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Dominican University College
Ottawa, Canada


University description (as per official university website)


The Dominican University College is heir to a long tradition of teaching philosophy and theology that dates back to the 13 th century. While remaining true to its origins, it positions itself at the forefront of philosophical and theological thought.

What students find at the Dominican University College is an exceptional environment, committed teachers, personalized teaching and an ambiance that favours discussion and the exchange of ideas. The college values intellectual rigour, offers excellent student supervision, and a vast culture of knowledge that allows in depth exploration of both philosophy and theology.

Students from all over the country and from abroad come to the College to live this unique study experience, which will allow them to progress in their career, but also to develop as individuals.

Dominican University College History

In 1260, forty-five years after the foundation of the Dominican Order by Dominique de Guzman, the studium generale was established, a model for a university specialised in philosophy and theology that will last centuries.

In 1900, the Dominicans brought their school of theology to Ottawa, followed shortly by studies in philosophy in 1902. In 1967, a civil charter was granted by the Ontario Government, allowing the College to offer civil degrees in philosophy and theology.

Since then, the College has grown regularly, especially with the opening of English undergraduate programmes in philosophy in 1992 and in theology in 2003. The College offers English graduate degrees in philosophy since 1997, and will soon offer the same in theology.

The Dominicans and the College

The beautiful building on Empress street houses both the Dominican University College and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Convent, where the Dominican Friars live. Every day, College students are in contact with the Dominicans, not only in courses as teachers and students, but also in the cloister, the library, the cafeteria and at church. Studies take place against the back drop of every day religious life. This environment is conducive to learning, research and the sharing of ideas.

Categories of Students

Students admitted to the College study under the following categories:

Degree students : students working toward a degree, either full or part-time; (essays, exams, etc.) ;

Non-degree students : students seeking credits for transfer to another institution or those auditing a course for personal development;

Attendance to classes as an auditor may be certified by the College upon request.

Applications for admission

Requests for admission to full-time studies, in view of seeking university credits or as an auditor, must be addressed to the Office of the Registrar., where forms and all necessary information about application requirements are available. Applications must be submitted before March 1” They are evaluated by the Admission Committee and recommended to the College’s Direction. Registration takes place on the first day of the academic year in september, from 8:30 am.

Applications for part-time studies must be sent to the College Secretariat at least one week prior to the beginning of classes, whether the course is taken for credit or as an auditor. Registration take place at the Secretariate before the beginning of the course. (Office 206)

Application for admissions
The application for admission form has to be completed by a person seeking admission at the College for the first time.

Registration form
The registration form is to be completed only if you have already attended classes at the College as a full-time or part-time student or as an auditor.

How to use PDF files?

You can now fill in directly, or interactively on your computer, the different application forms, print them and send them signed, along with your payment, to the address of the Dominican College, c/o the Secretary, Office 303.

Admission requirements

Basic admission requirements for undergraduate studies.


* High School diploma or the equivalent, with a minimum of 6 4U or 4M courses.
* One English or French course allowing the student to understand course content and to write essays.


* A minimum of 12 CEGEP courses. An minimum average of 70% is required, but does not garantee admission.
* High school diploma with 5 secondaire V courses. A minimum average of 85% is required, but does not garantee admission.

Provinces other than Ontario and Quebec

* High school diploma, with five grade 12 courses (for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Alberta and Saskatchewanlevel [30-39 course] and Manitoba [level 40 course]), with 9 level 3000 credits for Newfoundland. These general requirements apply to undergraduate studies of the Department of Philosophy and the Faculty of Theology. Please note that these are minimum requirements that can be subject to modifications. They do not garantee admission.
* One English or French course allowing the student to understand course content and to write essays.

University Transfer

Students registered at another university or college and wishing to apply to an undergraduate program in Philosophy or Theology can submit an application form. Students are evaluated on the basis of their high school and post secondary education. Equivalences can be attributed on the basis of previous courses and results. Candidates must supply the registrar’s office with all the necessary documents for evaluation of their file.

To obtain a Dominican University College Diploma, students must have obtained a minimum of two thirds of their credits at the College. This last requirement limits the number of credits that may be recognized as an equivalence.

Special Students

Special students are allowed by the College to register to undergraduate courses either for obtaining credits or as auditors, but are not studying to obtain a degree from the College. To be admitted, students must have the basic requirements for university studies, and:

* Have a high school diploma with an minimum average of 65% or the equivalent;


* For mature applicants:
1. have not studied full time in the last two years
2. offer garanties of successful sudies
3. meet all the particular requirements for the Faculty or Department..

A candidate to the special student status can to take a course at the College in order to obtain credits for a degree in an other post secondary institution. In this case, the student must present a letter of permission or an official agreement letter from the institution of origin during registration.

A gifted student in his or her last year of high school can apply as a special student for a maximum of 6 credits/year while completing high school studies. This requires a written recommentation from the high school direction.

Special students can register to a maximum of six credits per term. This includes all courses taken as an auditor.

The College reserves the right to evaluate competencies and cancel or reject registrations if required. In addition, various documents and admission conditions may be required according to the type of studies undertaken (see categories below).

Special students are required to follow the same general and Faculty rules as regular students pertaining to class attendance, written work, exams, retest, grading, academic fraud, tuition payment, library access, etc.

Mature applicants

A candidate not meeting normal requirements can submit an application as mature applicant, under the following conditions: be over 21, have Canadian citizenship or be a Canadian resident; have not studied full time for over one year; offer guaranties of academic success; meet the Faculty of Theology or the Department of Philosophy special requirements.

Home schooling

Applications from candidates having studied at home are evaluated individually. A description of the program of studies as well as the results must be provided with the application.

Required documents

Unless otherwise indicated, documents sent to the Registrar become property of the Dominican University College and are not returned to candidates. To insure confidentiality, documents are destroyed if the candidates don't register for the chosen term, unless otherwise agreed with the Registrar.

Candidates are responsible of making sure that the Dominican University College obtains all the required documents before the due date.

* Transcripts
* All transcripts for completed postsecondary studies (transcripts from foreign institutions must be originals supplied with an official translation).
* High school or collegial transcripts for candidates not holding a post secondary degree.
* Additional documents for mature applicants
* Any person wishing to apply as a mature applicant must submit the following documents:
o A resume;
o Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status;
o A personal declaration.

Language requirements

A written exam will be required for candidates whose mother tongue is other than English, wishing to pursue studies in English or who haven't studied full time in English for at least three years in Canada or another country where English is an official language.

Admission Procedures

Application deadlines

Summer 2009
June 1, 2009

Fall 2009
International students March 1, 2009
Other students June 1, 2009

Winter 2008
International students 0ctober 14, 2009
Other students November 18, 2009


* We certify reception of all application sent with a valid e-mail address.
* Only complete applications will be evaluated.
* Incomplete applications will be cancelled.
* Meeting basic admission requirements does not guarantee admission.
* The admission is only valid for the program, year and term indicated. They can only be modified with approval of the Registrar.


* A decision will be taken at the earliest possible date, as soon as all the required information has been received at the Registrar's office.
* Offers of admission for applicants currently registered in a Canadian high school are normally sent beginning in early March.
* Offers of admission to CEGEP applicants are normally sent beginning in mid-March.
* Offers of admission to applicants with post-secondary studies, mature applicants and other categories of applicants are normally sent beginning at the end of March.
* Many admission decisions are made based on interim marks and are often conditional. Take the time to read the conditions of your offer carefully to ensure that you understand them and that you are able to fulfill them before registration.

E-mail correspondence

Please include a valid e-mail address on your application to allow the Registrar's office to communicate quickly and efficiently with you during and after the admission process.

Confidentiality policy

Applying to the Dominican University College entitles the institution to obtain personal information necessary to determining admissibility. Information provided with the application is part of the student's permanent file. The College's confidentiality policy prohibits divulging any decision or information pertaining to a personal file to a person other than that concerned. The College takes all reasonable measures to protect the confidential and private information provided, and shall not divulge it unless it is required by law.

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