Welcome to McMaster University! The links above will help you understand the steps involved in becoming a fully registered McMaster student for September 2013.
Your decision to accept McMaster’s offer of admission means that you will soon be a part of a community with more than 125 years of history, 140,000+ alumni and a current student body of 20,000+ individuals in six different faculties. We have created this website as a resource to help you become a fully registered student and McMaster Marauder this September.
Prior to arrival, you are required to complete several action-items in June and beyond (e.g. setup your user account, register for the appropriate courses, select your preferred method of payment, etc.). Please browse the links/icons above to get started. Please also note that you will receive precise registration instructions later in June. We also offer various orientation programs during the summer prior to your arrival and numerous support services throughout the academic year.
If you have any questions, please use our ‘Ask McMaster’ question box. Your first step in the near future is to ensure you meet the appropriate admission conditions (if applicable) highlighted below.
ADMISSION CLEARANCE (CONDITIONAL OFFERS)
Even though you have accepted your offer of admission you may still have questions. We have tried to answer the most critical admission FAQs in this section.
How does my conditional offer become a final offer of admission?
Your official offer letter will have all of the conditions clearly stated. You must meet these conditions by the date specified in your Offer of Admission letter in order for your offer to become final. We will notify you when you have cleared all your conditions, typically starting in late July and continuing through August. Remember that you will receive your final grades well before we will, so if you think you have failed to meet a condition, we suggest you contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation. Usually, failure to meet a condition by the stated deadline, will mean that we will unfortunately have to rescind your offer and you will be unable to attend in September.
Can I defer my offer of admission?
Applicants who receive both an offer of scholarship and an offer of admission, who have accepted the offer of admission through the Ontario Universities Application Centre and have satisfied all conditions of their offer of admission may apply to defer their entry for one year. McMaster does not normally grant a deferral of an offer of admission unless special circumstances exist. Each case is evaluated on its own merits.
All requests for deferral of both admission and scholarship should be made in writing to the Enrolment Services (Admissions Office), Gilmour Hall 109 at McMaster by the relevant deadline, outlining the reasons for the request. Normally, decisions regarding deferral requests are not made until early August, after the receipt of all final grades and required documentation.
If a deferral is granted, it is conditional upon the student not attending a secondary or post-secondary institution during the deferral period. Students will be required to re-apply through the Ontario Universities Application Centre on the 105D application form to reactivate their application by no later than March 1st or the specific deadline date for the program, whichever is earlier.
I am completing the IB diploma or AP courses. Can I receive advanced credit towards my degree at McMaster?
At the discretion of the Faculty, advanced credit of up to 18 units may be granted for completed Higher Level courses with a minimum final score of 5. Applicants must complete the IB Diploma to be eligible for advanced credit. Applicants who complete the IB certificate are eligible for admission but not advanced credit.
Applicants who have completed A.P. exams though the College Board in acceptable courses and achieve a minimum grade of 4 will be considered for up to 18 units of advanced credit. PLEASE NOTE: A.P. results from students who have completed the examinations as a challenge and have not taken the course at high school will not be considered as having completed the required prerequisite courses for advanced credit consideration. An official copy of the final Advanced Placement Examination Results Report from ETS the College Board is required as part of the advanced credit evaluation process.
Planning on living away from home either in Residence or nearby off-campus? All the details related to related to the residence application process, roommate selection, off-campus housing options and meal plan options can be found in this section.
Your online residence application and $600 deposit are due by 4:00 p.m. EDT June 3, 2013 – don’t miss it if you haven’t completed it already!
Not guaranteed residence? Apply to the wait list here. No deposit is required.
Building/Room assignments are done by lottery. Room assignment notifications are emailed to students beginning in early July.
Looking for a place to live near by the campus? Our Off-Campus Resource Centre website is full of information and searchable listings to get you started.
Our Hospitality Services offers Mac Express Meal Plans to suit any student’s needs. If you are living in Residence a meal plan is mandatory. Off-Campus students have the option with lots of different plans to suit your needs.
Coming to McMaster means you are part of the Hamilton community as well. Check out all there is to see and do in Hamilton – right outside the campus grounds.
‘Pop The Bubble’ – check out this student run blog which highlights all the interesting things to see and do in Hamilton.
Need help with choosing your courses? No clue about how to actually register and pay your fees to the university? We have all the answers to your questions.
STEP 1: Mac ID Set-up
You will need to activate something called your MacID in order to access SOLAR or MUGSI (McMaster University Gateway to Student Information), the Residence Application Portal, as well as your new McMaster email address. Suggest you do this first!
STEP 2: New Student Photo ID
Time to get your new McMaster Student Photo ID card! Print out the New Student Form here. Be sure to attach your photo (make it a good one, it will be your student card for the next 4 or 5 years), fill it in, sign it and send it back by the July 15 deadline.
STEP 3: Undergraduate Calendar
For full course descriptions, minors, program requirements for first year and beyond, check out the Undergraduate Calendar (just some light reading!).
STEP 4: Academic Advising
Click on your faculty/program for information on how to get help with making the proper course selections. Help sessions typically commence in late June.
Arts & Science
BTech (Bachelor of Technology)
Environmental & Earth
Health Sciences (BHSc)
Mathematics & Statistics
Medical Radiation Sciences
STEP 5: Online Registration Guide
Once you have your courses picked out it is time to go online (starting in late June) and actually register using SOLAR (Student Online Academic Registration) housed under our MUGSI system (McMaster University Gateway to Student Information). Our online Registration Guide will walk you through the process step-by-step. Be sure to check the schedule of dates to know when online registration opens for your program.
LEVEL 1 REGISTRATION DATES Start Date Program Monday, June 24 Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing Tuesday, June 25 Business, Humanities Wednesday, June 26 Social Sciences Thursday, June 27 Arts & Science, Science
STEP 6: Pay Your Fees
You must arrange to pay your fees to be considered completely registered. You will find details on payment options, how to calculate your fees and how to complete the online payment agreement on the Student Accounts and Cashiers website.
How do I pay my fees for tuition, residence and meal plans? What about OSAP, Entrance Scholarships and possibly bursaries? We’ve got it all covered in this section.
Registering for courses is only the start of the process. You must arrange to pay your fees to be considered completely registered. You will find details on payment options, when payment is due (nothing before September 1 by the way), how to calculate your fees and how to complete the online payment agreement on the Student Accounts and Cashiers website.
Did you qualify for an entrance scholarship? If your final admission average to your program is 80% or greater and you are a Canadian citizen, you likely did (you can find all the detailed requirements on the entrance award website). Need to know the value of the award and how and when you will access the funds? Just click here.
We are committed to helping students with need. Bursaries are one way of providing this access. Bursaries are one way of providing this help. Based on a financial need assessment, bursaries do not need to be repaid, and can be applied for each year you are a student at McMaster. Applications open in September of your first year and all the details on eligibility and the application process can be found here: http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/bursary/macbur.html
You have likely heard the term OSAP but have no idea how to apply for it, whether or not you might qualify or what the deadlines are for applying. We have all the information laid out for you on our website. Short version – apply as soon as you know you have decided to accept McMaster’s offer of admission – the McMaster recommended deadline is July 15th. The online application can be found at https://osap.gov.on.ca. More information regarding OSAP is available on the SFAS website at http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/osap.html.
You may be eligible for the new OTG which provides qualifying students with 30% off of their tuition. Visit the government website for all the details: http://www.ontario.ca/education-and-training/30-off-ontario-tuition
Students who do not reside in Ontario should refer to the CanLearn website for further instructions on applying for financial aid within your home province.
Attending university for the first time can be a bit intimidating. There is a ton of new information, new terminology to decipher, a new campus to find your way around and new ways of learning. We offer a variety of programs from June right through to September to help you figure it all out.
This online Orientation program will be a mix of webinars, chats, videos and blogs- all targeted at entering students like yourself. Check the Student Success Centre website in May for full schedule of online events.
Plan to attend this one day event with your family. This orientation program focuses on Student Life . Welcome Day is all about getting to know the campus and surrounding community, learning about the support services and resources available.
Welcome Week involves events, activities, concerts, tours and welcome ceremonies. Unlike any experience you have had before, Welcome Week will provide you with educational seminars and social events that will connect you to the Hamilton community, McMaster University, your Faculty, your residence or off-campus society and, most importantly, to other students.
The McMaster Common Reading Program is a great opportunity to share a common reading experience with your future classmates and friends. Students registered in this orientation program will participate in on-line discussions about the book and its emerging themes related to university life.
Mac MOOSE (McMaster OutdoorOrientation & Student Experience) is a five-day canoe trip experience at the end of August to Algonquin Park, consisting of outdoor education, leadershipskills, mentorship and team development. This five-day trip will be a great warm-up for your transition to university life in September.
This transition program for students entering McMaster University with a disability, offers a series of summer workshops preparing you for ‘the shift’ to university expectations.
Mission2Mac is a program hosted by the McMaster Alumni Association and provides incoming students and their families with the opportunity to have their questions answered before arriving on campus in the fall.
Mission2Mac will come to you! In the Summer of 2013, in addition to our online program, we will be holding social events in cities near you. These events will allow you to not only meet and interact with classmates but also with upper years who have been in your shoes.
Going to class is just one part of university life. Making the transition isn’t always easy, so we have support services to help you every step of the way. You can also find out how about our bookstore Titles (buy your textbooks on their website), our Libraries and our Technology services. If you are looking to stay fit or join a varsity or intramural team, be sure to visit our Athletics & Recreation website.
- Athletics & Recreation
Whether you are looking to compete at an elite level on one of our varsity teams, or just want to have fun playing intramurals and working out at the Pulse (our fitness centre), the Athletics & Recreation department has something for everyone. Find out how to purchase your Pulse membership before starting classes in September.
- Student Wellness Centre
Our fully staffed Student Wellness Centre offers a wide range of medical services, as well as personal counseling and wellness education programs and workshops.
- Student Accessibility Services
If you require special accommodations, our dedicated team is here to provide you with all the support you need to be successful at university. Be sure to connect with us early to discuss the options available to you.
With five libraries across campus, there is sure to be one that fits you the best. State-of-the art facilities and friendly staff will make researching that first university paper just a little less stressful. Check out their website for great information on how to take advantage of all of their resources and services.
- Campus Store (Titles)
Wondering how to buy your textbooks? You can do it online using the searchable textbook function. You can buy more than books however as Titles is your one stop shop for Mac wear and gift items as well as general stationary and supplies.
- Technology Support
From setting up your MacID to your McMaster email address, to using the student computer labs, UTS provides all the support services to keep you up and running online.
Your success is at the core of the services and programs offered by the Student Success Centre at McMaster University. Our long-standing commitment will support you from the summer prior to your first year to 5 years after graduation in the areas of student orientation, academic skills, leadership, service-learning, volunteerism, educational planning, employment and career transition.