Mission, Vision and Heritage
The student is the centre of the Marianopolis learning community. Drawing on its rich educational heritage, the College strives to be a leader in building a dynamic and supportive environment where students can grow both personally and intellectually. Marianopolis students will be prepared to pursue academic excellence in their studies, become self-directed lifelong learners, and make positive contributions as citizens of a complex and changing world.
Marianopolis College’s heritage links directly through the Congrégation de Notre-Dame to the first educational endeavours of 17th Century Ville Marie; it shapes our vision of the dignity of the individual and the quest for knowledge and understanding. Marianopolis welcomes students from all cultures, faiths and social and economic backgrounds to come together within and beyond the classroom in mutual respect and trust. The College strives to create an exciting learning environment encouraging innovative teaching and incorporating technology to better serve our students. Members of the Marianopolis community encourage each other to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, act with integrity, promote social and political justice, and practice responsible stewardship of the natural environment.
For more than a century, Marianopolis College has provided a student-friendly environment where motivated young people achieve their goals, grow as global citizens and succeed at university and beyond.
Established in 1908 by the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Marianopolis began as the first institution of higher education for women in Quebec, with Bachelor’s degrees granted through affiliations first with Université Laval and then Université de Montréal. Initially called the École d’Enseignement supérieur (French sector) and Notre Dame Ladies College (English sector), it was renamed Marguerite Bourgeoys College in 1926. Near the end of World War II, the college’s English sector became independent, renaming itself Marianopolis College and reorganizing its curriculum along the lines of English-language universities to include programs in Science as well as Arts. In 1969, following the province’s educational reforms, Marianopolis phased out its university-degree programs and admitted its first students to a CEGEP-equivalent program. Also that year, Marianopolis began accepting male students.
Today, Marianopolis is recognized as one of the top pre-university colleges in Quebec, with a diverse student body of about 2,000 students selected from the top graduates from high schools, public and private, English and French, from across the province and abroad.
Thanks to the College’s strong academics, small size and diverse activities beyond the classroom, students discover new interests, network with industry leaders and participate in endeavours that provide them with an advantage when they apply to the world’s leading universities. Almost all Marianopolis graduates attend university, a majority in their top choice of program.
The College’s logo embodies its history in a timeless and elegant way. The open book in the crest symbolizes an institution dedicated to educating students from all backgrounds in Montreal and the world. The monogram AM at the bottom left of the crest is the College motto, Auspice Maria (Latin for “under the guidance of Mary”). Together with the image of the walled city it signifies Ville-Marie, Marianopolis. The star and crescent at the right of the crest are taken from the seal of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. The wavy band with diamonds is an adaptation of the Archdiocese of Montreal’s coat of arms.
Marianopolis College is proud to be part of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame’s educational network in Quebec. Our fellow schools are:
- Collège Mont Notre-Dame in Sherbrooke
- Collège Regina Assumpta in Montreal North
- École Les Mélèzes in Joliette
- Villa Maria in Montreal
The congregation’s virtual archive is a fount of information on how the Sisters shaped the education of Montrealers for over 350 years.