New Students – Getting Started at JAC

Your Program and Courses

Program structure

Each CEGEP program leading to a Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) is made up of two components: GENERAL EDUCATION and CONCENTRATION courses.

You can consult the Program Structure page here to see how each of the above fit together to make up your DEC program.

Program and registration information sessions for new students

Every semester, new students are invited to attend information sessions to learn about:

  • Program and diploma requirements
  • Registering for courses
  • Choosing first semester courses
  • Using registration resources and materials

Look out for an MIO invitation in June from our Academic Advising team for your program and registration information session!

Changing your program
Program adjustments – NEW students only

For a number of reasons, new students may change their mind about wanting to register in the program to which they have been accepted. If this is the case for you, you can request a program adjustment by contacting the Admissions Office.

  • Email or MIO the Admissions Office to request a program adjustment – be sure to indicate what program you wish to be switched into, and your reason for wanting this adjustment.
  • You will be placed on a waiting list, and we will contact you if we are able to grant your request – this can happen at any point between the time you make your request and the first day of classes.
  • Program adjustments are not guaranteed – this will depend on available space in the program you requested.
  • Requesting a program adjustment has no impact on your current admission – you will not lose the spot you have in your current program.

Program adjustments may also be required for students who fail their specific program prerequisites. If this is the case, the JAC Admissions Office will contact you.

For further information please contact the Admission Office (


Program Change – Returning Students Only

During or after your first semester, you may realize that your program is not a good fit for you and want to change your program. This is possible by requesting a program change for the following semester through your Omnivox “Program Change” module. It is highly recommended that you first speak to an Academic Advisor or someone from the Admissions office before requesting your program change.
NOTE: Program change requests submitted through Omnivox by NEW students will not be considered. Instead see the above section about Program Adjustments.

Summer math and science make-up courses

John Abbott College offers new students who wish to take high school math or science courses the opportunity to do so during the summer (applies only to fall semester admits).

Summer courses begin in the first week of July and end in early August. Courses are offered four or five half-days a week, depending on the course. There is a $29.00 registration fee, plus tuition costs of $2.00 per course hour.

  • Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Courses are subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment
  • Prior to the course starting, the Admissions Office will verify the status of all students registered for summer math and science courses. Anyone who does not meet CEGEP entrance requirements on that date will be charged tuition fees of $6.00/course hour.
Register using this online form: click here

For general information about summer courses, refer to


Course Registration: Overview

All students register (choose their courses) using the Omnivox “Course Registration” module. You will be assigned an individual registration date and time. The Registrar’s Office will notify you once you can access your specific registration time by going to “Course Registration” under “My Omnivox Services”.

At any time, you can find course descriptions by program, by following the button “Program Planner” on each program page on the John Abbott College website.

The schedule of classes (a course selection guide containing course descriptions, days/times these courses are offered, and who will be teaching the courses) will be made available on Omnivox’s Registrar’s Office Community prior to registration.

Watch this helpful video below to learn more about your course registration.

Registering for Your Courses

Course registration is a simple process, but it can be quite stressful at times. The best way to ensure a stress-free course registration it to be prepared, know what you are getting into, and to make use of the help and resources at your disposal.

Registration Helpline

If you need help during the registration period, you may contact the Registration Helpline:

Phone: 514-457-6610 ext. 5360 or 5363

  • Students admitted for the fall semester will register in August. In July, students will find details about registration (including registration appointment) under “Information intended for you” in Omnivox.
  • Students admitted for the winter semester will register in January. In December, students will find details about registration (including registration appointment) under “Information intended for you” in Omnivox.

Advanced Standing/Transfer Credits

If you have already completed courses at CEGEP, university (in or outside of Quebec), or grade 12, you may be eligible to receive credit(s) for these courses. Once you are admitted and have confirmed your attendance, you will receive an MIO from the Academic Advising department to inform you of the results of the evaluation of your file and the process you need to follow if applicable.

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