McMaster preparing for new admissions system

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The campus tours are the same, the school colours haven’t changed, but the more than 40,000 people who apply to McMaster as undergraduates next fall will have a very different experience than their predecessors.


The campus tours are the same, the school colours haven’t changed, but the more than 40,000 people who apply to McMaster as undergraduates next fall will have a very different experience than their predecessors.

The class of 2019 hopefuls will use a new web-based, student centre to stay abreast of both their applications and admission decisions.

This student centre is part of the new admission system that Mosaic will launch this November. The system will allow applicants to view the status of their application, confirm that their transcripts have arrived at McMaster and view their offer letter. On the other side, McMaster admissions officers will have new tools to process applications.

The admission system is the first part of McMaster’s multi-phase initiative to replace the University’s student administration system. The new admissions system is currently undergoing user acceptance testing. End user training for staff who manage admissions is set to begin on Oct. 27. (Invitations to participate in training have already been emailed. Requests to add individuals to the training program should be sent to the Mosaic training coordinators at mosaic.training@mcmaster.ca).

In December, the project will launch new course catalogue and scheduling modules which will include course set-up tools, course offering collection utilities and interfaces to McMaster’s scheduling optimization suite. These components facilitate the creation of personal timetables for both instructors and students. The final phase of the project will launch in March.

Those interested in seeing the new admissions system or the scheduling system are invited to one of two Student Administration Information Sessions.

Oct. 22, CIBC Hall
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Admissions
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Scheduling

Oct. 30 (repeat of Oct. 22), CIBC Hall
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Scheduling
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Admissions

Each session will include a demonstration of the system, opportunities to ask questions, as well as a project update, discussion of the anticipated change impacts, training and post-implementation support information.

While open to anyone, administrators and managers who work with admissions and scheduling processes will benefit most from these sessions. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.