General FAQ

Dawson evaluates applications based on:

  • overall average of Secondary IV final grades;
  • overall average of secondary V mid-terms;
  • mid-term secondary V grades for pre-requisite courses.

We send offers of admission to the strongest applicants until our programs are full.
Please note that admission is always conditional on the student obtaining their Secondary V diploma, including their pre-requisite courses.

All science students, regardless of profile, take the same 9 compulsory courses and the same General Education courses.

The differences come in the sequence of courses and in the number of option courses that can be chosen.

Regardless of profile or stream, successful completion of a DEC in the Science Program at Dawson makes you eligible for ANY university science program.

Many Dawson Science students come from French schools and their success rates are no less than those from English schools.

We have many services available to assist francophone students, including an excellent Academic Skills Centre, which has programs to help students improve their speaking, reading and writing of English.

Dawson Science is a highly sought-after program and we receive many more applications than we have places available. We send offers of admission to the strongest applicants so the incoming overall average changes from year to year.

Excellent Facilities

Renovated Chemistry & Physics + innovative Active Learning Classrooms.

Excellent Faculty

Innovative, passionate about science, experts in their fields

Excellent Support Services

Great Academic Advisors, Academic Skills Centre, Student Services…

High-achieving Student Peers

Students accepted into Dawson Science are among the strongest students in Quebec.

Diversity, Support & Opportunities

  • Tons of Science option courses to choose from.
  • Academic skills support; financial aid, scholarships & bursaries; health services; Academic Advisors; AccessAbility Centre and more.
  • Activities, clubs, competitive and recreational sports…

University-like Environment:

Dawson offers a university-like environment that is an ideal stepping stone to success at universities in Montreal and across North America.

Our large, diverse, downtown campus gives you a university-like experience with friendly support to make it a smooth transition from high school.

Enriched Science

This profile provides an enriched learning environment:

  • Weekly seminars by leading scientists and academics from local universities;
  • Exceptionally strong student peers and faculty;
  • Expanded learning opportunities in the classroom;
  • A profile coordinator to help build a closer sense of community and to support students with academics and scheduling.

Importantly, the R-score for Enriched Science students is calculated in the same way as for regular students and final exams are identical. THERE IS NO DISADVANTAGE FOR ENRICHED STUDENTS WHEN IT COMES TO R-SCORES OR GRADES.

Enriched Science will continue to be a place for academically strong students. Successful applicants still need to meet higher academic standards, but as of fall 2016, students will apply to the profile in either Pure & Applied Science or Health Science instead of being invited. By making this change we will enhance the primary benefit of Enriched Science, which is the engagement and commitment of the students in this elite profile. Students who are not accepted to Enriched Science will automatically be considered for the regular-stream.

To qualify for the Enriched Science Profile students need an 80% overall average from high school at the time of application, as well as 85% or higher in two of three science prerequisites and 80%-84% in the third.

No. The R-score at Dawson is calculated by comparing all students in the Science Program – Regular and Enriched. Regardless of profile, your grades are compared to all students taking a course in a given semester.

No. The cegep where you study is not at all considered in your R-score .

No. The exams for all students (Enriched and Regular) are common. Class tests are specific to each section but departments and teachers work very hard to ensure equity across all sections. A 95% in a regular section is worth an 95% in an Enriched Science section.

Last Modified: September 19, 2023