How to choose your CEGEP

Once you have made a decision regarding your program of study, the next step is choosing the CEGEP you wish to attend. There are indeed lots to choose from! Each CEGEP has its own selection of programs of study as well as its own style, personality and distinctive characteristics. Your goal is to find the CEGEP where you feel most comfortable. To help you make the right decision, there are a few key factors you should take into consideration. 

Choose a CEGEP where your program of study is offered

Any CEGEP is essentially a good choice considering that the quality of education is the same from one institution to the next. To find out which CEGEPs offer your chosen program of study, visit the website.

Choose a CEGEP for the atmosphere

Each CEGEP has its own unique style and characteristics. You just have to find the one that suits you best. By visiting the CEGEP in person, you’ll be able to see if you like the vibe and feel comfortable in the surroundings. Open houses are the perfect opportunity to do this. 

Consult the Calendar of Open Houses

Choose a CEGEP for its extracurricular activities

Do you like being involved in activities, keeping busy, being creative and expressing yourself? Do you play a specific sport? CEGEPs are always looking for students like you who are eager to actively participate in college life. Find out about the cultural and sporting activities your CEGEP offers!

Choose a CEGEP for its accessibility 

Travel time is one of the key factors to consider. Doing a test run is always a good idea! Evaluate how long it will take you to get to the CEGEP campus. Keep in mind that you can save precious time that can be used for studying, doing your homework, sleeping or entertaining by choosing a CEGEP that is close by.

Need to study away from home? Check to see if the CEGEP has residences or nearby housing options. In some cases, scholarships are also available to help you financially if you choose to study in certain regions of Québec.

Consult the Government of Québec’s financial assistance website

Trust yourself

No matter which CEGEP you choose, your diploma will lead you to either continue your studies at the university level or access the job market.

Plan to enter the job market after obtaining your Technical DCS? You’ll find lots of statistics pertaining to job placement and salaries on the website.

Plan to go to university? The R score calculation is weighed the same way by all CEGEPs so that everyone has a fair chance of being admitted to university. Consult the document published by the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) which addresses FAQs regarding the R Score .

Choose the CEGEP you feel is right for you because the best choice is YOUR choice.


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