Q. What is Mac Campus?
Macdonald Campus is one of two McGill University campuses. It's located at the west end of the island of Montreal and is known for its green open spaces and outdoor research environments. The campuses are connected by a shuttle bus that runs year round. Mac frosh participants are lucky enough to get to know this campus as well as the downtown McGill campus and the city of Montreal during frosh. Triple win!
Q. What is the difference between Macdonald Campus Orientation and Mac Frosh? Do I have to pick between them?
Macdonald Campus Orientation is run by the Faculty and the Macdonald Campus administration whereas Frosh is run by the Madonald Campus Student Society (MCSS). In terms of events, orientation is about making sure you (as a new Mac student) have the right tools to succeed in your studies and are familiar with the resources available to you as a McGill student (i.e. very important things). Frosh events are about meeting other new students and integrating yourself into the Mac community. Bottom line: you don't have to pick between them because Orientation events usually happen during the day whereas Frosh events are at night and on weekends (expert insider tip : do both).
Q. When does Frosh week happen?
Frosh week starts on Monday August 28th and ends on Sunday September 3th.
Q. Where do I pick up my bracelet and Frosh gear?
We will be on campus at Laird Hall on Sunday August 27th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm during the residence move-in day to register new students for Frosh and to hand out gear to participants who have already registered (we strongly encourage you to register online prior to this date, if possible). We will also have a table at the Centennial Centre building on Monday August 28th, offering registration until 12:00 pm.
Q. Who can/cannot participate in Frosh?
Frosh is intended to get incoming undergraduate McGill students accustomed to life on campus. That being said, you are able to participate in Frosh if you are entering into your first year of university, are a new student who entered in the winter term of the previous academic year, are a new McGill transfer student, or are a new exchange student. Unfortunately, returning students, family members, and non-McGill students are not permitted to attend Frosh. If you are a new Macdonald graduate student, be sure to check out Macdonald Campus Graduate Frosh.
Q. I won't be able to make it to all of the events. Can I pay only for those that I plan to attend?
Unfortunately, Frosh pricing is offered as a full package that includes the entire week of events. Although we encourage students to attend as many events as possible, it is totally possible to miss certain events yet still have a rewarding experience. You can always message your coordinators for advice and more information.
Q. Does Frosh involve camping?
Although this year's theme is Frosh National Park; Mac Frosh is not a camping trip so no need to worry about camping gear.
Q. I will be under 18 during Frosh, does that mean I can't participate?
Of course you can participate! Frosh is a place for all McGill incoming students! The majority of events are for all ages and for every 18+ event, an equivalent all-age event is offered.
Q. Is Frosh some kind of initiation?
Not at all! Frosh is for meeting new people. It's all about welcoming you to the Mac community, not "hazing" you or making you prove something; you're already all Mac-McGillians in our eyes!