Congratulations And Welcome To The WesternU Family
We are excited for you to join the College of Optometry in Fall 2023! In the meantime, be sure to complete the items on your “To-Do Before Orientation” list and utilize the resources provided below to prepare for your arrival on campus.
It is essential that you regularly check your WesternU e-mail account (once assigned) as all reminders and follow-up from the University will be sent through this account (including financial aid, registration and final admission requirements information).
Accepting Our Offer
Again, congratulations and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Your WesternU Support Team
We understand that receipt and submission of these documents and clearances may be delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We encourage you to submit as soon as you have your documents collected to allow adequate time for review and processing. You will be notified by email when your documents have been received and if any additional information is required.
At this time, students should try to have all health clearance documents submitted on or before June 1, 2022. Please communicate with the Student Employee Health Office should you need additional time to submit your documents.
- Carefully read and submit all requirements on your Next Steps document (PDF).
- Review the important dates, FAQs, Financial Aid and Housing documents.
- Complete and submit the Immunization, Health History & Physical Examination forms (PDF)
- Complete Background Check Process (PDF)
- Purchase required equipment (details will be provided later)
- Provide proof of health insurance when requested
- Ensure your laptop meets the minimum technical standards
- Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Link to the Student Portal to find a roommate or to advertise/review available housing
(Email/Portal Password Required)
- View Welcome Week Event Information – Available in late spring
After you have accepted our offer and paid your first deposit, you will be assigned a WesternU e-mail account. Once your account is created, your account information will be available on your application status page. It is essential that you regularly check your WesternU e-mail account (once assigned) as all reminders and follow-up from the University will be sent through this account (including financial aid, registration and final admission requirements information). Your WesternU e-mail account login will also provide you access to the Student Portal, https://my.westernu.edu and Blackboard. Please note that Blackboard accounts will not be available for incoming students until at least one week prior to the start of classes.
Registration for incoming students typically takes place July 1 – July 31. You will need to complete all outstanding admissions requirements (see “To-Do before Orientation” list above) before you will be able to register for classes. Registration information will be sent to your WesternU e-mail address just prior to the start of classes. During registration, you will also be required to provide proof of active health insurance coverage. Additional information on the University’s health insurance coverage requirements can be found on the Registrar’s website.
Website Resources and Who to Contact with Questions
The Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course (SPaRC) is a five-week program generally held in June and July, before the start of the academic year in August. SPaRC familiarizes incoming students with the “WesternU Way” while preparing them for their program in a supportive, low-stress, interprofessional setting.
SPaRC courses introduce students to foundational material pertinent to their program of study. Instruction emphasizes the key basic principles in each program. SPaRC prepares incoming students by providing an overview of applicable basic medical science courses, efficient academic learning skills, and wellbeing competencies.
Participating programs include: College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Department of Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA), Department of Physical Therapy (DPT), College of Optometry (OD), College of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), and the College of Dental Medicine (DMD).
The College reserves the right to withdraw its offer of admission for any of the following reasons:
- any of the information submitted in the application or other materials submitted in support of the application is materially inaccurate, false or misleading;
- any event occurs subsequent to the College’s offer of admission that is inconsistent with the college’s standards of professional conduct, which may include, but is not limited to (a) any act of cheating or other academic dishonesty; (b) any conduct that would constitute a felony or misdemeanor crime (regardless of whether such conduct has resulted in any criminal charge or conviction); or (c) any other conduct that adversely affects the applicant’s reputation or standing in the academic community.