Western University

Western University | London, Ont. | Founded 1878

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Built along the banks of the Thames River in the “forest city” of London, Ont., Western is one of the largest universities in the province. With more than 400 academic programs, 200 courses to choose from in first year alone and approximately 184 student clubs, it is more than just a regional powerhouse; increasingly, the school is building international recognition. With research collaborations on every continent, Western is actively engaged internationally. “We are in competition with universities around the world to attract the best students and faculty and to provide the best international learning opportunities,” says president Amit Chakma. “We’ve made it our mission to educate global citizens, lead innovation and build our economy at home. Partnering with institutions abroad plays an essential part in accomplishing our goals.” The campus’s traditional charm is mashed up with modern elements, such as the stone-and-glass home of the renowned Ivey Business School. Downtown London, just a quick bus ride away, is the center of this vibrant, mid-sized city providing plenty of entertainment on the weekends. Drawing on its 280,000 alumni worldwide, Western boasts one of the largest homecoming weekends in Canada.

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Standout Programs

Honours Business Administration and Engineering: This five-year program combines a bachelor of engineering science with an H.B.A. from the Ivey Business School, preparing students to be technology-proficient leaders, ready to tackle today’s global, economic and environmental challenges.

Integrated Science: Novel classroom and lab experiences build students’ skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership—a skill set to address the interdisciplinary nature of today’s most pressing scientific problems, such as climate change.

School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities: SASAH combines interdisciplinary study, experiential and service learning, language acquisition and international study to produce well-rounded, job-ready grads.

Cool Courses

“Winter is Coming”: A Game of Thrones: This English course is a serious study of the bestselling novels, examining their morally twisted universe while considering traditions of the romantic epic.

Pirates and Piracy on the World’s Seas and in the Public Imagination: This course examines the history of pirates and piracy from antiquity through the present day.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 87%
Arts: 83.5%
Science: 85%
Commerce: 87%
$7,761 1st & 2nd year: 87.1
3rd & 4th year: 30.9
Undergraduates: 30,526
Graduates: 5,821
7,210 (5,487 reserved for first years) Graduation: 84.9%
Retention: 93.3%

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