Offers of Admission

Basic Requirements for Admission

Ontario Grade 12 Curriculum Requirements

If you currently attend an Ontario high school, you must successfully complete an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, including each of the following, to be considered for admission:

  • Six 4U and/or 4M level courses (excluding co-op)
  • 4U English (ENG4U)
  • Prerequisites for your program as specified by Western
  • An admission average, including all program prerequisite courses as specified by Western

Failed and Repeated Courses

If a course was taken more than once, the highest reported successful grade in the course will be used in the calculation of the admission average.

Timing and Process for Admission Decisions

If you are a current Ontario Secondary School student, here is the basis on which offers of admission are being released:

December and January:

Offers sent out during this time are based on:

  • very high grades on six 3U/M courses or
  • 6 final 4U/M courses including prerequisites

Late February to Mid-April

Offers sent out during this time are based on:

  • final first-semester 4U/M courses and final 3U/M courses or
  • 6 midterm and/or final 4U/M courses, including prerequisites


Offers sent out based on:

  • six 4U/M midterm and/or final grades, including prerequisite courses

Reminder: We review all applications each time we receive a new set of Grade 12 marks (final first-semester grades or midterm marks for full-year courses in March, and second semester midterms in May). Thousands of offers will go out early March to mid-May. 

Alternative Offers

Western's Main Campus does not have automatic alternative offers of admission. If you wish to be considered for more than 1 program, list each program as a separate choice on your OUAC application.

One-year deferrals of admission may be granted to high school applicants. A written request must be sent to the Admissions Office that outlines the reasons for deferral.

Note: A deferral will not be granted to those students who will be studying at another postsecondary institution.

The Special Consideration Profile is available for students who may have had extenuating circumstances that led to academic difficulty and that may put them marginally below the university's minimum admissions requirement. Extenuating circumstances may include disability, personal illness, financial circumstances, required employment, family illnesses or other personal or family matters. Deadline: March 1.

The Extraordinary Extracurricular and Contributions to Citizenship Profile is an optional profile designed to recognize a candidate's commitment to “extracurricular activities and active citizenship” through ongoing contributions to school and community life. Students who believe that their average will fall marginally below the University's minimum admission requirements and who have made significant contributions are eligible to submit a profile. Deadline: March 1.

Visit our website for forms and details.

Internship and/or co-op opportunities are available in a variety of programs.