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Can I be accepted into McGill University?

soccerdude15soccerdude15 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
edited July 2008 in McGill University
I want to do premed

In a decently competitive public school.
My class rigor....

1/3 honors classes 9th grade
3/4 honors classes sophomore year
3/4 honors classes junior year
3/4 honors classes senior year
(5 APs in all)


-Overall GPA 3.7 weighted it is 4.3
- SAT's 2100 (should I retake?)
- volunteer at the hospital, member of student council, on the varsity soccer team since sophomore year, in 3 major clubs (1 being FBLA), VP of class, Secretary of Celebrations club, a lot of small clubs, volunteer at the library, on a club soccer team ranked 20th in the nation, a soccer buddy for children of special needs soccer league, and tutor children at the local YMCA( about 700 hrs of volunteering/ community service in all).
-NHS and Gold in Russian speaking competition.
- ranked 50th out of 700 in class.
- Speak Russian as second language

I will probably apply ED.

I live in the U.S. (NJ)
Thanks.
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Replies to: Can I be accepted into McGill University?

  • kungfumasterkungfumaster Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    you need two SAT II's around or over 700.
  • soccerdude15soccerdude15 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    so are you saying that my chances are good if i do achieve around this score on 2 sat IIs?
  • casszcassz Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    Your chances increase if you exceed the minimum requirements listed here:

    Applicants from U.S. high school programs (in the U.S.A. and other countries)

    "Extracurricular activities are not significant in the admission decision, although they are an important factor in the awarding of certain entrance scholarships." Therefore, your admission decision is based entirely on your marks, test scores, and the rigor of your courses, especially those that are prerequisites for your intended field of study.
  • syzoninsyzonin Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    i didn`t know mcgill had ED... your scores seem like the median scores, which is probably good enough.
    if your SAT II scores do not turn out as well as you wish, consider the ACTs. if you get a solid 30 then you don`t need to submit SAT or SATII scores. plus, you can take the ACTs as many times as u like and only submit one score.
  • the_hitch_hikerthe_hitch_hiker Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    I got into McGill with 2100 SAT score. It's possible..go for it! :D ( I had three SAT II's and all 700+)
  • danielsldanielsl Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    I got into McGill with a 1980 SAT...but I had 2 SAT IIs of 770 and 760, and my GPA was roughly the same at 4.2 weighted. I'd say it's very possible!
  • johnwmartinjohnwmartin Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I go to McGill ('10 - BA&Sc (Molecular Biology and Philosophy)) and if you're interested in premed to prepare for McGill med school in the future, you should know the stats.

    Quebec has in place a pre-university system called CEGEP. CEGEP - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Basically, you do junior year of high school, graduate, and go to CEGEP for 2 years. You then apply directly to 2nd year University (aka. major program).

    At McGill, most undergraduate science degree programs are 3-years, but require a 'freshman-year' as well. CEGEP kids are allowed to skip the freshman-year and go right into the degree program.

    What's more relevant is that entry into McGill Medical School is unevenly offered to CEGEP students vs. International vs. non-Quebec Canadian students.

    For example, in previous years, CEGEP students in the pre-med program (there doesn't seem to be a premed program for non-CEGEP students) were accepted into McGill Med school by the odds of 1 in 3 while Ontario students were accepted 1 in 89. International students actually have a better chance than Ontario students, but it's still extremely biased towards CEGEP kids.

    Moral of the story, McGill is an absolutely amazing school and Montreal, as a city to live in, has truly changed my life. There's life here. However, if you're coming here to get into McGill's Med school, make sure you have backup med schools as well.

    Oh, and after comparing past freshman exams between McGill, U of Toronto, Harvard, and MIT...well, let's just say that McGill has this nasty habit of making exams much harder than the standard. I think only 25% of the kids passed the Calc3 midterm last year. And less than half passed the course.

    Regardless, if your goal is to learn, then this is good news for you ;). No freebies is all I'm saying.
  • soccerdude15soccerdude15 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    ok thanks for that information it is very useful, but unfortunately I don't want to go to Montreal in my junior year of high school because i live so far away. Also, I just want to go do regular premed at McGill and then apply for a med school somewhere in the U.S. Will McGill prepare me well enough for a med school here in the U.S.? and what do I have to do to be eligible for a med school in the U.S. after I have studied in Canada doing pre med?
  • johnwmartinjohnwmartin Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I don't think there are actually many people who do CEGEP and are not Quebec Residents.

    McGill does not have a specific 'premed' program - as the requirements for Med schools across North America are generally your basic science courses "Chem 1,2, Physics 1,2, Calc 1,2, English, Org Chem 1, 2, and all your standard bio courses".

    Generally med hopefuls at McGill major in Biology, Physiology, Neurobio, Microbiology & Immunology, etc etc.

    You'll be as prepared here as any Ivy League, but getting into Medschool is largely about the system and - unfortunately - less about your ability.

    I'm assuming you're not even in your junior year of high school yet because of your post. I suggest that before you look into dedicated the rest of your life to the medical system and Medicine in general, make sure it's REALLY exactly what you want to do. Shadow a doctor if you can, interview them, ask them what their DAILY WORK is like.

    North American culture has romanticized the Physician to something of mythical status. If you think Medicine has anything to do with Grey's anatomy, or House, you should really rethink your future.

    It's just like if you think Forensics science has anything to do with CSI. ;)
  • soccerdude15soccerdude15 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    lol thanks but i knew that pre med is basically classes needed to be eligible for med school i justr summed it up to make it sound like a program. I am going into junior year so you were sort of right. I think i will major in biology at McGill if I make it because biology is a subject i like and do well in. I do actually volunteer in a hospital so I do see how it is a little bit haha. How challenging really are the science courses though, is there still time to have fun in Montreal and excel in the classroom? Thanks
  • johnwmartinjohnwmartin Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    That depends entirely on you. I know some kids who study 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, and end up witha B-/B average. And I know some kids who don't go to class, cram for 4 days (for all 5 courses) and end up with an A-/A average. It all depends on how you fit the teaching style they have here - which is..."we don't hold your hand, this is the real world". You HAVE to learn to be an independent learner. Practice teaching yourself entire units and courses through textbooks, learn to gather valid resources online for further learning.

    If your school offers AP courses, I suggest you take those as well. You don't have to do the exam, but taking the courses themselves will prepare you very well for first year science.
  • swampfoxswampfox Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Regarding whether you'll be prepared for an American med school by going to McGill, it is likely you will find that you are more prepared than the vast majority if not all of your other medical school classmates.
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