, applying to arts (history, right???), you should be an admit.

    Noelle
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  • harpgirl27harpgirl27 472 replies9 threads Member
    the ever unhelpful McGill website resisted my efforts to search for job opportunities, but my friend from New York/Kyrgisztan (probably mangled that spelling really bad...) just started at his job today...have to ask him how he found about it. I know for sure he's not doing work study, he just wants the spending money.

    ciao :)
    noelle
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