Western University

Western University | London, Ont. | Founded 1878

Western University campus in the fall

(Courtesy of Western University)

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 400 academic programs, 200 courses to choose from in first year alone and 200 student clubs, it is more than just a regional powerhouse. Western is building international recognition with research collaborations on every continent.

“Universities have always helped students prepare for careers, but what we mean by that is shifting,” says president Alan Shepard. “It’s about providing more learning opportunities that take place outside the classroom. Students are hungry for experiential learning. Western has a lot of these opportunities today and will offer even more in the future.”

The campus’s traditional charm is mashed up with modern elements, such as the stone-and-glass home of the renowned Ivey Business School. The new John M. Thompson Centre for Engineering Leadership and Innovation helps engineering students to develop early-stage ideas, build prototypes and found start-ups. A new Indigenous learning space is slated to open this summer. Last year, Western launched the Parr Centre for Thriving, which will offer students resources and support for mental health. Downtown London, just a quick bus ride away, provides plenty of entertainment on the weekends in this vibrant, mid-sized city. Drawing on its 315,000 graduates worldwide, Western boasts one of the largest homecoming weekends in Canada.

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Standout Programs
• Integrated Science: Capped at 60 students, this interdisciplinary program provides broad scientific knowledge. The program focuses on teamwork, leadership skills, critical thinking and solving problems.
Music Recording Arts: This five-year program, offered in partnership with Fanshawe College, combines academic study with hands-on recording training. Grads leave with a bachelor of musical arts and a diploma in music industry arts.
Biomedical Engineering: This program is designed to be taken with a core engineering degree and prepares grads for careers in the medical-device and other biomedical sectors.

Cool Courses
Fake News: Learn who decides whether news is fake or real, and examine the role of truth and alternative facts in modern media.
Active Voice: This interactive course is designed as a series of live shows. Guest artists stream themselves performing and then discuss their work with the class.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 83.5% · Science: 88% · Commerce: 90% · Engineering: 91%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 29,940 · Part-time: 2,085
Graduates: Full-time: 6,266 · Part-time: 472
International Students: First-year: 12% · Graduate: 27.2%
Male-female Ratio: 43 to 57
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 5,530 (7,301 last year with 5,487 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $13,450 to $15,960 · Single room without meals: $8,260 to $9,820 ·
Apartment-style: $8,260 to $9,820

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