First Year

Western Engineering offers a multitude of opportunities that have allowed me to embrace a diverse and enriching university experience and the general first year guided me to find the discipline I am most passionate about.

Megan Green

Mechanical Engineering Student


Your Future Starts Here

Build your future

Western Engineering offers you unique possibilities and unparalleled support. You can build your future at Western with co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities, including:
  • Co-ops and Careers
  • Combined and Concurrent Degrees
  • Certificates
  • International Experiences
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Exceptional Student Support

Join a club. Complete a co-op. Go international.

When you join Western Engineering, you will be provided with the skills and knowledge to become a successful problem solver – prepared to address and find solutions to meet the needs of society.

As you start your academic journey towards becoming a Professional Engineer, we will provide you with the foundation you need to excel in your chosen career. You will be given the opportunity to shape your academic experience in flexible and exciting ways, creating paths of study designed to your individual interests and aspirations.

Admission Requirements

Ontario high school students
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Physics (SPH4U)
  • Plus one other 4U or 4M level course (highest grade is chosen)

Non-Ontario high school students please visit Western's admissions page.
We also invite all applicants to complete our optional supplemental admission application form called the CONNECT Profile

Home away from home

Western Engineering provides a strong community environment. When you start your academic journey with us, you will join a cohort of approximately 750 first-year students. Professors will know your name and academic counsellors will be available to help you navigate and succeed through your university experience.

Common First Year

When you start in September, your first year academic counsellor will have your timetable ready for you. With our common first year, you and all of your first-year classmates will take the same courses. The Business for Engineers course in the first-year curriculum recognizes the importance of a business perspective for engineering practice and creates multiple opportunities for further educational experiences while you are at Western.

Throughout first year, you will have the opportunity to participate in activities to help with your transition into university life. You can join clubs and teams, get to know your first-year classmates, and explore our engineering programs in more detail.

Engineering Excellence Admission Program

Choosing an upper-year stream can be stressful and we want you to have options, which is why Western Engineering will guarantee your acceptance into the program of your choice (except Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Software Engineering) after first year if you:
  • have a minimum entrance average of 85%
  • maintain an average of 80% in first year
  • no failures, on a full course load

Living-Learning Community

Living-Learning communities are themed floors where residents who share the same academic faculty, program, or interest live together on the same floor. Engineering has a Living Learning community in Essex Hall, which provides students an easy way to meet their first-year engineering peers, and access study groups, community and social events, and upper-year mentors.

The CONNECT Profile


This is an optional form that allows you to CONNECT your leadership skills, creativity, passion for science, technology, engineering and math and your extra-curricular activities to your grades. It provides Western Engineering with additional information about yourself that can be used to elevate your application for admission.