AC Start is Step 1 of the College Orientation experience for full-time, first year Fall students at the Ottawa campus. It’s where you get organized before the start of the school year.

So what’s AC Start all about?

AC Start gives you (plus parents/families/spouses) a chance to visit the Ottawa campus prior to the first day of school, so that you can get a head start on the information and tools that will set you up for success. AC Start is your opportunity to access important academic and support services in a one-stop-shop setting and ask questions that are on your mind. Think Apple store – this will be a similar concept.

AC Start includes a Prep Lounge, AC Tours, and a College Essentials: Expert Panel. When you register for AC Start, sign up for all the activities, or just the ones you are interested in. Please bring your own device (BYOD – tablet, laptop, etc.).

AC Start is offered on dates throughout August by School (not sure which School your program falls under? Check here.) There is also a General Session (if you can’t attend your School’s date) and a condensed Residence Edition for students who will be living in Residence. Choose the one that best fits your schedule (you only need to attend one AC Start session).

AC Start Dates TBA

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


Algonquin Parking Services is pleased to offer all new students attending AC Start a reduced-rate day parking pass in Lots 8, 9, and 12 for $5.00. If you wish to purchase a parking pass for the AC Start date you have registered for, please click here to be directed to the online form, and select “Special Events” to access the reduced rate. This offer is for AC Start only, not AC Day 1. Please ensure you have purchased this reduced-rate parking pass prior to arriving on campus – we are unable to sell the passes on site. 

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 Pay & Display Lot 12, or in the Visitor’s Parking Lot, for a fee.

Click here for Parking Map.

Be sure to register for AC Day 1 as well when registration opens!