Starting at ACU

Whether you’re starting your first degree, or returning to study after some time away, Orientation is about getting prepared so you can get the most out of your studies.

Get prepared for your best start to university life by accessing essential resources and registering for our Orientation programs... Information about our semester 1 2024 programs will be available in November 2023.

“There is too much information to process for one individual without going to orientation. It is beneficial for the transition of students.”

“A very welcoming experience and made me feel like I’m becoming part of something.”
New ACU Students

Virtual Welcome

To help you get started on your ACU journey, join one of our online Connect2Uni Virtual Welcome events. It's your opportunity to:

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

Virtual Welcomes for Semester 2 2023 have now concluded.

Getting Started

Set yourself up with the skills to thrive academically at university. Attend the Getting Started - program and participate insessions designed to give you the confidence and skills to navigate your academic journey at ACU The program explores common academic challenges that students experience throughout the first year. It offers a space to connect with peers and staff and will help you understand what you need to be successful.

Getting Started Days for Semester 2 2023 have now concluded.


Attending Orientation Day is an essential part of starting your journey at ACU. During your Orientation Day you will find out important information about your course, and what to expect in your first semester. You can explore ACU and get to know your new campus. 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.

Orientation days for Semester 2 2023 have now concluded.

Late arrivals

Orientation Day for late arrivals is for new students who were not able to make it to our Getting Started and Orientation events in July.

Orientation Day for late arrivals has a number of useful sessions and will introduce you to key staff at your campus and to a range of student services available to you.

Late Arrivals Orientation days for Semester 2 2023 have now concluded.

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, 264KB)

International students

Find out more about accepting your offer and enrolling

Contact the friendly team at international student support

Predeparture guide for International students (PDF)

Gateway to ACU (VIC Students only)

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