The Ivey Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) extends conditional, pre-admission status to the HBA program to exceptional secondary school students. Ivey AEO applicants are assessed on their academic record and demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities, community involvement, and work experience. Ivey AEO status is only available to students who choose to study at Western or one of the affiliated university colleges (in a faculty of their choice) for their first two years of university.
Students must first be admitted to Western or one of the affiliated university colleges before being offered Ivey AEO status. Applicants are notified separately from the Registrar's Office concerning their admission to first year.
Approximately 2/3 of the Ivey HBA class are former Ivey AEOs; the remaining 1/3 are students from Western and other universities who develop an interest in business during their first two years of study.
Students interested in the Ivey AEO apply to Western or one of the affiliated university colleges on the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) form. They must also apply separately to the Richard Ivey School of Business. The Ivey AEO application is only available on-line at www.ivey.uwo.ca/hba. There is an application fee payable to the Ivey Business School. Please refer to www.ivey.uwo.ca/hba for more information.
Both applications are due by the OUAC application deadline in January.
A competitive Ivey AEO application includes:
• 90%+ average in your final year of secondary school;
• Completion of a mathematics course for university-bound students;
• Demonstrated leadership in extracurricular activities, community involvement, and work experience.
STEPS FOR ADMISSION TO HBA
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);
- 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. The required two-year average for AEO students registered in the Faculty of Engineering is 78.0%;
- Pass all 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 Administration 2257; students may not be 'undeclared'; consult with 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 Administration 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;
- Take Business Administration 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 Administration 2257; Feedback from instructors may also be taken into account;
- Complete the equivalent of a Grade 12 U-level mathematics course (such as Mathematics 0110A/B or Mathematics 1229A/B), if not previously taken during secondary school;
- Continue involvement, achievement, and leadership in extracurricular activities in Years 1 and 2;
- Adhere to all student code of conduct regulations at their 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 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.
Please refer to the AEO Handbook for further details:
Academic Handbook, Admission, Business