You may be fresh out of high school, re-entering the workforce, or looking to upgrade your skills – whatever reasons bring you to Algonquin College, Orientation is a big part of getting you set up properly so you can take on the new school year.

There are two equally important parts to your College Orientation experience: AC Start and AC Day 1 (Fall). Level 1 Fall intake (full-time) students at the Ottawa campus begin their time at Algonquin College on Tuesday, September 5, at AC Day 1. This is the kick-off to your academic and social life here. So what’s the difference? And why is it important to attend both? Let’s break it down for you.


AC Start

AC Day 1

Various Dates in August

September 5, 2017

AC Start is “pre-orientation” – it’s where you get organized before AC Day 1. AC Start sessions are offered on a variety of dates in August. Please attend the session specific to your School or the General Session on August 21.

At AC Start you will:

  • Familiarize yourself with the online tools you will use to access timetables, grades, and email
  • Learn about eTexts and how to use them
  • Take a campus tour
  • Check out info booths at the College Trade Show
  • Get your AC Card/U-Pass (student ID) (this must be done after August 7, once you have your timetable on ACSIS)

A Parent/Family/Spouse Information Session will also be offered on this day.

This is the introduction to your program and the people who will be a big part of your experience at Algonquin – your professors and the other students.

AC Day 1 includes:

  • Program Orientation (get to know your classmates, professors, and program)
  • Getting set up on Blackboard, email, WiFi
  • Campus tours
  • AC Card/U-Pass (student ID) pick up
  • Information about eTexts and the online tools you will need to access timetables, grades, and email
  • An evening social event – stay tuned for the announcement!

Please note, classes will be suspended on September 5, so that you can attend AC Day 1. Your regular schedule will resume on September 6 (please refer to your timetable available on ACSIS).

Learn more about AC Start  Learn more about AC Day 1
Confirm Your Attendance for AC Start Registration for AC Day 1 will open on July 24, 2017


Please note: Programming elements are subject to change.

Download a PDF of this chart.