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

** Not all faculties run every day. Please login to the SAO Booking system to check on availability for your faculty/program.

Please refer to the FAQ page for information or contact or 519 661 2100.

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Sign up for SAO

SAO 2016 will run weekdays from June 27 - July 28, we will not run the program on July 1st.

Sign up will start the morning of June 6, 2016.

Students must sign-up in advanceYour SAO day runs for a minimum 4 hours, 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 2020  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.