Diversity

Location
London, ON
Undergrads
20,056
Tuition (in-state)
$20,141 ($4,727)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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1 College Junior

Diversity: Western along with Queens is one of those schools where white kids come to escape the "asian" schools like U of T and York. Basically, the "asian" schools are perceived as being too academic and "no fun". Since diversity as some think includes sexual orientations, then you could say that there is a lot of university-funded resources for LGBTQIS2 students and even a gay section at the Library.

Basically, diversity at Western only really includes different kinds of white people and different kinds of gay people.
Everything else is just lip service, or clubs with the usual 50 members or so.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are many clubs to help people understand the differenct races, religions. These groups promote inclusivity and serve to make people comfortable with diversity.

3 College Senior

Diversity: One of the things I like about Western is the great variety of students. Western students come from different backgrounds and places, and believe in numerous different ideals. When it comes to economic status and appearance, Western students tend to to be more similar.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Western is a large school, but it still manages to be friendly to sexual orientations, First Nations people, and the racially diverse. Racial and derogatory comments are very rare; in fact, I have never seen a racially-charged incident on campus. UWO has many ethnic clubs that encourage free speech and individuality. Western has excellent Women's and Queer Studies programs and a leading First Nation's Studies department. Western professors are racially and religiously diverse and highly-qualified. Western is exemplary of Canadian universities in its multicultural campus and high-level of tolerance for differing religious and political views.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Western is a school that has improved in being inclusive with its students and faculty. There is a broad range of ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation on campus; however, it seems that most people from Western are from a higher economic background.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren A. Moore
Hometown
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Major
BA in English Literature with a minor in Health Sciences
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London is a small, conservative city. Considering such, Western condones a diverse community. Students from higher economic backgrounds are generally attracted to the school, and Western is nicknamed "the country club of Ontario" as a result. Regardless, students of lower financial means have a variety of monetary support routes to follow at the school, and they should not worry about an overt divide between economic classes. Politically, Western students are both left- and right-wing.

The University Students' Council supports many organizations and programs that cater to differing cultural, religious, and political inclinations. UWO has a vocal Jewish population, but other religious beliefs are equally accepted. Western lacks the racial diversity that would most likely be found at a large city school, but the University is nonetheless inclusive to all cultures. International students are gladly welcomed, and an international student service ensures security for all students. PrideWestern is an especially prominent organization that represents the GLBT community, and it illustrates the tolerance expected from all students of the University.

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Gay Pride
Western students are accepting of the GLBT community, and the University offers a variety of services and outlets to ensure collectivity in the campus environment. PrideWestern is a service organized by the University Students' Council that ensures a safe community for GLBT, while providing a strong voice on campus. PrideWestern has many associated groups that constantly organize GLBT-friendly events and programming for all students.
Political Activity
When it comes to political beliefs, students are generally split between left- and right-wing politics. The Tories Association is very prominent on campus, but perceptively liberal organizations such as PrideWestern hold a lot of prominence, as well. Varying political views don't cause issues at UWO; students are welcome to hold onto their individual beliefs.
Economic Status
Generally, UWO students seem relatively affluent. However, there isn't a divide between economic backgrounds. Western offers financial services, scholarships, and awards to students who work hard at the University. Obtaining financial support isn't difficult for those who seek the services.
Most Common Religions
Although the University of Western Ontario promotes diversity, the Jewish students are particularly vocal on campus. However, there are a variety of religious and spiritual clubs for students who follow religions besides the Jewish tradition. These clubs provide social programming and information on a variety of religions and cultures to make every student comfortable with their belief system.
Minority Clubs on Campus
With more than 45 cultural clubs ratified by the University Students' Council, minorities at Western will never feel out of place. UWO embraces cultural diversity and will often celebrate racial acceptance with special events and culture-focused programming.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 12% Moderate
  • 38% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 38% Conservative
  • 19% Moderate
  • 25% Not sure
  • 19% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 15 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 14 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 16 responses

  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 56% Very accepting.
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