101 – Western University

Last updated: September 22, 2022

University program information changes regularly. Refer to the application and the university’s website for the most up-to-date details.

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About Western

Founded in 1878, Western is one of the most picturesque campuses in North America. Situated in London, Ontario, 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, 62 research centres and institutes, 2 affiliated research hospitals and an international reputation for success, we rank as one of Canada’s top 10 research-intensive universities.

Offering a unique approach to education, we allow you to pursue your passions by giving you the ability to mix and match your programs, creating the degree that is perfect for you.

Finding the Right Place for You

City of London

London, Ontario, is Canada’s 11th and Ontario’s 5th largest city and has a diverse population of more than 422,000. It is the economic, educational, cultural and health care hub of Southwestern Ontario. It is also conveniently located within a 2-hour drive, train or bus ride of Toronto, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan.

Our Campus

We are home to a vibrant community of approximately 41,940 students and 3,732 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.

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Special Characteristics

You will experience unique opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, at a university consistently recognized for high standards.

We have 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 95.2%, 2 years after graduation.

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Unique Programs and Academic Choices

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Semester Entry Points

Full-time: Fall/Winter. Our full-time term is September to April.

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Entrance Scholarships

If you apply directly from high school to Western’s Main Campus for full-time, first-year studies, you could be eligible for:

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Financial Aid

Bursaries & Work Study programs top up funding for students in financial need.

Bursary: Financial support you do not pay back, just like a scholarship. Bursaries are completely based on financial need. You apply for them.

Work Study: Not your average part-time job. These are specific part-time jobs on campus that offer flexibility around your studies.

Government assistance programs are available for Ontario students, Canadian students outside Ontario and international students.

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Residence Accommodations

  • Consistently ranked as one of the best in Canada.
  • 11 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.
  • You are guaranteed a place in residence if you:
    • are coming directly from high school,
    • are a single student without children,
    • have received an offer of full-time, first-year admission to Western’s main campus by mid-May and
    • complete the Residence Placement Questionnaire and prepayment by the residence deadline.

Read more about housing at Western.

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Important Deadlines

Refer to our list of all deadlines.

Description Deadline
Supplemental application due for Ivey Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) January 12, 2023
Supplemental CONNECT profile due for Engineering (optional) January 12, 2023
Nomination and Application Deadline for Schulich Scholarships February (early) 2023
Application deadline for National Scholarships February 14, 2023
Application deadline for National Indigenous Scholarship February 14, 2023
Supplemental application due for Scholar’s Electives Program February 14, 2023
Portfolio submission deadline for Visual Arts – Studio Arts (EAV) February 15, 2023
Application deadline for Collaborative Nursing (ENW) (ENF) February 15, 2023
Registration deadline for Music audition and interview February 15, 2023
Supplemental application due for School of Advanced Studies for the Arts and Humanities February 28, 2023
Application deadline for early consideration for full-time, first-year studies for all applicants March 1, 2023
Supplemental application due for Commercial Aviation Management March 1, 2023
Extenuating Circumstances: Supplemental profiles due for Extraordinary Extracurricular Activities and Contributions to Citizenship and Special Consideration March 1, 2023
Auditions for the Faculty of Music March-April 2023
Supplemental application due for Western Integrated Science (WISc) April 4, 2023
Deadline for submission of English-language proficiency test results (if required) April 14, 2023

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Application Choices

At Western, you do not choose an academic module (Subject of Major Interest) until the end of your first undergraduate year for most programs. This gives you opportunities to try new things and change your mind!

Read more about how Western degrees work.

Apply to a faculty or program only once, choosing the Subject of Major Interest that most interests you.

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Non-refundable Application Fees

We 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

The email address you use in your OUAC application is important – it is the main way we will communicate with you. You will find out whether you have an offer or if we need more documents from you by email.

Be sure to use an active personal and unique email address that is not shared with any other current or previous applicants to Western, or with any current student or employee at the University.

We highly recommend you do not use school- or employer-issued email addresses, as these are normally deactivated if you leave the school/employer.

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Safe Sender

We suggest you add the Western University Internet domain “@uwo.ca” to your email provider’s “safe senders” list. This will help ensure important messages from our Admissions Office about the status of your application are not sent to your junk mail or spam folders.

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Application Confirmation Email and Student Center

Once we receive your application, we will send an email confirming that your application was received. This email will give you your Western Student Number and provide you with instructions for accessing your Student Center.

Western Student Center

Student Center is where you will keep track of the progress of your application. You can review your application information, monitor the status of requested documents and receive up-to-date admission status information.

Activate your Student Center account as soon as you receive your confirmation email – you will not receive hard-copy communications in the mail.

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Supplementary Forms – Required

These limited enrollment programs have mandatory supplementary applications required for admission consideration. We will not consider you for admission to these programs unless you submit both the OUAC application and your supplementary application by the deadline.

Associated Faculty or Department Supplementary Application Deadline
Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing Casper November 2022 to February 2023
Richard Ivey School of Business Advanced Entry Opportunity January 12, 2023
Visual Arts – Studio Arts Visual Arts Portfolio February 15, 2023
Faculty of Arts School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities February 28, 2023
Management and Organizational Studies Commercial Aviation Management March 1, 2023
Faculty of Music Music (Audition) March-April 2023

(Register by February 15, 2023)

Faculty of Science Western Integrated Science (WISc) April 4, 2023

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Supplementary Forms – Optional

Supplemental Admission Profiles Description Deadline
Engineering CONNECT Profile An opportunity for you to describe your leadership potential, engagement and initiative, and passion for engineering. January 12, 2023
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, 2023
Special Consideration Profile Our Special Consideration Profile provides an opportunity for you to share any extenuating circumstances that have adversely affected your high school record. March 1, 2023

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English-language Proficiency Requirements

We want to make sure you can succeed in courses taught in English. If English is not your first language, you will need to submit proof of English-language proficiency. The Undergraduate Admissions Office reserves the right to require any applicant to write a test of English.

We encourage you to write a test at the earliest possible date (or, at the latest, by March 2023). Scores for any test written before January 1, 2021, may not be accepted.
Acceptable Test Level Required
Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency A minimum overall score of 176 with a minimum score of 169 in each component.
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) A minimum overall score of 60 is required with no part less than 60.
Duolingo English Test A minimum overall score of 115 is required, with no score less than 100 in each subscore.
International English Language Test Service (IELTS) A minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0 on the IELTS Academic is required.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic A minimum overall score of 58 is required with no score less than 56.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) A minimum score of 83 on the internet-based test with no score below 20, is required.

Acceptable English-language Programs

Completion of these programs also meets our admission requirements.

Acceptable English-language Program Level Required for an Undergraduate Degree
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.
Fanshawe College’s ESL Program Level 10 and a grade of A is required.

Nursing applicants – Visit the Nursing website for English proficiency requirements.

Need to ask for an exemption or waiver? Here’s how.

Read more about English-language proficiency requirements.

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Transcript and Document Submission

Your high school will automatically submit your grades if you are currently enrolled full-time in an Ontario high school and have applied using the 101 application.

We will look at the grades in required courses for your program, plus your highest Grade 12 grades. We will also consider your overall Grade 11 performance. If you have 2 repeats, we will take the highest of the 2. If you have 3 or more courses repeated, we may take the average of your attempts.

After we receive your application, you will receive an email asking for any other documents we need. We must receive supporting documents before we can make an admission decision.

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

Read more about admission requirements and how to submit documents.

If we find evidence of falsified information and/or omission in the submission of an application for admission, any documentation in support of an application and/or an appeal for admission or re-admission, we reserve the right to deny admission, withdraw an offer of admission, withdraw an offer of scholarship and/or cancel course registration. We may consider previous submission of falsified or fraudulent documentation in future applications to Western University.

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Offers of Admission

We will post all decisions in your Student Center. You will receive email notification of a decision to the email account you supplied in your OUAC application.

If you receive an offer and are currently enrolled in courses, your offer will be conditional. The conditions of your offer will be clearly outlined in your offer of admission letter and in your Offer Portal. Usually, we want to see that you have graduated, kept your grades above a minimum average and, if applicable, achieved minimum English proficiency test scores.

When you graduate, your guidance counsellor will send us your official final documents and we will check that you have met our conditions. If you are successful, we will turn your conditional offer into an unconditional offer, but we will not issue you a new offer letter.

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Student Experience

Academic Support & Engagement

The department of Academic Support & Engagement supports your academic, personal and professional growth through:

We will help you navigate academic and student life transitions and remove barriers to full participation in campus life. At Western, you will connect with new friends and become a critically engaged, self-determined learner.

Programs and services include:

  • peer-to-peer mentorship,
  • leadership development,
  • writing support,
  • academic accommodation and
  • the development of learning skills and strategies.

Careers & Experience

Whether you are looking for guidance to achieve your career goals or need support finding the right path for you, we are here for you! The Careers & Experience department helps you deepen your 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 you to discover your potential and design a meaningful future.

Indigenous Initiatives

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives works across a wide range of broad-based areas, including policy, curriculum and planning, to move the institution beyond student affairs toward transformative change.

Indigenous Initiatives provides assistance through culturally relevant services and counselling by drop-in and appointment. Its programs and services are meant to:

  • honour Indigenous cultures and languages,
  • foster Indigenous presence and inclusion,
  • increase Indigenous access,
  • engage Indigenous communities and
  • facilitate transition, retention, graduation and advancement of Indigenous students at Western.

Indigenous Initiatives also offers study space, quiet areas, gathering space, a computer lab, printing services and kitchen facilities, with after-hours access for registered students.

It provides Indigenous applicants assistance with their university application, program/course selection and accessing special admission under our Indigenous Admissions Access Category.

Indigenous Initiatives also provides extended support to current Indigenous students through its Indigenous Student Transition Program.

Sport & Recreation

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 are interested in competitive sport, Athletics has opportunities for all students to participate in different ways, including trying out and competing for Ontario University Athletics championships, U SPORTS championships and affiliations to provincial sport organizations.

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness offers services that help create a healthy learning environment where you can thrive. Prioritizing health – both physical and mental – is vital to your ability to achieve your academic goals.

You will have access to many medical, health and wellness resources, including an on-campus medical health centre and psychological services that emphasize learning about health so you can make informed decisions about your physical and mental health care needs. You can also learn about spiritual well-being; gender and sexual diversity; and equity, diversity and inclusion with Wellness and Equity Education.

Through intentional education opportunities, Western Student Experience contributes to the development of a more supportive, inclusive and thriving campus that empowers all students to achieve their full potential. Part of our vision is to ensure that more students can thrive more often.

Western Entrepreneurship

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Morrissette Entrepreneurship is committed to being there every step of the way. We are broadening the definition of entrepreneurial success by focusing on better, not more. We are championing a culture of entrepreneurship that is truly diverse, inclusive and deeply original by supporting all Western faculty and students. And we are growing communities of support committed to lifting each other up. At Morrissette Entrepreneurship, we reach beyond the start.

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.

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Visit Western

Come see our beautiful campus for yourself!

We offer virtual and in-person tours.

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Contact Us

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

Email: welcome@uwo.ca

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