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    Academic Programs
      ARTS: How do I choose between a B.A. (Faculty of Arts) and a B.Sc. (Faculty of Science)?
      BA&SC: Who should consider the BA&Sc degree?
      BA&SC: Is McGill's BA&Sc degree a liberal arts degree?
      BA&SC: I don't know what I want to study. Should I just select BA&Sc and decide later?
      BA&SC: What sort of graduate programs will I qualify for with a BA&Sc?
      BA&SC: Is the BA&Sc degree suitable for students intending to apply for Medicine?
      BA&SC: I have a definite plan of study which fits the BA&Sc degree well. How should I apply?
      BA&SC: I will be starting in a Freshman program at McGill. If I choose the BA&Sc degree, can I take only Science or only Arts courses in my freshman year?
      BA&SC: I am starting the 90 credits towards the BA&Sc degree. When should I decide on which program to follow?
      COMPUTER SCIENCE: What is the difference between Computer Science and Software Engineering?
      COMPUTER SCIENCE: Where do I study Computer Science at McGill?
      ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE: What is the difference between the software engineering programs offered by the Faculty of Engineering (B.S.E.) and that of the Faculty of Science (B.Sc.).
      ENGINEERING: What's the difference between Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering?
      ENGINEERING: What is Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering?
      NURSING: Why get a McGill degree in Nursing rather than a Quebec CEGEP diploma in Nursing?
      NURSING: How is the B.N. different from the B.Sc.(N.)?
      NURSING: What is the Integrated B.N. Program?
      NURSING: Can I study Nursing part-time?
      NURSING: What are my chances of getting a job as a nurse?
      SCIENCE: How do I choose between a B.A. (Faculty of Arts) and a B.Sc. (Faculty of Science)?
      SCIENCE: What can I study in science at McGill?
      SCIENCE: Are there certain Science majors I must take if I want to study medicine later?
      SCIENCE: How do I choose the right program in Science?
      VARIA: How long are the undergraduate programs at McGill?
      VARIA: What are the academic terms at McGill?
      VARIA: What are the credit weights for courses at McGill?
      VARIA: What is the difference between undergraduate and graduate studies?
      VARIA: What undergraduate programs are offered?
    Admissions: undergraduate; medicine; dentistry
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: What are the admission requirements?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: What are the admission requirements and deadlines for Quebec CEGEP applicants?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: What are the admission requirements and deadlines for Ontario high school applicants?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: What are the admission requirements and deadlines for Canadian high school applicants (not Quebec or Ontario)?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: What are the admission requirements and deadlines for US high school applicants?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: What are the admission requirements for International students?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: What are the admission requirements for Mature applicants?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: I was home-schooled, am I eligible to apply to McGill?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: Is it possible to register as an Independent Student?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: If I do not speak French can I still apply to McGill?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: If I am accepted to McGill, can I postpone (defer) my admission?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: I am missing a prerequisite; is there a place to take it on your campus?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: Does McGill require standardized tests (e.g. SATs, ACT)?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: Are there language proficiency requirements for admission? (e.g. TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, etc.)
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: How do you treat repeated standardized tests (e.g. SATs, ACT) and TOEFL?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: Does McGill offer preparation courses for standardized tests (MCAT/LSAT/SAT/TOEFL)?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: How do you treat repeated courses?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: Do you award credit for IBs?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: Do you award credit for APs?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE: New: Self-reported grades for Canadian high school students (outside Quebec and Ontario)
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE (TRANSFER): Do you accept transfer applicants?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE (TRANSFER): How do I have my transcripts assessed for transfer credit?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE (TRANSFER): How many transfer credits will I get?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE (TRANSFER): I am a high school student, but I am planning to take several courses at the local community college or university, which will be used towards my high school graduation. Will I be able to get transfer credits?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE (TRANSFER): What do I have to do to get transfer credits?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE (TRANSFER): What is a transfer credit?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE (TRANSFER): What is the difference between transfer credits and exemptions?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE (TRANSFER): What type of course description do I need to submit?
      ADMISSIONS, UNDERGRADUATE (TRANSFER): Which institutions and programs are considered by McGill for transfer credits?
      ADMISSIONS, NURSING: What are the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) program?
      ADMISSIONS, NURSING: What kind of qualifications do I need to be accepted into the Integrated B.N. program?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: What medical programs does McGill offer?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: What are the requirements for the medicine programs?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: Does McGill offer a pre-med program?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: Are there any age restrictions to apply to Medicine? Is there any special consideration for mature students?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: I am in a 90-credit/three-year university degree program, can I still apply? What if I have been credited for pre-university or university-prep course work?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: Which sessions are observed when looking at my academic records? Are summer or other such interim sessions counted?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: If I have an overall MCAT score less than the suggested 30, can I still apply to Medicine? If I have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) less than the suggested 3.5, can I still apply to Medicine?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: Will science prerequisites taken in Summer Sessions be acceptable for admission to Medicine?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: Can CEGEP (Quebec College) courses fulfill the basic science requirements for admission to Medicine?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: Can Advanced or Advanced-Subsidiary Level (A-Levels) courses fulfill the basic science requirements for admission to Medicine?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: Can Advanced Placement (AP) examinations fulfill the basic science requirements for admission to Medicine?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: Can International Baccalaureate (IBO) courses fulfill the basic science requirements for admission to Medicine?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: Do I need to have completed all the science prerequisites before submitting an application to Medicine?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: Do the science requirements need to be taken at a university?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: How do I know if the science courses of my institution fulfill or match the equivalent McGill courses?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: How many applicants are accepted into the School of Medicine each year?
      ADMISSIONS, MEDICINE: What is considered a full course-load? If I have less than a full course-load (15 credits) in one or more semester, can I still apply?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: How many students are accepted to Music each year?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: Can I apply to more than one program? Does that mean two auditions?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: When will I get my audition date and time?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: Do I need to play an instrument to enter a program that is not in performance?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: Is the audition the only thing that decides if I am accepted to Music or not?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: When do audition tapes have to be submitted? If I send a tape, do I still pay the audition fee?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: Am I allowed to audition on two different instruments? Can I 'minor' on a second instrument?
      ADMISSION, MUSIC: Am I still eligible for a Music scholarship if I audition by tape?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: If I foresee a conflict, can I request a specific date? What if I am unavailable on the audition date(s) for my instrument?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: What about accompanists? Will an accompanist and the contact information be provided?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: When will I find out if I've been accepted to Music?
      ADMISSIONS, MUSIC: Can I defer my acceptance to Music to next year?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: What are McGill’s strong points?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: What is the required Cote-R?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: What is the cut off the GPA score?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: I have written the DAT more than once; do I need to send you all the scores?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: How important are the interviews and the autobiographical letter?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: What kind of non-academic activities are most helpful for my application?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: Do I need to send you official transcripts?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: Do I have to submit my autobiographical letter via the Web site?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: When am I going to be invited for interviews, if granted?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: When are final decisions mailed out?
      ADMISSIONS, DENTISTRY: Can I speak with someone from the admissions office if I need advice?
    Applying online
      How do I apply to McGill University?
      What is the application fee?
      What are the application deadlines?
      For how many programs can I apply?
      Does McGill interview applicants?
      Do I need to have my degree evaluated before applying to McGill?
      Do I need to submit an essay, personal statement or letters of recommendation?
      How will I know if my application is complete?
      I made a mistake on my application. How do I fix it?
      I started an online application but now I can't remember my login and PIN!
      What documents do I need to submit when applying?
      Where can I send my transcripts and supporting documents?
      What is an official transcript?
      Did you receive my application? What is my McGill ID number?
      How will I know that McGill has received my application?
      How long are my test scores valid? (e.g. TOEFL, SAT, ACT, AP, etc.)
      What is McGill's College Board code?
      What is my OUAC Reference Number?
      What do I submit in the Architecture portfolio?
      When can I expect to receive a decision?
    Computers & IT (Information Technology)
      Does McGill have a computer store on-campus?
      Do I need a laptop?
      What is Minerva?
      Where do I go to set-up my internet or my email account?
    First-Year Office
      Are there orientation events planned to help ease the transition into first-year?
      How can I sign my parents up for a Parent Information Session?
      I’m an International student, where can I sign-up for an International Buddy?
      I’m feeling overwhelmed by all the information I’m receiving. Is there someone I can contact to help me keep my facts straight?
      Is there somewhere to go to get help registering for my classes?
      My first language is French, what services are available to help me?
      What are the Parent Information Sessions?
      What does the First-Year Office do?
      What if I miss Discover McGill?
      What is Discover McGill?
      Where can I sign-up for a First-Year Buddy?
      Why should I visit the Orientation Centre?
    General Information
      Can I park on campus?
      Can I smoke at McGill University?
      Do I have to know French in order to study at McGill?
      How do I contact McGill?
      How do I contact the Admissions Office?
      How do I get from Macdonald campus to the downtown campus?
      How do I get to McGill?
      How many libraries does McGill have?
      How many students attend McGill?
      How many US students are there at McGill?
      What are the University's hours of operation?
      What is McGill's coat of arms?
      What is the geographic diversity amongst McGill's student body?
      What is the history of McGill University?
      What is the language of instruction at McGill?
      Where are the McGill campuses?
      Where can I find more information about McGill?
      Where can I worship on campus?
    Glossary of terms
      What does co-ed mean?
      What is a Bachelor's degree?
      What is a Faculty?
      What is a GPA?
      What is a Major?
      What is an academic advisor?
      What is an Honours program?
      What is an Internship?
      What is a transfer credit?
      What is Minerva?
      What is the university calendar?
    Housing and Accommodations
      Am I able to connect to the Internet from residence?
      Are overnight guests permitted in residence?
      Are pets allowed in residences?
      Are there Internet and phone connections in the rooms?
      Are the residences co-ed?
      Are the residences wheelchair accessible?
      Can I bring my bicycle?
      Can I cook my own meals in residence?
      Can I get a single room in residence?
      Can I stay in residence in the summer?
      Can I visit the residences?
      How can I find off-campus housing?
      How do I apply for residence?
      How do I find housing?
      How do you accommodate students with special needs?
      How do you decide who my roommate will be?
      How many residences and/or beds are there?
      How much can I expect to pay for off-campus housing?
      How much does it cost to live in residence?
      If I live in residence, do I have to purchase a meal plan?
      If I live in residence, where can I park my car?
      Is residence guaranteed?
      Is smoking permitted in the residences?
      Is there a curfew when living in residence?
      May I bring furniture from home?
      What does co-ed mean?
      What do I need to know before I sign a lease for living off campus?
      What do residence rooms look like?
      What facilities are available in the residence?
      What furnishings are available in the residence rooms?
      What if I want to room with a friend in residence?
      What is the residence mailing address and contact information?
      What security measures are in place at the residences?
      What should and shouldn't I bring with me if I will be living in residence?
      What types of residences/dormitories do you have?
      When should I start looking for off-campus housing?
      When will I know if I've been accepted into residence?
      Where can I eat on campus?
      Where is the residence located?
    International students
      Can an international student study at McGill as an exchange student?
      Can I work in Canada after I graduate?
      Can I work on campus with my Study Permit?
      Do I need a CAQ and a Study Permit if I study at McGill less than 6 months?
      Do international applicants qualify for residence?
      Do international students need to provide original immigration documents?
      Do my transcripts have to be translated into English?
      I'm a student from Denmark/ Finland/ France/ Luxembourg/ Norway/ Portugal/ Sweden. Can I obtain an exemption from health insurance based on my citizenship?
      Is there an office for International students?
      What immigration documents do I need to study at McGill?
      What is the English Language Proficiency Requirement?
      Where can I get further information on International Student Services?
      Who is an international student?
      Who needs a Temporary Resident Visa (Re-Entry Visa)?
      Who needs to enroll on McGill's Health Insurance for International Students?
      Will my Study Permit be sent to me?
    Internships
      As a Nursing student, where would I go for my clinical experience?
      Does McGill offer co-op or internship work placements?
      Does McGill offer Environment internships?
      I am an international student studying at McGill. Do I require a work permit to do an internship in Canada?
      What is the difference between an Internship and a Co-op?
      When should I start looking for an internship?
    Money Matters
      Can I earn money through part-time work on campus?
      Do I have to prove my citizenship/residency status?
      How much is tuition?
      How much should I budget for a year at McGill?
      When are tuition payments due and what are the methods of payment?
    Montreal
      Do I need a car to get around town?
      How cold are the winters?
      How safe is campus?
      Is Montréal a safe place to live?
      McGill and Montréal?
      What are the benefits of studying in a bilingual city?
      What is the weather like?
    Office for Students with Disabilities
      What kind of information should I include about disabilities in my application for admission?
      What services are available for students with disabilities?
    Permanent Code
      I am a Quebec CEGEP student but didn't remember my Permanent Code when I applied. Will I have a new Permanent Code created for me?
      If I have a Permanent Code ("code permanent") does this mean I am a Québec Resident?
      What are the consequences of not having a Permanent Code issued before the end of the term?
      What is a Permanent Code, and what is it used for?
      What should I do if I can't view my Permanent Code on Minerva?
      Where can I find my Permanent Code?
      Whom do I contact if I have questions about my Permanent Code?
      Why do I need a Permanent Code?
    Proof of Canadian and/or Quebec residency
      How can you tell if we have received your documents and everything is OK?
      When and where should I deliver these documents?
      Who is a Canadian citizen?
      Who is a Québec resident?
      Why do we collect copies of legal documents from you?
    Scholarships, Loans and Bursaries
      Are international students eligible for scholarships?
      How do I pick up my government aid?
      How long will it take for my government aid to process?
      I need advice about my financial situation. Is there someone I can talk to?
      What do I do if I need money before my government aid has been processed?
      What government student aid is available?
      What grades/marks would make a student eligible for an entrance scholarship?
      What happens if I cannot pay my tuition on time because I am waiting for my government aid?
      What is the difference between a scholarship, a bursary and a loan? 
      What is the largest scholarship that you award?
      What should I do if the government has not awarded me enough money to cover all of my expenses?
      What type of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available? 
    Sports and athletics
      Do I have to pay to use the athletic complex?
      How do I become a McGill varsity athlete?
      I am interested in sports. Where can I find out more about athletics at McGill?
      What recreational activities are available at the University?
      When do the Redmen and Martlets play?
      Where are the athletics facilities located?
    Student Exchange and Study Abroad
      Can I apply for housing as an exchange student?
      Does McGill offer exchange / study abroad programs? If so, where?
      Does McGill offer Field Study Semesters, other fieldwork-based courses, or field studies?
      How will I know if I've been accepted to come to McGill on exchange?
      How will the grades received from the host institution show on my transcript?
      What are my chances of being accepted to come to McGill on exchange?
      What are the requirements to be considered for a McGill exchange?
      What if I wish to study at an university with which McGill does not have a student exchange agreement?
      What immigration documents do I need to study at McGill on exchange?
      What is the application process for exchange students?
      What is the deadline for McGill students to apply for an exchange?
      When is the best time to participate in an exchange program?
      Where do I find information on how to apply for a student exchange program?
      Where do I pay tuition while participating in an official McGill exchange?
      Who can apply to McGill as an exchange student?
      Will I be eligible for financial assistance while participating in an exchange?
      Will I be guaranteed admission as a visiting exchange student to McGill?
    Student Life
      Are there services for lesbian and gay students at McGill?
      Can I join the student government?
      Does McGill have student unions, societies, or clubs?
      Does McGill offer services to First Nations students?
      Does McGill provide insurance coverage for students?
      Do you have a student radio station?
      Is there a dentist's office at McGill?
      Is there a health clinic at McGill?
      What services does McGill provide that can help me get settled in?
      What student services are offered?