Kick-start the Winter semester with 2021's FIRST FY5!

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Hey Campus Life & Engage,


Happy New Year! We hope that you are enjoying your well-deserved break. To welcome both returning and incoming first-year students to this new semester, we're sharing the first FY5 of 2021 with information and tips about the start of the year! For those who don't know me, my name is Gilbert and I'm your Manager, Orientation & Student Engagement. I, along with a fantastic team at CL&E, am here to support your transition to the university. Our contact information can be found below!


The FY5 is a semi-monthly e-newsletter for first-year students with fun tips and tricks and memos for you to be aware of during the academic year. This week, you can find out about back-to-school deadlines, getting involved, and life beyond your first year. Enjoy!




Updated Course Registration & First Day of Classes Dates


Thursday, January 7, 2021 is the first day of classes for the Winter 2021 semester. It is also the deadline for newly admitted students to register for at least one course to avoid a late registration fee. The add/drop deadline for Winter 2021 is Friday, January 22, 2021. For a full list of key academic dates, visit this webpage.


Please note that if you are a NEW student (i.e. Winter semester is your first semester at McGill), we strongly encourage you to check the academic calendar for deadlines specific to you.


Fee Payment Deadline


Fees for returning and newly admitted students are due Wednesday, January 6, 2021. For more information on how to access your e-Bill, make a payment, and future deadlines, visit the Student Accounts website. Note that billing occurs on a monthly cycle so late registrations and changes to course loads will be reflected on subsequent e-Bills.


Exchange Application Deadline


Friday, January 15 is the deadline for McGill students to submit an exchange application on Minerva for Fall 2021. For more information about studying abroad, please visit the McGill Students Going Abroad website.


Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option


The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option is available to students for up to a total of 6 credits in Fall 2020/Winter 2021 as follows: 3 credits in F20 & 3 credits in W21 (this includes full-year courses); or 6 credits in F20; or 6 credits in W21. A request form will be available on the website soon. For more information, consult the Adjusted Academic Measures page.





SSMU Mini Courses


Mini Courses encourage students to develop skills and knowledge that are useful both inside and outside of the classroom. Learn to birdwatch, practice yoga, and everything in between with the SSMU Mini Courses on weeknights and weekends to fit your student schedule, all for an affordable price! See the schedule and more information on the Mini Courses website.


Remote Student Life Website


The Remote Student Life website can help you find resources and information to help you navigate McGill from your living room—whether you're an undergraduate or graduate student, living in Montreal or across the globe. It's a great resource to stay connected with the McGill community! Check it out here.




Virtual Study Group Toolkit


This guide can help you make the most out of your remote study groups this semester! Visit the Toolkit page for useful tips on planning and contributing positively to virtual study sessions, and download the PDF document to save and share.







Café CL&E


Have a question that needs answering? Need support? Want to socialize over a cup of coffee or tea? Drop-in to Cafe CL&E on Zoom on January 12! A member of our team will be here every other week to lend an ear and share a warm beverage. More information is available on the Facebook event.


Strategies for Remote Learning Success


Join us on January 13 for a one-hour webinar will introduce you to practical tips to enhance your academic success as a remote learner. Get effective learning strategies, time management skills, exam prep tips, and more to boost your success as a remote learner! Sign up here.


How to not get screwed over by your landlord


Do you think you’re paying too much for rent? Are you currently in residence and are hoping to find an apartment that doesn’t match Toronto housing prices? Join SSMU External Affairs on January 12 for an introduction to tenants’ rights, co-organized by the Legal Information Clinic of McGill and the Housing and Job Resource Centre of Concordia University. Check it out here!


Coffee with Career Advisors


“Drop in” to Career Planning Services on January 7 to ask your career-related questions. CaPS’s Career Advisors are here to help make your employment journey as smooth as possible. Register here.







Accessing Local Wellness Advisors


Local Wellness Advisors (LWAs) are trained clinicians embedded within faculties and services to orient and connect you with the appropriate support resource—on-campus or off-campus—for your situation. LWAs also offer wellness programming tailored to your faculty and work with departments on wellness awareness, prevention, and early intervention.


Students who are located in the province of Quebec at the time of the appointment are able to remotely access LWAs, as well as the services of the Wellness Hub.


You can book an appointment with your LWA here! For more information, check out the Wellness Hub LWA page.

We hope that you have found the first FY5 of 2021 helpful! You can visit our First-Year website for more details about the first-year experience and, if you have any questions about student life, contact We either know the answers or know someone who does!


Enjoy the rest of your holidays and wishing you all the best with the start of the Winter semester!


Gilbert Lin

Manager, Orientation & Student Engagement, Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services




3600 McTavish Street, Suite 4100, Montreal, QC H3A 0G3


Tel: 514-398-6913



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