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Graduation Rates, Employment Rates, and OSAP Default Rates

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) has requested Ontario universities to make available, to students, data regarding graduation rates, employment rates, and OSAP default rates.

Data are presented by Western's faculty/program and by MCU program categories. The MCU categories are quite broad but necessary to ensure comparability throughout the Ontario university system.

To maintain adequate confidentiality in light of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, information has not been shown in instances where the number of students is four or less.


Important Notes:

1. Graduation Rates (calculated by MCU; undergraduate students only)

MCU has calculated graduation rates using a single entering cohort of students and determining whether or not they graduated within 7 years. The methodology involves the selection of all 2012-13 full-time, first-year, first-time undergraduate students in both direct-entry and second-entry programs. The subset is then matched against the records for students who received a degree (in any program) from the same institution during the period 2013 to 2019. Graduation rates are generally understated since students who transfer to other universities are categorized as "not graduating".

2. Employment Rates (results of a survey conducted by the Ontario Universities Application Centre; undergraduate students only)

To determine employment rates of recent graduates, a survey of all 2017 graduates of undergraduate degree programs was conducted. Graduates were asked questions regarding their employment situation 6 months and two years after graduation.

3. OSAP Default Rates (calculated by MCU; undergraduate and graduate students)

OSAP default rates = Percentage of students who had defaulted on their Ontario Student Loan repayment obligations as of July, 2018 from all students who were issued an OSL in 2015-16 and not in 2016-17.


Graduation Rates and Employment Rates by Western's Faculty/Program - March 2021

Faculty/Program Graduation Rates Employment Rates
6 Months After Graduation 2 Years After Graduation
Direct-Entry Programs      
Management and Organizational Studies 87.8% 89.6% 97.3%
Arts, Soc Sci, Kinesiology, FIMS 83.7% 90.6% 94.5%
Engineering 87.4% 91.0% 98.0%
Music 71.4% 92.0% 90.3%
Nursing 92.0% 94.3% 98.1%
Science, B Med Sci, BHSc 83.9% 88.9% 95.6%
Second-Entry Programs      
Business   93.6% 97.1%
Dentistry 92.9% 100.0% 100.0%
Education 98.8% 97.1% 98.5%
Law 96.4% 100.0% 98.0%
Medicine 98.8% 100.0% 98.4%
Western University 84.6% 92.2% 96.0%
Ontario University System N/A 90.8% 95.6%

Notes:

1. Program level data exclude Western's Affiliated Colleges.

2. Graduation rates = Percentage of the 2012-13 incoming cohort (full-time, first-year, first-time) who graduated in any program between 2013 and 2019 (inclusive).

3. Employment rates = Percentage of the 2017 graduates who were employed 6 months and 2 years after graduation.


Graduation Rates, Employment Rates, and OSAP Default Rates by MCU Category - March 2021

MCU Category Graduation Rates Employment Rates OSAP Default Rates
6 Months After Graduation 2 Years After Graduation
Agriculture/Biological Sciences   85.1% 94.7%  
Business and Commerce 87.8% 92.1% 97.3% 0.6%
Computer Science   90.5% 100.0%  
Dentistry 92.9% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Education (Teacher Training) 98.8% 97.4% 98.7% 0.0%
Engineering 87.4% 91.0% 98.0% 1.4%
Fine and Applied Arts 72.7% 86.4% 89.3% 5.0%
Food Sciences and Nutrition 85.2% 100.0% 75.0% 1.2%
Humanities 86.4% 86.8% 92.8% 0.0%
Kinesiology 83.4% 90.9% 92.8% 1.4%
Law 96.4% 100.0% 98.0% 0.9%
Mathematics   66.7% 100.0%  
Medicine 98.8% 100.0% 98.4% 0.0%
Nursing 92.0% 94.3% 98.1% 0.0%
Other Arts and Science 82.9% 100.0% 100.0% 3.2%
Other Health Professions 84.5% 91.7% 93.1%  
Physical Sciences   91.7% 90.6%  
Social Sciences   91.3% 96.2% 0.7%
Theology        
Therapy and Rehabilitation        
Western University 84.6% 92.2% 96.0% 1.7%
Ontario University System N/A 90.8% 95.6% 3.0%

Notes:

1. UWO data exclude Western's Affiliated Colleges.

2. Graduation rates = Percentage of the 2012-13 incoming cohort (full-time, first-year, first-time) who graduated in any program between 2013 and 2019 (inclusive).

3. Employment rates = Percentage of the 2017 graduates who were employed 6 months and 2 years after graduation.

4. OSAP default rates = Percentage of students who had defaulted on their Ontario Student Loan repayment obligations as of July, 2018 from all students who were issued an OSL in 2015-16 and not in 2016-17.

5. "Business and Commerce" excludes Western's Honors Business Administration (HBA) Program.


 



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