Apply to Ivey from High School
The Ivey Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) extends conditional, pre-admission status to the HBA Program to exceptional high school students.
Ivey AEO status is available to students who choose to study at Western or one of its affiliated university colleges (in a faculty of their choice) for their first two years of university.
Approximately ⅔ of our Ivey HBA class are formerly Ivey AEOs, the remaining ⅓ are students from Western and other universities who discover an interest in business during their first two years of study.
What we look for in our Ivey AEO applicants
A competitive Ivey AEO application includes:
90%+ average in your best Grade 12 high school courses, including English.
Completion of a mathematics course for university-bound students.
Demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities, community involvement, and work experience.
Application for Ivey AEO Status
To apply for Ivey AEO status:
- Apply for admission to Western through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).
- Choose any academic program or module at Western for your first two years of university study. Please ensure you indicate your intention to apply for the Ivey AEO status on your OUAC application by clicking 'yes' on the radio button stating 'Ivey Advanced Entry Opportunity'. The Ivey AEO is a status rather than a program choice you make and requires you to complete a separate application (see below).
- Complete an Ivey AEO Application. Create a Username and Password to begin or update your existing application.
Achieving Ivey AEO status is a separate decision and notification process from your admission to Western.
The Ivey AEO application deadline is January 11, 2017.
We do not accept late applications.
Questions about applying? Contact us.
Maintain Ivey AEO Status
To progress to the Ivey HBA Program in third year, Ivey AEO students need to:
- Enroll at Western or one of the affiliated university colleges for years 1 and 2 with a full course load (5.0 full courses) during each regular academic year (September-April);1
- Achieve an overall two-year average of at least 80.0% in 10.0 full university credits (5.0 in each year) in any faculty, in any program.2 Due to the heavy course load in Engineering, the required two- year average for AEO students registered in the Faculty of Engineering is 78.0%;
- Not fail any courses in the first two years;
- In year 2, enroll in a module (i.e. Major, Honors Specialization, etc.) and take a minimum of 2.0 of the required courses for that module plus Business 2257; students may not be ‘undeclared’; consult your faculty as some modules may require more than 2.0 courses in year 2 for progression within that faculty;
- Take all senior level courses (numbered 2000 and higher) in year 2 including Business 2257. Permission to register for a first-year course in year 2 will be granted by the HBA Program Services Office only under special circumstances;3
- Students following a program containing MOS 2310A/B and 2320A/B must defer these courses until Year 3 as they will not count towards the 10.0 credits required for admission to the HBA Program and are discouraged for those students continuing on to the Ivey Business School. Students continuing in MOS must complete MOS 2310A/B and 2320A/B in Year 3 prior to enrolling in MOS courses for which these courses are the prerequisite;
- Take Business 2257 between September and April of year 2, achieving no less than 70.0%. Given the participative nature of the HBA Program and its case-based learning methodology, students are strongly encouraged to demonstrate a satisfactory level of class contribution in Business 2257. Feedback from instructors will also be taken into account;4
- Complete the equivalent of a Grade 12 U-level mathematics course, if not previously taken during secondary school (such as Mathematics 0110 A/B or 1229 A/B);
- Continue involvement, achievement, and leadership in extracurricular activities in years 1 and 2;
- Adhere to all student code of conduct regulations at your respective institutions. Violations of such codes will be considered as part of the admissions process;
- Complete an Ivey AEO Activity Report at the end of year 1 so that Ivey can provide feedback on progression to date;
- Complete the Ivey AEO2 Intent to Register application in year 2 to confirm your intention to join the Ivey HBA Program in year 3;
- Participate in an online video interview as part of your Ivey AEO2 Intent to Register application, if requested.
1 AEO students may take courses in the summer but these will not be counted as part of the 10.0 courses required and, thus, the grades from summer courses will not be included in calculating the two-year average. Students who repeat courses in the summer previously taken during the regular academic year without special permission, will lose their AEO status.
2 Repeating a course to raise your average is not permitted. If you need to repeat a course in order to progress in your module (i.e. a particular grade is required), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request an AEO Special Permissions form. In the event you are required to repeat a course for a legitimate academic reason, the HBA Admissions Committee will count both attempts in the calculation of your two year average.
3 Students wishing to complete a first-year course in year 2 must request special permission from the HBA Program Office.
Special permission requests are reviewed on a case by case basis and require a legitimate academic reason. Students must submit an AEO Special Permission form at least five days prior to the add/drop deadline for the requested course.
4 Only Engineering students are allowed to complete Business 2257 during Intersession (May-June) following Year 1 or Year 2. The same minimum grade (70%) in Business 2257 is required for all AEO students. Engineering students following a Business Option module must take Business 2257 during the regular academic year (September – April).
Students may be required to participate in an online video interview as part of their HBA Intent application.
Ivey Business Courses for First and Second Year Students
At Western, pre-Ivey business courses are offered to students in their first and second year.