At Western, we are committed to providing students with a top-notch residence experience.
For twelve consecutive years, Western received the only "A" amongst large universities in the Residences category, according to The Globe and Mail University Report Card. While the report card has been discontinued, Western still enjoys a strong reputation amongst students, staff, and alumni across the country.
Residence at Western is more than a place to eat and sleep. It successfully creates an inclusive living and learning community that best supports students in achieving academic excellence.
For the past 13 years, data has consistently shown that students who live in our residences perform better than their off-campus classmates. Reviewing retention rates is another important way to measure our efforts in supporting a student's path to graduation. Typically it refers to the retention of students from first year who progress to their second year of university.
The retention rates of residence students versus those living off-campus show very positive results with the Average Retention Difference being 7.79% over the past five years. (Source: Office of the Institutional Planning & Budgeting, Western University)
There are many programs in residence to support students' academic efforts - exam review sessions, study groups, study rooms, study skill workshops - all right where you live!
Western's Residences are also well recognized in the higher education sector.
According to an Educational Benchmarking Inc. (EBI) Resident Assessment conducted in March 2014**, Western's residences scored highly in several key areas including Overall Satisfaction, Overall Learning, and Overall Program Effectiveness. In fact, we outscored 28 other peers referred to as the "Carnegie Class" - a class comprised mostly of other Canadian universities. We're particularly proud because the Overall Program Effectiveness Factor is considered the most important measure of success for those universities who participate in the EBI assessment. Comparing cost to quality, students have given our residence program solid marks for the overall value of the residence experience.
In the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), residence students score higher than their off-campus peers in the engagement indicators of Discussions with Diverse Others, Collaborative Learning, Supportive Campus Environment, and Quality of Interactions. The NSSE results highlighted two areas where Western and its first-year residence students scored significantly higher than their Canadian peers - providing opportunities to be involved socially, and providing support for your overall well-being (recreation, health care and counselling).