Getting Ready for First Year

Starting university is an exciting and transformative experience, and we want to ensure that you are fully prepared for your first year in the Faculty of Engineering at Western University. This page is designed to provide you with the resources and information you need to know as you prepare for this exciting new chapter.

Our goal is to help you feel confident and empowered as you begin your journey as a Western Engineering first year student. We explore you to explore the information and resources provided on this page. Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering, we can’t wait to see you soon!

What are my next steps?

Ready to join the Western Engineering community? Make sure to review the "Prepeare for Western" information at HERE

This page provides important reminders about key dates and requirements to keep in mind over the summer as you prepare to join Western in September. You can also find information about Residence, Off Campus Housing, SAO, Fees, your WesternOne card and more! 

Summer Academic Orientation (SAO)

Summer Academic Orientation (SAO) is a free program to assist incoming undergraduate students with their course selection, help answer questions about programs and services on campus and support you in feeling confident to thrive during your time at Western.

Check out their website for more information! 

Join SmartStart I

As a new Engineering student for September 2023 you will be added to our WE SmartStart I course; a summer prepatory course, prepared with future engineers in mind! Bringing you from where you are, to where you want to be. A one-stop shop prep course to set up our future engineers for success!

This is a self-study course designed for incoming students to reinforce key high school concepts to help prepare for first year engineering. This course will also explore learning skills and strategies for success at the university level while also connecting students with their fellow classmates in their program.

WE SmartStart is brought to you by Undergraduate Services Office in collaboration with Learning Development & Success from Western Student Experience and Western Engineering's first year instructors. It has been prepared with engineers, for future engineers.

You will be automatically enrolled, please navigate via the link below to the course OWL page:


Please check out our SmartStart Course page for more information on the modules and release dates! 

Review the First Year Guide

Take some time to review Western Engineering's First Year Guide. This includes a welcome from the Dean, important dates and o-week events, information on Faculty supprot services, Wesern resources, study spots on campus and more! 

 Check out the First Year Guide HERE

Review the list of first year courses

Western Engineering has a common first year program, meaning that all first year students take the same courses as follows:

NMM 1411A/B - Linear Algebra with Numerical Analysis for Engineers
NMM 1412A - Calculus for Engineers I
NMM 1414B - Calculus for Engineers II
BUS 1299E - Business for Engineers
Chem 1302A/B - Chemistry for Engineers
ES 1021A/B - Properties of Materials in Engineering
ES 1022Y - Engineering Statics
ES 1036A/B - Programming Fundamentals for Engineers
ES 1050 - Foundations of Engineering Practice
Phys 1401A/B - Physics for Engineering Students I
Phys 1402A/B - Physics for Engineering Students II


First Year Timetable Example

Please note, this is only an example of a year one timetable. Your individual timetable may look different. 



Course Registration:

1. Western Engineering will select your first-year courses and ensure you are enrolled. You will be auto-enrolled into your timetable mid-August, following the first year tuition deadline - no additions are required and no changes are permitted. Once you are auto-enrolled in your timetable you will be able to see your schedule in your Student Center account. 

2. If you have International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, or transfer credits you would like to utilize, please book an appointment with the first year academic counsellor here.

3. Are you interested in applying for engineering scholarships next year?  First consideration will be given to students who are registered in 6.5 credits.


IEP in high-school?

If you had an IEP in high-school and you are looking for additional support at Western. Please connect with Accessible Education to register. 

Accessible Education plays a central role in Western's efforts to ensure that its academic programs are accessible for all students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. They arrange academic accommodation for classes, exams, internships and other course or program activities, as well as provide digital and Braille textbooks, accessible campus transportation, learning strategy instruction for students with learning disabilities, access to computer labs that are equipped with assistive technology, referrals for assessments and other services, and bursaries for students who meet OSAP's eligibility criteria.

Depending on the service you require, appointments will be delivered via phone, email or virtually. Office hours, are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. To book an appointment with Accessible Education, please email