105 – Western University

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Last updated: September 17, 2020

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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, 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.

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Western

London

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 is also conveniently located within a 2-hour drive, train or bus-ride of Toronto, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan.

Campus

We are home to a vibrant community of approximately 40,177 students and 3,780 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, we provide the best student experience both inside and outside the classroom.

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

The Western Guarantee

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Unique Programs and Academic Choices

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Semester Entry Points

Fall/winter: Full-time or part-time

Spring/summer: Part-time

If you are applying on a part-time basis only, do not use the 105 application. Complete the Part-Time Application Form.

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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 $72,000 – The application deadline is February 14.
  • Schulich Leader Scholarships valued from $60,000 to $80,000 – Support students pursuing the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – The application deadline is February 20.
  • Guaranteed Admission Scholarships valued from $2,500 to $8,000 – No application required.

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Financial Aid

Bursaries are non-repayable grants awarded based on financial need. Students must complete an online Financial Assistance Profile Application for consideration. We award admission bursaries 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 2021.
  • 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

Description Deadline
Supplemental application due for Ivey Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) January 15, 2021
Supplemental CONNECT profile due for Engineering (optional) January 15, 2021
Application deadline for Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate (ENC) February 1, 2021
Nomination and Application Deadline for Schulich Scholarships February (early) 2021
Application deadline for National Scholarships February 14, 2021
Supplemental application due for Scholar’s Electives Program February 14, 2021
Supplemental application due for Commercial Aviation Management February 15, 2021
Portfolio submission deadline for Visual Arts – Studio Arts (EAV) February 15, 2021
Application deadline for Collaborative Nursing (ENW) (ENF) February 15, 2021
Application deadline for Compressed Nursing (ENS) February 15, 2021
Registration deadline for Music audition and interview February 15, 2021
Supplemental application due for School of Advanced Studies for the Arts and Humanities February 28, 2021
Application deadline for early consideration for full-time, first-year studies for all applicants March 1, 2021
Supplemental profiles due for Extraordinary Extracurricular Activities and Contributions to Citizenship; and Special Consideration March 1, 2021
Supplemental application due for Western Integrated Science (WISc) March 23, 2021
Auditions for the Faculty of Music March-April 2021
Deadline for submission of English-language proficiency test results (if required) April 16, 2021
Application deadline for international applicants May 15, 2021
Application deadline for domestic applicants June 1, 2021

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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. 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

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

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, we will communicate important information, including admission decisions, via email. If you do not provide a personal and unique email address, as described, 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. This will 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 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. We will not consider you 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
CASPer® Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing November 2020 to February 2021
Advanced Entry Opportunity Richard Ivey School of Business January 15, 2021
Commercial Aviation Management Management and Organizational Studies February 15, 2021
Visual Arts Portfolio Visual Arts – Studio Arts February 15, 2021
School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities Faculty of Arts February 28, 2021
Western Integrated Science (WISc) Faculty of Science March 23, 2021
Music (Audition) Faculty of Music March to April 2021

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Supplemental Admission Profiles – 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 15, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
Declaration of Intent: Diploma to Degree Pathway Request to have your application reviewed as part of an existing college transfer articulation agreement. June 1, 2021

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English-language Proficiency Requirements

We encourage you to write a test at the earliest possible date (or, at the latest, before March 2021).

Scores for any test written before January 1, 2019, 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.
CANTEST A minimum overall score of 4.0 is required with no part less than 4.0.
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.

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.

We may, at our sole discretion, challenge any test score we deem as either suspicious or inaccurate and may require you to provide further documentation and/or withdraw an offer of admission or de-register you.

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

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Transcript and Document Submission

After we receive your application, we will send an acknowledgement to you detailing the documents required to complete your application for admission to Western. We must receive supporting documents before we can make an admission decision.

We will also give you access to the Western Student Center, which is an online tool enabling you to review your application information, monitor the status of requested documents and receive up-to-date admission information. Specific instructions on how to submit all documentation will be listed on your Student Center To Do List after you apply. We will not accept documents submitted in a format different than requested.

If you are currently enrolled at an academic institution, submit mid-year results when they are available and grades for all previous work completed.

If you are not currently attending an academic institution, submit final official transcripts for all academic work completed.

Some applicants may be able to either self-report their grades or have their school submit predicted scores electronically.

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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Authentication of International Education Credentials

We may require some applicants with international credentials (non-Canadian and non-continental US) to have their final transcript(s) authenticated by World Education Services (WES).

Curriculum-specific requirements are found on our Welcome website.

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Application Processing Timelines

We must receive requested official transcripts and documentation before we can make an admission decision on your application. Processing times for applications will vary depending on time of year.

We recommend that you apply well before the application deadlines, and submit transcripts and/or self-reported grades (if applicable) as soon as grades are available.

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Offers of Admission

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

We will send conditional offers of admission to applicants who are currently enrolled in courses. We will require final official grades if you receive a conditional offer. Failure to meet the conditions of admission will result in us rescinding the offer of admission.

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University Transfer and College Applicants

We will assess university and college transfer credit at the time of admission provided that we recognize the program and course(s) considered for credit as meeting acceptable academic standards.

View admission requirements for transfer credit eligibility.

Students applying under a Senate-approved Articulation Agreement must complete a Declaration of Intent: Diploma to Degree Pathway.

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Student Experience

Academic Support & Engagement

The department of Academic Support & Engagement supports your 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 you 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.

Careers & Experience

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

Indigenous Initiatives provides assistance through culturally relevant services and counselling by drop-in and appointment. This includes the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC), which offers culturally responsive space, programs and services that:

  • 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 Western’s Aboriginal Admissions Access Category. Indigenous Initiatives also provides extended support to current Indigenous students through its Academic Transition Opportunities (ATO) 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.

We offer many medical, health and wellness resources, including an on-campus medical health centre and psychological services that emphasize health learning so you can make informed decisions about your physical and mental health care needs.

If you are not sure where to go, we also offer a staffed Wellness Education Centre that provides referrals to on-campus resources, and programming designed to help you explore your own definition of personal wellness.

Western Entrepreneurship

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

Propel is part of the Western Entrepreneurship ecosystem and is quickly emerging as one of Southwestern Ontario’s most active entrepreneurship centers. It enables you 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 Virtual 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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