Student Success Centre

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We have a variety of programs and services to enhance your first year experience at Western University. From Summer Academic Orientation to peer mentoring programs and services for off-campus students we offer something for everyone!  Please don’t hesitate to connect and find the service and program to help make your transition to university a smooth and successful one. If you aren’t sure where to turn, email fyresource@uwo.ca.

Mentorship Programs Overview

Are you a first or second year student looking for academic and social transition support? Whether you are an off-campus student, mature student, a Scholars Elective student, a student-athlete, a student registered with Services for Students with Disabilities, or simply a student wanting extra support from an upper year student in your faculty, there is a mentorship program for you! See more below or email success@uwo.ca to ask which program might be the right fit for you.

Leadership & Academic Mentorship Program (LAMP)

LAMP is a university-run group lead by upper year students, designed to help you make connections with other students, have a student mentor, learn about the services at Western, and build lasting friendships. LAMP mentors are high caliber student leaders representing all faculties who are carefully selected and extensively trained. For all LAMP Leaders, they have personal experience and are sensitive to the challenges faced by students.

LAMP is divided into 3 main areas:

  1. LAMP 1.0 is designed to support first-year students
  2. LAMP 2.0 is designed to support second-year students
  3. The LAMP Leadership program is designed for first-year students and allows them to participate in community engaged learning initiatives.

Find out more here.

Society of Off-Campus Students (SOCS)

The Society of Off-Campus Students is a university-run group led by upper year students, designed to help you make connections with other first-year students, have a student mentor, learn about the services at Western, and build lasting friendships.

SOCS Leaders/OC Sophs are high caliber student leaders representing all faculties who are carefully selected and extensively trained. For all SOCS Leaders, the first-year experience is still a fresh memory, and they are sensitive to the challenges faced by first-year students.

Find out more here.

Out-of-Province Students Association (OPSA)

The Out-of-Province Students Association provides a unique mentorship program for incoming first year students to connect with an upper year students from the same province - often times from the same city and program as well. Initial connection takes place in the summer prior to arrival at Western in September, and guidance and support is maintained throughout the year. The mentor can support the first year student in timetabling and registration (as often times out of province students cannot travel to Western during Summer Academic Orientation), and this program provides an avenue that first years can direct questions/concerns. For a first year student this is a comfort of a first friend at Western as they embark on their journey, and for the upper year student it provides beneficial leadership experience.

Find out more here.

Society of Mature Students (SMS)

Do you consider yourself to be an “adult learner”, “lifelong learner” or “mature student”? Do you have some life experience before coming to Western? Regardless of how you were admitted to Western—mature, college, or university transfer student—if you identify with being a “mature student”, you are welcome to join SMS, our Community for “Mature” Students.

Interested in being connected with an upper year Mature Student from your faculty? Send us an email to request a mentor - sms@uwo.ca. The program allows you not only to connect with peers from your faculty but we run events and programming throughout the year to ease your transition.

Find out more here.

Student Athlete Academic Mentorship Program (SAAMP)

The Student Athlete Academic Mentorship Program (SAAMP) is a unique community of upper year student-athletes who volunteer to assist new student athletes at Western in making connections with other mentees and mentors in the program, learn about academic support services at Western and build lasting friendships. The group provides both transitional and ongoing academic support for new student athletes attending Western University. This program is a partnership between Sports and Recreation Services, Mustang Athletic Student’s Council and The Student Success Centre. All SAAMP Mentors are high-achieving, goal-oriented varsity athletes who want to give back to their community and who are sensitive to the academic and social challenges faced by first-year student athletes.

Find out more here.

The Accessibility Mentorship Program (AMP)

The Accessibility Mentorship Program (AMP) is a university-run group coordinated by staff and upper year students that provides an inclusive and welcoming community for participating students. The program operates out of a collaborative partnership between The Student Success Centre and Services for Student with Disabilities (SSD). These teams aim to match successful, engaged, motivated and extensively trained upper-year mentors with first year students who identify as having accessibility needs and are registered with SSD. AMP Mentors provide academic and social support to offer a successful transition to university life, while being mindful of and sensitive to the unique needs of their mentees.

Find out more here.

Scholar’s Electives Connectors Program

The Scholar’s Electives Connectors Program connects first year Scholar's Electives (SE) students with upper year SE students. The upper year students (connectors) will provide first year students (connectees) with support through academic, extracurricular, and social transitions to university.

Find out more here.