Western University Profile
Western University offers more than 400 diverse specializations, majors and minors and 120 master’s and PhD programs, across 11 faculties and a School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and three affiliated university colleges. It is home to 38,000 students, 4,600 faculty and staff, and 277,000 alumni living in 150 countries – individuals with a broad view of the world who want to study, influence and lead in the international community. The university’s research expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. For more information, please visit http://www.uwo.ca/
At Western, you can find a sense of belonging and community at Indigenous Services. There you will find friendly staff, valuable resources, and culturally relevant programming, all aimed at enabling students to reach their highest potential.
The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. The Western University virtual tour video can be found here.
Below you will find information about Western’s admission requirements, policies, and supports that are available to you.
To find out about Western’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please visit Western Admissions Requirements page., or contact the Indigenous Liaison Admission Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western’s admission requirements are divided into different types of learners that include secondary school, transfer, and mature students. Each type has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that best describes you and then find the admission requirements for your specific category.
If you have any questions about admission to Western, please contact the Indigenous Liaison Admission Coordinator at email@example.com.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
Western is committed to increasing access to postsecondary education for Aboriginal learners. It setup the Aboriginal Admissions Access Category to encourage Aboriginal individuals to apply to Western for their undergraduate degrees and to provide them with extended academic, personal, and cultural supports for their transition and success.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
The Academic and Transition Opportunities (ATO) program offers intensive academic, cultural, and personal supports to Indigenous undergraduate students. The supports you can access include orientation workshops, tutoring, counselling, and mentoring.
If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least two years, you might be considered a mature learner. Check out Western’s Mature Learner Policy to find out how you can transition to university as a mature learner.
If you are interested in transferring to Western from another university or college, Western’s website gives you helpful information on its college transfer and university transfer policies and supports. You can also checkout your eligibility for course transfers through ONCAT, an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
The Faculty of Arts & Humanities gives you the opportunity to explore the vital elements of human experience through language, literature, art, film, visual culture, and more. Programs you can take include Classical Studies, English and Writing, Film Studies, Linguistics, French Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures Philosophy, Visual Arts and Women’s Studies.
Western Engineering provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a Professional Engineer. You will be given the opportunity to define your academic experience in flexible and exciting ways, creating paths of study designed to your individual interests and aspirations.. You’ll explore various engineering disciplines in first year, so that you can make an informed choice for specialization in one of nine undergraduate engineering programs.
The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers you music education taught by nationally recognized scholars, composers, administrators, teachers, and performers. Programs you can take include Music Education, Popular Music Studies, and combined degree programs with Ivey Business School.
The Faculty of Health Sciences delivers undergraduate programs in three areas and graduate programs in six disciplines that include Nursing, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Health Studies, and Occupational Studies.
The Faculty of Information and Media Studies provides you with a learning environment that supports interdisciplinary collaboration, creative inquiry, and critical thinking. Programs you can take include Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT), Media Theory and Production (MTP) and Media and the Public Interest. Its graduate programs include Master of Media in Journalism and Communications.
The Faculty of Science engages you in critical thinking and hands-on learning in state-of-the-art labs in the field, online, and in the classroom. Programs you can take include Applied Mathematics, Basic Medical Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, and Astronomy, and many more.
At the Faculty of Social Science, you’ll uncover problems, find solutions, and explore other factors that affect the human condition. You can take classes in departments that include Anthropology, Economics, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, International Relations Management and Organizational Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women’s Studies and Feminist Reseaerch.
The Ivey Business School is recognized as one of the top business management schools in Canada and around the world. Ivey’s Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree gives you an unmatched combination of academic excellence and outstanding opportunity. Through the unique Ivey HBA Program experience, you will not only learn what every manager needs to know – you will also develop the confidence, expertise and skills to take your career wherever you want it to go..
The Faculty of Education provides you with high-quality academic and practical studies in education, as well as many opportunities for professional growth. Programs focus on developing the knowledge, skills, qualities, and habits of professional teachers For example, the Leadership in Aboriginal Education, Master of Professional Education Program prepares educators for a range of leadership roles in schools, school systems, colleges, adult learning settings and related agencies.
Studying at the Faculty of Law will encourage you to think critically, teach you to argue cogently, and instil in you a solid understanding of the law. You might be contemplating a career in law – perhaps in private practice, teaching, public service or business, or perhaps you are considering a graduate program. The Faculty of Law recognizes that members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis are not adequately represented within the legal profession and therefore strongly encourages applications from these groups. Aboriginal candidates may be admitted unconditionally; for more information view the Applicant Categories.
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry gives you educational experience within a research-intensive environment. Programs you can specialize in range from the Medical Sciences and Neuroscience to Medicine and Dentistry. Western has made an effort to encourage more Indigenous individuals to consider a career in medicine and dentistry. Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous persons may be considered for designated seats where they will be considered holistically, taking into account their academic performance as well as their community contributions and personal motivations for entering the program(s).
At the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, you will have opportunities to learn from distinguished academics, business leaders, and experts in your field. Graduate programs can be found in many disciplines and across a broad range of programs.
Be sure to check out all of Western’s graduate academic programs.
Western offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. Below is a list of some of the academic services you can access at Western.
The Student Development Centre, part of Student Experience, offers you professional and accessible services to help you achieve your personal, academic, and professional goals. Staff members are highly trained and experienced professionals, who are caring and confidential.
You can access Learning Skills Services, enrol in a Certificate of Academic Engagement program, or attend workshops on improving concentration skills, time management, and more.
At the Writing Support Centre, you can access help at any stage of the writing process, in any genre, across the disciplines. You can book one-on-one writing counselling sessions or join in group writing workshops and seminars.
To find out more about Western’s academic supports, please visit Western’s Student Development Centre.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans, and Aboriginal specific scholarships and awards. You can access Western’s list of scholarships and bursaries. You can also visit Indigenous Services for information about financial aid available to you.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The Work Study Program at Western can help eligible students find part-time work at the university. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Aboriginal Student Centre.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
Indigenous Services (IS), part of the Student Experience, strives to be a home away from home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students, and join in activities and cultural events. Below are just some of the services you’ll find through Western’s Indigenous Services. For more information, see their View Book, or contact the Liaison Admission Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IS Learning Resource Centre is a vital space on campus for Indigenous students and communities to come together, and nurture a sense of belonging. You can visit the centre to access its computer lab, kitchen facilities, lounge area, quiet study space, Elder’s office, quiet meditation room, and more.
You can access a wide range of IS Program and Services:
Cultural and social programming on campus includes Visiting Elders, smudging, drumming/singing groups, teaching/sharing circles, corn soup lunches, and monthly dinner/socials.
Recruitment, Admission, and Transition provides Aboriginal applicant with supports that includes customized campus tours, presentations and school visits, as well as pre-application, application and admission support
Current student support pairs you with a tutor or an academic advisor who can provide advice about degree planning, course registration, add/drop dates, accommodation requests, and appeals. They can also help you with financial advice, referrals for housing and residence, along with information on relocation support and child care.
Mentorship and leadership includes an Indigenous Circles of Support program that pairs incoming Indigenous students with senior Indigenous students for cultural and academic support.
Student work opportunities and skills development helps you find part-time work and summer job opportunities in the areas of Youth Outreach. You can also access a Volunteers-in-Progress program, employment listings, and career counselling.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. Below you will find more about student life at Western.
Orientation Week at Western is a week-long event that focuses on welcoming you, helping you meet other first-year students, and giving you a chance to learn about the different aspects of life at Western.
Clubs and Societies
Joining a club opens up many opportunities and allows for a balance with between academic life and extracurricular activities. With close to 167 student clubs at Western, there’s something for everyone. Clubs you can join include the Creative Writing Club, Electronic Gaming Association, and Fashion and Lifestyle Society.
Aboriginal Learners’ Clubs
The First Nations Student Association (FNSA) raises awareness about Indigenous postsecondary matters, along with supporting cultural events on campus, such as the powwow, or hosting social events throughout the year.
Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a peer-based network at Western that helps to transition Indigenous students to graduate studies and to support their retention.
Infinite Reach: Métis Student Solidarity Network is a group of students who work together to enrich and enhance their postsecondary education experiences.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Western, you are represented by the University Students’ Council (USC).
Western is home to the Mustangs varsity sports that range from basketball and football, to figure skating and lacrosse. The Western Mustangs participate both in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Check out varsity athletics at Western that includes try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
Western offers recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include badminton, cricket, dragon boating, fencing, and table tennis. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
Accessibility at Western
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Accessibility at Western is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For more information about supports that you can access, visit Western’s Accessibility website.
Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)
PrideWestern is a student-run service that supports and celebrates gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirited, intersex, asexual, queer, questioning students, and their allies at Western. Events hosted by PrideWestern have included speakers, annual Pride Week, movie nights, and socials. At the Pride Library, you can access materials by and about the LGBTQ community.
Western provides a space for students to express their faith, religion, or spirituality. The Multifaith Space can be booked through ratified clubs whose principle mission is related to faith, religion, or spirituality.
You can access child care through the UCC Flexible Child Care Centre at Western. This on-campus facility, operated by the London YMCA, offers day care for toddlers and pre-schoolers from 18 months to 5 years of age.
Campus Community Police (CCP) at Western takes your safety very seriously, and aims to create a safe and secure environment for you. CCP patrols campus and works with student groups to provide safe walks home and safe work spaces on campus.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Western gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also get information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
Western offers nine residences with three different room styles: traditional-style with single or double rooms and shared common washrooms on each floor; suite-style with single rooms, shared cooking facilities, semi-private washrooms, and a common living area; and hybrid-style with mostly double-room units which have their own washroom. Find more at Residence at Western.
Among the nine residence buildings, there are two upper-year residences, Alumni House and London Hall. They offer the convenience of on-campus living, a great community environment, leadership opportunities, and an optional meal plan, for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students, and graduate students as well.
Check out all housing options at Western.
The Off-Campus Housing Service gives students and staff housing options that include access to over 5,000 listings annually. You can drop in and a Western staff member can also help with your housing search.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Western’s meal plans and prices.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check out residence life at Western.
Western’s University Student Council offers access to unlimited transportation around London to all full-time undergraduate students. The LTC Bus Pass is part of your student fees.
Parking and Visitor Services operates and maintains the parking spaces on campus, as well as supports sustainable alternatives such as bicycles, car-pooling, and public transit.
Wellness in mind, body, and spirit is important to your success at university. Health and Wellness initiatives are staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and wellness educators). Below are some of the services available to you.
You can receive a wide array of health services through Student Health Services’ appointment-based clinic. You can receive medical care, allergy injections and immunizations, and more.
You can access free counselling services from a member of the clinic’s multidisciplinary team who includes psychiatrists, physician psychotherapists, and social workers to meet the varying needs of students. If you or a friend or colleague is feeling overwhelmed, confused, or unsure of your mental health state, please reach out to take steps to help yourself or help others.
Western offers a variety of services and several mental health resources for students, staff, and faculty to help lead a healthier, more balanced life.
Psychological Services at the Student Development Centre, part of Student Experience, helps students meet personal, social and academic goals through both individual and group counselling. Our team of experts assist students dealing with a range of issues.
Wellness Education Centre
The Wellness Education Centre is a central hub to support multidimensional aspects of wellness among all students at Western through educational programming, space and resources.