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Admission Procedures

How and when to apply?

Fall semester (starts in August): Applications open in mid-January and the deadline for round 1 is March 1, 11: 59 p.m.

Winter semester (starts in January): Applications open in September and the deadline for round 1 is November 1, 11:59 p.m.

To apply for admissions, go to

Application fees

A non-refundable 30$ fee applies to submit an application for admission.

Accepted payment methods:

  • Visa or MasterCard credit card, paid online through the applicant's file. In case of technical problem processing the credit card payment, please go and try again.
  • Bank draft or money order sent by mail with the applicant's transmission receipt

Documents to provide

If you were born in Québec and studied in Québec, chances are you won’t have any documents to send in. If you do have documents to provide, it will be listed on the screen once you’ve submitted your application online.

Documents to provide may include:

  • A birth certificate
  • Transcripts from your last three years of high school and transcripts from post-secondary education if applicable 
  • A comparative evaluation of your studies completed outside of Canada
  • Complementary information on adults’ academic records
  • A letter of intent

The fastest and most effective way to send documents to SRAM is to upload them directly to your online file. Mail should be avoided as a means to send in documents. Delays are often longer than expected and this can compromise your application. For a simulation of the application for admission system, click here. Do not send original document. SRAM is not returning any documents.

Applicants with disabilities

Applicants with disabilities must contact the cégep of their choice regarding specific services available at the cégep.

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The Academic Advisors provide information and answer questions about:

Pre-University and Career Programs offered in the CEGEP system, particularly at John Abbott College.
– John Abbott Academic Policies and Procedures, such as registration, course load, course correction, course and College withdrawals, standing and advancement, cours commandites, change of program, mid-semester assessments, advanced standing.
– Course Selection through individualized program planning to meet personal and educational goals. This includes summer courses.
– University Programs, admission requirements, cote de rendement au collégial (CRC scores), application procedures and deadlines and general university information including program structures, scholarships, residence and tuition fees.
– University Applications to programs in Arts, Science, Commerce, Communication, Engineering, Law, Medicine and other professional programs
– Career Opportunities and the educational qualifications required for certain career paths.

You are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor in Student Services, Herzberg 148, early in your stay at the College. Appointment can be made from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or for quick questions from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily.


If you have a problem involving a teacher, you should first try to resolve the issue directly with him or her. You may also get assistance in resolving your problem from the Academic Department Chairperson.

If resolution is not achieved at the informal level, you may file a formal academic complaint by completing the Formal Academic Complaint Form available at the SUJAC office, the office of the Student Resource Person, the Registrar’s Office (R.O) or the Program Deans’ office. Once complete, the form must be submitted to the R.O. The Registrar is responsible for ensuring the complaint reaches the respective Program Dean within three (3) working days. The Program Dean responsible for your program will hear your academic complaint.

The deadline for filing a formal academic complaint is March 15th for the previous Fall term and October 15th for the previous Winter term.

Need more info? Pick up a copy of the Academic Complaint Procedure at the offices of SUJAC, the Program Deans, or the Registrar.


Academic Council gives advice to the College on academic matters. Comprised of representatives from various sectors of the College – faculty, administration, non-teaching professionals, support staff and students – the Council meets regularly during the academic year. There are three students elected by the student body on Council. All meetings are open to the College community.


The College monitors your academic progress every semester.

Academic Probation: To be considered in good academic standing and to be allowed to register for the following semester, students must pass a minimum of 50% of the regular course load for their program as indicated on their Program Planner. If you do not meet these minimum requirements, you will be placed on academic probation. Reminder: you will be permitted a maximum of two probationary semesters.
Career Program Policy: In addition to the probation policy, if you are enrolled in a career program or the Visual Arts program, you must pass 50% of your career program courses in any given semester as indicated on your planner to remain in your program. If you fail the same career course twice, you will also be required to leave your program. You may appeal to the Program Committee when there are extenuating circumstances.

Note: Some career programs (e.g., Nursing, Theatre) have additional requirements. For specific information, contact the Chairperson of your program.

Need more info? Pick up the “Academic Requirements” flyer in Student Services (Herzberg 148) or speak to a Counsellor.


The Academic Resources division provides resources and activities related to the overall success of both day division and continuing education students. Academic Resources staff work towards improving the transition of students into college life and to promote, maintain and advance student success in the classroom and beyond.

ACADEMIC Success centre

The Academic Success Centre located in H-117 acts as the effective study skills resource on campus open and relevant to all JAC students and faculty.  Students can receive quality study skill support offered in the form of group workshops with individual follow-up as well as staff tutoring and drop in, peer content tutoring.  The ASC also hosts many engaging and student-centric events throughout the academic year, from book clubs to writing contests to its volunteer appreciation gatherings.  Some of our services include:

  • individual workshops on topics such as Time Management, Note Taking, English Conversation Groups, Building Your Vocabulary, Improving Your Grammar Skills, Essay Writing (varying levels and topics from essay structure to writing style), Research Paper Writing, Effective Reading, Preparing for and Taking Exams, Writing Letters of Intent, Discovering Your Learning Style, How to Create and Deliver Effective Oral Presentations, How to Form a Study Group;
  • theme-based and timely Workshop Series dedicated to continuing study skill support with workshop follow-up on topics such as Essay Writing, Language Acquisition and Development, Basic Study Skills, etc.
  • a dynamic Peer Tutoring Centre located in L-023 that offers free subject-based tutoring to all JAC students in common subjects found in our college’s pre-university and professional program subjects (ie. chemistry, macroeconomics, history, physics, psychology, mathematics, quantitative methods, nursing, English, French, etc.);
  • Tutor Training for ASC tutors and those from the college’s Learning Centres;
  • In-Class Workshops (on all of the above workshop topics) available at faculty request; the ASC will also tailor any workshop to specific class needs and will research and then create new workshop titles based on faculty requests;
  • Individual support offered to students aimed at improving their studying habits and writing skills;
  • ESL (English Second Language) Tutorial Program assists first-semester students whose mother tongue is not English but French with their individual English language acquisition and reading, writing assignments;
  • a daily athlete academic tutorial AASIP (Athlete Academic Student Involvement Program) that offers all of the College’s student athletes access to quality content tutoring, workshops tailored specifically to the needs of student athletes, a quiet study space and computer access.

John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) that serves as a clearing house for the processing of applications; however it is the College who evaluates and decides who will be admitted. Students must apply online to SRAM by the March 1st deadline for the fall semester and November 1st for the winter semester. ( There is a $30.00 non-refundable application fee.

Please note: John Abbott College Day Division students who are currently registered are not required to re-apply each semester, however students who interrupt their studies for one or more semesters must re-apply through SRAM. Students attending the College in the Continuing Education Division must apply through SRAM.


The Agora (“meeting place” in Greek) is the hub of John Abbott’s lunchtime activities as well as the site of special events and displays. A walk by the Agora will introduce you to interesting educational programs and activities every day of the week! Everything that takes place in this multipurpose area is coordinated through the Student Activities department. Drop by Herzberg 159 with your ideas and suggestions.


After September 19 in the fall and after February 14 in the winter, you must confirm your attendance in each of your courses. To do this, you must access the Attendance Validation module on Omnivox at the following Internet address: .

Failure to confirm your attendance in or indicating that you are no longer attending one or more courses does not mean that you will be deregistered from the course(s). If you do not confirm your attendance using the Omnivox module, you will still receive a grade for whatever work you have completed in that (those) course(s).


An “auditor” is a student officially registered in the College who wishes to attend a course without seeking to obtain credits. You may be admitted as an “auditor” at the discretion of the teacher. Request for audit forms can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office and must be signed by both the teacher and the student and returned to the Registrar’s Office no later than the course drop deadline each semester. Students who audit a course may not register for that same course in the future.

Need more info? Drop by the Registrar’s Office, Herzberg 128.


A number of awards are presented to students at the end of each academic year in recognition of academic achievement, excellence in athletics and contribution to campus and student life.

Academic Awards
Convocation is held in June for graduating students. Students on the Honour Roll and the Dean’s List are recognized and academic departments present department awards to their top students. Both John Abbott and external scholarship winners are announced. The prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal is awarded to the graduating student with the highest overall academic average. The highest honour bestowed by the College at Convocation is the Outstanding Achievement Award. This award is presented to a graduating student with an academic average in the top one percent combined with significant involvement in student life outside the classroom.

For more information about recognition of academic achievement at John Abbott, check under the headings “DEAN’S LIST” and “HONOUR ROLL”.

Athletic Awards
The Athletic Awards Night is held annually in mid-April. Three or four awards (i.e., Most Valuable Player, Team Player, Most Improved Player, and Top Rookie) are given to the leading athletes of each intercollegiate team. In addition, there are eight major College-wide awards presented to student athletes. The Dr. Al Légaré Memorial Community Service Award recognizes the top Islander team in terms of community involvement. The athlete with the highest academic average receives the Academic Achievement Award and the team with the highest combined academic average receives the Team Academic Award. Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Rookie and Outstanding Performance by a Male Rookie are presented to first-year Islander standouts. Also recognized are the Outstanding Performance by a Female Athlete and the Outstanding Performance by a Male Athlete. The Jeff Mills Memorial Cup, the highest athletic award given at John Abbott, is presented to the athlete who displays outstanding leadership abilities coupled with strong athletic and academic skills as well as contribution to the College community.

Student Life Awards
The Service Awards Reception takes place in early May each year. Involved students throughout the John Abbott community are recognized for their contributions to student life at the College. Traditionally, Service Awards have been given to students with a significant involvement in service organizations, student clubs, volunteer groups, special projects, etc. In addition, one, two or possibly three students are honoured each year with an Outstanding Service Award. This award is presented to students who show excellent leadership, organizational and communication skills and a sense of commitment, responsibility and dedication to their fellow students.



Besides the Bank of Montréal in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, there are bank machines in the entrance of the Casgrain Centre (CIBC), the foyer of Stewart Hall (CIBC) and the lobby of Laird Hall (RBC).


Cyclists are welcome on campus but you are not permitted to lock your bicycles to trees, signs, park furnishings, lamp-posts, etc. or to bring your bikes inside the buildings. Please use the bicycle racks provided.


If you could learn material through osmosis, it would be at the Biology Learning Centre, located at HS-317 and HS-318. The room is filled with posters, displays, specimens, and a good selection of textbooks and Biology journals. You have access to three-dimensional models (i.e., skeletons), microscopes and slides. The Centre is the perfect place to review your lab assignments since all the necessary specimens and equipment are made available. It is also where students meet with tutors and do their group projects for Biology. Computers are also available for data analysis, word processing and reviewing course material.

The Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Located in HS-134.
Lab is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The College is governed by a nineteen-member Board of Governors appointed by the Minister of Education. It is the highest decision-making body of the institution.

The Board appoints the Director General and the Academic Dean, approves academic programs, determines the College budget and student fees, and approves the College bylaws, policies and regulations. Board membership includes two student representatives elected by the student body – one pre-university student and one career program student. The Board meets at least 6 times every year and meetings are open to the College community.


The Bookstore is located next to the Stewart Hall Cafeteria. You may purchase textbooks, supplies, sportswear, souvenir items and Opus cards. Students are required to bring their booklist and student ID/number with them in order to purchase books and /or course fees. Payment method is cash, VISA, MasterCard or Interac. Students using debit cards should ensure that their daily limits are sufficient to cover the cost of their purchases. There are no refunds without a receipt or if you have written in or damaged the books. Books can be purchased on-line by visiting our website at

The Bookstore (Stewart Hall 147) regular hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The STM comes to campus early in the fall semester to provide Opus cards for students who are under 18 years of age, or between 18 and 25 years of age (privilege card for monthly passes only), as of October 31 of the current academic year. These cards enable students to buy monthly bus passes and individual tickets at reduced rates. If you miss the STM day in the Agora, drop by Student Activities in Herzberg 159. You can buy monthly passes or individual bus tickets on your Opus card, both student and adult, at the Bookstore in Stewart Hall 147.


Located on the second floor of Hochelaga in HO-212, this Centre is for Business Administration and Commerce students to study, work on projects or receive assistance in business courses. A variety of study guides, practice tests, textbooks, solutions manuals and other reference materials are available. The Centre is equipped with nine computers with Internet. Software programs include MS Office, Quick Tax, Simply Accounting and MS Project.

The lab technician is available for free tutoring Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students are welcome to drop by or make an appointment.



Professionals from Counselling Services can help you learn more about your interests, abilities and values. As well, exploring career areas through discussion, testing, and online career resources can help you identify an educational and career path which will suit you. Career counselling is offered in workshop format for a minimal fee. You can sign up throughout the year in Student Services, Herzberg 148.


The University and Career Information Centre, located in Student Services (Herzberg 148), provides you with up-to-date information to enable you to make career choices and decisions concerning educational and career planning. There is a collection of pamphlets and books describing occupations and careers as well as Internet access for online university or college applications. A technician is available to help you find what you are looking for.


Carpooling is defined as an arrangement in which two or more people share a vehicle for transportation. It’s a great way to save money and to reduce your footprint on the environment.

Informal carpooling is a personal arrangement between a driver and one or more passengers. This includes family members commuting together or someone offering an occasional ride to another person. Staff and students are welcome to consult the Informal Carpooling module on My JAC portal for this type of ride sharing.

Formal carpooling is an arrangement whereby two or more participants (student and/or staff) regularly commute together in one vehicle. Participants reside in different households, often share commuting costs and take turns driving. Carpool groups must meet the minimum compliance and eligibility criteria in order to apply and be considered for a carpooling permit. For more information, consult the Omnivox carpooling module.


You are expected to notify the Registrar’s Office of any change of address, telephone number, or e-mail address. To do so, you must update your address using the Omnivox Service.

Go to and click on the Personal Information module.


Change of Program request forms are available from the Registrar’s Office. Students must submit their request along with all necessary documentation by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1st for the winter semester.

Need more info? Speak to an Academic Advisor in Student Services or an Admissions Officer in the Registrar’s Office.


Cheating and plagiarism are extremely serious academic offences which adversely affect the core value and are unacceptable at John Abbott College. Students are expected to conduct themselves accordingly and must be responsible for all of their actions.

A student having been found to have cheated or plagiarized will be required to meet with the Dean of Academic Systems. Upon receipt of a second report of cheating or plagiarism, the student may be suspended from the College.

– Cheating means any dishonest or deceptive practice relative to exams, tests, quizzes, lab assignments, research papers or other forms of evaluation tasks. Cheating includes, but is not restricted to, making use of or being in possession of, unauthorized material or devices and/or obtaining or providing unauthorized assistance in writing exams, papers or any other evaluation task, and submitting the same work in more than one course without the teacher’s permission.

– Plagiarism is the intentional copying or paraphrasing (expressing the ideas of someone else in one’s own words) of another person’s work or the use of another person’s work or ideas without acknowledgement. Plagiarism can be from any source including books, magazines, electronic or photographic media, web pages or online material, or another student’s paper or work.

For cheating or plagiarism, the teacher will assign the student a zero on an evaluation task or fail the student in the course on a final evaluation task. Cases of cheating and plagiarism are reported to the Dean of Academic Systems. Upon receipt of a second report of cheating or plagiarism, the student may be suspended from the College for a period of up to two years.

Need more info? Read the IPESA (Institutional Policy on Evaluation of Student Achievement) on our Official Documents page.


The Chemistry Study Area is located on the fourth floor of the Anne-Marie Edward Science building and is open Monday to Friday. If you want a quiet place to study, why not try it? Student tutors are available during posted hours to answer questions for Chemistry 001, 003, NYB and NYA courses. This room contains Chemistry textbooks, study guides, and other reference manuals as well as 6 computers.


– Assignments
You are expected to complete and turn in all assignments by the deadline. If you are unable to do so, you must discuss your reasons with your teacher in advance of the deadline.

– Attendance
Attendance at all classes, labs, workshops, clinics and fieldwork is compulsory. Read your Course Outline carefully, paying attention to the attendance requirements specified for each course. If you exceed the specified number of unexcused absences, you may face a variety of consequences which can include automatic failure in the course, refusal of permission to write final exams, etc.

– Authorized Absence
If you are absent from class for health or emergency situations, you must inform your teacher immediately. If you are going to be absent for five days or more, you are advised to also call the Registrar’s Office. In the case of long term absences due to extenuating circumstances (three weeks or longer), you may request an “Authorized Absence” by submitting complete documentation to the Registrar. If you miss a significant part of the course due to an authorized absence, you may still fail the course or receive a permanent incomplete.

Need more info? Drop by the Registrar’s Office, Herzberg 128.

– Behaviour Expectations
Class time is limited, and each student at John Abbott is entitled to the very best educational experience in every class. It is important that the atmosphere of each classroom, lab, workshop or clinic be as conducive as possible to the learning process. With apologies to the vast majority who are already well aware of how such an atmosphere is created and maintained, the following guidelines are established.

Inappropriate classroom behaviour includes the following:

∙        Speaking while another person (teacher or student) has the floor (i.e., is addressing the class as a whole).
∙        Reading or writing about subjects which are not part of the current class discussion. This includes doing homework for another course, reading the newspaper, etc.
∙        Using iPODs, MP3 players, cell phones or other electronic devices (pagers, etc.) not related to the course.
∙        Arriving late, leaving early, leaving the room for any non-emergency without having had the courtesy to make this known at the beginning of class.
∙        Eating or drinking in class or labs.
∙        Threatening, harassing, or offensive behaviour towards any person in the class.
∙        Referring directly or indirectly to someone else in the class in a rude manner or using offensive language.

– Cancellations
To find out if a class is cancelled, check the class cancellations posted on the Omnivox Class Cancellation module. You may also let the system phone you by activating the class cancellation notification module in the Omnivox Services for students.

If your teacher has not arrived at the starting time of the class, you are expected to remain in class for 15 minutes before leaving.

– Late Arrivals
You are expected to arrive at all classes, labs, workshops, clinics and fieldwork on time.

– Meetings with Teachers
You are encouraged to meet with your teacher if you are having difficulty in a course. If you are unable to meet your teacher during his or her regular office hours, then you must arrange an appointment.

– Time
Classes begin on the hour or half hour and end 10 minutes prior to the hour or half hour.


During the course of the year, in the event of adverse weather conditions or circumstances beyond the College’s control (e.g., power blackout, severe snowstorm, employee strike), the College may have to close. The College will contact the entire community via the intercom and will post notices on My JAC Portal and on the College website at .

If the College cannot open because of a major snowstorm or other unforeseen event, radio and TV stations will be advised in the morning and an announcement will be posted on My JAC Portal and the college web site.


A wide variety of student clubs have existed over the years depending on student interests, including the following:

– Artistic
Anime, Drama, Film Making, Improve, Life Drawing, Locus (literary magazine), Singing

– Athletic/Recreational
Aerobic Fitness, Aquafit, Badminton, Bodybuilding, Breakdancing, Kayak, Outdoor Adventure, Rock Climbing, Squash.

– Educational
Amnesty (human rights), Astronomy, Bacchus (alcohol awareness), Debating, HEAL (environmental concerns), Free the Children, GALA, JACtivists, Science, Stock Market

– Multicultural
Arab, Chinese, South Asian, Spanish

– Political
Model United Nations, Young Liberals

– Religious
Christian Fellowship, Hillel, Muslim, Pagan

– Social
Bridge, Chess, Gamers

You are very welcome to join any of these clubs or to start a new one. There is always room for one more! Check with Student Activities, Herzberg 159, or SUJAC, Penfield 101.


The Oval is an on-campus coffee house located in the Herzberg basement, H-052. It offers coffee, teas, juices and light lunches in an easy- going atmosphere where you may enjoy a relaxed discussion or a game of chess. It is a great place to work on a group project. There is wireless Internet access.


During the academic year, College buildings are open Monday to Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

On weekends and holidays, access is given to staff from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with John Abbott ID. Staff without ID must obtain written permission from their Chairperson. This permission must be sent to Security before 3:00 p.m., Friday. Students are only permitted to access specific labs and study areas if prior authorization from faculty has been received by Security. Access is given through Herzberg main entrance only.

Summer hours, from mid-June to mid-August – Monday to Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. , Friday from 7:00 a.m. to noon.


Government agencies and other organizations sometimes require a formal written statement, affidavit or sworn declaration to attest a fact. To do this, you must see a Commissioner of Oaths who will provide the service free of charge. In the College, you may see the Financial Assistance Officer (Herzberg 139) or the Administrative Assistant in Student Services (Herzberg 148).


All students must successfully complete a Comprehensive Assessment, specific to their program of study, in order to be eligible to graduate. This Comprehensive Assessment may take many forms (examination, major research project, integrating activity, portfolio, etc.) and is a graduation requirement in addition to the successful completion of all course work. Details of each Comprehensive Assessment can be found in the John Abbott Course Calendar.

The Comprehensive Assessment is usually completed in the student’s graduating semester.

For more information on the Comprehensive Assessment contact the Chairperson of your program or the Dean responsible for your program.


Computers are available to students on a drop-in basis in the Penfield Computer Centre, located on the 3rd floor of the Penfield building. A schedule is posted at the entrance.

Each student has a personal storage space (My Documents) with a capacity of 75 MB on the student server. This space is cleaned out on June 30 of each year. It is the students’ responsibility to make backup copies.

Each student has a printing ration of 150 pages per year with a maximum of 20 pages per job and 5 copies at a time. You can purchase extra pages at the Library in 40 page increments.

You must log on to your account on the John Abbott Student Network to gain access to the computers and carefully follow the instructions displayed on your computer screen.

P.C.C. is open Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Desktops and laptops are also available in the Library.


If you are a Computer Science Technology student or if you take a concentration or a complementary course in Computer Science, Computer Labs (Penfield 322, 325, 326 and 327) are available for you to do your homework. Non-Computer Science students may also use the lab computers, without printing privileges, if the computer is not required for a class or a Computer Science student. As these labs are used both for classes and homework, please check the schedule posted on the lab door before entering. When the labs are used for homework, it is on a drop-in basis. A lab technician is available for help in the lab area.

The labs are typically open Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Your records, grades and cumulative transcripts are confidential and given only to you. If you are less than 18 years of age, your transcript and other information will be released to your parent(s) or guardian(s) upon written request only. Your appointments with Student Services personnel such as academic advisors, counsellors, nurses and doctors are also confidential.


The Centre for Continuing Education offers adult members of the community a wide variety of educational opportunities in support of their lifelong learning needs for career advancement and personal development.

Continuing Education is the place for adults to register in individual courses, enhance their IT skills, have their non-academic prior learning assessed for credit or enrol in fast-track intensive AEC programs. A wide range of non-credit courses is also offered.

The Centre, located in Brittain Hall, is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 514-457-5036, or visit the website at .


Each June, John Abbott College formally honours all graduates who have completed their studies during the past academic year. If you are eligible to graduate, you will receive an invitation to attend Convocation. A fee will be charged to cover the cost of gowns and other expenses.


Staffed by professional counsellors and psychologists, Counselling Services offers you the following:

– Career Counselling: several workshops covering interest and personality inventories, online career and education planning resources, exploration of careers and decision making.
– Personal Counselling for a wide variety of concerns including: family problems, depression, shyness, anxiety, relationships, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse and other matters.
– Educational Counselling in areas such as: procrastination, exam anxiety, time management, dealing with teachers and speaking in front of groups, as well as monitoring students on academic probation.
– Classroom Workshops: topics include self-care for the health care worker, grief, group dynamics.

Students seeking services are invited to drop by Student Services (Herzberg 148) Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m for more information.


Using the Omnivox Registration module, students may attempt to add/exchange courses for preferential reasons during the course add/exchange weekend which typically occurs after the first week of classes. This is the only opportunity to add/exchange a course for personal preference and course space availability is extremely limited. Students must obtain an updated copy of their schedule and are advised to verify their progression chart to ensure they are correctly registered.

For more information, go to the section entitled: ”COURSE CORRECTION”.


You must register during your assigned registration appointment time. Corrections to your registration are only allowed for pedagogical reasons such as: incorrect placement in a language course, incorrect placement in a science or math course, receipt of a corrected mark for a recently completed high school or college course or to correct diploma requirement deficiencies to allow you to graduate.

These corrections are made as soon as possible only during the first week of classes and must be made through an Academic Advisor in Student Services. Changes to registration for preference reasons are only allowed during the Course Add/Exchange weekend. See Academic Advising for clarification.


You may drop a course beginning on the first day of classes and up to September 19 for the fall semester and February 14 for the winter semester. If you miss the deadline to drop a course and you stop going to class, you will receive a failing grade.

To drop a course, you must use the Omnivox Registration Module. Before you decide to drop a course, you are advised to speak to your teacher and/or an Academic Advisor in Student Services. Students on academic probation must speak to a Counsellor before dropping a course.


The College monitors your academic progress every semester.

– Probation Policy:
You are reminded that all students must pass at least 50% of the regular course load for their program every semester.

– Career Program Policy
In addition to the probation policy, career program and Visual Arts students must pass 50% of their career program courses to remain in their program. Students who fail the same career course twice will also be asked to leave the program. You may appeal to the Program Committee when there are extenuating circumstances.

Note: Some career programs (e.g., Nursing, Theatre) have additional requirements. For specific information, contact the Chairperson of your program.

Unfortunately, your transcript will follow you to university and in some cases; accumulating failures at CEGEP may disadvantage you when applying to university. If you are having difficulty in a course, you are advised to speak to your teacher, the Student Success Animator, an Academic Advisor and/or use the services offered by the various Learning Centres.

Need more info? Pick up the “Academic Requirements” flyer in Student Services or speak to a Counsellor.


You will find the regular course load for your program indicated on the progression chart if you are a career program or pre-university program student. These progression charts are on Omnivox. You are encouraged to register for a full course load, however, if you need to register in fewer courses, you may do so, but you must be registered in a minimum of 12 hours of class time per week to maintain full-time status. This includes core and compulsory courses in your program. Keep in mind the minimum number of courses you must pass to avoid being on academic probation.

If you would like to register for one additional course, you must pass the regular number of courses in the previous semester and obtain an additional course waiver from an Academic Advisor. If you are in your graduating semester, you may register for one additional course automatically. Intersession courses count as winter semester courses but do not count in your course load for the winter semester.

Need more information on any course load issues? Speak to an Academic Advisor.


During the first week of every semester, you will receive a course outline for each course in which you are registered. This very important document describes the objectives of the course, the course content, the competencies to be attained, the methods used in instruction, the evaluation procedures, the bibliography, and the teacher’s office hours. Read your course outlines very carefully. It is important to keep copies for your own personal records as universities request them to evaluate equivalencies and/or transfer credits. There is a fee for each additional course outline copy you request after you leave the College.

You will find reference copies of the course outlines in the Library.


You must register for the courses indicated for each semester according to your progression chart. You may also view program planners on the Registrar’s Office web page under Registration Resources. It is up to you to correctly choose courses to meet diploma and university entrance requirements.

Need more info? Speak to an Academic Advisor before you register.


If you are planning to take courses at another CEGEP, you must first see an Academic Advisor to obtain permission and to complete a Cours Commandité form. Failure to obtain the required form may result in your not obtaining credit for the course taken at the other CEGEP.


The “Cote de Rendement au Collégial” (CRC) is a statistical tool used by Québec universities in the analysis of CEGEP students’ records for Admission purposes. The calculation takes into consideration primarily CEGEP marks, but also (to a lesser extent) Secondary IV and V marks. It establishes your position in a course relative to that of your classmates, and makes statistical adjustments taking into consideration the strength of your class versus that of other classes having taken the same course. Knowing your CRC may give you some indication of your chance for acceptance into competitive university programs with admission quotas. The CRC average is recalculated twice each year (March and October). Additional information on your CRC score can be found on Omnivox or by seeing an Academic Advisor.


Each course is identified with a number, title, ponderation and credit value in the John Abbott Course Calendar and in the Schedule of Classes. A credit is equal to three hours of learning activities (teaching, laboratory, fieldwork or workshop and homework) per week.

Need more info? See the John Abbott Course Calendar or the Schedule of Classes.


The Cultural Diversity office located in Herzberg 159 serves as a resource for staff and students. Its mission is “to ensure that the rich cultural diversity of John Abbott College’s population is appropriately represented in its programming, services, and activities.” The office collaborates with faculty and staff to create educational activities that expand beyond the classroom.

All students are encouraged to get involved in the planning and organizing of events.



All the important dates and deadlines from the first to the last day of classes, examination dates, holidays, etc. are published in Important Dates and Deadlines in the Schedule of Classes and on the web.


The “CPE du Campus” Daycare, located at the corner of Lakeshore Road and Maple Avenue, is open to the children of John Abbott students. Children from 3 months to 5 years old are accepted depending on availability. For further information, call the Director at 514-398-7951.


You are responsible for meeting all College deadlines. All deadlines are strictly enforced and published every semester in the Important Dates and Deadlines in the Schedule of Classes and on the web.


If you are one of the top 35 students in the College based on overall average, regardless of your program, you will be placed on the Dean’s List. To be eligible for this honour, you must have followed all the courses that are required by your program for the semester. The list of names is exhibited in a display case on the first floor of the Herzberg building and a reception is held each semester to honour the students and their parents. Dean’s List students may also invite to the reception one of their teachers or other college staff member who has made a difference during their course of study.

Click on a semester to view the list of honorees:

Dean’s List Fall 2011
Dean’s List Winter 2012
Dean’s List Fall 2012
Dean’s List Winter 2013
Dean’s List Fall 2013
Dean’s List Winter 2014
Dean’s List Fall 2014
Dean’s List Winter 2015
Dean’s List Fall 2015
Dean’s List Winter 2016
Dean’s List Fall 2016
Dean’s List Winter 2017
Dean’s List Fall 2017

For more information about recognition of academic achievement at John Abbott, check under the headings “HONOUR ROLL” and “AWARDS”.


The Dental Clinic, located in the Stewart East Building, provides an affordable opportunity to maintain good oral health right here on campus! The following services are provided by dental hygiene students under the supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists: dental exam, X-rays, cleaning of teeth and fluoride application ($35); fillings ($25-$30); sealants ($5); sport mouthguard ($20) tooth whitening ($150)

The Dental Clinic is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call 514-457-5010.


As soon as you begin to have difficulties in a course, you are advised to speak to your teacher, the Student Success Animator (H-162) or an Academic Advisor (H-148) and to use the services offered by the various Learning Centres.


A DEC is the French acronym for “Diplôme d’études collégiales” and is issued by the Minister of Education on the recommendation of the College. An AEC, issued by the College, is the acronym for “Attestation d’études collégiales”.

It is not true that any course you pass will automatically count towards a college diploma. Check your diploma requirements every semester with an Academic Advisor before you register. In your graduating semester, make sure you are on the graduating students list in the Registrar’s Office. To obtain a DEC, in addition to the required number of courses students must also pass the Ministerial Examination of College English and a John Abbott Comprehensive Assessment specific to each program.

Need more info? Speak to an Academic Advisor in Student Services.



All the information you need to set some educational goals is available in the University and Career Information Centre in Student Services, adjacent to the Reception area. There are calendars and pamphlets for trade schools, college and university programs, specialized institutions and programs such as exchange and language programs. There is also Internet access for online applications and information on Canadian colleges and universities.


There are elevators throughout the campus, which are not available to the general community. If you have a temporary medical condition you can go to the Receiving department (H-127) to inquire about signing out an elevator key. You must present your ID card and a $20 refundable deposit.

Students with permanent or long-term mobility problems should contact the Student Access Centre (H-129)


The College provides students with an official email address. To sign in, go to
Your computer accountpassword (not your Omnivox password)

Your new email address will be:


In the case of an accident or a medical emergency on campus, please follow these procedures:

– Ask for Assistance from a staff member and/or a security officer (all security officers are trained in First-Aid and CPR).
– If an Ambulance Is Required, call Security at local 7777, or 514-398-7777 (Security is open 24 hours). You can also use the Yellow SOS intercom (indoors) or the Red Light – Yellow box intercom (outdoors).
– Do Not Take It Upon Yourself to call Urgences-santé (911). Security will make all the necessary arrangements.
– Remain Calm and, after having asked for assistance, stay with the victim until help arrives.


Once the fire alarm starts, you must evacuate the premises immediately in an orderly and systematic fashion as indicated on the evacuation plans posted in all the corridors throughout the buildings or as directed by the fire marshals. You may not re-enter the buildings until the fire alarm stops ringing or until you hear the all clear signal over the intercom.


For your safety on campus, emergency phones are provided inside and outside the buildings. Interior emergency phones are located in the hallways and are marked with yellow SOS signs. To connect to the Campus Security Office, simply open the plastic cover, press and then release the button.

Exterior emergency telephones are installed in the parking lots and outside certain buildings. These telephones are yellow and have red indicator lights located above them. Once the emergency button is pressed (no dialing required), communication is automatically established with the Campus Security Office which is open 24 hours a day.

You are encouraged to use the emergency telephones to report medical or other emergencies, or any other situations (e.g., vandalism, thefts, suspicious activities) requiring the intervention of Campus Security. If the situation necessitates an ambulance and/or the intervention of the police, Campus Security will make the call(s) immediately.


The Employment Centre is located in Herzberg 138 and offers the following services:

– Jobs: Helps you locate part-time jobs while you study, and full-time jobs for summer. The service works closely with graduating students to obtain full-time employment upon graduation. Job postings are available through My JAC Portal – Employment Centre-Jobs under Omnivox Services.
– Jobs on Campus: Many College departments hire students during the semester. To help students succeed academically, jobs will not exceed 12 hours per week. To be eligible to work on campus students must be in good academic standings (not be on academic probation). Jobs on campus are posted on the website but students must apply in person at the Employment Centre.
– Labour Market, Occupational and Employer Information: Provides you with everything you need to know about work programs, exchanges, volunteer opportunities as well as information regarding work prospects, educational requirements and employer profiles. Computers are available on-site with Internet links. The Employment Ctentre also organizes Career and Job Fairs.
– Job Search Workshops: Includes instruction and individual critique of résumé writing, interview techniques and telephone skills, plus more helpful tools and tips for today’s job search market.

The Employment Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


In the fall semester, first semester students studying in English for the first time are eligible for free one-to-one tutoring or study group sessions through the Academic Success Centre in Herzberg 117. Students are informed through Omnivox, the JAC Portal, the Daily Info, and through their English classes early in the fall semester about the service and how to obtain a tutor.


If you have studied in a post-secondary institution such as another college (non-CEGEP) or university or have changed your program, you may be eligible to receive some credit for courses previously passed in the form of equivalences or substitutions. You may also be eligible for equivalences for some courses taken in senior high school in provinces other than Québec.

Need more info? Speak to an Academic Advisor in Student Services.


If you wish to learn more about your rights and responsibilities regarding the evaluation of your academic performance, you should read the Institutional Policy on the Evaluation of Student Achievement (IPESA) on our Official Documents page. It includes topics such as the marking system, attendance, submission of work, confidentiality, grade reviews, cheating and plagiarism, academic standards, academic rights and responsibilities, evaluation for a diploma. This document is available on the College website.


It is important for all students who write exams to read and follow the exam procedure. This information can be found on the Registrar’s Office web page. The procedure refers to ID cards for exams, calculators, electronic devices and coats in the exam room, the timing of exams and other “need to know” facts.


You will not be permitted to register for courses outside of your program at your registrations appointment time. If you would like to request permission to take an extra course, you must speak to an Academic Advisor to discuss the reasons for your request. If the reason is valid, you will need to ask permission from the Dean of Academic Systems. Registration in the extra course(s) will be allowed, space permitting, once registration is over. You will have to pay tuition fees of $6 per credit hour for these courses. Fees are due no later than September 19 for the fall semester and February 14 for the winter semester.

Need more information? Speak to an Academic Advisor in Student Services.



If you need to send a fax while at the College, you may do so at Human Resources Services, Stewart Hall 100C. It will cost you $1 for the first page plus 50 cents for each additional page. Long distance charges (if applicable) are extra. For Québec and Ontario 50 cents per minute, the rest of Canada 75 cents per minute and for the U.S. a dollar per minute, for oversees faxes a flat rate of $3 per page. Cash payments only. Arrangements can also be made, on an exceptional basis, to receive faxes at the College for a fee of 50 cents per incoming page.

Human Resources Services is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Faxing hours are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.


Please refer to By-Law 6 “Concerning Registration Fees, Educational Support Fee, Student Services Fee“.


Financial Assistance Services (FAS) provides all essential information on the different financial assistance programs to which John Abbott students may apply. FAS provides advice on the options available to students and assistance with the various application procedures for financial aid.

The following financial assistance programs can be accessed through FAS:

– Government Student Loans and Bursaries Program
– John Abbott College Bursary and Scholarship Funds
– Canadian Second Language Bursary Program
– Off-Campus Scholarship and Bursary Programs

FAS also offers services to registered students who are experiencing major financial difficulties that are putting their studies in jeopardy. Students in this situation should meet with the Financial Assistance Officer:

– Work/Study Program
– Textbook Lending Program
– Student Assistance Fund
– Food Bank

Other Services Available:

– Commissioner of Oaths
– Budgeting Information
– Information on Community and Government Resources

More information is available at and on the community page of Financial Assistance Services on the JAC Portal.

Financial Assistance Services is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Herzberg 139. All consultations are confidential.


If you are a first-semester student at John Abbott, special programs and services are available to help facilitate your transition from high school to CEGEP. In August, you are invited to attend Orientation, a program designed to introduce you to the College’s services, resources and facilities, and to prepare you for the start of the academic year. Early in the semester, many academic departments hold welcoming activities to provide you with an opportunity to meet the faculty.

A Student Success Animator is available to help students having difficulty adjusting to College (transition from high school to college, facing future career decisions, etc.). Free tutoring is available in various academic departments and in the Academic Success Centre. Special tutoring is offered to English Second Language (ESL) students. An “Early Alert” program is in place to help students in difficulty at the start of the semester. Midway through the fall and winter semesters, academic feedback (Mid-Semester Assessment) is provided to all students indicating their progress in each course.


– Cafeteria
Located in Stewart Hall, the Cafeteria is open Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and serves hot nutritional meals (breakfast and lunch) at reasonable prices. The Cafeteria includes a salad bar, a self-serve soup counter, a panini sandwich counter and a self-serve international or pasta bar.
– Tim Hortons
Located in the Casgrain Centre, Tim Hortons is open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
– Catering Services
Online catering website:
For more information contact: or 514-457-6610 ext 5066
Vending Machines
The vending machines, supplied with a variety of snacks, soft drinks and dairy products, are located in several areas of the campus: Brittain Hall basement, Casgrain basement and first floor, Dental Clinic, Herzberg basement, second floor and fourth floor, Hochelaga second floor corridor, Stewart Hall first floor, Anne-Marie Edward Science building first floor and Penfield basement. If you lose money in the machines, report this to the manager of the Munch Box in Casgrain or to the cashier in the cafeteria in Stewart Hall. Your money will be refunded. There are seven change machines located next to the vending machines in various buildings.


Established in 1999, the John Abbott College Foundation was created to support the College’s mission to provide an excellent education for its students within a stimulating learning environment that will enhance their development and potential for success in society.

Through its fundraising activities, the Foundation provides opportunities for students through the funding of scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance.

The Foundation is responsible for all fundraising programs that provide longer term endowment funds, and supports the construction and renovation of facilities as well as access to technology, with a view of promoting an optimal learning environment.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved with the Foundation and its activities, please visit the office in Stewart Hall (SH-023).


If you need help in French (writing, reading, comprehension, speaking), the “Centre d’aide en français” is there for you. There, you will find dictionaries, grammar books, workbooks and many other reference books, as well as computers equipped with word processing, spelling and grammar programs, software to practice oral French, etc. But, above all, you will find volunteer French tutors who are available to help improve your French, oral or written.

The “CAF” is located in the basement of Penfield (P-004) and is open every class day. For more information, contact any teacher in the French department.



If you feel the grade you received for a course was not fair, you can appeal to have it changed. Before making this appeal, you must first talk to your teacher about it, explaining your reasons. If you cannot come to an agreement and wish to pursue the matter, you must go to the Registrar’s Office and complete a Final Grade Review request form. You must submit this form to the Registrar’s Office within four weeks of the first day of the next semester.

Need more info? Drop by the Registrar’s Office, Herzberg 128.


At the end of every semester, you will be assigned a grade for each of the courses for which you are registered in that semester. The passing grade is 60%. You can access your grades via Omnivox.


The College uses a numerical grading system in which a minimum pass mark is 60%. A student who earns a course mark of 60% or higher is entitled to receive College credit for the course. The levels (A to F, Excellent to Fail) provide the student and the general public with an understanding of the meaning of the numerical grade.

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A diploma request is automatically issued for students in their final semester based on their Omnivox Progression Chart.

Each semester, a graduation list is posted in the Registrar’s Office. Students must verify their graduation status. Convocation, the graduation ceremony, is held in the second week of June. Invitations to graduating students are sent out in April.

Official diplomas, from the Québec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports, are mailed to the College three months later. Students are notified by mail when their diploma has arrived at the College.




The Health and Wellness Centre (Herzberg 139) offers you the following free and confidential services:

– Consultations: Individual, couple or group consultations for concerns and/or needs related to health, such as: general health problems, mental health, nutrition, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, etc.
– Health Screening and Testing: Including blood pressure, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted disease testing and HIV testing.
– General Clinics: Held twice a week throughout the academic year, by appointment.
– Health Education: Health promotion and prevention of illness is a major concern. Special programs on various health related topics such as AIDS, contraception, STD, sexual health, substance abuse, nutrition, self-care, sexual assault, lifestyles, etc. are presented on campus throughout the year.

If you have special health needs, you are encouraged to visit the Health and Wellness Centre to obtain the assistance required.

The Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


You will be named to the Honour Roll if you meet all the following criteria: final grade average of 80% or over, in the top 10% of your program, no mark under 75%, no more than one course under the normal course load for that semester and taking at least two concentration courses in the program. Names of honourees are posted each semester on the first floor of Herzberg.

Click on a semester to view the list of honorees:

Honours Fall 2011
Honours Winter 2012
Honours Fall 2012
Honours Winter 2013
Honours Fall 2013
Honours Winter 2014
Honours Fall 2014
Honours Winter 2015

For more information about recognition of academic achievement at John Abbott, check under the headings “DEAN’S LIST” and “AWARDS”.


Housing Services provides on-campus apartments and information about off-campus accommodations:

– On-Campus
The Stewart Apartments offers convenient, on-campus living for 191 full-time students in 53 self-contained units. The application deadline for August admission is the preceding May 1. Applications should be made online via our webpage. Inquiries concerning January admission should be directed to the Housing Services Office in SA-113.

Priority for acceptance into Stewart Apartments will be given to Québec residents. The general criteria for acceptance will be based on distance from, and accessibility to, the College.

Throughout the year, Housing Services (SA-113) operates an off-campus housing service which:

– Locates rooms and apartments in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and surrounding areas (along bus routes).

– Provides you with listings of available accommodations on the Housing Services web page.

This list is updated regularly and can be accessed by typing “Housing” into the search option on the College website.

Advises you on leasing agreements with potential landlords.

The Housing Services Office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.



ID cards are given free of charge to all first-year students at the beginning of the academic year. You are asked to keep your ID card throughout your stay at John Abbott. The cards are updated every semester in the Agora for returning students during the first or second week of classes. A fee of $10.00 will be charged for a replacement card or a replacement update sticker. Throughout the semester, you may obtain an ID card from Student Activities, Herzberg 159, at times indicated on the Portal.

ID cards remain the property of John Abbott College and must be surrendered to College authorities upon request.

John Abbott ID cards are required for:

– admission to College functions
– printing and photocopy
– borrowing library materials and audiovisual equipment
– use of athletic equipment and facilities
– obtaining loan certificates and bursary cheques
– buying bus and train passes at reduced rates
– modification or inquiry regarding usernames/passwords of student network accounts
– writing end-of-term exams
– security


The John Abbott College Indigenous Student Resource Centre, located in Herzberg 417, offers many accommodations and services to Indigenous students:

 Comfortable, Inviting Space where you can study, relax, share experiences and meet friends.
– Computers, printers and other resources to help with your studies.
– Opportunity for you to meet with an Academic Advisor to assist you when selecting your courses.
– Orientation and Study Skills Workshops designed especially for you.
– Tutoring for assignments and subject matters.
– Counselling to help you deal with problems and adjust to the College environment.
– Communication with your sponsoring school board or education centre.
– Liaison with teachers.

The Resource Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The Information Technology Services are located on the fourth floor of Herzberg. These services are comprised of the College IT help desk, dedicated labs for Computer Science and Publications and Hypermedia Design Technology (PDHT) as well as multi-purpose labs.


– Accident Insurance
Accident insurance is available to all full-time students at inexpensive rates. Full time coverage for a year, 24 hours per day, anywhere in the world is $11.00 for women and $20.00 for men. Premiums may vary from year to year. The exact cost is deter-mined by August 1 each year. If you are interested in purchasing Accident Insurance or if you have any questions, drop by Student Activities, Herzberg 159.

– International Student Insurance
Participation in the insurance plan is mandatory for all eligible foreign students. International students must purchase health insurance through this College plan. The College does not accept any health insurance bought through other providers. Students who need help completing claims forms, can come to the office of International Programs, Herzberg 416.


The International Programs office, located in Herzberg 416, provides support to all John Abbott’s international students. The office manages health insurance, provides information referral and assistance on visas, off campus work permits, academics, and other matters of particular concern to international students.

For more information, contact the International Programs office or call 514 457-6610 ext. 5469.


Wireless internet service is available to students throughout the College. Computers are available on a drop-in basis in the Penfield Computer Centre, located on the third floor of the Penfield building. Desktops and laptops are also available in the Library.

For information on how to access online Omnivox Services, check under the heading “MY JAC PORTAL”.

All John Abbott College students must respect and follow the Policy on the Appropriate Use of Computing Resources which can be found at



The Language Resource Centre is the place to improve your language skills. Resources include materials used in the Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin, French and English courses: textbooks, dictionaries, literature, music, interactive software and audio programs, computers with Internet and wireless access, multilingual office tools and applications. Peer tutors are available at various times during the week for individual consultations.

The drop-in lab, located in the basement of Penfield (P-006), is open Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


For information about the various Learning Centres operated by the academic departments, check under the following headings:

Biology Learning Centre
Business Learning Centre
Chemistry Study Area
Computer Centre
Computer Science Labs
French Learning Centre – CAF
Language Resource Centre
Math Lab, Study Area and Help Centre
Nursing Lab


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