Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University | Waterloo, Ont. | Founded 1911


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Wilfrid Laurier University has been an integral part of the Kitchener-Waterloo community for more than a century, and Brantford, Ont., since it opened a campus there in 1999. The main campus in Waterloo is squeezed mostly onto a single city block, so it can feel intimidating from the outside, though intimate from the inside. The $103-million Lazaridis Hall, which will house the math department and the school of business and economics, will open to students in September 2016. Laurier benefits from the city’s tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies that generate billions in annual revenue and includes offices of Google and BlackBerry. But it’s not all about profits; Laurier students like to give back. Meal Exchange, a Laurier student initiative, has expanded to 42 campuses across Canada. The Community Service-Learning program partners roughly 1,500 students a year with community agencies, and the school was the first in Canada to officially recognize extracurricular activities. “Our traditions are rich and deep, and our faculty, students and alumni have a real sense of belonging to the Laurier family,” says president Max Blouw.

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Standout Programs
Business Administration: Uses case-based instruction in specializations such as business and sustainability, entrepreneurship and finance. May be combined with computing and math programs for a double degree.
• Game Design and Development: In partnership with Conestoga College, this bachelor of fine and applied art focuses on transformative games; how players are affected by games rather than on the games themselves, so that students can look beyond the recreational AAA game industry to careers in fields like formal and informal education, corporate and non-profit training, health care and social entrepreneurship.
Bachelor of Social Work: Offered at the Brantford campus, close to Six Nations and Mississaugas of the New Credit reserves, this program focuses on the needs of First Nations people and offers more than 700 hours of fieldwork.

Cool Courses
• Game of Thrones and Medieval Culture: This Medieval Studies course explores reasons behind the broad appeal of the medieval fantasy, with students analyzing the Game of Thrones phenomenon and how it relates to medieval culture, storytelling and fan studies.
• Game Design Foundations: Students learn the theory and skills behind game design, focusing on the principles of interaction and entertainment.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Arts: 70% to 84%
Science: 74% to 90%
Commerce: 88% to 90%
$7,207 1st & 2nd year: 88.3
3rd & 4th year: 37.7
Full-time: 15,096
Part-time: 2,245
3,285 (3,114 reserved for first years) Graduation: 77%
Retention: 86.7%

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