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 (Spring). Level 1 Spring intake (full-time) students at the Ottawa campus begin their time at Algonquin College at AC Day 1 on Monday, May 7. 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 (Spring)

AC Day 1 (Spring)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018

AC Start is “pre-orientation” – it’s where you get organized before AC Day 1. AC Start offers you an opportunity to access important services in a one-stop-shop setting. Think Apple store – this will be a similar concept. Please bring your own device (BYOD – tablet, laptop, etc.).

At AC Start you will:

  • Get your AC Card (student ID) and U-Pass (transit card)
  • Get hands-on, one-on-one service for how to use online tools that are required at Algonquin College, so you can access Wi-Fi, timetables, and grades (you will leave AC Start ready to go for your first day of class!)
  • Take a campus tour
  • Get answers to your questions about financial aid, registration and fee dates, student life, health insurance, and anything else that is on your mind about starting college
AC Day 1 is where you can explore a variety of academic resources and social activities.

At AC Day 1 you will: 

  • Take part in Program Orientation (where you will learn about your program and meet your professors and classmates)
  • Get your AC Card (student ID) and U-Pass (transit card)
  • Get tech support for accessing your accounts for timetables, grades, and email
  • Learn about volunteer opportunities and take part in an on-campus Community Project
  • Take a campus tour
  • Take part in fun social activities
  • And more!
Learn more about AC Start Learn more about AC Day 1
Register for AC Start Registration will open April 3!

Please note: Programming elements are subject to change.