Offers of Admission

Basic Requirements for Admission: Ontario Grade 12 Curriculum Requirements

If you currently attend an Ontario high school, you must successfully complete an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, including each of the following, to be considered for admission:

  • Six 4U and/or 4M level courses (excluding co-op)
  • 4U English (ENG4U)
  • Prerequisites for your program as specified by Western
  • An admission average, including all program prerequisite courses as specified by Western

Failed and Repeated Courses

  • If a course was taken more than once, the highest reported successful grade in the course will be used in the calculation of the admission average.

Timing and Process for Admission Decisions

If you are a current Ontario Secondary School student, here is the basis on which offers of admission are being released:

December and January:

Offers sent out during this time are based on the following criteria:

  • very high grades on six 3U and/or 3M courses; or
  • six final 4U and/or 4M courses including prerequisites.

Late February to Mid-April

Offers sent out during this time are based on the following criteria:

  • final first-semester 4U and/or 4M courses and final 3U and/or 3M courses; or
  • six midterm and/or final 4U and/or 4M courses, including prerequisites.


Offers sent out based on six 4U and/or 4M midterm and/or final grades, including prerequisite courses.

Please remember, we review all applications each time we receive a new set of Grade 12 marks (final first-semester grades or midterm marks for full-year courses in March, and second semester midterms in May). Thousands of offers will go out early March to mid-May. 

Alternative Offers

Western's Main Campus does not have automatic alternative offers of admission. If you wish to be considered for more than 1 program, list each program as a separate choice on your OUAC application.

One-year deferrals of admission may be granted to high school applicants. A written request must be sent to the Admissions Office that outlines the reasons for deferral. Note: A deferral will not be granted to those students who will be studying at another postsecondary institution.

The Special Consideration Profile is available for students who may have had extenuating circumstances that led to academic difficulty and that may put them marginally below the university's minimum admissions requirement. Extenuating circumstances may include disability, personal illness, financial circumstances, required employment, family illnesses, or other personal or family matters. Deadline: March 1.

The Extraordinary Extracurricular and Contributions to Citizenship Profile is an optional profile that allows you to communicate your commitment to extracurricular activities and active citizenship through an ongoing contribution to school and community life. If you feel your average will fall marginally below the university's minimum admission requirements, and you have made significant contributions, you may submit a profile. Deadline: March 1.

For forms and details, visit our website.

Internship and/or co-op opportunities are available in a variety of programs.