101 – Western University

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Last updated: October 3, 2017

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Important Deadlines

January 17 Supplemental application due for Ivey Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO)
February (early) Nomination and Application Deadline for Schulich Scholarships
February 14 Application deadline for National Scholarships
February 14 Supplemental application due for Scholar’s Electives Program
February 15 Supplemental application due for Commercial Aviation Management
February 15 Portfolio submission deadline Portfolio: Visual Arts – Studio Arts (EAV)
February 15 Application deadline for Collaborative Nursing (ENW) (ENF)
February 28 Supplemental application due for School of Advanced Studies for the Arts and Humanities
March 1 Application deadline for early consideration for full-time first-year studies for all applicants
March 1 Supplemental profiles due for Extraordinary Extracurricular Activities and Contributions to Citizenship; and Special Consideration
March 18 Supplemental application due for Western Integrated Science (WISc)
March-April Auditions for the Faculty of Music
April 16 Deadline for submission of English Language Proficiency results (if required)

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About Western


Founded in 1878, Western is a vibrant center of learning comprised of Main Campus and 3 Affiliated University Colleges: Brescia, Huron and King’s.


Western is located in London, Ontario, Canada’s fifteenth largest city and Ontario’s sixth largest city with a diverse population of more than 383,000. London is the economic, educational, cultural, and health care hub of southwestern Ontario, conveniently located within a 2 hour drive, train or bus-ride of Toronto, Ontario and Detroit Michigan.


Western is home to a vibrant community of approximately 38,300 students and 3,860 staff and faculty. Our ivy-covered campus, situated on the banks of the Thames River with 1,200 acres of rolling hills, and gothic architecture, makes Western one of the most picturesque campuses in North America.

Book a campus tour today!

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Special Characteristics

Domestic and International Rankings

Consistently recognized for our high standards, Western provides the best student experience both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  • One of Canada’s top 10 research intensive universities
  • The only university in Ontario to achieve “Above Average” rating in all ranked categories of the Globe and Mail Canadian University Report
  • Rated ninth in Canada and in the top 200 in the world by the QS World University Rankings
  • Sports-related Subjects, Philosophy and Psychology programs ranked in the Top 50 Programs in the World by the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject. In total, Western’s subjects ranked among the world’s elite institutions in 30 of 46 areas.

Academic Quality and Choice

Teaching expertise – Western ranks first in Ontario with more 3M National Teaching award‑winning faculty than any other Ontario university and ranks second in Canada.

Western is comprised of 11 faculties and professional schools offering more than 400 undergraduate programs, and a School of Graduate and Postdoctoral studies offering over 160 Master’s and PhD programs.

Western’s modular undergraduate degree structure offers opportunities to broaden areas of study by combining programs from many different faculties, schools, or departments; to focus on a specific subject in greater depth; or to take advantage of one-of-a-kind programs for high achieving students. There are literally thousands of possibilities.

Exceptional Students

38,335 students study at Western including approximately 4,300 international students from 127 countries. With one of the highest mean entrance averages of all universities in Ontario, an astounding first to second year retention rate exceeding 93%, exceptionally high graduation rates that are almost 10% above the Ontario university system, and an employment rate of 94.6% 2 years after graduation, Western students are among the brightest and most highly sought-after in the world. Our students are also passionate about their time at Western with 94% of graduating students responding that they would recommend Western to a friend.

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Distinctly Western

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Western|
51 Firsts – Research Western
The Western Guarantee
Signature Research Areas

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Unique Programs and Academic Choices

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Application Acknowledgement and Western Email

Once you have completed your application for admission through the OUAC, you will receive an acknowledgement email from the Admissions Office. This email will provide you with your Western Student Number and give you step-by-step instructions about how to access your Western Student Center Account.

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS: The email address you provide on your OUAC application will be our primary mode of communication with you. We will email you to check for changes in your admission status in your Western Student Center. If the email you indicate on your OUAC application is not your active personal and private email address, you will miss receiving critical communications from us about the status of your application.

WESTERN STUDENT CENTER: It is imperative that you activate your Student Center account as soon as you receive your acknowledgement email as Western’s Main Campus will not be sending you hard copy communications in the mail. Western’s Student Center is an online tool enabling you to review your application information, monitor the status of requested documents, and receive up-to-date admissions status information.

SAFE SENDER: Make sure you add the Western University internet domain “@uwo.ca” to your email provider’s “safe senders” list to ensure important messages from Western’s Admissions Office about the status of your application are not sent to your junk mail or spam folders.

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Semester Entry Points

Fall/Winter: Full-time only.

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Transcript and Document Submission

If you are currently enrolled full-time in an Ontario high school and have applied using the 101 application form, your grades will automatically be submitted by your high school. If you have taken a high school course more than once, the highest reported successful grade in that course will be used for admission purposes.

After your application is received by Western an acknowledgement will be sent to you detailing any other documents required to complete your application for admission. Supporting documents must be received before an admissions decision can be made.

You can track the receipt of your supporting documents through your Western Student Center.

Visit the Welcome Website for additional admissions information.

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English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to write a test at the earliest possible date and at the latest before March 2018. Scores for any test written before January 1, 2016, may not be accepted.

Acceptable Test Level Required
CANTEST A minimum overall score of 4.0 is required with no part less than 4.0.
CAEL A minimum overall score of 60 is required with no part less than 60.
IELTS IELTS Academic is required with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0.
MELAB A minimum overall score of 80 is required with no score less than 78.
PTE Academic A minimum overall score of 58 is required with no score less than 56.
TOEFL The minimum score required on the TOEFL is 550 on the paper-based with a 5 on the TWE, and 83 on the internet-based tests with no score below 20.

Western’s Institution Code for TOEFL is 0984. Please leave the department code blank to ensure that it is received by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Acceptable English Language Programs Level Required
Western English Language Centre Academic English Program-High Advanced Level
Western English Language Centre Boost Program – Successful completion with a minimum of 70%
Cultureworks Successful completion of Level 7 (former Level D).
Fanshawe College’s ESL Program Level 10 (former Level 5) and a grade of “A” is required

Nursing Applicants – See the Nursing website for English proficiency requirements.

Western University may, at its sole discretion, challenge any test score it deems as either suspicious or inaccurate and may require the applicant to provide further documentation and/or withdraw an offer of admission or de-register a student.

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Mandatory Supplementary Applications/Portfolios and Auditions

These limited enrollment programs have mandatory supplementary applications that are required for admission consideration. You will not be considered for admission to these programs unless both the OUAC application and the supplementary application are submitted by the deadline.

Mandatory Supplementary Application/Portfolio or Audition Form Associated Faculty or Department Deadline Date
Advanced Entry Opportunity Richard Ivey School of Business January 17, 2018
Commercial Aviation Management Management and Organizational Studies February 15, 2018
Visual Arts Portfolio Visual Arts – Studio Arts February 15, 2018
School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities Faculty of Arts February 28, 2018
Western Integrated Science (WISc) Faculty of Science March 18, 2018
Music (Audition) Faculty of Music March to April 2018

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Supplementary Admission Profiles – Optional

Supplementary Admission Profiles Eligibility Deadline Date
Extraordinary Extracurricular Activities and Contributions to Citizenship Profile
  • Be in your final year in an accredited high school that provides a basis of admission sufficient for admission to Western’s main campus.
  • Submit a full-time application for first-year studies to Western’s main campus by the appropriate application deadline.
  • Have an average marginally below the admission average that will be set for our May offers.
March 1, 2018
Special Consideration Profile Western’s Special Consideration Profile provides an opportunity for you to share any extenuating circumstances that have adversely affected your high school record. March 1, 2018

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Offers of Admission

All decisions will be posted on your Student Center. Email notification of a decision will be sent to the email account you supplied on your OUAC application.

Conditional offers of admission will be sent to applicants who are currently enrolled in courses. Final official transcripts will be required if you receive a conditional offer. Failure to meet the conditions of admission or to submit a final official transcript will result in the offer of admission being rescinded.

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Entrance Scholarships

To be eligible for any of these scholarships, you must apply for admission directly from high school to Western’s Main Campus for full-time, first-year studies.

  • National Scholarships valued from $30,000 to $65,000 – Application deadline February 14.
  • Schulich Leaders Scholarships valued from $60,000 to $80,000 – Supports students pursuing the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – Application deadline February.
  • Guaranteed Admission Scholarships valued from $1,000 to $10,000 – No application required.

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Financial Aid

Bursaries are non-repayable grants awarded on the basis of financial need. Students must complete an online Financial Assistance Profile Application for consideration. Admission Bursaries are awarded to students entering Western’s Main Campus for full-time, first-year studies directly from high school. In-Course bursaries are available to upper year students.

Government assistance programs are available for Ontario students, non-Ontario students and international students.

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Residence Accommodation

  • Ranked as one of the best in Canada among large universities.
  • A guaranteed place if you are a single student without children, entering directly from high school, and have received an offer of full-time first-year admission for September 2018.
  • 9 residences and 3 residence styles (traditional, suite-style and hybrid-style) with a wide range of meal plans and a safe and inclusive environment close to lecture halls, libraries, recreation facilities and other services.

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Support Services

The Student Success Centre (SSC) offers programs and services designed to help you discover the best that you can be. The SSC offers leadership development and career exploration, skill development, mentoring, community engagement opportunities and social networks, just to name a few.

The Student Development Centre (SDC) is home to a variety of services specifically designed to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students. Staff members are highly trained and experienced professionals who know what campus life is all about. A dedicated group of student volunteers work with the SDC to provide programs to help you excel at university. Programs include peer-to-peer mentorship, writing support, learning skills services, and much more.

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) plays a central role in Western’s efforts to ensure that its academic programs are accessible for all students. SSD arranges academic accommodation for classes, exams, internships and other course or program activities. SSD also provides digital and Braille textbooks, accessible campus transportation, learning strategy instruction for students with learning disabilities, access to computer labs that are equipped with assistive technology, as well as referrals for assessments and other services.

Indigenous Services (IS) provides Aboriginal applicants assistance with university application support, program/course selection, and accessing special admission under Western’s Aboriginal Admissions Access Category. IS also provides extended support to current Aboriginal students through its Academic Transition Opportunities (ATO) Program.

Health and Wellness services are available to help create a healthy learning environment. Staying healthy – physically and mentally – will help students achieve their academic goals. Western offers many medical, health and wellness resources for students.

Propel is part of Western’s Campus-Linked Accelerator program and is quickly emerging as one of Southwestern Ontario’s most active startup accelerators. Propel provides co-working space, world-class mentorship, seed funding, and hosts training programs, events, and workshops for startups at all stages of growth. It is also the home of PSI, a sales-focused incubator program for the region’s most promising entrepreneurs.

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Affiliated University Colleges

Students attending any 1 of our 3 Affiliated University Colleges also have access to Western’s facilities. You enjoy and participate in academic opportunities and student life in both environments. If you graduate from an Affiliate, you receive your degree from Western University. See their individual pages on this website for more information.

Brescia University College
Huron University College
King’s University College

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Contact and Visit Western

Undergraduate Admissions – Main Campus
Western Student Services Building, Room 3140
Western University
London ON  N6A 3K7

Telephone: 519‑661‑2100
Email: reg-admissions@uwo.ca

Visit Western – book a campus tour or join us for March Break Open House or Fall Preview Day.

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