Founded on March 7, 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth (1817–1901) ‘The Western University of London Ontario’ opened its doors to students for the first time in 1881. Four faculties – Arts, Divinity, Law and Medicine were there at Western's inception. Combining more than 1,350 faculty members and more than 30,000 students, the university has established itself as a globally recognized destination for academic excellence and leadership development achieved through learning and research.
Western prides itself on challenging the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Through 11 faculties, a school of graduate and postdoctoral studies, and three affiliated university colleges, this vibrant centre of learning offers its students more than 400 specializations, majors and minors as well as innovative modular degree structures allowing students to combine numerous disciplines.
The university excels in moving research out of the labs and into the lives of people around the world through public- and private-sector partnerships. Researchers collaborate with colleagues across the campus, country and globe to inform policy on the world stage. From the operating room to the boardroom, the factory floor to spacecraft rocketing beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, Western’s research drives discovery and influences the way we live.
Touch tradition inside the historic University College or glimpse the future inside the LEED-certified Amit Chakma Engineering building. Western boasts more than 7 million square feet of space in 87 buildings that are joined together by 16 km of roadway and 15 km of sidewalks situated on more than 500 acres of land. There are more than 7,000 parking spaces available in 21 lots.
Approximately 200 clubs operate through the Students’ Council. There are more than 40 cultural clubs as well as academic, political, philanthropic or special interest. Western’s 46 varsity sports teams and clubs compete in national athletics each year. Additional intramural leagues, sports clubs and the best student recreation facility in the country offer a wide range of fitness options. Athletic financial awards of up to CAD 4,000 per year are available.
Considered Canada’s most beautiful university, Western’s main campus spans 481.2 hectares of Gothic-style buildings mixed with modern, LEED-certified structures provide an idyllic environment for our community of scholars. The university is located in London, Canada, a safe, vibrant and welcoming community of more than 383,000 people serving as a regional medical and industrial hub for southwestern Ontario.
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