101 – Western University

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Last updated: October 1, 2019

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About Western

Founded in 1878, Western is one of the most picturesque campuses in North America. Situated in London, Ontario, on the banks of the Thames River, Western is comprised of a main campus and 3 affiliated university colleges: Brescia, Huron and King’s. With annual research funding of more than $240 million, 55 research institutes, 2 affiliated research hospitals and an international reputation for success, Western University ranks as one of Canada’s top 10 research-intensive universities.

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Western


London, Ontario, is Canada’s 15th and Ontario’s 6th largest city and has a diverse population of more than 383,000. It is the economic, educational, cultural and health care hub of Southwestern Ontario. It’s also 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 39,400 students and 3,870 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

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

Western has been recognized for:

  • Excellence – ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Research – ranked as one of Canada’s top 10 research-intensive universities
  • Teaching – ranked first in Ontario with more 3M National Teaching award-winning faculty than any other Ontario university, and ranked second in Canada
  • Students – one of the highest mean entrance averages of all universities in Ontario
  • Success – exceptionally high graduation rates that are almost 10% above the Ontario university system and an employment rate of 95.0%, 2 years after graduation
  • Satisfaction – 90.6% of graduating students say that they would recommend Western to a friend

The Western Guarantee

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Unique Programs and Academic Choices

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Semester Entry Points

Fall/winter: Full time only

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Entrance Scholarships

To be eligible for any of the following 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 – The application deadline is February 14.
  • Schulich Leader Scholarships valued from $60,000 to $80,000 – Supports students pursuing the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – The application deadline is February 20.
  • 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 Accommodations

  • 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 2020.
  • Nine 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.

Learn more about Western’s residences.

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Important Deadlines

Date Description
January 15 Supplemental application due for Ivey Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO)
January 15 Supplemental CONNECT profile due for Engineering (optional)
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 for Visual Arts – Studio Arts (EAV)
February 15 Application deadline for Collaborative Nursing (ENW) (ENF)
February 29 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 22 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 test results (if required)

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Application Choices

First-year applicants do not choose an academic module (Subject of Major Interest) until the end of their first undergraduate year for most programs. Please apply to a Faculty or Program only once with the Subject of Major Interest that most interests you.

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Non-Refundable Application Fees

Western will not refund any portion of fee payments for application to the University. Ensure that you have carefully researched your application and our admission policies and procedures before you submit your application.

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Your Email Address

If you are applying to Western, you must provide and maintain an active personal and unique email address in your OUAC application that is not shared with any other current or previous applicants to Western, or shared with any current student or employee at the University. This email address will be our primary mode of communication with you.

During the application process, Western will communicate important information, including admission decisions, via email. If you do not provide a personal and unique email address, as described above, we cannot guarantee that you will receive critical and timely communications or admission decisions from us, and your application may be jeopardized.

We highly recommend that you do not use school- or employer-issued email addresses, as these are normally deactivated upon departure from the school/employer.

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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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Application Acknowledgement and Student Center

Once we receive your application, we will send an email confirming that your application was received. After this, we will send you a second email with the subject “Access your Western Student Center”. This email will provide you with instructions about accessing your Student Center, where you will be able to track the progress of your application. This second email will also provide you with your Western Student Number, which you will need to set up your Western Identity.

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 admission status information.

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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 you submit both the OUAC application and your supplementary application by the deadline.

Mandatory Supplementary Application/Portfolio or Audition Form Associated Faculty or Department Deadline Date
CASPerTM Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing November 2019 to February 2020
Advanced Entry Opportunity Richard Ivey School of Business January 15, 2020
Commercial Aviation Management Management and Organizational Studies February 15, 2020
Visual Arts Portfolio Visual Arts – Studio Arts February 15, 2020
School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities Faculty of Arts February 29, 2020
Western Integrated Science (WISc) Faculty of Science March 22, 2020
Music (Audition) Faculty of Music March to April 2020

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Supplementary Admission Profiles – Optional

Supplementary Admission Profiles Description Deadline Date
Engineering CONNECT Profile An opportunity for you to describe your leadership potential, engagement and initiative, and passion for engineering. January 15, 2020
Extraordinary Extracurricular Activities and Contributions to Citizenship Profile Communicate your commitment to extracurricular activities and active citizenship through your ongoing contributions to school and community life. You are eligible to submit this form if you are in your final year of high school and believe your average will fall marginally below the University’s minimum requirements. March 1, 2020
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, 2020

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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 2020. Scores for any test written before January 1, 2018, 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 A minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0 on the IELTS Academic is required.
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 A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL with a 5 on the TWE, and 83 on the internet-based test with no score below 20, is required.

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

Acceptable English-Language Programs

Acceptable English Language Program Level Required
Western English Language Centre Academic English Program – High Advanced Level
Boost Program – Successful completion with a minimum of 70%
Brescia University College Successful completion of the Preliminary Year + Language program with a minimum grade of 75% in each language course
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 – Visit 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.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office reserves the right to require any applicant to write a test of English proficiency. Western is an English-language university and it is important to your success at Western that all applicants are proficient in both spoken and written English. All students must demonstrate the ability to speak and write clearly and correctly.

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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, 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 Western receives your application, 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 admission decision can be made.

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

Visit the Welcome website for additional admission information.

If evidence of falsified information and/or omission is found in the submission of an application for admission, any documentation in support of an application, and/or an appeal for admission or re-admission, Western University reserves the right to deny admission, withdraw an offer of admission, withdraw an offer of scholarship and/or cancel a student’s course registration. Previous submission of falsified or fraudulent documentation may be considered in future applications made to Western University.

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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 in your OUAC application.

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

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Student Experience

The department of Academic Support & Engagement supports students’ academic, personal and professional growth through Accessible Education; Learning Development & Success; Transition, Leadership & Enrichment; and the Writing Support Centre. We help navigate academic and student life transitions, remove barriers to full participation in campus life, facilitate peer-to-peer connections, and support students in becoming critically engaged, self-determined learners. Programs and services include peer-to-peer mentorship, leadership development, writing support, academic accommodation and the development of learning skills and strategies.

The Careers & Experience department helps students deepen their academic learning and plan for personal and professional growth through career education, experiential learning and employer networking. With programs and services such as work-integrated learning, career advising, employer fairs and information sessions, and community engagement opportunities, we empower students to discover their potential and design a meaningful future.

Indigenous Services (IS) provides assistance through culturally relevant services and counselling by drop-in and appointment. Specialized resources are available that are focused on supporting Indigenous students with academic, cultural and social needs, including career and employment opportunities and training/workshops. IS also offers study space, quiet areas, gathering space, a computer lab, printing services and kitchen facilities, with after-hours access for registered students. IS provides Indigenous applicants assistance with their university application, program/course selection and accessing special admission under Western’s Aboriginal Admissions Access Category, as well as extended support to current Indigenous students through its Academic Transition Opportunities (ATO) program.

Sport & Recreation provides services that promote overall well-being through participation in recreational activities geared to all levels and abilities in our intramural sports, clubs and state-of-the-art Western Student Recreation Centre. If you’re interested in competitive sport, Athletics has opportunities for all students to participate in different ways, including trying out and competing for OUA championships, U SPORTS championships and affiliations to provincial sport organizations.

Health and Wellness offers services that help create a healthy learning environment where students can thrive. Prioritizing health – both physical and mental – is vital to students’ ability to achieve their academic goals. Western offers many medical, health and wellness resources for students, including an on-campus medical health centre and psychological services that emphasize health learning so individuals can make informed decisions about their physical and mental health care needs. If you’re not sure where to go, Western also offers a staffed Wellness Education Centre that provides referrals to on-campus resources, and programming designed to help students explore their own definition of personal wellness.

Western Entrepreneurship is dedicated to one goal: Make Western the university that best develops entrepreneurs. We have erased the notion that entrepreneurial mindsets cannot be learned. Through a combination of teaching, research, programming, collaboration and support, we have created a unique cross-campus ecosystem focused on people, not products, and dedicated to embedding the skill necessary for you to think like an entrepreneur for your entire life.

Propel is part of the Western Entrepreneurship ecosystem and is quickly emerging as one of Southwestern Ontario’s most active entrepreneurship centers. Propel enables all students across campus to discover entrepreneurship and develop entrepreneurial skills through training programs, events and workshops. Propel also provides co-working space, world-class mentorship and seed funding, all of which help to build the entrepreneurial culture at Western. It is also the home of the Western Accelerator, a sales-focused accelerator program for the region’s most promising entrepreneurs.

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Visit Western

The campus tour program is offered daily, Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays and exam times.

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

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Contact Us

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

Telephone: 519-661-2100
Email: welcome@uwo.ca

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