Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University | Waterloo, Ont. | Founded 1911

Wilfried Laurier students in lecture

(Courtesy of Wilfred Laurier University)

Wilfrid Laurier University is an integral part of the Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford communities. The Waterloo campus is squeezed mostly onto a single city block. The impressive Lazaridis Hall, which has won a number of design awards, houses the school of business and e conomics, the math department and the LaunchPad incubator. Brantford campus students enjoy a new athletic and recreation facility jointly run with the YMCA in downtown Brantford. Students at the Waterloo campus benefit from the city’s status as one of the world’s fastest-growing tech sectors in a region with the world’s second-highest start-up density after Silicon Valley.

But it’s not all about profits—Laurier students like to give back. Meal Exchange, a Laurier student initiative, has expanded to campuses across Canada. The Community Service-Learning program has about 1,400 students in courses with a community service-learning opportunity. In 2019, more than 17,000 students participated in an experiential learning opportunity. Laurier was the first school in Canada to officially recognize extracurricular activities with a co-curricular record. The university has 25 research centres and institutes, including ones dedicated to cold regions research, women in science, international migration and sustainable food systems.

“When students enrol at Laurier, they are joining a university that fosters not only academic excellence, but also a sense of community,” says president Deborah MacLatchy. “Our emphasis on experiential and entrepreneurial learning ensures students are equipped for a future in an increasingly complex world.”

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Standout Programs
• Economics: Degrees are offered in economics and accounting or economics and financial management. Students learn theoretical and practical ways to understand issues such as scarcity, inflation and unemployment.
• Law: Earn a bachelor of arts or science from Laurier and a law degree from the University of Sussex in the U.K. in six years. No need to write the LSAT entrance exam.
• Social Work: This practice-based program includes two field placements. Graduates can apply for an advanced spot in the master of social work program, allowing them to finish in one year instead of two.

Cool Courses
Advancing Racial and Ethnic Equality: Students examine social, economic and political inequality and methods to address them.
Introduction to Business Principles for Entrepreneurs: Acquire practice in presenting, negotiating and working in teams.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-83% · Science: 74-91% · Commerce: 88.5-94.5%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 15,622 · Part-time: 2,843
Graduates: Full-time: 1,113 · Part-time: 1,057
International Students: First-year: 6.7% · Graduate: 15.3%
Male-female Ratio: 44 to 56
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 1,800 (3,757 last year with 3,610 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $12,031 to $14,098 · Apartment-style: $7,375 to $9,117

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