Fanshawe College

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Coordinates: 43°0′44.78″N 81°12′0.64″W / 43.0124389°N 81.2001778°W / 43.0124389; -81.2001778

Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology
Fanshawe College Logo vecotrized.svg
MottoUnlocking Potential
PresidentPeter Devlin
Academic staff
441 full-time
Students21,000 Full-time; 22,000 Part-time
1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard
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N5Y 5R6
Sports teamsFanshawe Falcons
ColoursRed and Gray          
MascotFreddie the Falcon

Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology, commonly shortened to Fanshawe College, is a public college in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. One of the largest colleges in Canada, it has campuses in London, Simcoe, St. Thomas and Woodstock with additional locations in Southwestern Ontario. Fanshawe has approximately 43,000 students and provides over 200 higher education programs.


In 1962, the Ontario Vocational Centre (OVC) was founded in London, Ontario, and held its first classes on September 28, 1964. In 1967, it became Fanshawe College, part of a provincial system of applied arts and technology colleges. Fanshawe subsequently established campuses in Woodstock, St. Thomas, and Simcoe. The London campus originally consisted of three buildings, but has since been subject to a series of extensions. The college's name has old English origins, combining words fane (meaning temple or building) and shaw or shawe (meaning woods) to mean "temple in the woods".[1]

James A. Colvin was named Fanshawe College's first president in 1967 and held the position until 1979, when he was succeeded by Harry Rawson, who served as president until his retirement in 1987. Barry Moore was the third president from 1987 to 1996. Howard Rundle, Fanshawe's longest-serving president, subsequently led the college for 18 years until his retirement on August 31, 2013. Peter Devlin became president of the college on September 3, 2013, and previously served as a Lieutenant General in the Canadian Army.

In 2018, Fanshawe established its fifth school, the School of Digital and Performing Arts, offering creative programs previously offered by the School of Contemporary Media and School of Design.[2]

130 Dundas Street opened in September 2018. The new building is home to 1,600 students from the School of Information Technology and the School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

On April 27, 2015, the family of the late Don Smith, the co-founder of EllisDon, announced that the School of Building Technology would be renamed the Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology in his honor.[3] Don was the first recipient of a Fanshawe College honorary diploma in 1992. In 2008, Fanshawe presented his wife, Joan, with an honorary diploma.[4]

In 2014, Fanshawe announced that it would purchase the building of the recently closed Kingsmill's Department Store for expansion of its downtown London campus with a request for an additional grant of $10 million from City Council. The request proved politically contentious in an municipal election year with it being initially refused by Council following a tie vote on July 29. However, after the local organization, Downtown London, put up $1 million in support of this initiative, London City Council narrowly voted to approve the remainder of the funding after minor additional contract changes in its favor.[5]

On April 2, 2014, Fanshawe College unveiled its new visual identity and brand promise. Fanshawe president Peter Devlin stated that the new brand "focusses on Fanshawe's desire to help students reach their full potential." The rebranding process took place during the summer of 2013 where the input of over 6000 current students, staff, alumni, guidance counsellors, business and academic leaders, government and community partners was used to determine the new brand. The College named its new logo NorthStar because of its visual and symbolic link to the star famous for helping generations of travelers find their way. In an online survey, NorthStar was preferred two to one over all other concepts indicated in surveys, including the then current logo.[1] [6]

In May 2011, the college opened its Centre for Applied Transportation Technologies, with a capacity of 1,500 students. In September 2014, Fanshawe College established its School of Public Safety, to provide public safety programs. The school received 31,000 square feet (2,900 m2) premises in September 2016. In June 2016, Fanshawe opened its Canadian Centre for Product Validation (CCPV), a 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) testing facility. The college established the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology after purchasing Jazz Aviation facilities at London International Airport in August 2013.

The Fanshawe College Arboretum was established in 1995.


Fanshawe College joined the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) in 1967 as one of the six founding members. The Falcons currently compete in 14 varsity sports, with 19 teams including: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's indoor and outdoor soccer, men's and women's golf, men's and women's badminton, men's and women's cross-country, men's baseball, women's softball and men's and women's and mixed curling.

Many of Fanshawe's varsity programs excel not only in the OCAA but also the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA). As of 2019, the Falcons have a total of 20 national championships, 142 provincial championships and a total of 397 medals.

In 2019, Fanshawe Athletics set new Fanshawe record totals for most medals in a season. Falcons teams concluded the 2018/19 season with an astounding 28 overall medals, a 40 per cent increase over last season’s record total of 20. The Falcons led the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), winning 11 OCAA Championships this season to go along with 21 OCAA medals. The 11 championships shattered Fanshawe’s own record of six from 2017/18. Fanshawe Athletics also set a new school record for most national medals in a single season (7). The 2018-19 season saw Fanshawe win two Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championships, 5 national bronze, 11 provincial gold, 6 provincial silver and 4 provincial bronze medals. [7]

Additionally, Fanshawe has one of the largest campus recreation programs in Ontario with over 4500 students participating in intramurals, extramurals and open recreation every year.[8]


London Campus[edit]

Fanshawe's campus in London, Ontario, Canada covers 100 acres (40 ha) and has twenty-three buildings, including nearly 1200 apartment-style residence rooms and close to 400 townhouse rooms at its London campus. The London Campus also includes the Centre for Applied Transportation Technology (CATT) and the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology. The London campus has been described as "one of the largest in Ontario" and as a "city within a city".[9]

The campus also has access to the following bus routes provided by the London Transit Commission: 4A, 4B, 17, 17A, 17B, 20, 25, 27, 36, 91 and 104.

London Downtown Campus[edit]

Fanshawe's campus in downtown London, Ontario was established in 2018. It has three buildings, located at 431 Richmond Street (Access Studies), 130 Dundas Street (Schools of Information Technology and Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts) and 137 Dundas Street (School of Digital and Performing Arts).[10]

St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus[edit]

The St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus, located in the southeast end of St. Thomas, Ontario, is home to approximately 350 full-time students and 2,000 part-time students. The Campus offers certificate and diploma programs, academic upgrading, apprenticeships, continuing education, corporate training, and career and employment services.[11]

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus[edit]

The Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus, located in a part of Ontario known for its rural charm and strong agricultural base, is home to almost 200 full-time students and hundreds more part-time students. The Campus offers certificate, diploma and graduate certificate programs, academic upgrading, continuing education, corporate training and career and employment services. Full-time programs that are unique to this campus are Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership, Developmental Services Worker (Accelerated) and Early Childhood Education (Accelerated). It was the first Fanshawe campus to offer the Agri-Business Management graduate certificate program.[12]

Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus[edit]

The Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus, conveniently located at the forks of Highways 401 and 403, is home to approximately 450 full-time students and 2,000 part-time students. The Campus offers certificate and diploma programs, apprenticeships, academic upgrading, continuing education, corporate training and more. Full-time programs that are unique to this campus are Business – Entrepreneurship and Management, Hair Stylist, Police Foundations (Accelerated) and Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician.[13]

Huron/Bruce Regional Sites[edit]

Fanshawe has been in the central Huron area, north of London, since approximately 2007. Currently programs are held at the Bruce Technology Skills and Training Centre.[14]

Fanshawe College old logo (printers template 1974)

Student government[edit]

The Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) is a student representative body, designed to meet the various needs and expectations of students attending Fanshawe College.

The FSU has had a student newspaper since its inception, first known as Fanfare, changing to The Dam in 1971. It has been known as The Interrobang since approximately 1979 and is Fanshawe's only student newspaper. It is published weekly from September to April and distributed on-campus free of charge throughout Fanshawe College. The Interrobang, is a member of Canadian University Press (CUP).

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Gerald Fagan - coral conductor, honorary diploma recipient, former faculty member and Member of the Order of Canada.
  • Jack Richardson - lengendary record producer for Canadian rockers The Guess Who (1969-1975) and many others artists such as Bob Seger and Alice Cooper. Richardson was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003.

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  1. ^ a b "News and Events | Fanshawe College". Retrieved 2017-06-07.
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  3. ^ "Donald J. ("Bus") Smith O.C". 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  4. ^ "News and Events | Fanshawe College". Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  5. ^ Maloney, Patrick (3 September 2014). "Fanshawe gets its cash, Matt Brown gets the credit". London Free Press. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Fanshawe College launches new brand and logo | CTV London News". 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
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  8. ^ "Campus Recreation | Fanshawe College". Retrieved 2017-06-07.
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  14. ^ "Huron/Bruce Regional Sites | Fanshawe College". 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
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