• Academic Adaptation

Thriving Foundations Pillar #1: Academic Advantage

The first pillar of the Thriving Foundations program is designed to help you establish the skills and content knowledge to be successful in your first year. There are two main parts to this pillar: SmartStart Western a series of online learning modules, and Summer Academic Orientation (SAO) a set of virtual workshops led by campus experts, as well as 1-on-1 appointments you can book through August to meet with an advisor.

 Academic Advantage Pillar Programs

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SmartStart Western

Self-guided online modules to help you feel confident in your first year classes and campus experience.


Summer Academic Orientation (SAO)

Appointments and workshops that will assist you with course selection and connect you to campus experts who can answer your questions.