New Students

Summer Academic Orientation (SAO)

Western Student Experience offers NEW students the Summer Academic Orientation program to help prepare Main campus students for their first year of study (excludes Engineering). You are strongly encouraged to attend an in-person SAO day or sign-up for a telephone advising appointment to review your course selection.

Students newly admitted to an Affiliated University College (King’s, Brescia, Huron) can participate in academic orientation options at their respective campuses. 

Choose Your Courses - Plan Your Schedule

Use Draft My Schedule to help you build an individual conflict-free class schedule.

Log into Student Center or Draft My Schedule.

Note: This tool does not import your course selections into your Student Center.  It allows you to create and play with your preferred timetable in order to prepare for course registration in Student Center.

The Western Academic Calendar is your reference for academic information, including:

Academic Requirements Course Information Academic Dates and Policies
First Year Requirements

Breadth Requirements

Residency Requirements

Essay Requirements

Module/Program Requirements
(ensure you are reviewing module information for the appropriate campus)

Degree Requirements
Course Description & Information

Advanced Placement (AP Transfer Credits)

International Baccalaureate (IB Transfer Credits)
Important Academic Dates and Deadlines (aka Sessional Dates)

Glossary of Terms – definitions for common academic words

Academic Policies

For a complete list of First Year courses at Western, See the Courses page in the Academic Calendar and filter for 1000-1999 level courses. NOT ALL COURSES ARE OFFERED EACH TERM.

First Year course filter

If you are a Main Campus student, you:

  • cannot enrol in an Affiliated University College course if the same course is also taught at Main Campus;
  • cannot enrol in more than 1.0 course per session at an Affiliated University College

If you are a part-time student, and are taking only one course, you cannot take the course at an Affiliated University College.


  1. Foods and Nutrition students may take more than 1.0 Human Ecology, Foods and Nutrition, or Family Studies and Human Development course at an Affiliated University College.
  2. First Year students who are taking Social Work 1025A/B and Social Work 1026A/B in partial fulfilment of the admission requirements for the Social Work program.
  3. In September, you may ask the Dean's Office of your Faculty for special permission that grants you an exception to this regulation. 


See Course Suffixes in the Academic Calendar for a full explanation of courses suffixes, their corresponding course weights and when they may be offered (e.g. A, B, E, F, G).

Be strategic in selecting your first-year courses to ensure you will meet future course and module/program requirements.

  • Pay Attention to Course Requirements such as prerequisites and antirequisites listed in course descriptions.
    The order of when you take courses can impact your access to courses (i.e. prerequisites) and course credit (i.e. antirequisites).
    • Compare antirequisite information of all your course selections
    • Keep track of antirequisites so you do not risk losing credit for a course
  • Access to Courses: There may be extra enrollment conditions that restrict or delay your access to register in courses. These conditions are referred to as constraints. There are two types of constraints:
    • Priority - a temporary constraint that limits registration to a particular group of students (e.g. students at a particular Campus or in a specific module/program) for a specific period of time.
    • Restriction - a constraint that limits registration to a particular group for the duration of the course registration period.
  • First Year Requirements: See Breadth Requirements for Bachelor Degrees in the Western Academic Calendar for an explanation of the First Year Program as well as overall Breadth Requirements necessary for Graduation.
  • Essay v. Non-Essay courses: As part of your eventual graduation requirements, you will also be required to take essay courses. See Graduation Requirements for Essay course requirements for the degree.
  • Module/Program requirements (admission, course, and progression): Now that you know generally what you need to take in first year, review Modules and Programs offered at Western to narrow down the courses you will need to take as part of their admission requirements.

Course Registration

Course registration is completed in Student Center. To register in courses, you will need an enrollment appointment.

You can view your enrollment appointment time via Student Center, Enrollment Dates – Details. An email will be sent to your Western email once your enrollment appointment time has been assigned, approximately 2 to 3 days before your Fall/Winter enrollment start date.

Your enrollment appointment time is the earliest date and time you can access course registration. Until this date/time is reached, you will not be able to register in courses online. After your enrollment appointment begins, you can continue to register in courses while the online course registration period is open.

It is strongly encouraged that students have their course selection reviewed by connecting with the SAO program. You can attend in-person, book a telephone appointment or use the e-advising option. (Engineering students are encouraged to attend the Engineering START program)

Course Registration Priority Period
Temporary enrollment conditions, known as a priority constraint, are enforced during a priority period. The priority period for Fall/Winter courses will usually end in late July. Refer to Draft My Schedule or the Academic Timetable - Requisites and Constraints for priority date information specific to your course of interest.

Your initial enrollment appointment will be active until the end of the priority period. You will be given a second enrollment appointment to continue registering for courses and it will remain active through the remainder of the Fall/Winter online course registration period.

Add/Drop Deadlines
Consult the Sessional Dates in the Western Academic Calendar for important academic dates

Plan for Next Fall/Winter Term - Request a Module /Program

At the end of your first Fall/Winter academic term, you will be assessed for progression into a module/program of study. To be considered for entrance into your preferred module/program of study, you must complete an Intent to Register (ITR) for Fall/Winter online through Student Center. Note: Students in the Medical Science First Entry program request a module/program of study in their second year.

See the Intent to Register (ITR) for Fall/Winter section for further details.

If you have missed the deadline to submit your ITR online, refer to the chart available in the Intent to Register tab under Progression on the Grades, Progression and Graduation page for Fall/Winter for next steps.