Next Steps

Plan to attend the Science Transfer Student Summer Academic Orientation (SAO) Day

Save the date in your calendars – June 23, 2022.

The orientation will be held virtually over Zoom. It is strongly recommended that you attend this event as you will get the chance to learn all about the services that are available at Western, what your degree will look like, and how transfer credits work. Once you have registered for the orientation, you will be able to schedule a one-on-one appointment with an Academic Advisor on our team. These appointments will begin after the orientation on June 23.

Start thinking about which degree/module(s) you are interested in

Review the Academic Calendar for options. If you have already completed the first-year requirements for the module(s) you want, you may register for the module(s) by completing the  Change of Status Request form and submitting it to our Counselling Help Portal. If you change your mind later about which module(s) you want, don’t worry! You are not stuck with your choice. However, your course selection may depend on what you choose. Note, if you would like to complete an Honors degree at Western, you will need to complete one full year at Western before you can register for the Honors degree program.

Have your transfer credits evaluated

Transfer Students: If you received transfer credits that end in TRN, these are not exactly equivalent to Western courses. It is possible to have these credits assessed and changed if an exact equivalent exists at Western. You will want to do this if you are hoping to use your transfer credits as prerequisites for other courses at Western or as admission requirements for the module(s) you want.

Special Students: You already have an undergraduate degree so you will not receive transfer credits. However, you may still need to have your courses assessed for prerequisite standing to take upper-year courses or to meet the admission requirements for the module(s) you want.

Credit Assessment: To have your courses assessed, please upload your course outlines (individually) to your OWL dropbox on the Science Transfer Student Orientation OWL site. You will receive an email with information on this once you have accepted your offer. 

Note: If you did not receive credit for a course and you think you should have, please contact the  Admissions Office. You may need to have your course assessed before you will be awarded credit. If that is the case, please follow the instructions above. 

The earlier you start the assessment process, the more likely it is that you will be able to get into the courses you want/need. See below for course selection information.

Enroll in courses

Your course enrolment appointment may occur prior to your one-on-one appointment with an Academic Advisor. If it does, feel free to enroll yourself in courses but be prepared to change them after speaking with an Academic Advisor. If you need assistance with this, review this  step-by-step guide . There may be some courses that the system will not permit you to enroll in. This is because it will not recognize your transfer credits. If you encounter this error (or require assistance with any other courses), please contact the registration helpline .  

Attend the Science Transfer Student SAO Day

You must register in advance through Western Connect. Registration will open in late May or early June – check your Western email. If you cannot attend the orientation, a recording of the orientation will be uploaded to the Science Transfer Student Orientation OWL site. Note, you will not receive an appointment prior to the SAO Day. 

Attend classes!

Classes begin on September 7, 2022.