Information about Different SAO Types

SAO is a unique program to help first-year Main Campus students be prepared for the start of university.

In Person

By attending in-person you will:

  1. Meet with a faculty member or academic advisor who will counsel you on the appropriate first-year courses for your intended program (or they will review the courses you have already registered in)
  2. Create a personalized timetable, with assistance, and register for your courses
  3. Learn about Western’s services, the campus and university life
  4. Have the opportunity to participate in an optional campus tour

SAO is offered to students admitted to all Main Campus first-year undergraduate programs. SAO will last approximately 4-5 hours and you MUST register in advance. Please plan accordingly. In-person SAO 2018 will run from Thursday, June 21st to July 11th*. 

Parents/guests can attend, please ensure your student registers you for our program.

Please email our SAO Coordinators if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make this event accessible to you -


Overnight SAO Experience

If you are planning on attending Western University’s Summer Academic Orientation on June 23rd or 24th, consider staying overnight in Residence to experience what Residence Life at Western is all about. 

Beginning the evening before your SAO session, incoming first-year students will take part in a selection of what Residence at Western has to offer. Included in the SAO Overnight Stay, participants will be provided with a 1-night stay in a traditional-style double unit in Ontario Hall, 2 meals in our dining hall (dinner and breakfast) and the opportunity to meet other incoming first-year students by engaging in community-based activities & events.

Eligibility & Registration

Eligibility is limited to incoming first-year students studying at Western University’s Main Campus. To register, complete the SAO Overnight Stay Student Registration Form (coming soon) & select either the June 22nd or June 23rd option. The cost of registration is $50 per student. Please note that you must register separately for Summer Academic Orientation.

Overnight sign-up coming soon! Email us with questions:


Phone Appointments

Students will be able to book an one-on-one telephone appointment beginning July 13 and running until August 24**. You can book an appointment through SAO Online Registration ( Appointments are approximately 45 minutes in length. Students can expect to speak with university staff about program requirements, course registration, and life on campus.

Phone Appointment Checklist

Please have the following items ready and with you for your phone appointment:

  1. First-Year Calendar
  2. Paper/pen to record details from appointment and sitting at a computer if possible
  3. Language Placement Test results (if applicable)
  4. List of required courses, elective courses and modules/programs of interest
  5. List of questions you may have


E-Advising Appointments

Students will be able to book an electronic advising appointment beginning July 9 and running until August 24. You can book an appointment through SAO Online Registration ( After submitting your requests, we will respond within 3-4 business days. University staff will answer questions about program requirements, course registration and life on campus.


International Students

International students can access a number of supports through SAO. In-person and phone appointments can be booked here (

How to Prepare for SAO

  1. Collect all course outlines/syllabi for secondary or post-secondary school courses that are prerequisites for the required courses of your intended module(s). Note: This is required only of students who did not graduate from a Canadian Secondary School Curriculum.
  2. Review course descriptions and academic information in the First-Year Calendar from your offer package, and prepare a list of courses you are interested in taking. Please read through the following:
    1. Degree Structure
    2. Modules & Required Courses
    3. Course suffixes & breadth requirements
  3. Complete language placement tests if you are interested in taking German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Korean.
  4. Obtain your 'Western Identity' (e.g. wsmith2 & jfT9R^RB) by visiting Information Technology Services.
  5. Upload a photo of yourself for the Western ONECard (your identification card for exams & Campus Recreation; and your bus pass, library card, & meal plan card).
  6. Submit Advanced Placement (AP) College Board test results or International Baccalaureate (IB) official transcripts (if applicable) to the Undergraduate Admissions Office (Main Campus).

* Not all faculties run every day.

** International and Out of Province Students will be able to book a phone appointment from June 21 to August 24.