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.

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Virtual Welcome

Join one of our onlineVirtual 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.

Programs for semester 1 2024 haev now concluded.

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.

Programs for semester 1 2024 have now concluded.

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.

Programs for semester 1 2024 have now concluded.

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.

Campus Date Students Attending


Wednesday 20 March 2024

Online Foundation studies Students


Thursday 21 March 2024

Blacktown Foundation Studies students


Friday 22 March 2024

Melbourne Foundation studies Students

North Sydney

Friday 22 March 2024

North Sydney Foundation studies Students

Late Orientations

Late Orientation Days are offered for students who were unable to attend their priority campus Orientation Day between 19 and 23 February.

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.

Programs for semester 1 2024 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, 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 Students only)

Predeparture guide for International students (PDF, 6.81 MB)

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