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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 2011-12 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 2012 to 2018. 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 2016 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, 2017 from all students who were issued an OSL in 2014-15 and not in 2015-16.


Graduation Rates and Employment Rates by Western's Faculty/Program - January 2020

Faculty/Program Graduation Rates Employment Rates
6 Months After Graduation 2 Years After Graduation
Direct-Entry Programs      
Management and Organizational Studies 84.7% 90.8% 97.2%
Arts, Soc Sci, Kinesiology, FIMS 84.1% 91.3% 94.7%
Engineering 85.4% 90.7% 92.4%
Music 82.1% 95.7% 93.3%
Nursing 89.7% 92.7% 98.9%
Science, B Med Sci, BHSc 83.0% 85.6% 92.2%
Second-Entry Programs      
Business   99.0% 97.2%
Dentistry 98.2% 100.0% 100.0%
Education 98.5% 87.5% 93.8%
Law 98.0% 97.8% 97.8%
Medicine 97.7% 100.0% 100.0%
Western University 86.9% 91.5% 95.2%
Ontario University System 77.2% 89.1% 95.2%

Notes:

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

2. Graduation rates = Percentage of the 2011-12 incoming cohort (full-time, first-year, first-time) who graduated in any program between 2012 and 2018 (inclusive).

3. Employment rates = Percentage of the 2016 graduates who were employed 6 months and 2 years after graduation.


Graduation Rates, Employment Rates, and OSAP Default Rates by MCU Category - January 2020

MCU Category Graduation Rates Employment Rates OSAP Default Rates
6 Months After Graduation 2 Years After Graduation
Agriculture/Biological Sciences   87.7% 98.6%  
Business and Commerce 85.8% 94.4% 96.8% 0.0%
Computer Science   71.4% 92.9%  
Dentistry 98.2% 100.0% 100.0% 1.9%
Education (Teacher Training) 98.5% 87.5% 93.8%  
Engineering 85.4% 90.7% 92.4% 0.6%
Fine and Applied Arts 84.5% 93.1% 92.3% 2.7%
Food Sciences and Nutrition 80.0% 85.7% 87.5% 1.1%
Humanities 84.4% 88.5% 93.4% 0.0%
Kinesiology 85.5% 86.3% 92.5% 2.1%
Law 98.0% 97.8% 97.8% 0.8%
Mathematics   77.8% 88.9%  
Medicine 97.7% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Nursing 89.7% 92.7% 98.9% 0.5%
Other Arts and Science 81.8% 92.3% 100.0% 2.4%
Other Health Professions 85.7%     1.1%
Physical Sciences   93.8% 92.3%  
Social Sciences   94.3% 96.2% 1.4%
Theology        
Therapy and Rehabilitation   100% 100% 0.0%
Western University 86.9% 91.5% 95.2% 1.5%
Ontario University System 77.2% 89.1% 95.2% 2.8%

Notes:

1. UWO data exclude Western's Affiliated Colleges.

2. Graduation rates = Percentage of the 2011-12 incoming cohort (full-time, first-year, first-time) who graduated in any program between 2012 and 2018 (inclusive).

3. Employment rates = Percentage of the 2016 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, 2017 from all students who were issued an OSL in 2014-15 and not in 2015-16.

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


 



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