Université Laval

Université Laval | Quebec City, Que. | Founded 1663



Université Laval—famous for its successful Rouge et Or football team—is a large, research-intensive institution located in Quebec City. Denis Brière, who is wrapping up 10 years as rector, says that at Laval, “knowledge, creativity and innovation are part of everyday life.” Three federal centres of excellence—in photonics, geomatics and Arctic climate change—are hosted here, as well as the Centre for Northern Studies. Laval’s law school and faculty of social sciences have produced some of Canada’s leading politicians, including former prime ministers Louis St. Laurent, Brian Mulroney and Jean Chrétien, as well as former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard. Entrepreneuriat Laval, which helps students create personalized business plans, has contributed to the creation of more than 700 companies and 1,400 jobs. The student body is diverse, with approximately 6,600 international students from 100 countries, as well as non-francophones polishing their French-language skills at the École des langues vivantes. The university hosts around 250 student associations. Worried about the snowy Quebec winters? Most of Laval’s nearly 40 buildings are connected by underground walkways. Those who venture outside, however, will find Quebec City is one of the most culturally rich spots in Canada, known for its vibrant Winter Carnival and the historic Plains of Abraham.

READ: An insider look at one of Canada’s oldest universities

Standout Programs

Animation: Provides an artistic and technical foundation. Students gain skills in 2D and 3D animation, as well as in creating characters, interactive tools and immersive environments.

Agricultural Economics: Covering the food chain from production to consumption, this program gives students skills in agronomy, economics, management, marketing and agricultural policy.

Consumer Science: This program teaches students how to analyze consumer behaviour, assess client satisfaction, improve quality of services and manage marketing activities, for private, public, commercial and non-profit organizations. Interest is growing in this field and grads enjoy excellent placement rates.

Cool Courses

Greek Papyrology: An introductory course in reading ancient papyri. Learn how to use tools to analyze, translate, transcribe and edit the texts, as well as study the context and background of the times.

Film, Women and Society: Looks at women in film—in the independent margins (fiction, documentary and experimental) and the Hollywood scene—and examines their role in the history of film and society today.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: R-Score 21 to 25
Arts: R-Score 20 to 30
Science: R-Score 22 to 33
Commerce: R-Score 23
$2,985 ($7,885 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 48
3rd & 4th year: 31.1
Undergraduates: 32,655
Graduates: 10,944
2,300 (1,000 reserved for first years) Graduation: 84.1%
Retention: 88%


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