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New Students

Welcome to McMaster University. Thank you for choosing us for your continuing education.

Like you, many new students are excited about starting their first course and want to ensure they are well-prepared. A common question we hear is, "I just enrolled in my first course. Now what?"

Following the actions below will set you up ahead of starting your course. 

1. Activate your Mac ID – If you are a new McMaster student, you will receive an email with information to activate your Mac ID immediately after enrolling in your first course. Your Mac ID is typically representative of your last name and first initial (e.g. smithj). Please make note of your Mac ID and password, you will use this information to log into everything you need (Mosaic, Avenue to Learn, on-site WiFi, etc.).

2. Order your textbooks – you can view and purchase any textbooks your course may require through the Campus Store website as soon as term listings are available, which is typically a few weeks prior to the beginning of the term. Textbook listing dates, instructions for ordering textbooks, as well as shipping codes can be found here.

3. Access the Mosaic Student Centre - this is where you can view your grades, see a history of your courses and fees paid, print a letter of completion for tuition reimbursement, request a transcript, print your tax certificate, etc. You can watch tutorial videos to get acquainted with this system. 

4. Log into Avenue to Learn (A2L) – A2L is McMaster's online learning management system. You may want to bookmark this page. If you are taking an online course, this is where all of your course details will be. Most in-person courses use A2L as well. A link for your course will be visible by the course start date. You will use A2L to view your course outline, assignments, contact your instructor, and more. Avenue to Learn is sometimes also known as Desire to Learn or Brightspace. Watch Avenue to Learn/Brightspace tutorial videos to get acquainted with this system. 

If you’re taking an in-person course at 1 James St. North, you will be able to view your specific classroom location on the TV screens when you arrive.

If you’ve done all the above, you’re ready! Just sit tight until your course start date.