SAO 2021 - Online Workshops

SAO is offered to students admitted to all Main Campus first-year undergraduate programs.

Hear from campus experts on a variety of topics related to campus life and helping students thrive at Western.

Connect with peers and student leaders who can share their experiences and support your transition.

Start your university journey knowing key resources & services and how to reach out when needed.

Online Orientation Workshops

Workshops are open to students and their parents/families. Academic/Faculty Workshops are offered in collaboration with the Faculty Academic Dean's Office, Academic Advising and the Division of Student Experience. 

We will post recorded content after the session takes place. Recordings will be available until Sept 7, 2021. Email if you require a live transcript of the session or need to review the Music session.

Workshop Topic Date Time (EST)
Science & Basic Medical Science Recording June 2 5:00 - 6:00pm

Kinesiology Recording

June 3 3:00 - 4:00pm
Engineering Recording June 3 2:30 - 3:30pm
Visual Arts (BFA) Recording June 7 3:00 - 4:00pm
Health Studies Recording June 7 2:00 - 3:00pm
Social Science Recording June 7 7:00 - 8:00pm
Nursing Recording June 8 3:00 - 4:00pm
Arts & Humanities Recording June 9 3:00 - 4:00pm
DAN Management/MOS Recording June 9 7:00 - 8:00pm
Music Recording Upon Request June 10 3:00 - 4:00pm
SASAH / Arts & Humanities Recording Upon Request June 14 3:00 - 4:00pm
Music Recording Upon Request June 17 3:00 - 4:00pm
Mature Student Orientation Recording June 23 6:00 - 7:00pm
Science Transfer Student Orientation Recording Upon Request June 24 9:00 - 10:00am
FIMS / MIT Recording June 25 2:00 - 3:00pm
Social Science Transfer Student Recording June 29 9:00 - 10:00am
Accessible Education Recording June 29 3:00 - 4:00pm
Ivey HBA/AEO Recording June 29 7:00 - 8:00pm
Nursing - Compressed Time Frame Recording Available Upon Request July 12 2:00 - 3:00pm
Science Transfer Student Orientation Recording available Upon Request July 13 3:30 - 4:30pm
Off Campus Info Session - Recording July 13 7:00 - 8:00pm
Residence at Western Recording July 14 7:00 - 8:00pm
Indigenous Students Centre Orientation Recording Available Upon Request July 22 3:00 - 4:00pm


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can parents and other guests attend workshops?

Parents and interested guests are welcome and encouraged to participate. We know that parents are a key resource and support for their student and we want to ensure you feel equipped with the information you need to help your student succeed.

What is the deadline for course selection?

The last day for online web registration is September 17*, 2020. We do suggest attempting to register in your courses as early as possible however changes may be made throughout the summer and into September.
Once SAO ends, you must obtain any academic counselling you may need through the Dean's Office/ Academic Counselling Office of your Faculty of registration.

*Dates may change, visit for official sessional dates.

What services are available for students needing accommodations?

Academic accommodation must be requested during the summer, as soon as possible after students register for courses. Later requests will be considered, however, accommodation may not be arranged in time for first term examinations. Please note that academic accommodation and related assistance provided at Western may differ from that provided by an individual’s previous educational institution. Individuals contemplating attending Western are encouraged to consult with  Accessible Education regarding accommodations that the University would provide for them prior to making a final decision about attending Western.

Can I register for my courses in advance of my SAO advising appointment?

Yes. Our advisors can discuss the courses that you've already selected and will suggest changes as necessary (as the schedule and timetable permits). You can change your schedule as many as needed between then and the add/drop date (about a week after classes start in September).