Laurentian University

Laurentian University | Sudbury, Ont. | Founded 1960



Laurentian University was once only a regional school serving Sudbury, a boom-and-bust mining town that could soon boom again if Ontario develops the Ring of Fire, a treasure trove of minerals in the far north of the province that the city is poised to help extract. While Laurentian still serves its region well, it has grown into an international leader in niches such as stressed watershed systems, rural and northern children’s health, particle astrophysics and, naturally, mining, engineering, and environmental remediation. It also offers programs at its campus in Barrie, Ont. Laurentian is bilingual, offering 43 of its 175 programs in French. A recent 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. Laurentian’s main campus, an eight-minute drive from downtown, is attractive and welcoming. It’s surrounded by five lakes with a beach that students visit in summer, and outdoor rinks, where they knock around pucks in winter.

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Standout Programs
• Business Administration: The B.B.A. program offers internship opportunities, small business consulting, and a co-op program. It also has generous transfer credit policies, which make it popular for students with prior post-secondary education.
• Forensic Science: The only Canadian program accredited by the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission deals with DNA, fingerprints, forensic anthropology, botany, entomology, hair and fibre analysis, toxicology and serology.
• 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

• Decorated Body: Explore the way people around the world present their bodies with jewellery, makeup, tattoo and paint
Advanced Soccer: This course gives students a Level II Coaching Certification with the Canadian and Ontario Soccer Associations. Students learn advanced soccer techniques and how to teach them.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 72% to 80%
Arts: 72%
Science: 72%
Commerce: 72%
$6,901 1st & 2nd year: 38.8
3rd & 4th year: 19.3
Full-time: 6,335
Part-time: 1,991
1,622 (approx. 675 reserved for first years) Graduation: 70.4%
Retention: 84.4%

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