Located in downtown Montreal on a plot of 12 acres, Dawson College is home to roughly 10,000 students, according to the college's Web site.
Dawson became the first English-speaking institution in a Quebec network of schools when it opened in the fall of 1969. The college housed just 1,200 students that year.
The city of Montreal is known for its large diversity, and Dawson reports a wide array of languages and cultures among the students and staff — a diversity that, "greatly enriches the lives of all our students and their college experience," the school's Web site says.
Before 1988, Dawson College was spread among many buildings. In that year, the school moved to consolidate its facilities into one building. After extensive renovations to a 100-year-old building, Dawson occupied an entire city block, between de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Sherbrooke St., and Atwater and Wood Aves.
The school was named after Sir William Dawson, who was a principal at McGill University from 1855 to 1893, and known for building the university's program.