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Intent to Register

What is Intent to Register (ITR) and why is it important?

By submitting their Intent to Register (ITR), students inform Western (i) that they plan to return next year and (ii) in which program they would like to register for the next year. When final marks are available in May, students are adjudicated (assessed for eligibility) for the programs/degrees/modules that they requested during the ITR period. Only students who submit their ITR are allowed to register for courses for the next Fall/Winter session.

Links to the left provide specific information and FAQs about submitting an ITR for Medical Sciences 2, Year 3 BMSc and Year 4 BMSc.

**Department of Physiology and Pharmacology: proposed changes that may impact ITR decisions**

Check out the proposed changes to 3000-level labs and 4000-level research courses, modules offered by the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, as well as the Honors Specialization/Specialization in IMS.
Questions about these proposed changes? Feel free to bring your questions to BMSUE Drop-in hours.

Deadline to submit your ITR is March 31. Click to go to Student Center to submit ITR. 



General Information about ITR

ITR events

Science Students' Council (SSC) ITR Information Fair - March 8 in PAB atrium (12:30-2:30). Come and speak to:

  • faculty members and students from the different disciplines about courses, modules, research opportunities, careers etc.
  • the BMSUE Office about module choices
  • members of the Academic Counselling Team

BMSA (Bachelor of Medical Sciences Association) - March 13 3:00-5:00 p.m. (Talbot College Rm 341)

  • upper-year BMSc students will participate in a Q&A panel

Medical Biophysics Information Session (hosted by BONeS, Biophysics Network of Students) - March 15 at 5:30 (PAB Rm 36):

  • SSC is teaming up with BONes to host a question and answer period on all things Biophyiscs! Upper-year students in the department will be joined by Dr. Jackson (undergraduate chair) to enlighten students on the ins and outs of Medical Biophysics! There will be FREE PIZZA!

WUNS (Western Undergraduate Neuroscience Society) - March 20 6:00 p.m. (SSC 2020)

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology - March 24 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m (MSB 212A)

  • an informal drop-in session for students interested in modules offered by the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) - March 27 2:30-3:30 and March 29 10:30-11:30 (MSB 204)

  • an informal drop-in session with Dr. Nicole Campbell for students interested in IMS modules

When do I submit my Intent to Register (ITR)?

The ITR period runs from from February 1 to March 31.

How do I submit my ITR?

Most students will submit their Intent to Register online, via Student Center:

  • Look under Student Services Links (right-hand side) and click on Complete My Intent to Register

A few students will need to submit their ITR on a paper ITR form (see "what are the exceptions to online ITR?" below)

Why do I have to submit an ITR?

  • so that Western knows you want to return in September
  • so that we know in which program you'd like to register next year
  • so that you'll be register for courses for next year!

When do I find out if I'm eligible for my ITR choice(s)?

When your final marks are available in May, you'll be adjudicated (assessed for eligibility) for your ITR choices. See Adjudication for details.

Resources available to help with ITR

  • Attend the following events:
    • Science Students' Council (SSC) ITR Information Fair - March 8 in PAB atrium (12:30-2:30) and speak to:
      • faculty members and students from the different disciplines about courses, modules, research opportunities, careers etc.
      • the BMSUE Office about module choices
      • members of the Academic Counselling Team
    • BMSA (Bachelor of Medical Sciences Association) - March 13 in Talbot College Rm 341 (3:00-5:00)
      • upper-year BMSc students will participate in a Q&A panel
    • Medical Biophysics Information Session (hosted by BONeS, Biophysics Network of Students) - March 15 at 5:30 (PAB Rm 36):
      • SSC is teaming up with BONes to host a question and answer period on all things Biophyiscs! Upper-year students in the department will be joined by Dr. Jackson (undergraduate chair) to enlighten students on the ins and outs of Medical Biophysics! There will be FREE PIZZA!
    • WUNS (Western Undergraduate Neuroscience Society) - March 20 6:00 p.m. (location TBD)
    • Department of Physiology and Pharmacology - March 24 in MSB 212A (10:00-2:30)
      • an informal drop-in session for students interested in modules offered by the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Review the modules offered by the basic medical science departments and click on the courses to see the course descriptions of the modular courses. This is a great way to figure out which modules might interest you.
  • Determine if you will have access to the basic medical science courses you want to take, based on your ITR choices.
  • View the YouTube VIDEOS posted at the bottom of this page to find out more about each department's courses and modules, and what students have to say about their modules.
  • Check the websites of the basic medical science departments
  • Investigate the basic medical science courses
  • Go to BMSUE Drop-in (Rm 137 MSB) to talk with Kathy Boon about module choices for ITR.

General FAQs about ITR

How many choices can I submit with my ITR?

You can submit up to two choices for your ITR. If you're eligible for your First Choice, your Second Choice won't be considered.

What are the exceptions to online ITR?

See the FAQs page and look for the exceptions that would apply to you (e.g. look at the FAQs for students submitting an ITR for Year 4 BMSc, if you're going into Year 4 next year).

Can I change my ITR before the deadline (March 31st)?

  • yes, you can change your ITR before the deadline by submitting an entirely new ITR which will "over-write" your previous ITR
  • you can submit your ITR as many times as you want before the deadline but the last ITR you submit will be the one that "sticks"

Can I change my ITR after the deadline (March 31st)?

  • it is unlikely that students will be permitted to revise their Intent to Register after the deadline of March 31st. Students may contact the Academic Counselling Office in WSC 140 in April to ask about changing their ITR after the deadline. The reasons for requesting the change will be reviewed when the requests are considered.

Am I more likely to get my First Choice if I submit my ITR as early as possible?

  • No, submitting an ITR on the first day that the online ITR service is open doesn't impact your eligibility for your ITR choices.
  • As long as you submit your ITR by the deadline, you'll be considered for your ITR choices during the adjudication period in May.

What happens after ITR?

When your final marks are available in May, you'll be adjudicated for your ITR choices (assessed for eligibility). The results of your adjudication (eligible or not eligible, etc.) will be posted in Student Centre in late May or early June (Student Centre > My Academics > View My Grades).

What if I don't submit an ITR?

What if I'm not eligible for my First Choice?

  • during the adjudication period in May, you'll be adjudicated (assessed for eligibility) for your First Choice
  • if you're not eligible for your First Choice, you'll be adjudicated for your Second Choice
  • if you're eligible for your Second Choice, you should be registered in it for next year.

What if I'm not eligible for both my First and Second Choices?

  • if you're not eligible for either of your ITR choices, a decision will be made during the adjudication period in May as to what would be the most appropriate/best program for you for next year.
  • this decision will be based on your ITR choices, the courses you've completed, the courses (if any) in which you're registered for the summer, and your marks.
    • e.g. if both your First and Second choices are for the BMSc Program and you're eligible for the BMSc Program but not the module(s) requested, you'll be considered for other modules in the BMSc Program.
  • you'll find out the program in which you'll be registered after the adjudication process is completed and you've been term-activated for next year (early to mid-June).

What if I submit an ITR and then decide not to come back next September?

  • if you were admitted to Medical Sciences 2, Year 3 BMSc or Year 4 BMSc for next year, please contact the BMSUE Office to let us know that you're not returning
  • we'll let you know if any other steps are necessary when we respond to you
  • if you were admitted to a BSc degree for next year, please contact the Academic Counselling Office in WSC 140

How do I submit my ITR if I'm in Year 4 of the 5-year combined program (dual degree) with Ivey?

Go to Student Center to submit your ITR:

  • click on "Complete my Intent to Register" under the Student Services links (right-hand side)
  • select "full-time course load" for next year
  • click on "continue in concurrent program"

That's it - you're done your ITR!

I'm graduating this year.  Can I still submit an ITR?

Yes, you can submit an ITR to be a "special student" or you might wish to register in a Post-Degree Module (Major or Minor). Check with the Academic Counselling Office in WSC 140 for your options.

Additional FAQs from the Academic Counselling Office in WSC 140

The Academic Counselling Office has additional FAQs about ITR.

Departmental YouTube videos:

The videos below provide both the student's and the faculty member's perspectives about the various basic medical science disciplines/modules: