Outside view of the Algonquin College footbridge over Woodroofe Avenue on a sunny April afternoon. Photo credit: Brandon Plant

It’s the final week of the school year for many students, but for others, it’s just the beginning with the spring semester kicking off in a couple of weeks.

May 8 is when the spring semester officially opens, and according to a statement from the college’s Academic Operations and Planning department, there will be far more faces on opening day compared to the previous spring.

“Spring 2023 enrolment is projected to be significantly greater than spring 2022,” the statement said.

For Parker Lynds, a health and fitness promotion student, the spring semester is an opportunity to collect extra credits and accelerate his graduation timeline.

“I haven’t decided whether I’m going to enrol in spring courses or not, but I’m definitely open to it,” Lynds said.

“But if there’s a course I like, I’d definitely consider enrolling because if I could advance my graduation timeline, or even earn credits so I don’t have to take as many classes next semester, that’s something I’d be interested in,” Lynds said.

The difference between the spring semester and the other semesters is that in the spring, no program is exclusively offered, as confirmed by the registrar’s office.

“There are no program intakes that are only offered in the spring,” the registrar’s office said.

The check-in at Algonquin College's registrar's office.
The check-in at Algonquin College's registrar's office. Photo credit: Brandon Plant

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t specific program courses that run through the spring. Sometimes programs have courses only available in the spring, according to the registrar’s office.

“It is dependent on the program intake. Depending on when a learner starts their program, there may be particular courses associated with their specific program level which for them would only be accessible in the spring semester,” the statement said.

The registrar’s office said the spring semester often sees “less new program intakes and less activity scheduled overall when compared to fall and winter semesters.”