You are considered a CEGEP student for admission purposes if you:

  • are currently completing a DEC program at a CEGEP in Quebec; or you
  • have obtained a DEC from a CEGEP in Quebec within the last two years and you have not studied elsewhere since obtaining your DEC

Students with a completed DEC may apply to any program at Bishop’s University, even if the DEC obtained is in a field of study different from the program applied to at university.

CEGEP students applying to Bishop’s University do not have to complete any specific pre-requisite courses to be considered for any individual program.

General Admission Requirements

School of Education programs: 25 R-Score

All other undergraduate programs: 24 R-Score

The above requirements should be used as a guideline to be considered competitive for admissions consideration. Posted R-Scores are the estimated minimum admission averages that are required to receive an offer of admission. Each admission cycle, Bishop’s University receives more applications than spaces available. The Admissions Office uses the overall (global) R-Score for the purposes of its admissions evaluations. Meeting the minimum posted R-Score does not guarantee admission. Applicants who do not meet the posted are considered on an individual basis. In those cases, the Admissions Office may request additional information.

DEC-BAC Transfer Credit

CEGEP students who complete a 3-year DEC-BAC program may be eligible to receive advanced standing credit upon admission to Bishop’s University. Consult the DEC-BAC Agreements page for information on recognized DEC-BAC programs and participating Bishop’s degrees. See the page Transfer Credits at Bishop’s University for more details.

Required Supporting Documents

Your Quebec permanent code

Be prepared to enter this code into the online application. You can find your permanent code at the top of your CEGEP transcript. It has the following format: XXXX########
Bishop’s University takes a holistic approach to the admissions process. All relevant additional documentation submitted by the applicant will be considered. At its discretion, the Admissions Office may formally request additional supporting documentation (personal statement, letter of intent, letter of recommendation, essay, CV, etc..) to aid in the evaluation of an application.

Additional Supporting Documents: Program-Specific

Applicants to the following Music programs must provide an audition and letter of musical background see the Music Admissions Information Sheet for more details):

  • BA Major in Music and Culture
  • BA Major in Music Performance
  • BA Major in Music: Musical Theatre Concentration
  • BA Major in Arts Administration: Music Concentration
  • B.Ed. Teaching & Learning of the Creative Arts: Music

How to Submit Documents

All supporting documentation can be uploaded via our online system at the time of application or can be submitted via your myBU Applicant Portal via the “Submit Missing Documents” option. They can also be sent to us via email to

Admission Timeline

Once the evaluation period has begun for an admissions cycle, files are assessed on a rolling basis. What this means is that as soon as all required documents are received, our office will complete an initial evaluation within 10 business days. (Exception: Master’s Programs, Applications for our Music programs, which need to be evaluated based on their audition as well, and competitive admissions programs).


You can contact the Admissions Office directly by email at or by telephone at 819-822-9600 ext. 2680.