New Students

Congratulations and Welcome to Western!

As you prepare to begin your Western journey, we encourage you to take a look at what opportunities and resources have been made available to you to ease this transition to University living. 

Western has a very comprehensive Summer Academic Orientation (SAO) program . This invaluable opportunity allows incoming students to plan a day to visit the campus, get to know some of our Faculty and Staff, choose your Year 1 courses, and take care of any administrative tasks that will need to be done (ie: your Student ID card).  If you are not able to come in person, don't worry! They offer Telephone and E-advising options!

Don't delay! Sign up for your SAO Appointment TODAY!

While you're visiting our page, please take time to familiarize yourself with our Admission requirements to our programs, and our Checklists for each module of interest to you. 


Be sure to stay in touch with the Academic Program Advisors along the way.  We are available five days a week to provide you with advice on your course selections and program decisions.  

Do you have Transfer Credits?  Visit our Transfer Students page for information on getting them evaluated.

A few pointers in selecting your Year 1 courses

  • A/F is first term courses; B/G is second term courses; E or no suffix are full year courses.  Some courses are offered in both terms.  You should only take the course in one of the terms (ie: MOS 1021A and MOS 1021B are the same course, but offered in two different terms).
  • F, G, and E indicates that a course is an essay course.  All students must complete 2.0 essay courses before they can graduate (at least 1.0 must be at the 2000-level or higher). 
  • All students are requires to complete breadth in their degrees.  This includes Category A (Social Science), Category B (Arts and Humanities/Languages) and Category C (Science). A full list of subjects can be found on this page:
  • Students should plan to take 5.0 courses each year over four years for a total of 20.0 courses.  If you choose to take a reduced load, be prepared to need summer courses or to stay on for an additional year/term to complete the requirements.  You must have at least 20.0 courses.
  • Courses may have pre-requisites.  A pre-requisite course is a course that must be completed successfully before the next course can be taken.  For example, MOS 2320: Marketing is required to be completed before MOS 3321: Consumer Behavior can be taken. These are not negotiable.
  • Courses may have anti-requisites.  An antirequisite course is a course that contains the same or similar content. and therefore if both are taken, only the most recent course credit will be retained for credit.  The first course will be noted as RNC meaning repeated, no credit. For example, if Statistics 2035 is completed successfully, and in the next term, a student then completes Math 1228A/B, they will lose credit for Statistics 2035 and will be missing their Statistics requirement.  Students are strongly advised to review pre- and anti-requisites VERY carefully!

Have questions?   Reach out to us!