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Cégep John Abbott College

Since John Abbott College opened in 1971, it has been a significant part of English post-secondary education in Québec and a pillar in the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue community. John Abbott College is one of five English language CEGEPs in Québec. Today, the public Anglophone college caters to over 6,500 day students and more than 2,000 Continuing Education students from Québec, Canada and abroad. The institution offers a wide range of career and pre-university programs specifically designed to give students the necessary tools they need to succeed in society. In addition to having a dedicated and knowledgeable teaching staff and quality facilities, the College goes above and beyond by offering outstanding services to its students, and all this from a breathtaking lakeside campus. Situated on the western tip of the island of Montreal, in Sainte-Anne de Bellevue, John Abbott enjoys a rural setting just a half hour drive from downtown Montreal. Learn more.

Fast Facts

  • Career Programs: 80% of graduates are working in their field of choice.
  • Pre-University Programs: 90% of graduates were accepted in their first choice of university.
  • If they were to do it again, 91% of survey respondents would choose John Abbott College again.
  • John Abbott College has 17 intercollegiate sports teams and 30 student-run clubs.

Our research specialization:

  • Controlled Drug Delivery Systems
  • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Educational Technology and STEM education
  • Active Learning Pedagogy




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Contribute to our Community

The West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC) has been on-campus at John Abbott for 20 years. Adults suffering an intellectual disability (ID), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) are paired up with a day-division student who accompanies the individual for several hours a week. Together, they develop the skills, habits and attitudes required to cope with everyday life.

Community and Communication is a practical course focusing on volunteer work in a community context. Launched in 2007 students come together each term to lend their energy and enthusiasm to local non-profit organizations. Due to growing demand on the part of students and community groups, sections of the course have been added over the years. Last year, JAC students were at 22 community groups!

The Anne-Marie Edward Science building (opened in 2012) has earned the LEED© Gold Certification (2015). In celebrating and promoting sustainability at JAC, we stress the importance of balancing autonomy and responsible citizenship with a respect for the environment and the diversity of our communities. Through academic programs, the environmental studies certificate, student clubs and activities and employee projects, we are informing, educating and integrating sustainable practices throughout our College landscape and beyond.

Foster Student Success

Anna Iankovitch

I was given the opportunity to do so much during my short 2-year stay at Abbott! Transitioning from a small high school into a huge college like Abbott, I found a tightly knit community of friends and professors. When it came to academics, we were always taught to go beyond the topics covered in class and to seek answers to our questions. We were taught perseverance, diligence, hard work. The result? I was a Loran Scholarship Finalist, Schulich Leaders Nominee, undergraduate research assistant at McGill University, and a licensed pilot…at 19! The bottom line: John Abbott College gave me more than an education: it gave me the tools to pursue my dreams.

Geoffrey Kelley

Over forty years ago, I graduated from John Abbott after spending two exciting years at the College. I enjoyed the adult atmosphere at JAC – we were responsible for doing our work, handing in our assignments and choosing our area of study. In 1972, the College was just getting started, many of the teachers were not much older that we were, and readily available to students. We read and discussed many books and ideas. I have fond memories of history lectures and literature courses that instilled a passion for reading and writing that has enriched my life to this day. As a former JAC student, teacher and parent, I owe a great deal to the teachers for the education they gave me and my family.

Philipp G.

John Abbott College will always have a special place in my heart. JAC was more than just a school to me: it was a vibrant community of teachers, staff and students in which I learned, laughed, struggled and thrived. What JAC instilled in me, more than anything, was a new sense of independence and grit – the sorts of qualities one can only discover with the help of an inspiring faculty and diverse student body. After graduating, I went on to study at Harvard and pursue a career in public policy with stints at the White House and NYC Mayor’s Office. I’m convinced my JAC experience made all the difference. When I do get the chance to return to campus – no matter the new faces or building renovations – I still see that same place that I fell in love with long ago.

Partner with Business and Community


The first Thursday of November sees John Abbott College, Macdonald High School, local grade schools and McGill University (Macdonald campus) come together on the grounds of John Abbott with Veterans of all ages, who have served in wars and conflicts around the world. The annual bilingual ceremony, attended by hundreds, features student poems and speeches, paying tribute to the sacrifices made by so many while reminding those present that peace is fragile and can only exist if we come together. This ceremony began in 2006 at the unveiling of the Remembrance monument next to the Memorial Athletic Field.

Support Indigenous Students

Since 1990, John Abbott College has collaborated with Indigenous communities to offer services and programs to encourage and support the academic success and retention of Indigenous students in post-secondary education, hence the creation of the Indigenous Student Resource Centre (. The The centre is a comfortable and welcoming place on campus where students can come and relax, work, talk, get tutoring and counseling, as well as maintaining their identity as Indigenous people within the college community. The centre’s friendly, knowledgeable staff support the aspirations of students through a range of activities and services such as academic support, tutoring, career counseling, organized social activities and workshops. In collaboration with Indigenous communities and institutions including the Cree and Kativik school boards, the Indigenous Student Resource Centre develops programs and provides services that address the unique needs of our Aboriginal students. The Centre supports all Aboriginal students through a successful transition to college life.

Programs & Services of Interest

Date modified: 2018-06-20