Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Assessment Criteria

If you are currently attending an Alberta, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut secondary school, you must complete a secondary school diploma or certificate by June including each of the following to be considered for admission:

  • Five acceptable academic courses numbered 30, 30-1, or 31
    • English Language Arts 30-1
    • Prerequisites for your program as specified by Western

Applications should be submitted in the Fall prior to the year in which you are seeking admission. Your Self Reported Grade Form should be submitted as soon as you receive mid-year grades. If you are attending a secondary school outside Ontario, you are also eligible to fill out either the Special Consideration or the Extraordinary Extracurricular Activities & Contributions to Citizenship Profile

Note: Some programs may require specific courses from out-of-province applicants to be eligible for enrollment. The Admission Recommendations and Requirements chart presents this information for each province in one document.

Additional Admissions Information

  • Courses with credit weights of 3 will be counted as one half-course and will be combined with another distinct course with a credit weight of 3 to make up one course.
  • All Grade 12 prerequisites must be completed.   
  • If a course has been taken more than once, the highest reported successful grade in the course will be used in the calculation of your admission average.
  • Grades obtained through Challenge for Credit will not be used in the calculation of an admission average.
  • Western’s Main Campus does not extend automatic alternate offers of admission.  If you wish to be considered for more than one program, list each as a separate choice on the OUAC application form.
  • Applicants attending high school after completing college and/or university courses must disclose this information on the application form, and submit official transcripts to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Upgrading in certain subjects, particularly Calculus, may be required during first-year to satisfy admission or progression requirements for specific programs.

Acceptable Courses

Aboriginal Studies 30
Any Advanced Placement 30 (AP)
Any International Baccalaureate (IB) except TOK
Any Language 30
Any Language 30-3Y
Any Language 30-6Y
Any Language 35
Applied Sociology
Biology 30
Chemistry 30
Cultural and Physical Anthropology 30
English 30-1
English 35
Experimental Psychology 30
Foundations of Math 30
French Language Arts 30-1
General Music 30
General Music 31
International Politics 30
Inuktitut Studies 35
Law/Legal Studies 30 (min 3 credits)
Macroeconomics 30
Microeconomics 30
Math 30-1
Math 30-2
Math 31
Philosophies of Man 30
Physics 30
Physics 35
Pure Math 30
Science 30
Social Studies 30-1
Western World History 30
World Geography 30

One additional Grade 12 Fine Arts or Music course may be used for applicants to Fine Arts (EAV) or Music (EM, EMA).


Note: This list is not exhaustive. If you have a question regarding the acceptability of a course for admission consideration, please contact the Admissions Office directly.