The course load for full-time day students varies according to the program in which they are enrolled. Students are expected to carry and attend a full course load as specified in the “Program” section of the calendar unless a significant reason is given for taking a reduced load.
In order to be considered a full-time student, the minimum number of courses that a student must register for and attend is four (or 12 hours of classes per week). Failure to attend a course regularly may result in a retroactive change from full-time status to part-time status. Part-time students are required to pay fees at the rate of $2.00 per course hour.
Permission to register as a part-time student must be obtained from the Registrar.
Application to take an additional course in excess of the regular course load for a program must be made at registration to the Registrar. In general, students would be eligible to take an extra course following a semester in which they have successfully completed a full course load appropriate for their program with a minimum 75% overall average.
The academic demands, the amount of study time required, and the level of difficulty of college studies may surprise and sometimes discourage students who, in high school, did well without much effort or who never really learned how to study. If students want to avoid any surprises in cégep, they are expected to study, on an on-going basis outside of class time, an average of 20-25 hours a week. Priorities must therefore be set between schoolwork, part-time jobs and socializing, or students may find themselves over-extended, which could lead to personal stress and academic failure.
Adjusting to a new course schedule is one of the biggest changes from high school. Planning and good work habits are key to student success. Each student receives a Student Agenda Handbook which is an essential tool for planning homework, study schedules and recording deadlines. Students are encouraged to make use of the breaks in their schedules to do homework. Students must be prudent in not allowing part-time employment to interfere with their studies as being a student is a full-time job.