Academic Transition Opportunities Program

ATO group photo

The Academic Transition Opportunities (ATO) Program is designed to assist Indigenous students in undergraduate programs at Western University. As an ATO program student, you will be given academic, cultural and personal supports during your first two years of study and thereafter. The goal of the ATO program is ensure successful transition and completion of your degree. 

ATO Programming includes:

  • Orientation workshops
  • Academic counselling and advocacy through individual meetings with the Indigenous Student Advisor every term
  • Tutor support available through drop-in and by appointment
  • Indigenous Circles of Support and Leadership Program
  • Academic related workshops, information and training sessions
  • Access to Elders and cultural and community supports
  • After hours access to the Indigenous Student Centre and kitchen facilities
  • Access to cultural programming (e.g. drum making, drumming/singing, beading, language classes and cooking)
  • Work-study opportunities

Application Process

Students must apply to the ATO Program to receive targeted wrap-around supports. To apply for the ATO Program for the up coming 2020-2021 academic year, please complete the form below:


For more information contact:

Donna Noah
Indigenous Financial Aid Coordinator

519-661-4095 x86437