Western University

The Top 10 Reasons to Choose the Best Student Experience at Western

1. Unique Programs & Academic Choices

2. Award-Winning Faculty & Staff

  • More 3M National teaching award-winning faculty than any university in Ontario (second in Canada).
  • Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers 3 years in a row. 
  • 3,850 dedicated full-time faculty and support staff.

3. Bright, Diverse & Satisfied Students

  • 37,700 students from 121 countries around the world.
  • A mean entrance average of 89.3% (of all registered incoming secondary school students in 2014).
  • An astounding first to second year retention rate exceeding 92%.
  • Graduation rates that exceed the Ontario system.
  • 22 Rhodes scholarship recipients have come from Western.
  • 91% of our graduating students would recommend Western to a friend!

4. First-Rate Residence System

  • Ranked as the best in Canada among large universities.
  • 9 residences and 3 residence styles: traditional, suite-style and hybrid-style.
  • A wide range of meal plans to suit your tastes and dietary requirements.
  • A safe and inclusive environment within walking distance to lecture halls, libraries, recreation facilities and other services.

5. Exceptional Recognition of Your Achievement & Financial Support

6. Classroom Connections to Real-World Experiences

  • Experiential Learning: Alternative Spring Break, Community Engaged Learning, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Mentorship, Western’s Volunteer Program, International Student Work Opportunities, Western Heads East – to name a few.
  • Leadership: Student government, faculty and residence councils, 187 student clubs and student associations, 46 varsity sports, and one of the largest intramural sports programs in Canada.
  • Western’s Co-Curricular Record helps showcase your experience to employers!

7. The Western Guarantee

  • Admission scholarships
  • The first-year courses you want
  • A place to live in residence
  • An extraordinary student experience

8. A Beautiful Campus

  • Founded in 1878, Western is one of the most picturesque campuses in North America, situated along the banks of the Thames River in London, Ontario.
  • Western’s gothic architecture and our ivy-covered campus blend in seamlessly with 1,200 acres of rolling hills and endless scenic locations to study, chat with friends or relax.

9. Global Connections

  • More than 4,000 international students from 121 countries.
  • More than 301,532 alumni in 156 countries worldwide.
  • International exchange, and study abroad opportunities at 137 institutions, in 39 countries.
  • A Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor at Western.
  • International volunteer service opportunities.

10. Support Networks for Work Experience

  • More than 2,000 undergraduate work study and paid positions on campus.
  • Internship, co-op, job shadowing, fieldwork and volunteer opportunities off campus.
  • 94.6% employment rates for Western grads – 2 years after graduation.
  • Support through the Student Success Centre, Student Development Centre, and Career Centres within faculties.