COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 and Your Application

We understand this is a stressful time for you. School closures and exam delays are affecting both high school and postsecondary students around the world. There is uncertainty about the extent of disruption we will all face before things go back to normal.

We understand there will be disruptions and we will do everything possible to minimize the impact on your application. We will continue to assess applications and extend offers of admission based on academic and test results available.

We are closely monitoring secondary and postsecondary education systems in Canada and around the world, as well as the status of various tests that we require for admission to Western. We will offer as much flexibility with key dates and deadlines as possible. Continue to check your Student Center ( for the most up-to-date status of your application.

Updated information about COVID-19 and admission to Western will be posted here as it emerges. If you have any questions about your own application, email us at

See more: COVID-19 Information for the Western Community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the university still processing applications? Are you accepting new applications?

Yes. We continue to process applications based on the information we have. You can check your application status on your Student Center ( 

My English Language Proficiency test was cancelled and I’m not sure I can write another one in time.  Will you be extending the deadlines?

We have moved the deadline from April 16 to May 1 for current Ontario high school applicants. Also note that students are now able to take the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition test from home.

I cannot write the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition test in my country. Can I write Duolingo?

If you are unable to take one of the acceptable English Language Proficiency tests, please contact the Admissions Office at to discuss your situation. Duolingo scores will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Will Western take into account the changes to the way courses are being graded (i.e., moving to a pass/fail, adjusting for higher grades due to online tests, etc.)?

We will continue to assess applications based on the grades we receive from institutions.

Are music auditions cancelled?

Students who have applied to the Faculty of Music  should have received an email from us. If you did not receive this email, check your junk and spam folders, then reach out to Dr. John Cuciurean (

I’m thinking about taking online courses at a private school since my school has closed.  Will you treat those courses the same as ones taken in class?

If you think it would be best for you to take a course outside of your high school, make sure it is a Ministry-accredited and approved school that offers the same rigorous curriculum and level of instruction as your high school. If you are an Ontario high school student, grades must be reported through OUAC.

I’m a parent and I’m worried how this situation will affect my student. What can I do to help?

Help your student stay calm. The most important thing you can help with is providing a supportive and safe environment for your student. We are doing everything we can to make sure their journey to university is not affected by this situation.

How will COVID-19 impact receiving midterm grades and admission decisions moving forward?

We will continue to assess applications and documents. We encourage you to send in any documents you have, whether they are official or unofficial, using the upload feature in your Student Center or as noted in your To Do List.

My school is currently closed. What happens if I can't provide final grades or my exams are cancelled?

We anticipate having the grade information we need to make decisions in the vast majority of cases. Educational jurisdictions around the world are adjusting their evaluation and assessment methods and submitting results to universities accordingly. We will accept the adjusted assessment methods as determined by your educational jurisdiction in order to meet our conditions.

I’m studying in an Ontario high school which is now closed. Are you still getting my grades?

Yes. Universities in Ontario will continue to receive grades from Ontario high schools and will continue to assess applications for admission for September 2020.

What will happen to Ontario high school (101) students if we can’t finish the second semester courses?

Based on recent Ontario Ministry of Education announcements, Ontario high school students will be able to complete their academic year and get the credits they need to graduate, so your admissions should not be impacted.

My final exam/test/certification has been cancelled and I can’t meet the Admission Conditions of my offer. Will it get taken away?

Many educational jurisdictions have moved to online classes and/or have moved to alternate ways of providing assessments for course work. We still are anticipating that we will receive some form of assessment from most educational jurisdictions. If you are certain you will not be able to meet your conditions by the date on your offer of admission, please contact the Admissions Office directly at

I'm an Ontario high school student and I was taking prerequisites for my program in second semester but I don’t have a grade yet. Will that affect my application?

We will be receiving additional grades from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) in late April/early May and additional offers will be extended at that time.

I was upgrading a course in the second semester. Will you wait for the improved grade or make your decision using the previous mark?

Offers will continue based on grades that have been received. If your school submits a new or revised grade at a later date, it will be used in the calculation of your average from that time forward.

Can I sign up for a campus tour?

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer campus tours. If you would like to get a feel for Western’s beautiful campus, you can visit us virtually.

Can I speak with an advisor, professor, or student in my faculty or program?

Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to chat with professors, current students, and Western staff at the end of April and into May.

Is it safe to come and study at Western if I accept my offer?

Summer session has been moved online but we are planning to start the fall term as scheduled. We will post updates about classes commencing in September 2020 on this website.