Student Success Centre

Summer Academic Orientation (SAO)

Summer Academic Orientation

Make SAO part of your summer plans.

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

By attending SAO you will:

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

SAO 2018 will run weekdays from Thursday, June 21st to July 11th.** (No program on June 29th or July 2nd)

** Not all faculties run every day.

Please refer to the FAQ page for information or contact .

Sample Itinerary SAO

Student Program Guest Program


UCC Atrium

Morning Registration 8:45am-9:15am

UCC Atrium
Morning Registration
9:15am-9:30am Morning Welcome 9:15am-9:30am Morning Welcome
9:30am-9:45am Faculty Specific Course Selection Workshop 9:30am-12:00pm

Transition Workshop

Student Financial Services

Living on Campus Q & A
Off Campus Q & A

9:45am--12:00pm Individual Advising & Campus Student Services Overview (in faculty-based groups)
12:00pm-1:00pm** Lunch/Break 12:00pm-1:00pm** Lunch/Break

Optional Afternoon Programming

(Students and Guests)

12:45pm & 2:00pm Campus Tours (includes seeing a room in Ontario Hall/Essex Hall)
*Express Tours Available*
1:00pm-2:00pm My First Week at Western Workshop facilitated by Student Leader

 **Times are approximate and to used only for your reference

Sign up for SAO

SAO 2018 will run weekdays from June 21 - July 11, we will not run the program on June 29 or July 2.

Sign up will start early June.

Students must sign-up in advanceYour SAO day runs for a minimum 4 hours (beginning at 9:15am sharp), and IS NOT a "drop-in" program. Please plan to spend a minimum of 4 hours at Western. Students that live more than 4 hours driving distance to London will be offered the option of a phone 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 Coordinators if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make this event accessible to you -

Why attend SAO?


How to Prepare for SAO

  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
    Course registration for first-year students will have opened before the SAO program begins. 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.

Connect with SAO


The official Western Facebook Class of 2022 page is located here. This is the ONLY site that will give you an official response.

Protection of your information:

Remember to keep your Western student number private and treat it with the same care and privacy as a credit card number. Also, use your discretion when posting personal information such as your course schedule or residence assignment, online or on social media, as making any of these things public can compromise your safety.