Western University

London, Ontario, Canada

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Western University - Overview & Background

Founded in 1878, Western University is one of Canada's best universities. The university has a world-class infrastructure spread over an area of 481.2 hectares. Western University is a global hub for academic excellence and future leadership due to its advanced learning program and intensive research modules. Different undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs are available at the university.

The different faculties and schools of Western University include:

  • list items Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • list items Faculty of Engineering
  • list items Faculty of Law
  • list items Faculty of Social Science
  • list items Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • list items Faculty of Science
  • list items Faculty of Information & Media Science
  • list items Don Wright Faculty of Music
  • list items Faculty of Education
  • list items Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
  • list items Faculty of Health Sciences and Ivey Business School
  • Additionally, it is home to world-famous research centres such as:

  • list items The Rotman Institute of Philosophy
  • list items The Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Institute
  • list items The Brain and Mind Institute
  • list items Robarts Research Institute
  • list items The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research
  • list items The Bone and Joint Institute
  • With more than 24,000 students and over 306,000 living alumni worldwide, Western is a co-educational institution. Heads of government, professors, business leaders, Nobel laureates, Rhodes scholars, and distinguished fellows are the university’s prominent alumni.

    Established     7 March 1878
    Founder Isaac Hellmuth
    University Type Public Research University
    University Motto  Truth and Usefulness 
    University City London, Ontario 
    Acceptance Rate 58%
    Faculty to Student Ratio 1:23
    Endowment CA$990.1 million 
    Campus Size 1,120 acres
    Graduation Rate 86.4%
    Employment Rate 92.5%
    Official Website Link Western University, Canada
    Contact Details +1 519-661-2111


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    Most of the campus is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, with the Thames River bisecting the eastern portion of the site. Western Road is the main transportation artery of the university, heading from north to south. The main campus contains most of the residences and teaching facilities for students at the University. Hi-tech labs, art studios, libraries and technology centers are available at the campus to allow for the best in-class training.

    Western Libraries, the library system of the University, operates six libraries which contain as of September 2015 more than 2.45 million books, as well as digital assets including e-books, serial titles and databases.

  • list items Various Libraries include the Allyn and Betty Taylor Library
  • list items C. B. Johnston Library
  • list items The D. B. Weldon Library
  • list items The Education Library
  • list items The John & Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library, and the Music Library
  • Western also operates two art galleries

  • list items The Artlab Gallery
  • list items The McIntosh Gallery
  • The Artlab Gallery, housed at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, displays roughly 14 projects per year and is focused on social and cultural issues and seeks to assist students and faculty members in studies and practices. Western also maintains educational and organizational ties with the Museum of Ontario Archeology. 


    Residing Options

    The main campus of The University of Western Ontario offers student housing options, with nine student residences housing either first-year students or upper-year students. Student residence buildings are classified into:

  • list items Traditional residences
  • list items Suite-style residences
  • list items Hybrid-style residences
  • which combine the elements of traditional residences and suite-styled residences.

    Traditional-styled residences include:

  • list items Delaware Hall
  • list items Medway-Sydenham Hall
  • list items Saugeen-Maitland Hall
  • Suite-style residences include:

  • list items Alumni House
  • list items Elgin Hall
  • list items Essex Hall
  • list items London Hall
  • Hybrid-styled residences include:

  • list items Perth Hall
  • list items Ontario Hall
  • Alumni House and London Hall are reserved only for upper-year students. The university also runs three campus apartments exclusively for students in the upper and graduate years. The residences of the College are Bayfield Hall, consisting of 299 one-bedroom units, Beaver & Ausable Halls, consisting of 99 two-bedroom units, and Lambton Hall, consisting of 150 two-bedroom units.

    The accommodation charges approximately lie between $7140 and $10,000.


    Financial Aid

    The university offers funding aid packages to the qualifying research-based Master's and PhD students to reduce the cost of completing full-time graduate studies and alleviate financial barriers for students who might otherwise be unable to pursue an education in the university. Such packages may consist of funds from a variety of sources and may vary from student to student. Western also offers minimum annual funding of $13,000 plus fees to doctoral students from all sources.

    Apart from the financial support received from federal and provincial sources and support for research grants, Western also offers a variety of internal awards which are among the best available for outstanding scholars in Canada. Full-time Western graduate students are eligible for School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies funding, as long as they meet the relevant criteria.

    Graduate students seeking funds have access to a full array of Western bursary services, grants and financial assistance counselling. Some of them are:

  • list items Graduate Bursary Assistance
  • list items Work-Study Program
  • list items OSAP/Government Student Loans
  • list items Students with Disabilities
  • list items Society of Graduate Students Financial Support
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    Jobs and Placements

    In global university rankings, the university ranked 201–300 in the world and 10–12 in Canada in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World University rankings. The university ranked 141-150 in the world in the 2019 student employability ranking of QS, and 7th in Canada. Popular degrees amongst the university graduates are Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc); Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE) and Master of Science (MS).

  • list items Software Developer
  • list items Project Manager
  • list items Mechanical Engineer
  • list items Marketing Manager
  • list items Structural Engineer
  • list items Human Resources (HR) Manager
  • list items Account Manager
  • Are few of the most popular jobs the students from Western University offered.

    The top recruiters who employ graduates from the university are:

  • list items Bell Canada
  • list items Voices.com
  • list items Aecom Canada Ltd.
  • list items TD Canada
  • list items The University of Western Ontario
  • list items IBM Canada Ltd.
  • list items Emco Corporation
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    Notable Alumni

     Some famous alumni from Western University include:

  • list items Leola Neal, psychologist, first female president of the Ontario Psychological Association
  • list items Robert C. Dynes, physicist, former President of the University of California
  • list items Jennifer Gunter, OB/GYN and author
  • list items Christine Simpson, sports reporter, Rogers Sportsnet
  • list items Cameron Bailey, film critic and Toronto International Film Festival programmer
  • list items Nicole Dunsdon, the last person to win the Miss Canada competition before it was cancelled in 1992
  • list items Elliotte Friedman, sports reporter, host, Hockey Night in Canada
  • list items Heather Hiscox, CBC news anchor
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    Western University Location

    In Western University, students are given enough opportunities to revitalize themselves.

    The complex comprises of :

  • list items Sport courts
  • list items Health and leisure facilities
  • list items Bars
  • list items Bestaurants
  • list items Cafeterias
  • list items Auditoriums
  • list items Theatres
  • The campus regularly organizes sport meets; music, dance, and drama programs; art exhibitions; and numerous other events. The university encourages cross-disciplinary participation among students and motivates them to take up various extracurricular activities to cultivate their talents and foster team spirit.

    Western University's closest major airport is London International Airport, 13 km from the centre of Western Ontario University. Two air carriers plus seasonal charters are currently serving the airport. 

    RobertQ airbus services are also available to pick you up and drop at either your home or their London offices and ride directly to or from Toronto or Detroit airport.

    Western Accessible Transportation is offered via Disabled Student Services for Western Students. This program is only available for travel in university and associated schools.
    A compulsory bus pass is available through the University Student Council and London Transit for students with disabilities who attend Western part-time. The service is intended to provide free travel by rail.

    Public Bus Service:

    The London Bus Transit Authority and Greyhound have services between London and most U.S. and Canadian cities. For journeys to Toronto, Kitchener and Hamilton, Greyhound provides pick-up-and-drop service from the Western campus.

    Megabus is a subsidized bus company providing pick-up services in Toronto and connects to different destinations in Canada and the United States.
    ISX is committed to arranging bus trips only for students to famous Ontario and Quebec destinations. The Students' Council offers a late-night Exam Shuttle Service to provide students with a safe way to get home.

    Campus Shuttle Bus Service, VIA Rail, Carpooling, Mustang Express, Purple Bikes and several London Taxi Companies make stay in the university and commutation easy.

    Western University Map Location

    Address: 1151 Richmond St, London, ON N6A 3K7, Canada