Dawson College is located in the heart of downtown Montreal in a historic building on 12 acres of green space. The College's student population numbers approximately 10,000, with day and evening students enrolled in more than 50 fields of study.
A diversity of languages and cultures is represented at Dawson among the students, faculty and staff, reflecting the multiethnic character of Montreal itself. This diversity greatly enriches the lives of all our students and their college experience.
Dawson College was the first English-language institution in the Quebec network of CEGEPs when it opened its doors to 1,200 students in the fall of 1969.
The College is named for Sir William Dawson, a McGill University principal from 1855 to 1893. His leadership helped McGill to build a solid foundation in academia and in material acquisitions, which has, in turn, established the institution as one of the great seats of learning in North America.
In 1988, Dawson College began to consolidate all its operations under one roof in the former Mother House of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. Extensive renovations rendered the century-old building into one of the most attractive, modern and well-equipped colleges in the country, occupying an entire city block, between de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Sherbrooke St., and Atwater and Wood Aves. The College is linked underground to the Atwater Métro station.
Dawson College is committed to providing excellence in college education within a welcoming and stimulating environment.
As a College in the province of Quebec, aware of its responsibility to contribute to the intellectual, economic and social development of our society, Dawson College believes that it is equally important to prepare students for further academic education and for immediate employment. Therefore, the Mission of Dawson College is:
-to provide a sound education in English to the broadest possible student population;
- to value the ethnic and cultural diversity of our College and to celebrate this diversity within the context of an English education;
- to maintain standards of academic excellence essential to our students' future success and to provide the appropriate programs, services and technology to ensure that any student admitted has the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to achieve these standards;
- to continue to develop innovative and flexible educational approaches to serve the needs of our students;
- to affirm that the College, as a community, requires the participation and representation of all its members - students, staff and faculty - in its governance;
- to encourage the personal and social development of Dawson students through activities outside the classroom;
- to develop the role of the College as a community resource and as a centre for life-long learning.