Welcome to MSVU!

You are at the beginning of an exciting educational journey. We are delighted and proud that you have joined our community and look forward to supporting you throughout your program!

The information you will find on this page will help you make a smooth transition to the Mount. You’ll access the first year advising guide for your program, read about what to do after being accepted, learn about steps to take throughout your first year, discover how to use the academic calendar, and review some university terminology.

What to do after being accepted

Research and plan ahead: Start thinking about what courses you would like to take. Check out the Academic Calendar and your first year advising guide (above) to learn about your program and course options.

Learn the Language: At university, you may hear words you haven’t heard before (ex. prerequisite, unit, undergraduate, major, concentration, etc.) Review the university terms listed below.

Get to know myMount: myMount is our online student portal where you can register for courses, view financial information, access moodle courses and your student email account, and read about Mount news and events. You will receive a username and password for myMount after you have been accepted.

Download the first year advising guide for your program (above): Use this guide to start planning your courses.

Map out your ideal schedule: Before meeting with an academic advisor or registering for courses, you should create a draft schedule by searching for the courses you wish to take in myMount and using the template in your first year advising guide to map out your ideal schedule for the upcoming year. Ve sure to take your schedule to your academic advising appointment.

Meet with an academic advisor: We encourage you to attend our Early Advising and Registration event in the spring or book an appointment with an advisor at a time that works well for you. Your advisor will help you plan and schedule courses and refer you to other on campus student support services. Go to our online booking page or email advising@msvu.ca to book an appointment. Online and telephone appointments are available.

Register for your courses via myMount or the Mount App (Ellucian Go): All course registration is completed online via myMount or the Mount App.

Check out our Next Steps Hub for new students. The Hub covers next steps for all aspects of university life.

Steps to take throughout your first year

Complete Mount 101: Mount 101 is a free, online program designed to help you learn more about the Mount and build on what you already know about being a student. Mount Mentors are students who can answer your questions about Mount 101 and other aspects of university life. Learn more about the Mount 101 and Mount Mentor program.

Learn your program requirements: Being aware of what your program entails in your first year will help you plan your program successfully. Knowing your requirements will ensure you take the appropriate prerequisites and give you the opportunity to take interesting electives. You can keep track of your progress using your program checklist. While you are responsible for keeping track of your degree requirements, an academic advisor will help you with the process. Go to our online booking page or email advising@msvu.ca to book an appointment. Online and telephone appointments are available.

Ask for help: If you are having trouble adjusting to university course loads, are unsure about what courses to take, or have general questions about university, there are many people on campus you can ask for help, including academic advisors, professors, counsellors, tutors, etc. We are all here to support you throughout your time at the Mount.

Prepare for additional study time: For every hour you spend in class, expect to spend 2-3 additional hours working on homework.

Meet with an academic advisor: You should meet with an academic advisor before you register for your first year courses and again when you are about to declare your major and/or select your second year courses. You can also meet with an advisor at any time throughout the year when you have questions or would like to talk about your program. Go to our online booking page or email advising@msvu.ca to book an appointment. Online and telephone appointments are available.

Start thinking about your major: You will be required to declare your major before you begin your sixth unit of coursework. If you are unsure what to major in, book an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss it or check out our section on choosing a major.

Get to know the Mount community: Check out the services available to you such as the Learning Strategist, Career Planning Centre, Writing Centre.

Take time for yourself: It is important to stay balanced while at university. Extracurricular activities can help you relax after a day of studying. Find something that you enjoy, whether it be listening to or playing music, spending time with friends, joining a club or society on campus, or playing a sport or joining the gym, there is something for every student at the Mount. Try something new and have fun!

How to use the Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar lists everything you need to know about the Mount’s policies and procedures, programs, courses, important dates, and more. It is important for students to review and consult their academic calendar regularly. Here are some tips for using the academic calendar for the first time:

Highlight important dates: Be sure to review the “Academic Course Add/Drop Dates” and “Important Dates in the University Year” listed at the beginning of the academic calendar. It is a good idea to copy these pages annually and post them in a place where you can easily access them.

Focus on current course offerings: The academic calendar lists all of the courses that could be offered at the Mount; however, not all courses are offered every semester or every year. Use myMount to determine which courses are offered each semester.

Review the calendar in your first year to get a sense of the courses you might like to take in the future.

Plan your prerequisites: Most courses at the 2000 level and above require prerequisites. When planning your schedule, we suggest thinking ahead about what courses you would like to take. If these courses require prerequisites, you should take them early in your program.

Review the scholarship and bursary section: There a numerous scholarship and bursaries available for students. The academic calendar lists them and explains the eligibility criteria for each award.

Familiarize yourself with university terminology

There is a comprehensive list of university terminology in the academic calendar; however, we have selected a few key terms that are particularly important to review here:

Academic Calendar: An annual publication listing key dates in the academic year, admission requirements, program requirements, rules and regulations, and course descriptions. Course information changes from year to year but the degree requirements described in the Calendar in the year of your admission to the degree remain in force as you complete your program. Available from Registrar’s and Deans’ Offices, Distance Learning and Continuing Education, and the Assisi Information Desk.

Academic Probation: Students with a cumulative grade point average of less than 1.7 and greater than or equal to 1.0 who have completed at least three units of credit will be placed on academic probation when winter semester results become available.

Advisor: A faculty member or administrator who helps you plan your program and select your courses.

Bursary: A monetary grant based on demonstrated financial need.

Concentration (Arts and Science): A concentration in Arts and Science consists of four units of study in one subject area as defined by the department offering the program. See specific degree requirements in the Academic Calendar.

Concentration (Professional):  Several professional degree programs require students to complete a concentration, a minimum of three units of coursework in a specific area within the professional program. See specific degree requirements in the Calendar.

Dean: The head of a faculty within the University. At the Mount, we have a Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, a Dean of the Faculty of Professional Studies, a Dean of the Faculty of Education and a Dean of Graduate Studies.

Declaring your major: The process in which students officially select their major by having their Advisor sign a “Declaration/Change of Program form” and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

Elective: An optional course or subject not required for your particular program of study.

Full-time Student: A student taking 3.0 or more units of credit during the regular academic year (September to April).

GPA (Grade Point Average): The total of your grade points averaged over the number of units contributing points of 0.0 and greater (basically, the average of your grades).

Half-unit: A course that normally runs for one term only (either in the fall or the winter term).

Laboratory(Lab): In addition to class time, some courses have labs. If you register for a course which has a lab, you are required to sign up for a lab time as well.

Major: A planned selection of courses in a particular subject; usually between 6.0 and 8.0 units of a 15 unit degree or between 8.0 and 10.0 units of a 20 unit degree.

Minor: A secondary area of study within a degree; usually 3.0 units of credit.

myMount: MyMount is the University’s Web interface that allows students to search the class timetable, register and pay for courses, view a statement of financial account, and access grades.

Part-time Student: A student taking 2.5 or fewer units of credit during the regular academic year (September to April).

Placement Test: A test to determine at which course level you should be placed to begin your studies. Placement tests are required for some math courses. It is also recommended for students taking French.

Prerequisite: A course required before taking another course at a higher or upper level.

Scholarship: A monetary award based on academic achievement.

Transcript: An official document prepared by the Registrar recording the entire academic history of a student. Copies can be requested in writing from the Registrar’s Office by completing the “Transcript Request form.”

Tuition: The fees you pay for your courses.

Tutorial: In addition to class time, some courses have tutorials; this is an opportunity to get more individual help in the subject area.

Undergraduate: A student who is working toward a first credential.

Unit: A course that runs for the full academic year (September-April); sometimes referred to as a “credit.”