Before you begin to navigate your way through university, it helps to orient yourself. And the best way to do that is by joining us at orientation day. We can't wait to give you a hero's welcome

Find friends while finding your feet

Kicking off the week before classes begin, orientation is dedicated to introducing us to you – and you to your future.

You’ll be allocated a day during orientation week based on your course and campus. 

On that day, you’ll explore your new campus and facilities, meet your future classmates, taste-test your way around our cafes, check out orientation sessions and events, and get some free stuff. It’s the perfect start to uni life.

What happens at orientation

Starting your first year of study is exciting, but it can also have a lot of unknowns. We get that this can be daunting. That’s why orientation is designed to be fun and informative, and to give you opportunities such as:

  • familiarising yourself with your campus
  • attending a day of activities specific to your course
  • learning about the student services and support available to you
  • mapping your future lecture theatres, study spaces and hangout places on a campus tour
  • meeting other students and classmates
  • discovering our line-up of social clubs and activities.

Sort your orientation plan

Ready to get started? To make sure the day is as useful, practical and beneficial for you as possible, we’ve created a personal planner just for you. 

You can view your orientation plan by logging in to your student portal. 

Be sure to bring your planner on the day, too. It’s a good idea to email a copy of your plan to yourself using the ‘Email your planner’ option in the portal.

View your orientation plan on the student portal

ACU Orientation

Experience uni before you start

Before O-day, there’s Open Day. It’s your chance to really hit our grounds running. You can also tour your local campus and sign up for a free session that allows you to experience our difference before you study with us.

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Orientation dates

The orientation day you need to attend depends on your course and your campus. 

Use the table below to see when orientation is on at your campus.

Campus Date
Ballarat Start date: 18 February
End date: 20 February
Brisbane Start date: 18 February
End date: 21 February
Canberra Start date: 20 February
End date: 20 February
Melbourne Start date: 18 February
End date: 21 February
North Sydney Start date: 18 February
End date: 21 February
Strathfield Start date: 18 February
End date: 21 February

International student welcome and enrolment dates 2019

If you are an international student, you will also need to attend your welcome and enrolment session.

At this session, you will sign up for your classes, get your student ID card and ACU email address, and update your student details. 

For more information on the international enrolment process, visit the offer accepting and enrolling page. 

Find out more about accepting your offer and enrolling

International welcome and enrolment dates

Find out when your welcome and enrolment day will be held at your campus using the table below.

Campus Date 
Ballarat  Wednesday 13 February (all courses)

Tuesday 12 February (Bachelor of Nursing family names A – K)
Wednesday 13 February (Bachelor of Nursing family names L – Z)
Thursday 14 February (all other courses, except Tertiary Preparation Program)
Friday 15 February (Tertiary Preparation Program)

Canberra Tuesday 19 February (all courses)
Melbourne Monday 11 February (Bachelor of Nursing family names A – M)
Tuesday 12 February (Bachelor of Nursing family names N – Z)
Wednesday 13 February (Faculty of Business and Law)
Thursday 14 February (Faculty of Education and Arts, and Faculty of Health Sciences, except Bachelor of Nursing)
Friday 15 February (Tertiary Preparation Program)
North Sydney Monday 11 February (Bachelor of Nursing family names A – N)
Tuesday 12 February (Bachelor of Nursing family names O – Z)
Wednesday 13 February (Tertiary Preparation Program)
Thursday 14 February (all other courses)
Strathfield Friday 15 February (all courses)


Study abroad and exchange dates 2019

If you’re a study abroad or exchange student, you must attend your orientation on the following dates only.

Campus Date 
 Brisbane  Monday 11 February
 Melbourne  Wednesday 13 February
 North Sydney and Strathfield  Thursday 14 February (for all Strathfield and North Sydney students)

Need help? Contact us

If you have any trouble with your orientation plan, logging into your student portal, or finding out where to go on the big day, contact us at AskACU or student support.

Email AskACU

Search our FAQ knowledge database

Call us on 1300 275 228.

International students

Contact the friendly team at international student support


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