Western University Profile
Western University, situated along Deshkaan Ziibing (Antler River) in London, Ontario, offers more than 400 diverse specializations, majors and minors, and 120 master’s and PhD programs, across 11 faculties, a School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and 3 affiliated university colleges. Western is the fourth largest university in Ontario. Read more about Western University.
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. Western is home to a growing Indigenous population, pursuing diverse fields of study and returning to their communities as powerful leaders and role models for the next generation.
The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) has produced videos that provide virtual tours of postsecondary institutions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. View the Western University virtual tour video.
In this section 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 the Western website or contact our Indigenous Liaison Admission Coordinator.
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.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
Western is committed to increasing access to postsecondary education for Aboriginal learners. The purpose of the Aboriginal Admission Access Category is 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 Transition Opportunities (ATO) program offers intensive academic, cultural and personal supports to Indigenous undergraduate students. The supports you can access include orientation workshops, tutoring, academic advising, cultural programming, mentorship opportunities and more.
If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least 2 years, you might be considered a mature learner. Check out Western’s mature applicant admissions regulations 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 check out your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
You can choose from a variety of academic programs at Western and will likely find a program that sparks your interest, if you haven’t already decided on your academic studies. This section lists some examples of the academic programs you can take at Western.
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. Students interested in interdisciplinary studies, experiential learning and community engagement can also apply to the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities – a unique program in Canada.
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 1 of 9 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 3 areas and graduate programs in 6 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. 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, Astronomy and many more. Students can also apply to our Integrated Science Program, an honors program that combines the focused course work of a traditional degree with unique set of courses in Integrated Science.
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, and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.
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 instill 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.
Western offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are 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, enroll 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 website.
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. Western offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal learners.
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 the Indigenous Services website for information about financial aid available specifically to Indigenous Students.
The Dr. Valio Markkanen Aboriginal Award of Excellence is awarded annually to 1 undergraduate and 1 graduate student who has achieved excellence in academics and has actively contributed to the Indigenous community.
Interdisciplinary Initiatives are awards to support Indigenous students who are pursuing academic studies with the future goal of utilizing their degree within an Indigenous community context.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
Indigenous Services (IS), part of the Student Experience, strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous learners. You can talk with our academic advisor, cultural counsellor or Visiting Elders; 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, read the Indigenous View Book, or contact the Indigenous Liaison Admission Coordinator.
The Indigenous Services space 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 dinners/socials.
Recruitment, Admission and Transition provides Aboriginal applicants 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 our academic advisor who can provide advice about degree planning, course registration, add/drop dates, accommodation requests and appeals. Tutors are available for a wide variety of subject areas and are available by drop-in or appointment. Our Financial Aid Advisor can help you with financial advice and referrals for housing and residence, along with information on relocation support and child care.
Mentorship and leadership include an Indigenous Circles of Support program that pairs incoming Indigenous students with upper-year Indigenous students for cultural and academic support.
Student work opportunities and skills development help 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. In this section 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.
Indigenous Services’ Academic Transition Opportunities (ATO) program also hosts orientation events for incoming Indigenous students in the summer and beginning of September.
Clubs and Societies
Joining a club opens up many opportunities and allows for a balance 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.
The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) 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 in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Check out varsity athletics at Western including try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
Western offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in 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 and 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 preschoolers 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.
Foot Patrol is a free service at Western that assists in keeping campus a safe place to study, work and live. They are a volunteer-driven service who provide safe escorts to community members.
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 9 residences with 3 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. Read more about residence at Western.
Among the 9 residence buildings, there are 2 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 second-, third- and fourth-year undergraduate students, as well as graduate students.
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.
Learning Living Communities
Learning communities are residence floors where residents who share the same academic faculty/program, interest or lifestyle live together on the same floor. They are developed to give you a more enriched living and learning environment. Delaware Hall is home to Ayukwanaktiyo:hake Indigenous Student and Ally Floor.
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, carpooling 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). The following 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, immunizations and more.
You can access free counselling services from a member of the clinic’s multidisciplinary team, which 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 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.