Huron University College

Huron University College

As a student at Huron, you’ll experience personal attention from faculty, a warm campus community and the pursuit of academic excellence. Because class sizes are small, our students enjoy lots of interaction with professors and classmates. In fact, over 90% of students said in a recent graduate survey that instructors took an active interest in their learning. Beyond the classroom, Huron opens the door to a world of international opportunities from exchanges and work/study programs to volunteering for development agencies.

Indeed, we prepare students for a world of possibilities and our alumni are proof. More than half of Huron students go on to graduate or professional schools across Canada or around the world. Others start careers or pursue international opportunities. All leave equipped with solid skills, a commitment to social responsibility and the potential for personal growth.

With just over 1,100 students, Huron is one of North America’s smallest universities. In fact, size is one of our biggest advantages. Students enjoy a welcoming campus community with small classes, an interactive learning environment and unparalelled opportunities to get involved in research. Faculty are focused on student success: In a recent graduate survey, over 90% of students say that instructors took an active interest in their learning.


Huron University College was incorporated on May 5, 1863, and is the founding college of The University of Western Ontario. Originally established as Huron College, Huron changed its name to Huron University College with Royal Assent in June 2000. To be part of Huron is to be part of one of the oldest university communities in Canada.

Founded by Bishop Benjamin Cronyn, Huron began as a theological college dedicated to its motto, True Religion and Sound Learning. Its original property, known as Rough Park, occupied the block bounded by Grosvenor, St. George and St. James Streets. Over the next 100 years, Huron would evolve from its theological roots into a dynamic liberal arts university institution and theological college with a tradition for excellence.

In 1951, Huron moved to its present location and has since seen major growth not only in its student enrollment, but also in its residence facilities, classrooms, library, and faculty offices. From its modest beginnings in 1956 with 45 full-time students, the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (originally known as the Faculty of Arts), now boasts a student enrollment of over 1000 full-time students. Our Faculty of Theology continues to attract students to its Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies programs. The two Faculties enroll a diverse student body of about 1100, with students from every province and some 20 different countries.

From the moment that first class of 13 students sat down with their teacher, Isaac Hellmuth (Huron’s first Principal), in the winter of 1863, Huron has been a people place, known for its small classes, individual attention from faculty, and commitment to academic excellence. Huron has grown to become one of Canada’s leading university institutions, one where students are encouraged to grow intellectually and personally in a supportive, involving and challenging community environment.

Student Housing

Huron University College guarantees residence to all first-year students who meet the deadline (May 28, 2009) for residence application and deposit. National Scholarship holders are awarded their preference for building and room. Applicants with an average of 90% or better at the time of admission are guaranteed a single room.

Student residences consist of four residence types:

  • House
  • Dormitory
  • Suite
  • Co-Ed

To view sample floor plans click here.

Athletics and Recreation

The University of Western Ontario offers a wide range of “recreation programs and services that inspire the diverse University community to live an active and healthy lifestyle” (Campus Recreation Mission, 2006). Students may choose from a variety of aquatics, fitness/wellness programs, intramural sports, club sports or take instruction in a new recreation.

Huron students gain free membership to utilise the UWO facilities, including squash courts, racquetball court, pool, fitness facilities (Cardio Annex), aerobics classes, gymnasia and weight room.

Construction is completed on UWO’s new $34 Million recreation facility which is linked to the existing Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre. The building houses expanded facilities for student recreation activities and include:

  • five gymnasiums
  • three dance/multipurpose studios
  • 50-metre swimming pool
  • expanded fitness and weight training facilities
  • recreational squash courts
  • locker rooms and
  • administrative offices.

Student Clubs and Activities

With just over 1,100 students, Huron is a great place to make a lifetime of friendships. Students get incredible support and encouragement from faculty and fellow students. There is a real sense of community at Huron. Along with an exciting social scene, more than 30 clubs and organizations offer opportunities to get involved. At Huron, we value rigorous learning and vigorous fun.

Huron University College Students’ Council (HUCSC) is an organization designed for you and run by students like you. With an annual budget of approximately $80,000, the HUCSC allows students to balance academics with the fun things (like events, parties, student clubs, and leadership opportunities). HUCSC strives to provide students with opportunities to get involved by either participating in or running various events, programs, or clubs. It also builds leaders who are able to contribute to the Huron community through interaction, volunteer work, and a great sense of adventure.

Some of the Huron student clubs include:

  • French Club
  • Huron Underground Dramatic Society
  • Huron Literary Society
  • Sandwich Club
  • SAMAJ Cultural Club
  • Golf Club
  • JAM (Just About Music)
  • History Club
  • Huron Heat (Dance Club)

Support Services

Huron students have access to many services developed to help them meet their academic goals. Many of these services are offered in a personal support setting with one-to-one counseling that may not be available at larger institutions.

Click on the headings below to learn more about the community of support that is provided at Huron.

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