Founded in 1878, The University of Western Ontario is one of Canada's oldest universities
. Browse "The Way We Were" picture and media gallery, above, to view images and access audio and video clips of our history.
Western is committed to its mission of providing the best student experience among Canada’s leading research-intensive universities
. A vibrant centre of learning, Western is home to approximately 3,500 full-time faculty and staff members and approximately 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students
. Through its 12 Faculties
, and three affiliated Colleges
, the University offers more than 400 different majors, minors and specializations
. Research is an integral part of the University's mission and external support for research projects totals exceeds $200 million per year. Western is located on 155 hectares of land along the banks of the Thames River in London, Ontario - a thriving city of 432,451 people, 200 kilometres west of Toronto.
· Enrolment (2006-2007)
· Main campus 24,998
· Including affiliated colleges 30,191
· 21,281 full-time
· 3,717 full-time
· 402 part-time
· 5,193 full-time
· 786 part-time
Western’s Alumni number over 222,000, making Alumni Western the second-largest alumni association in Canada
Our alumni live and work throughout Canada and around the world – over 7,200 in the United States, 1,377 in Hong Kong and 688 in the United Kingdom for instance.
Western graduates are active in every part of life – business, the arts, research, government, the media, teaching, the service sector and many other fields.
A Few of Our Graduates
Facilities General Information
- Thalia Assuras, television journalist
- Murray Barr, medical researcher
- Paul Beeston, President of Major League Baseball
- Roberta Bondar, astronaut and scientist
- Sheila Copps, federal cabinet minister
- Tomson Highway, dramatist
- Jillian Horton, dramatist
- Roberta Jamieson, Ombudsman, Province of Ontario
- Silken Laumann, Olympic rower
- Maya Mavjee, Publisher, Doubleday Canada
- Marnie McBean, Olympic rower
- Alice Munro, short story writer
- David Peterson, former Ontario premier
- Ken Read, former Olympic skier
- Steve Rucchin, NHL hockey player
- Michael Schade, international opera singer
Total land holdings: 467 hectares
Main campus: 158 hectares
Main campus buildings: 75
Western, which houses over 4,000 students
in 8 residences on campus, has been recognized as having one of the most outstanding residence programs in Canada.
In fact, all first-year students are guaranteed a room in residence
. The University also provides accommodation for single upper-year students in close to 550 units in university-owned and operated apartment buildings. There are also 400 apartments and townhouses available on campus for married or partnered students and students with families.
Art and Performance Facilities
- Alumni Hall (capacity 2,300)
- Talbot College Theatre (capacity 370)
- von Kuster Recital Hall (capacity 250)
- McIntosh Gallery
Western has seven major service locations with more than 9.2 million items in print, microform and electronic formats
. Together, they constitute one of the largest research library systems in Canada. There are many special collections, such as those in the areas of Canadiana, Art History, Sport History, Music and Law. Western’s libraries are:
- Archives and Research Collections Centre
- Business Library
- Education Library
- John and Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library
- Music Library
- Allyn and Betty Taylor Library
- The D.B. Weldon Library
Dining and Catering
- Alumni Hall is a multi-purpose auditorium for basketball, volleyball and other indoor events.
- Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre contains an ice rink, an indoor track, curling sheets and tennis facilities.
- TD Waterhouse Stadium is the home of the Mustangs football and soccer teams. It was built to host the opening and closing ceremonies and track events for the 2001 Canada Summer Games.
- Playing fields for soccer, rugby, football, field hockey and baseball abound on campus.
- The University Community Centre houses two gyms, a pool, squash and raquetball courts, a weight room, cardio room, aerobic studio, Student & Staff/Faculty Health Services and the Student Development Centre.
- Thames Hall contains a gymnasium, pool and change rooms.
- The Tennis Centre is open year-round with a covered dome during winter months.
- A Varsity Weight Room, supported by the men’s and women’s varsity alumni groups, provides training equipment with access limited to present and past varsity athletes.
- Michael's Dining Room, Somerville House
- Great Hall Catering, Somerville House
- The Great Hall (elegant, historic banquet/special events facility)
- Campus Eateries - located in many buildings across campus
- Spencer Hall Conference Centre
- Windermere Manor Conference Centre
- Conference Services
- Bead and Breakfast - Conference Services