The CEGEP waiting game begins
Colleges processing round-one applications
It's a game no one likes to play, especially when victory seems to shift a bit each year. But with the March 1 CEGEP application deadline having come and gone, thousands of Quebec students must now wait to see if they'll get into their school of choice on the first of a three round application process.
John Abbott College, one of four public English CEGEPs in Quebec, has received 4,119 applications for fall 2011 admission, JAC Director General Ginette Sheehy said Monday.
And while she could not indicate how many of new students would be admitted to the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue college next fall, she did say application requests are increasing each year.
"Last year 3,992 new students applied and 2,446 were admitted."
By contrast 2,366 of 3,669 applicants were admitted to John Abbott in 2009.
Sheehy said two of the school's most popular programs are sciences and social sciences.
It is still too early to determine if Quebec's education ministry will step in again to ease any overcrowding.
"Last year (the minister of education) came to us and told us we had to do something to accept more students," Sheehy said.
The ministry gave the green light for John Abbott to exceed its devis (capacity) of 5,600 students.
The school went over by 50 students.
Ministry officials also promised to help John Abbott cover costs they incurred renting three classrooms at Macdonald High School, whose property is adjacent to the college.
There was also a promise of financial help for each extra student.
Sheehy said the funding has yet to come through.
"We're hoping they will stick to what they said but we have to wait and see."
According to Kim Rousseau, JAC interim dean of academic systems in registrar's office, students will learn if they've been accepted on the first round through the Service régional d'admission du Montréal métropolitain, SRAM, system.
The answers will be available on-line as of April 5.
SRAM also mails all acceptance and refusal letters.
Rousseau said the school could start mailing initial acceptance letters by as early as March 25.
"When we have our acceptance pack- ages ready, we mail them out," she said, adding, the school never informs people over the phone if they've been accepted.
But that doesn't stop some fromtrying to find out.
"It's been quiet so far because of spring break last week, but we always get a lot of phone calls once the application deadlines pass," she said.
Those students who do not get the answer they're hoping for the first time around should not give up, stressed Sheehy.
"If it's not on the first round, it might be the second or the third, but keep trying. If the marks are there, there should be a place (in a CEGEP) for every student."
She said at minimum students should have all secondary five leaving requirements.
The deadline to apply for the second round of admission is April 18.
John Abbott is one of 14 schools using the SRAM, system.
Founded in 1973, the system simplified the problem of multiple applications for admission.
Students applying to CEGEP on the SRAM system can only apply to one school at a time.
Other SRAM members include Collège de Valleyfield, Vanier College, Macdonald College andCollègeGérald-Godin, amongothers.