Ready, Set, Launch.

Join us this summer to launch into your Western adventure with confidence.

Each program listed below is entirely free and we encourage you to learn about each of them to discover how they can help prepare you for university. Whether you engage in just one or all five, we're here to help every step of the way.

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Learn about your program, course registration, and the many resources available to support you.

Learn more about Summer Orientation

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Join us for a FREE one- or two-day experience on campus to meet peers in your faculty, discover your individual strengths, and connect with key services at Western.

Choose the overnight option and stay in a Western residence!

LEARN MORE ABOUT Community Connections

Student in Western sweatshirt smiles for the cameraLanguage in Culture Series (LinCS)

Learn how to write in a university setting.

This program was developed for incoming international undergraduate students, but all students are welcome!


Students on laptops study outside on campusSmartStart: Academics

Connect with peers and review key concepts from high school courses that you'll need to succeed in your first-year courses.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SmartStart: Academics

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Available anytime (virtual)

Build the skills needed for university learning.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SmartStart: Learning

More ways to engage once you arrive in September

Attend Orientation

Attending Orientation programming is a great way to get connected to the Western community. Stay tuned for more information!

Join a Mentorship Program

Western offers a wide variety of mentorship programs to help support your academic and social transition into university. Find the right fit for you!

What students are saying about Western Launch

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Emma Dorval

"Summer Orientation helped me to feel secure in my course selections and eased my worries about coming to University. Speaking with a Summer Orientation Leader made me feel prepared and excited to begin classes in September!"

Sharon Sun

Sharon Sun

"I’ve had the opportunity to work with fellow student leaders last year on Community Connections, and it was really wonderful to see some of the incoming first years before they start school. Community Connections is a great program for students to get acquainted with the campus, community, and connect with Western as a whole, and presents a great chance to build some friendships early on."