Activities and clubs
Marianopolis proudly offers a vibrant student life and many enriching opportunities outside the classroom, all designed to affirm the College’s commitment to academic excellence and personal development. Each of the initiatives described below is mentored by members of the College’s expert staff and faculty.
Marianopolis is the only college with a twice-weekly universal break in classes, called Activity Period. Whether on campus or online, Activity Period is an opportunity for students to hear from world-renowned guest speakers, participate in activities and build lifelong connections.
With a complement of physical education facilities, as well as several intercollegiate, intramural and club teams, the College offers a wealth of opportunities for sports, athletics and recreational activities. Teams and clubs have at their disposal the College’s state-of-the-art sports complex, fitness centre and practice field.
The Marianopolis mascot is the Demon. Its namesake teams have been competing at the CEGEP level for more than a quarter of a century. Many of the coaches are former Demons. Each year, Marianopolis athletes are honoured in all-star teams as well as season champion and conference champion banners.
A two-week celebration of the arts held every spring, as well as a beloved Marianopolis tradition, ArtsFest is held throughout campus and gives students from every program of study a chance to showcase their literary, musical and visual art of all kinds. Host to everything from paintings to poems, ArtsFest features an arts café with performances by students and faculty, as well as theatre performances, a literary journal and film screenings. A highlight is the ArtsFest concert, featuring students from the College’s Music program.
For more information, please contact Professor Angelique Koumouzelis.
With more student clubs than any other college, it’s no wonder that most Marianopolis students are members of at least one club and many join several.
The College’s clubs are funded by the Marianopolis Student Union (MSU) and are student-run, with advisory help from faculty and staff. Student Life Animators act as resources for students by helping to enhance their interpersonal skills and build leadership qualities. Each year, new clubs are created in response to the changing interests of students.
Marianopolis aims to “prepare students to make positive contributions to their communities and the world,” to quote the College’s mission statement. To honour this commitment, the College offers courses abroad to students in any program as part of their specific education or complementary courses.
“Immersion in a foreign country enables students to apply classroom theories firsthand, thereby making them more informed citizens of the world,” said Director General Christian Corno.
Past international courses have included:
- scientific research on ocean pollution and the study of environmental ethics while on a sailboat in the Bahamas with Professor Veronica Ponce
- trekking through tropical rainforest reserves and plantations and meeting local experts in sustainable forestry in Costa Rica with Professor Jean-Michel Cohalan ’98
- immersion into language and life in Germany with Professor Isabelle-Luce Levasseur
- developing a global mindset to better understand business and societal perspectives in Austria, France and Germany with Professor Bruno Delorme
- exploring the history and culture of Himalayan traditions and sharing meals, music and experiences with local communities in Nepal with Professors Vanessa R. Sasson ’92 and Selena Liss
- walking in the footsteps of citizens of Ancient Rome and experiencing the some of the best music, art, architecture and history that Italy has to offer with Professors Rachel Levine and Nancy Berman
Lab Apprentice Project
Science students in their fourth term can gain hands-on experience in research laboratories at local universities and research institutes, applying the knowledge and laboratory techniques learned at the College and helping them to explore university and career possibilities.
Students may apprentice with more than 50 researchers. The facilities vary from year to year. Past labs have included:
- Montreal General Hospital Research Institute
- McGill University Health Centre
- Royal Victoria Hospital
- Concordia University
- Concordia Physiotherapy
- McGill University
- Redpath Museum
- Université de Montréal
- École Polytechnique de Montréal
- Montreal Heart Institute
- Montreal Children’s Hospital
- Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital
Participation in the Lab Project satisfies the Comprehensive Assessment (Épreuve Synthèse) requirement for graduation. Students apply online in December.
Marianopolis Student Union (MSU)
The Marianopolis Student Union (MSU) is the College’s student government and official representative of the student body. The MSU president and vice president serve on the Marianopolis Board of Governors. A variety of elected positions are available in each spring and fall to first-year and second-year students. Follow the MSU on Facebook.
Marianopolis Young Leaders Organization (MYLO)
Mathematics and Science competitions
Throughout the academic year, numerous competitions are held for students interested in pursuing their interests in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. The competitions are at the provincial, national and international level, mostly during the winter semester.
To learn more, contact Professor Pascal Gallant.
To learn more, contact Professor Robert Vincent.
Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge
Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest
American Mathematics Contest (AMC12)
Canadian Mathematics Olympiad
Asia Pacific Mathematics Olympiad
American Invitational Mathematics Examination
International Mathematics Olympiad
For more information, contact Professor Louise Nobile.
For more information, contact Professor Baharak Fatholahzadeh.
Model United Nations
Winner of the 2017 Prix de l’Innovation de l’Association des collèges privés du Québec, the Marianopolis Pollinator Project and Green Classroom includes a butterfly garden, an apiary, vermicomposting and other sustainability initiatives housed on the verdant green space of the College’s campus.
For more information, contact Professor Michèle Saumier.
Reach for the Top trivia competition
Marianopolis students frequently place at the provincial and national level in this general-knowledge quiz. The friendly competition teaches team-building, cooperative learning and quick thinking, as it involves pressing buzzers to be the first to answer.
For more information, contact Professor Cory McKay.
The Marianopolis Robotics Team is a College tradition and a source of pride, as the team excels in the Canadian Robotics Competition year after year. Students develop skills in basic machining, computer programming, design, engineering, mathematics and science outside the classroom, as well as in teamwork and leadership. Their work can count toward the Comprehensive Program Assessment (Épreuve synthèse) requirements in Science or Honours Science. This project has an intrinsic evaluation component, as the students are judged by professional educators, scientists and engineers.
For more information, contact Professor Dominique Paradis.
Science and Technology Fair
Open to students in all areas of study, the Marianopolis Science and Technology Fair allows students to share their passion for discovery with university professors and scientists. Marianopolis students frequently perform extremely well in national and international competitions. Participation also provides an excellent opportunity to obtain course credit through the Comprehensive Program Assessment (Épreuve synthèse) requirements in Science or Honours Science.
For more information, contact Professor Angela Keane.
Silver Key ambassadors
Silver Key students are the official ambassadors of Marianopolis. They help familiarize prospective and new students and their families with the College. As the College’s representatives and with their unique student perspective, they participate in important events such as Open House. When Admissions staff visit secondary schools, Silver Keys share with high school students their experience at Marianopolis.
Students may apply to become members at the beginning of each academic year. This volunteer leadership position is a formidable one to list on your résumé when applying to university.
For more information, contact Student Affairs Director Leticia Yansen.