What are AC Day 1 and AC Start?

There are two equally important parts to your College Orientation experience: AC Start and AC Day 1. All Level 1 Fall intake students (full-time) at the Ottawa campus begin their time at Algonquin College on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at AC Day 1. (Please note, all classes will be suspended on Tuesday, September 5, for all students. Your regular schedule will resume September 6. Please refer to your timetable via ACSIS.) Registration for AC Start opens June 7, 2017, and registration for AC Day 1 opens July 24, 2017.

AC Day 1 is about getting to know the campus, your program, and the people who will be a big part of your experience at Algonquin — your professor and the other students. This is the kick-off to your academic and social life here. (Please note, AC Day 1 is for Level 1 Fall intake students (full-time) at the Ottawa campus ONLY.)

But AC Day 1 can get busy, with lots of people to meet, places to go, and things to learn. AC Start gives students (and parents/families/spouses) a chance to visit campus before AC Day 1 and provides them with information and tools that will help get them started on the right track. Learn more about AC Start and AC Day 1 and why it’s important to attend both.


My timetable shows classes scheduled on Tuesday, September 5 – what do I do?

Regardless of your timetable, all Level 1 Fall intake students (full-time) at the Ottawa campus are expected to be on campus at Algonquin College on Tuesday, September 5, for AC Day 1 . Classes will be suspended on September 5, so that you can attend AC Day 1, and your regular schedule will resume September 6 (please refer to your timetable on ACSIS).


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

Registration will be available through this website. AC Start registration will open June 7. AC Day 1 registration will open July 24. 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 Fall 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 Parent/Family/Spouse Information session 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 made a mistake when registering for 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 hubmail@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.


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 an “Important Links” section on the Orientation website that you might find of use (academic dates, tips, etc)
  • Check out the Card Services website for info on your AC Card and U-Pass

The main thing, though, is that AC Day 1 on Tuesday, September 5, will have some similar content for those who aren’t able to get to AC Start. This includes drop-in workshops, AC Card, info on getting set up on email and eTexts, etc. It’s great to attend AC Start so you can get some of this stuff out of the way before AC Day 1 (and AC Start does have additional programming, such as the College Trade Show and Parent/Family/Spouse Information session), but anyone who can’t get here for AC Start will be able to get lots of key info at AC Day 1.


I can’t find my program on the AC Day 1 list. What should I do?

Get in touch with us at hubmail@algonquincollege.com and we will investigate.


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

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


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