Important information, dates, and links for new graduate students

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A message from Campus Life & Engagement, the one office dedicated to new McGill students. 


Hello Campus Life & Engage, 


Congratulations on your offer of acceptance to McGill, and welcome to our community!


The team at Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E) is here to help you get acquainted with McGill and support you as you navigate your new environment. CL&E (pronouced “clay”) is the part of McGill Student Services that coordinates year-long support to all new McGill students. We know that the last few months have held both excitement and uncertainty as you prepare for your graduate studies during the current global climate. Know that we’ll be here with you every step of the way—in our weekly pre-arrival communications, we’ll be directing you towards a number of revamped resources, informing you about how to access services, and sharing need-to-know information.


If you ever have any questions about student life—during the summer, your first year, or at any time as a student at McGill—please feel free to get in touch with the Campus Life & Engagement team. We either know the answer or know who does! We’re still providing our services digitally and will respond to emails during our regular hours, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), Mondays to Fridays.

Pre-Arrival Resources


Entering Class FB Group

Looking to connect with your peers? Be sure to join the Entering Class of 2020-2021 Facebook group! Members of the CL&E team monitor the group throughout the year, update you with important information, invite you to our numerous social events, and answer any questions you may have! 


GradLife Orientation (GLO)

GradLife Orientation (GLO) is an online info hub for all new McGill graduate students. This year, GLO will be taking a new and improved design in the format of a webinar, accessible from your MyCourses homepage. It will provide you with tools to get you ready for life at McGill, including such topics as graduate supervision, support services, and the Post-Graduate Students' Society. Don’t forget to check out the interactive Master Checklist on myCourses with important deadlines and events!


Upcoming Webinars


CL&E is organizing webinars throughout the summer to help you learn more about McGill and Montreal. These webinars will be offered more than once—more information will be coming in your weekly email updates, and can be found on the CL&E Pre-Arrival Webinar page.


Friday June 5: Learning with Zoom 

Interested in learning the basics of Zoom for engaging in your Fall courses? This interactive webinar will let you explore and familiarize yourself with Zoom, a reliable web conferencing tool that allows instructors to convene online meetings with students, chat with or without video enabled, and deliver presentations. We will go over how to use Zoom as a student, practice using some common features, and give you tips and techniques to support your remote learning success.


Tuesday June 9: GLO: Introduction to Grad Studies  

Everything you need to know about how to smoothly transition into the academic and social environments at McGill, including resources and advice. The GLO webinars are an integral part of the GradLife Online Orientation, so be sure to register for one of the many sessions running throughout the summer!


That's it for now! And again, welcome to McGill! Though starting your grad studies might feel strange in the current global climate, remember that we really are in it together. If ever you are worried or confused about any aspect of your student life at McGill, never hesitate to contact us at Campus Life & Engagement! Our office is here to help with any question you may have.




Gilbert Lin

New Student Advisor, Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services


If you think you’ve missed any of our messages or want to re-read any, check out CL&E’s First-Year Email archive.




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