Starting at ACU

Whether you're starting your first degree, or returning to study after some time away, we want you to get the most out of your studies.

Get your best start to university life by accessing essential resources and registering for our induction programs: Virtual Welcome, Getting Started and Orientation Day.

Virtual Welcome

Join one of our online Virtual Welcome events for an opportunity to:

  • meet fellow ACU offer holders
  • chat with current ACU students and staff
  • hear from our alumni
  • ask early questions about transitioning to university life

These events are designed for ACU offer holders.

Location Date Time Who Attends

Online

Wednesday 10 July 2024

1-2pm

Open to all commencing students

Learn more about the Virtual Welcome and register to attend

Getting Started

The one-day Getting Started program is designed for any students who would like some extra, one-on-one support and peer-connection before Orientation Day and the start of semester.

The program explores common challenges that students experience throughout their first year at university. Connect with friendly student mentors and hear about what you need to know and do to be successful.

You only need to attend one Getting Started Day either on campus or online.

Location Date Time Who Attends

Blacktown

Thursday 18 July 2024

9am – 2pm

Students commencing at Blacktown campus in Semester 2

Brisbane

Thursday 18 July 2024

9am – 2pm

Students commencing at Brisbane campus in Semester 2

Melbourne

Tuesday 16 July 2024

9am – 2pm

Students commencing at Melbourne campus in Semester 2

Strathfield

Tuesday 16 July 2024

9am – 2pm

Students commencing at Strathfield campus in Semester 2

North Sydney

Wednesday 17 July 2024

9am – 2pm

Students commencing at North Sydney campus in Semester 2

Online

Friday 19 July 2024

9am – 1pm

Students commencing at any campus who are unable to attend on campus GSD

Orientation Day

Attending Orientation Day is an essential part of starting your ACU journey. During your Orientation Day you will find out important information about your course, and what to expect in your first semester. Go on campus tours, learn about your campus student association, student clubs and societies, make friends, and speak to our expert staff about everything that ACU can offer you.

Location Date Time Who Attends

Blacktown

Wednesday 24 July 2024

8.30am - 3.30pm

Students commencing at Blacktown campus in Semester 2

Brisbane

Wednesday 24 July 2024

8.30am - 3.30pm

Students commencing at Brisbane campus in Semester 2

Melbourne

Tuesday 23 July 2024

8.30am - 3.30pm

Students commencing at Melbourne campus in Semester 2

Strathfield

Tuesday 23 July 2024

8.30am - 3.30pm

Students commencing at Strathfield campus in Semester 2

North Sydney

Thursday 25 July 2024

8.30am - 3.30pm

Students commencing at North Sydney campus in Semester 2

Online

Friday 26 July 2024

12 - 5pm

Please refer to Orientation website for courses hosting online
Course Information Sessions

Late Orientations

Late Orientation Days are offered for students who were unable to attend their priority campus Orientation Day between 23 and 26 July 2024.

The Late Orientation Day program is not as comprehensive as the standard Orientation Day program, but it still encompasses several useful sessions. You will be introduced to key staff on your campus and to the range of student services available to you.

Location Date Time Who Attends

Blacktown

Tuesday 30 July 2024

9am -12pm

Students who could not make Orientation Day

Brisbane

Wednesday 31 July 2024

9am -12pm

Students who could not make Orientation Day

Melbourne

Wednesday 31 July 2024

9am -12pm

Students who could not make Orientation Day

Strathfield

Wednesday 31 July 2024

9am -12pm

Students who could not make Orientation Day

North Sydney

Thursday 1 August 2024

9am -12pm

Students who could not make Orientation Day

Foundation Studies Orientation

Are you commencing a Foundation Studies program in 2024? Your studies will start on 25 March 2024, and we invite you to attend tailored orientation sessions beforehand to help you settle in and explore your campus.

Foundation Studies next intake will commence in 2025. Please check back later for dates and information.

ACU Online

ACU Online Term 3 commences from Monday 8 July 2024. Take the following steps to ensure you are well prepared to start uni:

  1. Watch the introductory video below.
  2. Register now for Orientation and view your course information pack.
  3. Launch into your learning by accessing our new student Canvas unit.

New student checklist

We've compiled a step-by-step checklist for you to use to ensure you tick-off all the essential tasks before you start uni.

Access your checklist (PDF, 130 KB)

International students

Find out more about accepting your offer and enrolling

Contact the friendly team at international student support

Gateway to ACU (VIC and NSW students only)

Predeparture guide for International students (PDF, 6.81 MB)

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