Western University

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.

Quick facts

  • Ranked among the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide
  • A founding member of the U15 – Canada’s most distinguished research universities
  • 40,000 students, including more than 5,800 international students from 128 countries
  • One of the highest national entrance averages of first-year students at 90.6%
  • First to second year retention rate of 93.6%—one of the highest in Canada
  • A proud legacy of Rhodes Scholars, with the 24th announced in 2019
  • 12 faculties, including the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as well professional programs in Medicine, Business, Law and Engineering
  • More than 400 combinations of undergraduate majors, minors and specializations
  • 88 different graduate degree programs, including a range of interdisciplinary programs
  • 26 faculty recipients of 3M National Teaching Fellowships—second highest in Canada
  • 95.2% employment rate after graduation
  • More than 325,000 alumni in 150 countries worldwide