Society of Mature Students (SMS)

Our mission is to provide an academic and social community for adult learners at Western.

About SMS 

SMS is a university-run group, led by mature students, designed to help you make connections with other students, learn about the services at Western, and build lasting friendships. The organization provides various services and works to meet the unique needs of mature and transfer students here at Western. Want to get involved? Contact us at the email below!

What do we do?

  • Mentorship Programs
  • Social Events
  • Advocacy
  • Academic Support
  • Service Referral

Connect With Us

Facebook Group (must have an account)

SMS Mentorship Program

Students can request an upper year Peer Mentor from their faculty or program and are kept up-to-date on events, programs, and academic deadlines throughout the year. SMS Mentors provide academic and social support to offer a successful transition to university life.

SMS mentors are high caliber student leaders representing all faculties. They are carefully selected and extensively trained to provide students with the support they need. All SMS Leaders have personal experiences as mature or transfer students and are sensitive to the diverse challenges these students face.

You can request a mentor by sending an email to

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply as a mature or transfer student?

For general admissions information, see Western's admissions website.

For specific admissions information about applying as a Mature or Senior student, see Western's Mature and Senior Applicants website

Are there any orientation sessions for mature students?

Yes, in addition to Summer Academic Orientation (SAO), Western offers mature and transfer student specific orientation sessions which highlight the campus programs and services, provide assistance with course selection and registration, and complete a brief campus tour. If you are interested, please join the SMS Facebook Group (requires a uwo email) for updates or contact us at

Who is considered a mature student?

In SMS, we welcome and represent all students who self-identify as non-traditionally aged or mature students.

For a definition of mature student given by Admissions please consult admissions requirements.