Western University

Western University | London, Ont. | Founded 1878

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(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 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.

“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 and their families 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 newly launched John M. Thompson Centre for Engineering Leadership and Innovation will help engineering students to develop early stage ideas, build prototypes and found start-ups. Downtown London, just a quick bus ride away, provides plenty of entertainment on the weekends in this vibrant, mid-sized city. Drawing on its 300,000 alumni worldwide, Western boasts one of the largest homecoming weekends in Canada.

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Standout Programs
Biomedical Engineering: This concurrent program is designed to be taken with a core engineering degree, preparing grads for careers in the medical device and other biomedical sectors; it includes research or work placement and a capstone design project.
Music Recording Arts: In this collaborative program, students earn a degree from Western and a diploma from Fanshawe College in five years; it combines academic study with hands-on recording training.
Arts & Humanities and Honours Business Administration: A five-year program that combines an arts and business education to prepare students for a variety of careers in such areas as entertainment, publishing, art, travel, fashion, finance and tech.

Cool Courses
Fake News: Examine the production and consumption of fake news and its role in the contemporary media landscape.
Two-Eyed Seeing and Astronomy: This course explores the intersection of Indigenous and Western astronomy to learn more about Indigenous culture and history.

$7,342 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 83.5% · Science: 88% · Commerce: 88% · Engineering: 90%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 28,806 ·
Part-time: 2,169
Graduates: Full-time: 6,001 · Part-time: 489
International Students: First-year: 15.9% · Graduate: 23.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 7,301 (5,487 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $13,210 to $14,750 · Single room with meals: $13,970 to $15,520 · Single room without meals: $8,020 to $9,490 · Apartment-style: $8,020 to $9,490

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