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4 College Freshman

Academics: Work is quite demanding, and students that can't juggle social and academic life will be punished in their marks

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Work is quite demanding, and students that can't juggle social and academic life will be punished in their marks.

3 College Senior

Academics: My program is pretty competitive, everyone is trying to get into medical school as soon as they can, so it's definitely hard to stay in it. Many of our profs however are physicians so they have real world experience and cases to talk about to help us learn, and if they aren't they are very knowledgeable in what they are teaching.

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4 College Senior

Academics: LOVE Western. There is a great balance of working hard and learning to relax while at school. The professors are very knowledgeable and find interesting ways to teach the material. I've made a ton of friends both in my program and out of it which definitely makes the experience for enjoyable.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Profs Are Awesome. If you are serious, there's no how you wont be an A student in UWT. The professors are always there to help with the course and course-load isn't too much at all!


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Students generally have positive academic experiences at UWO. Many of the professors are well-established and knowledgeable in their particular fields, and they're always available, whether it involves student interaction in the classroom or during office hours. First-year courses are often large—Psychology 1000 has about 800 students in a lecture—but the class sizes deplete considerably in upper-year courses. Some engaging and interesting courses for upper-year students include: "The Culture of Celebrity" (MIT), "Wildlife Ecology and Management" (Biology), and "Human Sexuality" (Psychology). In terms of course workload, it depends on the program. For example, engineering students generally have over 30 hours of classes in a week, whereas those in social sciences may have half of that amount. Regardless of your program, work increases in a semester will come as no surprise; professors provide a detailed course syllabus in the first lecture that clearly outlines due dates and exams for that term.

As a first-year student, it's very rare to know your ideal program and area of interest straight out of high school. Western's academic curriculum is flexible across faculties, which lets new students take a multitude of courses across a variety of seemingly unrelated subjects. Course registration is a relatively straightforward process at Western. Faculty Web sites are direct with their course requirements for specific programs, so students know exactly what's needed to graduate. Courses that are mandatory for certain programs usually offer numerous lecture options so that students can fit them in their timetable. Registration for classes is done online by each student during the preceding summer, but academic counselors are readily available if there are any scheduling confusions.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Full-Time Retention Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 30 students: 50%
  • 30 to 100 students: 35%
  • More than 100 students: 13%
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Don Wright Faculty of Music
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Information and Media Studies
  • Law
  • Richard Ivey School of Business
  • Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Science
  • Social Science
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate
  • First professional degree
Online Courses
The University of Western Ontario's Distance Studies program is offered to both UWO students and those attending another Canadian school. Once the student obtains a letter of permission from his or her university and meets the course prerequisites, students are able to take a variety of courses spanning across plenty of faculties. The coursework is independently-based, with online lecture summaries provided by professors and often mandatory participation by students in online discussion boards. Papers are uploaded online manually, and students must take exams at registered testing centers in major cities. The Distance Studies program is great for independent, motivated workers, but students requiring more engagement in their learning experience should enroll in regular classroom sessions.
Best Places to Study
  • Allyn & Betty Taylor Library
  • Coffee Culture
  • DB Weldon Library
  • Huron University College Library
  • John & Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library
  • King's University College Library
  • London Public Library
  • Williams Coffee Pub
Tips to Succeed
  • Become acquainted with your professors and TAs since they ultimately decide your grade on assignments and papers.
  • Bring your bike with you. It's an easy way to get to and from class while avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15.
  • Do work between classes to balance Western's social focus on nightlife.
  • Don't be afraid to try new things!
  • Get involved right away your first year. It's an easy way to make friends and find a niche!
  • Go to the Used Book Store right away to claim discounted textbooks.
  • Intramural sports are a great way to exercise and meet people.
  • Introduce yourself to classmates-you never know when you'll need to borrow notes from a missed lecture.
  • Joining a sorority or fraternity can be beneficial for networking opportunities before and after graduation.
  • Look for course books online before purchasing at the Book Store; they're often cheaper.
  • Make exercise a priority. With the delicious food served at residence cafeterias, it's easy to gain weight, so burn those calories right away!
  • No matter how hard you try to justify it, reading lecture slides at home is never as beneficial as going to class.
  • Participation often counts for a portion of your course grade, so speak up in class for easy marks.
  • Take advantage of the student events that are on campus every day. Speakers and information clinics are free and helpful!
Did You Know?
  • Western provides options for its students. With 12 faculties and over 400 degree combinations, it's easy to pinpoint an area of specialty.
  • After the first year, students must take between six and nine program-specific courses, depending on their degree structures, which allow for multiple electives and minor degree options.
  • Profession-specific clubs like the Pre-Law and Pre-Medical Societies offer deals on standardized-testing prep courses, along with great networking opportunities.
  • The Scholar's Electives program lets students who excelled in high school devise their own degree structure at Western. The program has an additional application process outside of the normal one to UWO, and Scholar's Electives is renowned for its flexibility in degree structures.
  • Affiliated schools of Western (King's, Huron, and Brescia University Colleges) provide intimate classroom sizes and specific programs, which all result in a degree from the University of Western Ontario.
  • Undergraduate session dates go from September until April, meaning a longer summer for all UWO students.
  • The Student Development Centre-located in the main student hub, the University Community Centre-is a great resource that provides free workshops on subjects like taking multiple-choice exams, writing essays, and constructing resumes.
  • Western's flexibility in courses allows program switches to occur with minimal hassle. Academic counselors are especially supportive in helping students transition to a different degree.
  • Western's Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) program is especially beneficial for aspiring business majors. The Richard Ivey School of Business is extremely competitive in acceptance and only admits students beginning in their third years. High school achievements can ensure admittance to Ivey by filling out the supplementary AEO application.
  • Western is a large school with approximately 30,000 students and 3,500 full-time staff and faculty members.

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  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.
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