Students generally have positive academic experiences at UWO. Many of the professors are well-established and knowledgeable in their particular fields, and they're always available, whether it involves student interaction in the classroom or during office hours. First-year courses are often large—Psychology 1000 has about 800 students in a lecture—but the class sizes deplete considerably in upper-year courses. Some engaging and interesting courses for upper-year students include: "The Culture of Celebrity" (MIT), "Wildlife Ecology and Management" (Biology), and "Human Sexuality" (Psychology). In terms of course workload, it depends on the program. For example, engineering students generally have over 30 hours of classes in a week, whereas those in social sciences may have half of that amount. Regardless of your program, work increases in a semester will come as no surprise; professors provide a detailed course syllabus in the first lecture that clearly outlines due dates and exams for that term.
As a first-year student, it's very rare to know your ideal program and area of interest straight out of high school. Western's academic curriculum is flexible across faculties, which lets new students take a multitude of courses across a variety of seemingly unrelated subjects. Course registration is a relatively straightforward process at Western. Faculty Web sites are direct with their course requirements for specific programs, so students know exactly what's needed to graduate. Courses that are mandatory for certain programs usually offer numerous lecture options so that students can fit them in their timetable. Registration for classes is done online by each student during the preceding summer, but academic counselors are readily available if there are any scheduling confusions.