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 enrolment, 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 the Faculty of Arts), now boasts a student enrolment of over 1200 full-time students. Our Faculty of Theology continues to attract students to its Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies and Master of Arts in Theology programs. The two Faculties enroll a diverse student body of about 1300, with students from every province and some 30 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.
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