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Laurentian University

Laurentian University | Sudbury, Ont. | Founded 1960


Laurentian professor Aaron Langille with a computer science student at the Sudbury campus of Laurentian University.(Photograph by Nick Iwanyshyn)

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. “We are Canada’s go-to university for mineral exploration and mining,” says interim president Pierre Zundel. “We are growing and consolidating in our areas of particular expertise, and in recent years we have opened the new McEwen School of Architecture, as well as schools of education, environment, medicine and sustainable northern development.” A construction boom has recently transformed much of the campus. In 2017, a $63-million modernization project wrapped up, with renovations to 60 classrooms and laboratories, and the opening of several new spaces, including an Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre and a campus welcome centre. Only an eight-minute drive from downtown, the university is surrounded by five lakes, a boreal forest and nature trails. Students enjoy a nearby beach in the warm weather and ice rinks in the winter.

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Standout Programs
• Criminology: Students explore the connection between crime, violence and social inequality through courses in policing, racial profiling and theories of criminology.
• Human Kinetics: Offered in five distinct programs: outdoor adventure leadership, health promotion, sport and physical education, kinesiology, and sport psychology. Practical learning is emphasized throughout.
• Engineering: The Bharti School of Engineering is home to more winning teams at the Canadian Mining Games than any other program in the country. The fast growing school is set to move into a new $30-million building in 2018.

Cool Courses
• Tycoons: The Making of North American Capitalism: Examine the lives of businesspeople and entrepreneurs to learn how North American capitalism has evolved throughout history.
• What Do Unions Do?: This undergraduate sociology course looks at labour relations in Canada and the changing nature of work, with a focus on northeastern Ontario.

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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