Western’s March Break Open House showcases the best student experience

Western University is hosting its annual March Break Open House this weekend, providing future students, their families and friends, an opportunity to explore Canada’s most beautiful campus and learn why an education at Western is one of the best investments they can make.

“Now is the time high school students are narrowing down their postsecondary school of choice,” says Lori Gribbon, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions. “Western’s March Break Open House is a great way for future students and their parents to learn why Western offers the best student experience through an in-depth look at Western’s academic programs, campus, residences and student support units.”

Western’s 2012-2013 Survey of Graduating Students found a 95.8% satisfaction rate among graduating students when asked about their overall educational experience. Furthermore, 92.4% of graduating students said they would recommend Western to a friend.

A survey of all 2010 graduates of undergraduate degree programs conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities found that 86.5% of Western graduates were employed six months after graduation, and that after one year 92.2% were employed.

A recent poll from the Council of Ontario Universities shows that the vast majority of university graduates credit their career success to their university education.

On Saturday, March 8 visitors to Western’s March Break Open House can attend various academic information sessions, mini lectures, demonstrations, displays, student panels, faculty tours and visit the drop-in centre in the University Community Centre. They can also chat with current student, faculty and staff representatives; take campus bus and walking tours; and tour Western’s residences throughout the day. 

Faculties across campus, as well as Housing, Indigenous Services, Scholar’s Programs and Student Financial Services, will hold special presentations throughout the day including mock lectures, lab tours and information sessions.

“We are estimating more than 5,000 people will attend the open house on Saturday,” adds Gribbon. “While most are from Ontario, we do have students and family members registered from nine Canadian provinces and four states, including Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.”

For more information, including a complete program schedule, please visit: welcome.uwo.ca/march/

MEDIA CONTACT: Lori Gribbon, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions, lgribbon@uwo.ca, 519-661-2116 during business hours or 519-932-0496 on Saturday, March 8