Summer Academic Orientation (SAO)

Welcome to Summer Academic Orientation

Welcome to Summer Academic Orientation (SAO)!

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

By attending SAO you will:

  • Meet individually 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)

  • Create a personalized timetable, with assistance, and register for your courses

  • Learn about Western’s services, the campus and university life

  • Have the opportunity to participate in an optional campus tour

SAO is offered to full-time students admitted to all Main Campus first-year programs. SAO will last approximately 4-5 hours and you MUST register in advance. Please plan accordingly.

SAO 2016 - Make SAO part of your summer plans!

SAO 2016 will run from Monday, June 27th to Thursday July 28th. (No program on July 1)

Please refer to the FAQ page for information or contact

You can also review information found here:

Online Academic Orientation Module

Parent / Guest Program Presentation

Transition Talk Presentation

Off Campus Students Presentation

Video Playlist of Western Videos

Table of Contents

  1. SAO Homepage
    - Program Information
    - Link to SAO Sign-Up
  2. Account Activation
    - Western ID, Western Email & OWL Activation
  3. Course Selection
    - Terms, Requirements, and Restrictions
    - Planning Ahead for Second Year
    - Extra Tools
    - Common Myths
  4. Timetable
    - Creating a Conflict-Free Timetable
    - Tackling Your Timetable (Step-by-Step PDF)
  5. Online Course Registration
    - Using Student Center
    - How to Add, Drop, and Swap Courses
    - Troubleshooting with Information Technology Services (ITS)
  6. ResourcesFAQ and Driving/Parking Instructions

Sign Up For SAO!

SAO 2015 will run from June 18, 2015 - July 30, 2015, we will not run the program on July 1st.

Sign ups for SAO begin in early June, 2015.

Students must sign-up in advanceYour SAO day runs from approximately 9:30am - 3:30pm inclusive, and IS NOT a "drop-in" program. Please plan for a full day. Students that live more than 4 hours driving distance to London will be offered the option of a phone/Skype advising appointment when they go to book an appointment. Please see our FAQ section for more information.

Parents/guests will be signed up when the student declares that they are bringing someone to their SAO day. This is done when students book their appointment, and there is no further sign up required.

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

SAO Video Series



How to Prepare

  1. Students must have their Western Identity (which is your username and password) before attending. Visit our Account Activation page to set up your identity now.
  2. Bring your First Year Calendar and have the SAO Course Selection Sheet (page 23) completed by choosing your required and elective courses.
    Course registration for first-year students will have opened by the SAO program. Students will receive an email with their enrolment time prior to course registration, and they are able - but not required - to have registered in any or all of their courses online by their SAO day. 
  3. Students who are interested in registering online can visit our Online Course Registration page for assistance. Remember that you can always change your courses until the second week of classes in September.
  4. Bring government-issued photo ID on your SAO Day for all transactions and discussions about your student record and/or tuition account. If you do not have your proper ID, we will not be able to assist you.
    If you wish to give your parent or someone else the ability to access information or a service on your behalf through the Registrar's Office, you MUST complete the Release of Information that is available on your Student Center. See the Resources and FAQ pages for more information.
  5. Students with Transfer Credit: if you expect to be awarded transfer credits for prior course work, you will not be able to confirm your SAO day until June 5th at the earliest. If you select an SAO day in July, your appointment will not be confirmed until approximately 7-10 days prior to your day. Please click here to get tips for students with transfer credit.