Western University

Founded 1878 | London, ON

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 majors, minors and specializations at the undergrad level—170 courses to choose from in first year alone—and about 200 student clubs, Western is more than just a regional powerhouse. It 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 John M. Thompson Centre for Engineering Leadership and Innovation helps engineering students to devise early-stage ideas, build prototypes and found start-ups.

Wampum Learning Lodge opened last year, providing support and services to Indigenous students as well as engaging with the wider university and local Indigenous communities. Newly renovated Thames Hall is the new home for student health and wellness services. Downtown London, just a quick bus ride away, provides plenty of entertainment on the weekends. Drawing on its nearly 332,000 graduates worldwide, Western boasts one of the largest homecoming weekends in Canada.

Standout Programs

• Creative Arts and Production: Students choose courses from three faculties—music, arts and humanities, and information and media studies—balancing theory and practice to explore creativity.

• Artificial Intelligence Systems Engineering: Through project-based courses and case studies, students learn how to apply AI fundamentals to engineering challenges.

• Dual Degree with Ivey Business School: Students can boost their career prospects by combining a business degree with their studies in another faculty.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 83.5% | Science: 83.5% | Commerce: 87% | Engineering: 87%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 33,100 | Part-time: 1,800

Graduates: Full-time: 6,700 | Part-time: 550

International Students: First-year: 9.5% | Graduate: 27.2%

Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 7,431 (6,475 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $14,975 to $16,435

Single room with meals: $15,415 to $17,675

Apartment-style: $9,290 to $10,010

Cool Courses

• Communication Through Meme: Explore the history of internet memes and their impact on modern society.

• Zombie Apocalypse: Panic and Paranoia in Human History: Review the history of mass panic and examine why anxiety can transform into panic and how it spreads.