The University of Western Ontario (U.W.O.U.W.O., Western University, also called "Western") is a public research university in London, Ontario, Canada.
The university was established on 7th March 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth as "The Western University of London, Ontario," and its first chancellor was Chief Justice Richard Martin, Meredith. It included Huron College, which had been founded in 1863. The initial 4 faculties were Arts, Divinity, Law, and Medicine (London Medical College). There were originally only 15 candidates when classes started in 1881.
In 1923, the university was retitled as The University of Western Ontario. The first 2 buildings were constructed by architect John Moore and Co. at the new site were the Arts Building and the Natural Science Building Classes on the university's present site started in 1924.
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In the early 20th century, a number of establishments became affiliated colleges of Western. In 1919, Brescia College was founded as a Roman Catholic associate of Western, while Assumption College instituted an affiliation agreement with the university.
In 2012, the university retitled itself as "Western University" to give the school lesser regional or even national identity.
However, the university's legal name remains "The University of Western Ontario" and is used on mimeographs and diplomas.
|Advanced Health Care Practice||Master of Clinical Science|
|Anatomy and Cell Biology||Master of Science/Ph.D|
|Anthropology||Master of Arts/Ph.D|
|Applied Health Sciences||Graduate Diploma|
|Applied Mathematics||Master of Science/Ph.D|
|Artificial Intelligence||Collaborative Specialization|
|Astronomy||Master of Science/Ph.D.|
|Biochemistry||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Biology||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Biomedical Engineering||Master of Engineering Science/ Ph.D.|
|Business||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Business||Executive Master of Business Administration|
|Business||Master of Business Administration|
|Chemical and Biochemical Engineering||Master of Engineering/ Ph.D.|
|Chemistry||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||Master of Engineering/ Ph.D.|
|Classics||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Clinical Medical Biophysics||Master of Science|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||Master of Clinical Science|
|Comparative Literature||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Computer Science||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Data Analytics||Master of Data Analytics|
|Developmental Biology||Collaborative Specialization|
|Economics||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Education||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Education - Professional||Master of Professional Education|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering||Master of Engineering/ Ph.D.|
|Engineering in Medicine||Collaborative Specialization|
|Engineering Leadership and Innovation||Graduate Diploma|
|English||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Environment and Sustainability||Master of Environment and Sustainability|
|Environment and Sustainability||Collaborative Specialization|
|Epidemiology and Biostatistics||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Family Medicine||Master of Clinical Science/ Ph.D.|
|Financial Economics||Master of Financial Economics|
|Foods and Nutrition||Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition|
|French Studies||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Geography||Master of Arts/M.Sc./ Ph.D.|
|Geology||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Geophysics||Master of Science/Ph.D.|
|Global Health Systems in Africa||Collaborative Specialization|
|Hazards, Risks, and Resilience||Collaborative Specialization|
|Health and Rehabilitation Sciences||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Health Information Science||Master of Health Information Science|
|Hispanic Studies||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|History||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences||Master of Science|
|Journalism and Communication||Master of Media in Journalism and Communication|
|Kinesiology||Master of Arts/M.Sc./ Ph.D.|
|Law||Master of Laws/ Ph.D.|
|Law, Studies in||Master of Studies in Law|
|Library & Information Science||Master of Library and Information Science/ Ph.D.|
|Linguistics||Master of Arts|
|Management||Master of Science|
|Management of Applied Science||Master of Management of Applied Science|
|Mathematics||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Mechanical and Materials Engineering||Master of Engineering/ Ph.D.|
|Media Studies||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Medical Biophysics||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Microbiology and Immunology||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Migration and Ethnic Relations||Collaborative Specialization|
|Mining Law, Finance, and Sustainability||Graduate Diploma|
|Molecular Imaging||Collaborative Specialization|
|Musculoskeletal Health Research||Collaborative Specialization|
|Music||Master of Arts/Master of Music/ Ph.D.|
|Music Cognition||Collaborative Specialization|
|Neuroscience||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Nuclear Engineering||Master of Engineering|
|Nursing||Master of Nursing/M.Sc./ Ph.D.|
|Occupational Therapy||Master of Science|
|Orthodontics||Master of Clinical Dentistry|
|Pathology and Laboratory Medicine||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Philosophy||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Physical Therapy||Master of Physical Therapy|
|Physics||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Physiology and Pharmacology||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Planetary Science and Exploration||Collaborative Specialization|
|Political Science||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Psychology||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Public Administration||Master of Public Administration|
|Public Health||Master of Public Health|
|Research for Policy and Evaluation||Master of Arts|
|Scientific Computing||Collaborative Specialization|
|Social Work||Master of Social Work|
|Sociology||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Statistics||Master of Science/ Ph.D.|
|Surgery||Master of Science|
|Theology||Master of Arts|
|Theory and Criticism||Master of Arts/ Ph.D.|
|Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction||Collaborative Specialization|
|Visual Arts||Master of Fine Arts/ Ph.D.|
Western University currently implies a numeric grading scale on transcripts and academic records, and as a result, does not grant a grade point average for students.
The following is the grading table for students in various faculties like Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Information and Media Studies, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Music, Science, Social Science, and also in the Affiliated University Colleges.
|A+||90 to 100%|
|A||80 to 89%|
|B||70 to 79%|
|C||60 to 69%|
|D||50 to 59%|
|F||Below 50% when the course is dropped with academic penalty.|
Note: Grades accorded for courses taken on a letter of permission at another institution follow the grading scale of The University of Western Ontario. Effective 1stMay 2010, grades for undergraduate courses taken on an exchange will be recorded as PAS+ (pass with distinction), P.A.S.P.A.S. or F.A.IF.A.I.
Let's analyze the global ranking of the Western University. We can notice that most of the worldwide ranking publishers have upheld it within the top 300 universities globally. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (A.R.W.U.A.R.W.U., Shanghai Ranking) has consistently classified between 201 to 300 from 2016 till 2020. It delineates that the university has upheld its research output and quality of faculty, which are two prime parameters accustomed by A.R.W.UA.R.W.U.
Western University has also floated its position in the world university ranking from Q.SQ.S. It has persistently ranked the university around the top 200 universities in the world since 2017. The university has maintained its global and regional research reputation and the number of publications cited. This we can observe in the U.S.U.S. News & World Report - Global Universities ranking that has ranked it at #276 position from 2016 till 2020 and at #287 position in 20201. Similarly, THE has persistently ranked the institute between #201 to #250 four times in the last 5 rankings.
|A.R.W.U.A.R.W.U. (Shanghai Ranking) - Universities Rankings||201 to 300||20 to 300||201-300||201 to 300||201 to 300||NA|
|Q.S.Q.S. - World University Ranking||NA||198||210||214||211||203|
|THE (Times Higher Education) - University Ranking||NA||201 to 250||201 to 250||190||201 to 250||201 to 250|
|US News & World Report||NA||NA||276||276||276||287|
|M.Sc. Management||$56,000 /Yr|
|B.Sc. Computer Science||$25,200 /Yr|
|B.Eng. Computer Engineering||$34,700 /Yr|
|Ph.D. Business Administration||$1,600 /Yr|
|Ph.D. Computer Science||$1,600 /Yr|
|Diploma Public Relations||$10,600 /Yr|
|Certificate Clinical Trials Management||$5,200 /Yr|
All figures are approximate, and living costs may differ depending on one’s lifestyle, personal preferences, and requirements.
|Living in Residence||Living Off-Campus|
|Residence & Meal Plan (8 months)||C$14,250 to C$16,900||C$0|
|Off-Campus Rent (8 months, although you may have a 12-month lease)||C$0||C$4,900 to C$10,500|
|Food (without Meal Plan)||C$0||C$2,900 to C$4,900|
|Internet||C$395||C$125 to C$575|
|Phone||C$450 to C$650||C$450 to C$650|
|Local Transportation (bus pass included in tuition and fees)||$0||C$0|
|Clothing||C$1000 to C$2,000||C$1000 to C$2,000|
|Books & Supplies||C$1,550 to C$3,500||C$1,550 to C$3,500|
Due Dates: For non-graduate, full-time students enrolled in the Fall/Winter academic year, the university offers 2 fee installment due dates in August and December.
Generally, 1st-year students in a first entry program can anticipate a first installment deadline date on the first working day of August, and upper-year students can anticipate a first installment deadline date in mid-August. The 2nd installment deadline date is the 1st working day in December for all non-graduate students.
Fee due dates differ by academic level and enrolment activity. However, there are some exceptional cases. Please consult the Online Statement of Account to view one's fees deadline/due dates.
Note: Western University does not accept credit card payments of tuition or residence fees. Any company or organization which offers the option to remit fees by credit card is not an associate with Western University. If one opts to use such a mode of payment, you should be aware that:
Western University does not encourage & advise the use of 3rd party payment services.
In general, this is the information university considers evaluating one’s application:
Get an estimate of how much everything will cost and understand your options to finance your degrees, like scholarships, bursaries, and provincial loans.
Tuition Fee is what you pay for your classes at Western.
Your tuition depends on the program you want to study and whether you are a Canadian or an international student. One also pays student fees every year—some are obligatory, and someone can opt out of.
Below are approximate figures based on 2021-22 tuition. One won't get the exact tuition and fees cost until one gets registered in courses.
The very first thing one need to do is log in to the Choose Western Offer Portal. University will send a link in one’s offer of admission email.
All the links and resources one will need to fulfill one’s enrollment at the Western:
Western Housing is dedicated to providing a superior standard of excellence in its facilities, programs, and services. They strive to provide a unique experience for students, staff, and visitors staying with them. Undergraduate and graduate students, visitors, faculty, and staff are accessible to comfortable and quality accommodation facilities with a variety of short- and long-term housing options.
The Off-Campus Housing Service endeavours to provide students and staff with a variety of housing options with over 5,000+ listings annually.
Receive personal assistance from university staff members regarding Rental Listings. A computer-centered in the lobby of Ontario Hall is also accessible for searching off-campus listings.
Housing Mediation Services: The Mediation Service is a free private resource that seeks to help in the speedy resolution of problems that may arise between students and landlords. One can find more information about the Housing Mediation Service online.
The Off-Campus Advisor (O.C.A.) program is allied with the Housing Mediation Service. O.C.A.s is the students who help students with off-campus housing issues. Check out more info about Off-Campus Advisors online.
Data are provided by Western University’s faculty/program and by M.C.U.M.C.U. program categories. The MCU categories are wide but necessary to ensure comparability throughout the Ontario university system.
To maintain reasonable confidentiality in light of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, information has not been projected in instances where the number of students is 4 or less.
Graduation Rates and Employment Rates by Western's Faculty/Program as per March 2021
|Faculty/Program||Graduation Rates||Employment Rates|
|6 Months After Graduation||2 Years After Graduation|
|Management and Organizational Studies||87.80%||89.60%||97.30%|
|Arts, Soc Sci, Kinesiology, FIMS||83.70%||90.60%||94.50%|
|Science, B Med Sci, BHSc||83.90%||88.90%||95.60%|
1. Program-level data excludes Western University’s Affiliated Colleges.
2. Graduation rates = Percentage of the 2012-2013 incoming accomplice (full-time, 1styear, 1sttime) who graduated in any program between 2013 and 2019 (inclusive).
3. Employment rates = Percent of the 2017 graduates who were employed six months and two years after graduation.
|Employment Rates||Graduation Rates||Employment Rates||OSAP Default Rates|
|6 Months After Graduation||2 Years After Graduation|
|Business and Commerce||87.80%||92.10%||97.30%||0.60%|
|Education (Teacher Training)||98.80%||97.40%||98.70%||0.00%|
|Fine and Applied Arts||72.70%||86.40%||89.30%||5.00%|
|Food Sciences and Nutrition||85.20%||100%||75.00%||1.20%|
|Other Arts and Science||82.90%||100%||100%||3.20%|
|Other Health Professions||84.50%||91.70%||93.10%|
|Therapy and Rehabilitation|
Graduation Rates, Employment Rates, and OSAP Default Rates by MCU Category - March 2021
National Scholarships are designed to recognize all-around excellence. They are awarded based on outstanding academic performance to candidates who demonstrate the ability for creative and innovative thought and a passion for the pursuit of learning. National Scholarships also considers extraordinary achievement in extracurricular activities such as the arts and athletics.
1 at C$70,000 (C$25,000 for year one, C$15,000 annually for years 2 to 4)
4 at C$65,000 (C$20,000 for year one, C$15,000 annually for years 2 to 4) and;
Up to 15 at C$50,000 (C$20,000 for year 1, C$10,000 annually for years 2 to 4)
1 at C$72,000; payable C$18,000 per academic year for a period of 4 years.
3 at C$50,000 (C$20,000 for year 1, C$10,000 annually for years 2 to 4)
Up to 15 at C$30,000 (C$12,000 for year 1, C$6,000 annually for years 2 to 4)
Up to 39 at C$2,500 for up to 4 months (1 term), C$5,000 for over 4 months (more than 1 term)
Those aspirants who are interviewed for a “National Scholarship” but not offered a National Scholarship or a “Schulich Leader Scholarship” and accept an offer of admission to the main campus will receive a 1 year National Merit Award valued at C$2,000. Recipients will also retain eligibility for an Admission Scholarship ranging in value from C$2,500 to C$8,000.
Applicants should be entrepreneurial-minded and should be determined to pursue a career in 1 or more of the following areas: Technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, and business enterprise, applied scientific research.
C$100,000 to a student pursuing an Engineering degree
C$80,000 to a student pursuing a Science, Technology, or Mathematics degree
The “Project Hero Scholarship” is awarded on an annual basis to full-time undergraduate students in a 1stentry degree program who are the sons and daughters of Canadian military men/women killed while serving in an active mission.
Effective: 2014-15 and onward.
These scholarships were established by Seymour Schulich to help ensure that students who want to enter Western's Doctor of Medicine (M.D.M.D.) and Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.D.D.S.) programs receive the financial assistance they need.
Value - C$44,800.
4 scholarships available
Students must meet Ontario residency requirements
2 awards at C$50,000 each to Indigenous students applying from Canadian high schools (C$20,000 for year- one, C$10,000 for years two to four based on ongoing registration)
1 award at C$50,000 to an Indigenous student applying from a post secondary institution (C$20,000 for year-one, C$10,000 for years 2 to 4 based on ongoing registration)
Value: Each Loran award is valued at C$100,000, including an annual stipend of C$10,000 and tuition waive-off from Western University.
Value: 1 bursary valued at C$5000 and 12 months of mentorship with a Lerner’s lawyer.