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.

College Orientation for full-time, first year Fall students at the Ottawa campus includes two important steps: AC Start (Step 1) and AC Day 1 (Step 2). 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 events? Let’s break it down for you.


Step 1: AC Start (Winter)

Step 2: AC Day 1 (Winter)

Date TBA

Monday, January 7, 2019

AC Start is where you get organized before the start of the school year. AC Start offers you an opportunity to access important academic and support 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 ACSIS, Live@AC, and Brightspace – these are the online tools you’ll use to access Wi-Fi, timetables, email, eTexts, grades, and more (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, transfer credits and class exemptions, student life, health insurance, and anything else that is on your mind about starting college
AC Day 1 is your first day of school and where you get to know the Algonquin College culture! This is your chance to explore the campus, build your support network, and take part in social activities.

At AC Day 1 you will: 

  • Take part in Program Orientation (this is where you will get a feel for your program and meet your profs and classmates)
  • Take part in fun social activities
  • Enjoy a huge evening performance (stay tuned for details!)
  • Get support from ITS and Brightspace at mobile desks around campus if you’re having trouble with online resources
  • Learn about volunteer opportunities and take part in an on-campus Community Project
  • And so much more!
Learn more about AC Start Learn more about AC Day 1

Please note: Programming elements are subject to change.