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Laurentian University

Laurentian University | Sudbury, Ont. | Founded 1960



Laurentian University was once only a regional school serving Sudbury, and while it still serves the area well, it has grown into an international leader in niches such as stressed watershed systems, rural and northern children’s health, particle astrophysics, as well as mining, engineering, and environmental remediation. Laurentian offers more than 175 undergraduate and graduate programs, and as it is a bilingual institution, 800 course sections are offered in French. In recent years, a construction boom transformed much of the campus. Ribbons were cut on a medical school in 2005, a new residence in 2012 and a downtown school of architecture in 2013. Through all this growth, the school has managed to keep the average class size small. “The good thing at Laurentian is that faculty members know you by name,” says president Dominic Giroux. “The bad thing at Laurentian is that faculty members know you by name,” he jokes. Located on a 765-acre campus, the university is surrounded by five lakes, a boreal forest and nature trails. Laurentian’s main campus, an eight-minute drive from downtown, is attractive and welcoming. It’s near a beach that students visit in summer, and outdoor rinks, where they knock around pucks in winter.

READ: An inside look at Laurentian

Standout Programs

Earth Sciences: This program supplements classroom learning with a hands-on approach through the program’s co-op option. Students are prepared for careers in mineral exploration, mining, government and consulting.

Architecture: The program’s main focuses include design with wood, Indigenous architecture, and studying the Sudbury Basin as a source for design. Design projects expose students to real community issues and hands-on building experiences.

• Engineering: The fast-growing Bharti School of Engineering is home to more winning teams at the Canadian Mining Games than any other program in the country.

Cool Courses

Biodiversity and Conservation: In this conservation biology course, students learn about how ecosystems are affected in human-dominant landscapes. Topics of study include conservation ethics, threats to biodiversity, and strategies to conserve ecosystems.

Living With the Land: A 10-day summer field course, this class uses teachings from elders and Indigenous-related experiential activities to instruct students about humans and their relationship to nature.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 72% to 80%
Arts: 72%
Science: 72%
Commerce: 72%
$7,155 1st & 2nd year: 37.1
3rd & 4th year: 18.8
Undergraduates: 8,557
Graduates: 873
1,622 (675 reserved for first years) Graduation: 69.9%
Retention: 84.5%

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