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Scholar's Electives

Scholars Electives

The Scholar’s Electives program is ideal for students interested in academic enrichment through an interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate learning and who have the intention of pursuing higher education at the post-graduate/professional level. Fifty students are accepted to this highly competitive program each year.

As a Scholar’s Electives student, you are connected to an intimate network of like-minded peers with exclusive opportunities for academic enrichment including a first-year interdisciplinary course focused on critical analysis, and independent research mentorship from top faculty in your upper years. This research mentorship has led our students to conferences, global internships, competitive fellowships, and prestigious graduate programs around the world. In first year, students can also request to live on the Scholar’s Electives floor in residence, and have access to Connections, our upper-year peer mentorship program.

This scholarly community also engages in a myriad of events and extracurricular activities to support academic and personal growth such as cultural excursions, community service initiatives, and the distribution of Scholarly Scoop and Purpology, a student-run magazine and blog.

Admission Requirements

1. You must have a final secondary school admission average of 90 per cent or higher, be involved in extracurricular activities, and make significant contributions to your community.

2. You must apply and receive acceptance to one of the following participating faculties/programs:

3. You must submit a completed supplemental Scholar’s Electives Application form.

How to Apply

1. Access the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website.

2. Choose your program at Western and select “yes” to the “Scholar’s Electives” radio button at the bottom of the page.

3. Complete a supplemental Scholar’s Electives Application form by February 14, 2015.

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