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Monday, January 8, 2018

Full-time, Level 1 Winter intake students at the Ottawa campus begin their time at Algonquin College on Monday, January 8, at AC Day 1.

(In case you missed it, learn about the difference between AC Start and AC Day 1 here, and why it’s important to attend both.) Classes will be suspended on January 8 from 8am – 1pm for Level 1 Winter intake students so that you can attend AC Day 1. Your regular schedule will resume after 1pm (please refer to your timetable available on ACSIS).

AC Day 1 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. It is also an opportunity to get you started on the right track so that you spend less time searching for your classrooms and setting up your email, and more time learning and meeting new people. Besides being the destination for need-to-know information that will benefit you academically, AC Day 1 offers an upbeat festival vibe with plenty of social opportunities and entertainment.

Highlights include:

  • Program Orientation (get to know your classmates, professors, and program)
  • Getting set up on Blackboard, email, and Wi-Fi
  • Social activities and entertainment
  • AC Card/U-Pass (student ID) pick up
  • Information about eTexts and the online tools you will need to access timetables and grades
  • Opportunities to meet upper-level students in your program

It’s significant to your academic success to attend AC Day 1. This is an important point of contact to your program, profs, fellow students, and College resources, as well as a time to have some fun!

Please note, students with the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning do not need to attend AC Day 1. For questions from students in online programs, please contact



If you have purchased an Algonquin parking permit, please park in your designated area (Lot 8, 9, or 12). If you do not have a permit, limited parking will be available in the Visitor’s Parking Lot (Lot 7), for a fee. Click here for Parking Map.

AC Card and U-Pass

Beat the lines! Get your AC Card and U-Pass (transit card)
Starting December 1, you can submit your photo online and avoid the lines (returning students do not need to submit a new photo). Learn more about U-Pass and AC Card.