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Western University

Western University | London, Ont. | Founded 1878

Aerial view (University of Western Ontario)

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 almost 200 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 centre of this vibrant, mid-sized city providing plenty of entertainment on the weekends. Drawing on its 294,000 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 global, economic and environmental challenges.
• Medical Sciences: Explores human health from a broad perspective, ranging from epidemiology and biostatistics to pathology; provides hands-on experience and research opportunities for fourth-year students.
Media and the Public Interest: This program combines the study of media with social justice issues. Through a service-learning course, students have the opportunity to volunteer with a community organization.

Cool Courses
• Ethics of Digital Media: Draws on real-world examples to study how being hyper-connected through digital media changes the ethical guidelines by which we conduct ourselves.
• The Search for Life in the Universe: An introduction to current scientific thinking on the possibility of extraterrestrial life and intelligence; considers the search for life on other planets and the origins of life on Earth.

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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