Wednesday, January 3, 2018

AC Start is “pre-orientation” – it’s where full-time, Level 1 Winter intake students get organized before AC Day 1. AC Start runs 2:00pm-5:00pm (doors open at 1:30pm) in the Robert C. Gillet Student Commons. 


Register for AC Start


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.


Time Description Location
8:00am – 4:00pm (drop in)  AC Card and U-Pass  Corner Lounge, Student Commons
8:00am – 5:00pm (drop in)  eTexts Support  Connections: The Campus Store, H Building
11:30am – 12:45pm (45 minute tours)  AC Tours  Lobby, 1st Floor, Student Commons
1:30pm  Doors Open for AC Start  Algonquin Commons Theatre, Student Commons
2:00pm – 2:30pm  Welcome Message   Algonquin Commons Theatre, Student Commons
2:30pm – 3:00pm  College Trade Show  Lobby, 1st Floor, Student Commons
3:00pm – 3:30pm  Parent/Family/Spouse Information Session   Employment Support Centre, 3rd Floor, Student Commons
3:00pm – 3:10pm  Info Session: First Gen  Algonquin Commons Theatre, Student Commons
3:10pm – 3:40pm  Info Session: Intro to Tech@AC   Algonquin Commons Theatre, Student Commons
 3:40pm – 3:50pm  Info Session: Transfer Students  Algonquin Commons Theatre, Student Commons
 3:50pm – 4:00pm  Info Session: Financial Aid and Student Awards  Algonquin Commons Theatre, Student Commons
 4:00pm – 5:00pm  AC Tours  Lobby, 1st Floor, Student Commons


Learn more about the Info Sessions, College Trade Show, Parent/Family/Spouse Info Session, and AC Tours.

(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

AC Card/U-Pass Pick Up

Visit Card Services in the  Corner Lounge (in Student Commons, beside Starbucks) at AC Start to get your picture taken and AC Card and U-Pass printed! 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 $4.42. 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.

Remember to confirm your attendance for AC Day 1 as well.