CEGEP Champlain – St. Lawrence strives to offer its students the best possible English collegial education and is reputed for the excellence of the educational services it offers. Recognized as a small institution cultivating a personable learning environment, a dynamic socio-cultural life, and a solid tradition of excellence in athletics, St. Lawrence has built this reputation on the expertise and dedication of its faculty and staff.
St. Lawrence was founded as a private boys' school in Sainte-Foy in 1958 by Maurice Cardinal Roy. As a classical college affiliated to Laval University, St. Lawrence offered an eight-year program - high school and college - leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.
St. Lawrence became a coeducational institution when it accepted the students of the neighbouring Marymount College at its closing in 1965. With the changes to the education system in Québec resulting from the Parent Commission Report and the emergence of the present collegial system, the high school and B. A. programs at St. Lawrence were phased out. The College -- now a CEGEP -- was first affiliated with the Cégep de Sainte-Foy and then with Vanier College in Montreal. On July 1, 1972, St. Lawrence became a constituent of Champlain Regional College.
St. Lawrence has moved a number of times during its history. At its creation in 1958, it occupied space in the Grand Séminaire of Laval University; in 1964, it moved to its own facilities on Wolfe Avenue. When this building was sold to the Régionale de Tilly seven years later, the College moved in 1972 into commercial space on Jean-Dequen Street in Sainte-Foy which came to be known as the "old bowling alley". Finally, in 1977, Champlain – St. Lawrence moved into to its present facilities at 790 Nérée-Tremblay. During recent years both regular and continuing education activities have taken St. Lawrence off campus, and services are provided in such locations as the Charlesbourg campus of Cégep Limoilou (Tourism), Odanak, the Beauce, and the Lower North Shore.
As a member of the Québec cegep system, Champlain - St. Lawrence has taken the best of its traditions and combined them with the innovations of the present collegial system to educate students to face the future with confidence. Jean Robert, Ph.D. Campus Director