Tuesday, April 24, 2018

AC Start is “pre-orientation” – it’s where full-time, Level 1 Spring intake students at the Ottawa campus get organized before AC Day 1. AC Start runs 2:00pm-5:00pm in the Robert C. Gillet Student Commons (E Building). 

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 services in a one-stop-shop setting. Think Apple store – this will be a similar concept.

Check out the schedule for AC Start! Sign up for all the sessions when you register for AC Start, or just the ones you need or are interested in. Please bring your own device (BYOD – tablet, laptop, etc.).

Register for AC Start


Time Activity Description Location
8:00am – 4:00pm  AC Card and U-Pass Throughout the day, drop in to get your AC Card (student ID) and U-Pass (transit pass).

Submit your photo online after April 17 and pick up your cards at AC Start in Room E120. Visit the Card Services website for more information.

Room E120, Student Commons
2:00pm – 5:00pm  Tech Lounge Get hands-on service for how to use the online tools that are required at Algonquin College (Blackboard, ACSIS, and Live@AC), so you can access Wi-Fi, timetables, grades, and email. Bring your device to this one-on-one student support tech lounge (you will leave AC Start ready to go for your first day of class!). Choose a session time to attend during this time period. Lobby, 1st Floor, Student Commons
 3:00pm – 4:00pm College Essentials: Expert Panel Have questions? This one-hour session is the place to go! The Expert Panel is an opportunity for students and parents/guardians to ask questions to a panel of College services’ experts about financial aid, registration and fee dates, student life, health insurance, student ID and transit pass, and more. Sign up for this session to find out how to successfully begin your college career! Corner Lounge, 1st Floor, Student Commons (behind Starbucks)
3:00pm – 5:00pm  AC Tours Get to know your new campus with a 45-minute guided tour. Tours are every 15 minutes, with the the last tour leaving at 4:15pm. Choose the session time during this time period that best fits your schedule. Lobby, 1st Floor, Student Commons


(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.)

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 olstudentsuccess@algonquincollege.com.


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 on Tuesday, April 3!