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Your Laval score is not calculated until you submit an application for admission to a limited enrolment program. The admissions team calculates it when examining your application. For the undergraduate doctorate in medicine, only the academic record of candidates selected based on the CASPer results will be analysed. 

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Details about the Laval score

  • The Laval score takes into account your grades from each semester you were registered in an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree, diploma, or certificate, even if you completed your studies several years ago.
  • Pre-university (qualifying) courses and graduate courses are not factored into the Laval score.
  • Your Laval score calculation does not include any courses taken:
    • At the graduate level
    • Exclusively as part of a short program
    • As part of a special program (for example, the Professional Order Integration Program)
    • Exclusively as a non-degree student
  • The Laval score is calculated using your semester GPA.
  • The calculation counts each course only once.

Documents for reference

  • Laval Score (PDF)
    Full information on the score.
  • Benchmarks (PDF)
    Data used to calculate the Laval score.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do my grades from a prior undergraduate program count toward my score?

Your Laval score takes into account your grades from every semester you were enrolled as a student, even for studies completed years ago.

Does my degree grade point average affect my Laval score?

It is not used in the calculation. Your semester GPA is used instead.

Do qualifying courses (pre-university courses) count toward the R-score?


Can the same course count more than once toward your Laval score?


How is the Laval score calculated for a multidisciplinary bachelor’s degree?

  • For applicants admitted to the multidisciplinary bachelor’s program before Winter 2011, the Laval score is based on the discipline strength index (IFD) associated with the multidisciplinary bachelor’s and not the IFD associated with each of its components.
  • For applicants admitted and enrolled in a certificate program that will be part of the multidisciplinary bachelor’s, the Laval score is based on the IFD of the certificate. The Laval score takes into account the IFD of every certificate the applicant has enrolled in to earn the multidisciplinary bachelor’s degree.
  • For applicants enrolled in the multidisciplinary bachelor’s to take the additional training component, the Laval score is based on the IFD of each certificate the applicant is enrolled in and the IFD of the multidisciplinary bachelor’s.

How is the discipline strength index (IFD) established for programs that do not admit college students immediately?

Certain programs have admission requirements that prevent a DEC holder from being immediately eligible. This applies to the following programs:

  • Financial Analysis (certificate)
  • Accounting – Introduction to the Profession (certificate)
  • International Development and Humanitarian Action (certificate no longer offered)
  • Vocational and Technical Education (certificate and bachelor’s – programs no longer offered; except for holders of a technical DEC)
  • Finance (certificate)
  • Supply Chain Management (certificate)
  • Organizational Management (certificate)
  • Human Resources Management (certificate)
  • Journalism (certificate)
  • Change Leadership (certificate)
  • Labour Relations (certificate no longer offered)
  • Industrial Relations (certificate – if studies completed before Winter 2018)

For these programs the Laval score is based on the IFD established using students’ R-score if they were enrolled in the past five years.

Are courses that aren’t part of my study program included in my Laval score calculation?

Yes, if you took them in the same semester as courses that are part of your main program.

Are graduate-level courses I took included in the Laval score calculation if I am applying to a limited enrolment undergraduate program?

No, graduate-level courses are not included in your Laval score calculation. Certain programs account for them according to terms posted on the faculty websites, when they apply.

I am applying to transfer from another university. What discipline strength index (IFD) is used to establish my R-score?

We use the IFD from your most recent semester enrolled in a given program. For example, if the most recent semester of enrolment on your transcript is Fall 2009, we use the IFD for 2009. If the most recent semester is Fall 2007, we use the IFD for 2007. If you participated in more than one university program, we use the IFD corresponding to the most recent semester of enrolment for each program. The GPA used for the calculation is the cumulative GPA for each program.

How will my cumulative program GPA be transferred if my institution uses a different scale than Université Laval, i.e., 4.33?

Your GPA is converted according to the following principle: every letter grade (A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc.) is considered equal from one university to another. So an A from your current university equals an A at Université Laval. The numerical value of your GPA is converted on a linear basis, so a GPA that translates to a bit above a B at your current university is converted to a GPA that is a bit above a B at Université Laval. Here are a few examples:

Example 1: A student from the University of Ottawa has a GPA of 7. This corresponds to a B+ on the university’s scale. So the student’s GPA will be converted to a B+ here at Université Laval, which equals 3.33.

Example 2: A student from McGill University has a GPA of 3.65. This corresponds to between a B+ and an A-, a little closer to an A-, on the university’s scale. So the student’s GPA will be converted to one that is between B+ and A- in our grading system.

For students who have earned fewer than 12 university credits, the valuation of their application is based solely on their college record. What does “who have earned fewer than 12 university credits” mean?

The university credits we consider are those associated with learning activities that have a numerical grade that counts toward the Laval score. Credits for activities graded on a pass/fail basis are not considered because they do not go into the GPA calculation.

The Laval score is calculated for undergraduate programs leading to a bachelor’s degree, diploma, or certificate. It does not include any courses taken:

  • At the graduate level
  • Exclusively as part of short programs
  • In special programs, such as abroad-only programs or customized programs for specific cohorts
  • Exclusively as a non-degree student
  • As qualifying (pre-university) courses
Note: Such applicants will be compared to college students and will have to meet the college student selection criteria. However, they are still considered university applicants and must adhere to any admission deadlines set for that category.

The valuation of a student’s application is based on their R-score and their different Laval scores, according to the number of credits they were enrolled in during each semester of university. Which R-score will be used?

We will use the R-score that the applicant would have had if they were leaving college without having earned any university credits.

Questions about admission?

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