AC Start is “pre-orientation” – it’s where full-time, Level 1 Fall intake students get organized before AC Day 1.

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.

At AC Start you will:

  • Familiarize yourself with the online tools you will use to access timetables, grades, and email
  • Learn about eTexts and how to use them
  • Take a campus tour
  • Check out info booths at the College Trade Show
  • Get your AC Card/U-Pass (student ID)

A Parent/Family/Spouse Information Session will also be offered on this day.

(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.)

AC Start sessions run 1:30pm-5:00pm and are offered on a variety of dates in August (there is also a General Session on Monday, August 21, from 9:00am-1:30pm) . Please choose the session specific to your School, found below, or the General Session if you cannot attend your designated date. (Not sure which School your Program falls under? This information can be found on the Algonquin College website). Please note, students with the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning do not need to attend AC Start. Online students will receive information about Orientation later this summer.

The dates for AC Start are:

Date  School
 Tuesday, August 15 Police & Public Safety Institute and School of Health & Community Studies
 Wednesday, August 16 Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence
 Thursday, August 17 School of Advanced Technology
 Monday, August 21 General Session (not School specific, open to all programs and Dual Credit)
 Tuesday, August 22 School of Business
 Wednesday, August 23 School of Media & Design and General Arts & Science
 Thursday, August 24 School of Hospitality & Tourism and Language Institute


For more detailed descriptions about the workshops, College Trade Show, and Parent/Family/Spouse Information Session click here.


Confirm Your Attendance for AC Start

AC Card Pick Up

Beat the lines – get your AC Card/U-Pass at AC Start! (Please note, this will be available after August 7, once you have your timetable on ACSIS.) Learn more on the Card Services website.


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.

Travelling from Out of Town? Need Somewhere to Stay?

We are happy to offer out of town guests accommodations at our Residence for a discounted rate (subject to availability – valid only August 14-25) of $85.00 per night, per suite, based on double occupancy before taxes (13%). Please use booking code ACHUB17 when booking online or at 613-727-7698. 

Remember to confirm your attendance for AC Day 1, which takes place Tuesday, September 5 (registration will open July 24, 2017).