CEGEP Information

Requirements for CEGEP Admissions
  • A student who has graduated from High School is admissible to CEGEP
  • Certain programs have specific requirements:
    • Prerequisites (specific courses, usually in math and science)
    • Portfolio, audition, physical fitness test, driver’s license
    • Letter of intent, interview
    • Recommended minimum grades for success
  • CEGEP admission is a competitive process – they admit the strongest applicants for each program [Cutoffs]
  • CEGEPs evaluate student applications based on Sec. 4 final marks (MEES), and the Sec. 5 term 1 and 2 summary marks. Acceptance is conditional and re-evaluated in July.
Transmission of Grades to the CEGEPs
  • CEGEPs access Sec. 4 results directly from the MEES for students who completed Sec. 4 in Quebec
  • Students who completed Sec. 4 outside Quebec must send those grades with their application
  • Sec. 5 results will be electronically submitted by the school board after Term 2
  • If there are special circumstances that explain low grades at a particular point in time, include a letter with the application to explain the situation (e.g. illness, death in family, etc.)
CEGEP and College Websites

Browsing CEGEP websites allows you to gather information about the variety of programs that are offered, and the requirements of each. Following are the colleges most commonly applied to by graduates of St. Thomas: 

  (tuition fees apply)
Dawson College Marianopolis College
Vanier College LaSalle College
John Abbott College O'Sullivan College
Champlain College  
College Gérald-Godin(French)  


CEGEP: 2-year vs. 3-year Programs
2-year “Pre-University” programs 3-year “Career” or “Technology” programs
  • Prepare student for university studies
  • Theoretical rather than “hands on”
  • Include university prerequisites in program
  • Does not develop the work skills to obtain a job in that field without further study
  • Prepare students for work
  • Develop marketable knowledge and skills
  • Often include stage/internship
  • Student can still go on to university(may need to take additional prerequisites for chosen university program)
  • Some university programs offer advanced standing to graduates of 3-year CEGEP programs


CEGEP Application Procedure
  • All applications are ONLINE; open in mid January
  • DEADLINE is March 1
  • There is an application fee of $30 to $35 per application
  • Student can send up to 3 applications: SRAM, CAS, and Marianopolis
  • John Abbott, Vanier, and all French CEGEPs
  • 1 CHOICE:One CEGEP, one program
  • 3 ROUNDS:If refused in round 1, invited to apply for round 2 (and 3 if necessary). Most students are accepted in round 1; limited space remains in rounds 2 and 3


  • Dawson and Champlain
  • 2 CHOICES:One CEGEP, two programs, two CEGEPs, one program, or two CEGEPs, two programs
  • Second choice is considered ONLY if refused in first choice
  • CANNOT be accepted in both choices


  • 2 CHOICES:Second choice is considered ONLY if refused in first choice
  • CANNOT be accepted in both choices
  • Marianopolis generally requires higher grades than other CEGEPs for admission
English CEGEPs’ Admissions Departments Contact information

Students are encouraged to contact CEGEP Admission staff directly for specific questions about their application. 

CEGEP          Phone Number          Email
John Abbott   514-457-6610 ext. 5355 or 5361   admissions@johnabbott.qc.ca
Dawson   514-933-1234   admissions@dawsoncollege.qc.ca
Vanier   514-744-7500 (option 4 in menu)   admissions@vaniercollege.qc.ca
Marianopolis   514-931-8792, ext. 300   admissions@marianopolis.edu
Champlain   450-672-6240   admissions@champlaincollege.qc.ca
What can you do NOW...?

Many resources are available to help you decide which career paths might be of interest to you. However, it is YOUR responsibility to take the time and make the effort to research the various options available to you.  

  • DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE to think about your future.
  • Do well in ALL your classes. Remember - CEGEPS and universities will make a decision about accepting you primarily based on your grades.
  • Attend the CEGEP Open Houses – ask questions, take tours, speak with professors and students.
  • Visit the Guidance brochure room in the library to find documentation from colleges and universities. You can also use the internet – all schools have a website.
  • Become aware of the different programs offered at each CEGEP - - - find out what your available choices are. Create your own “short-list” of the programs you are interested in, and then meet with a Counsellor to help you refine your choice.
  • Find out early about the specific prerequisites and requirements for the program(s) you are interested in.
  • Make an appointment with a Counsellor to discuss your particular questions or concerns.