How do I register for AC Start and AC Day 1?

Registration will be available through this website. Registration for AC Start will open on Wednesday, March 14, and registration for AC Day 1 will open Tuesday, April 3. Please ensure that you register for both AC Start AND AC Day 1.


Can I bring a parent/guardian/family member/friend with me to AC Day 1?

AC Day 1 is for Level 1 Spring intake students (full-time) at Ottawa campus ONLY. This is an excellent way for incoming students to genuinely experience Algonquin, connect with staff and faculty, and network with peers. AC Day 1 only happens once — don’t miss out on this opportunity! We do welcome parents/family/spouses to attend our College Essentials: Expert Panel at AC Start. Learn more about AC Start.


Where can I park?

For those who have obtained Algonquin College parking passes, please park in your designated area. If you do not have a parking pass, please use the Visitor Parking Lot, shown here, for a fee.


I can’t attend AC Start. What should I do?

While we highly recommend attending AC Start, we know that some people won’t be able to attend because of work, living out of town, etc. If this is the case, here are a few links that you might find of value:

  • Tools for Success on the Orientation website
  • There is a “General Info” section on the Orientation website that you might find of use (academic dates, tips, etc)
  • Check out the Card Services website for info about submitting your photo online for your AC Card and U-Pass
  • Sign up to be matched with a Student Navigator, who can help answer all your Algonquin College questions

I’m an International student. Do I need to attend International Student Orientation and AC Start/AC Day 1?

We do recommend International students attend both their International Student Orientation (which will be about getting settled into your new life in Ottawa and at Algonquin College) and AC Start and AC Day 1. AC Start and AC Day 1 are the College Orientation events for all Level 1 spring intake students (exceptions apply), and will help you build your network of support resources at the College, as well as give you social opportunities.


I made a mistake when registering for AC Start or AC Day 1. How do I change my info?

If you made a mistake while entering your name, email address, student number, phone number, or experienced technical difficulties while registering, please email us at orientation@algonquincollege.com and we will be happy to assist you.


Help! I can’t print my AC Start and/or AC Day 1 ticket!

That’s okay! You do not need to print your ticket to attend AC Start or AC Day 1. Here at Algonquin, we prefer to save trees and are doing our part by going digital. If you own a smartphone or tablet, you can download your ticket through the Eventbrite app for us to scan at check-in. If neither option works for you, we can access your ticket by searching your name when you arrive at AC Start and AC Day 1.


What if I have other questions about AC Start or AC Day 1?

Email any of your questions to us at orientation@algonquincollege.com and we will gladly provide answers and find solutions!


***PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ORIENTATION IS FOR OTTAWA CAMPUS, LEVEL 1 SPRING INTAKE STUDENTS (FULL-TIME) ONLY!***