Western welcomes over 5,100 new students

The University of Western Ontario welcomes more than 5,100 new students to campus this weekend as the province prepares itself for the largest cohort of students ever to arrive at Ontario’s 21 universities for the first day of classes.

Western’s initial target for first-year enrollment for the 2011-12 academic year was 4,800, but now an additional 300 new Mustangs will learn firsthand about Canada’s best student experience from an estimated 800 sophs (second-year students).

On Sunday, Sept. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., first-year students will move into their new homes at the Delaware, Essex, Perth, Medway Sydenham and Saugeen residences, as well as Brescia University College. While move-in day for the Alumni House, Elgin, London and Saugeen residences, Huron University College and King’s University College will be held on Monday, Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Motorists are advised that Western Road and Western’s main entrance at Richmond Street will experience heavier traffic, both Sunday and Monday.

A full schedule for O-Week 2011, organized by the University’s Student Council, can be found here.