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Discus: College Search and Selection: April 2004 Archive: McGill
By Monudo (Monudo) on Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 11:12 am: Edit

1. What do you do at McGill if you want to study engineering but medical school is probably where you'll end up?

2. Any comments on housing for an "international" Freshman?

By Syme (Syme) on Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 02:04 pm: Edit

1. This is actually a bit of a pickle - normally, most Canadian universities give you a fairly open first year, so you can see what you like. However, engineering has a very rigorous and specific course-load, so even most of the first year includes courses one is required to take.

If you want to do engineering, apply for engineering definitely. It is very hard to transfer into a more difficult program. Further, if you don't do engineering first year, you are almost guaranteed to have to do 5 years, because there are many engineering-specific courses.

Socially, I imagine it would be advantageous too, as engineers put together a great frosh (in Canada's best party university). Engineers are a tight-knit group, so its best to be 'woven into the social fabric' early.

By Monudo (Monudo) on Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 04:58 pm: Edit

Thanks Syme. You seem to have first hand knowledge. Any other advice about engineering at McGill, the social fabric, freshman housing, or anything else?

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