For admission to all CEGEP programs, every student must have the Quebec Secondary School Diploma (DES) or the equivalent. In addition, all students must complete the following courses, or the equivalent including: Secondary V Language of Instruction, Secondary V Second Language, Secondary IV Science or Physical Science, Secondary IV Math, and Secondary IV History. Students with a DES missing any of the above subjects may be admitted, space permitting, but will be required to complete remedial courses. Students in secondary schools in a province other than Quebec must be completing the following: Alberta Grade XI (67-100 credits); British Columbia Grade XI; Manitoba Grade XI (minimum 13 credits ); New Brunswick Grade XI (minimum 12 or 13 credits, depending on regime); Newfoundland Grade XI (minimum 24 credits); Nova Scotia Grade XI (minimum 12 credits); Ontario Secondary School Diploma Grade XI (minimum 22 credits); Prince Edward Island Grade XI (minimum 12 credits); Saskatchewan Grade XI (minimum 16 credits).
Dawson College is part of the Common Application System. Students can apply either by using the online application system or the paper application form. Application deadlines are November 1 for the Winter semester and March 1 for the Fall semester. If these days fall on a weekend, the deadline will be the Monday following November 1 or March 1.