Laurentian University

Laurentian University | Sudbury, Ont. | Founded 1960

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(Laurentian University)

Laurentian University was once 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 programs, and as it is a bilingual institution, more than 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.”

The school maintains strong partnerships with industry and alumni, with many experiential learning and mentorship opportunities. A construction boom is transforming the campus. A $63-million modernization project has renovated classrooms, laboratories and residences. The Cliff Fielding Research, Innovation and Engineering Building opened last year, housing all engineering labs and a collaborative research hub, and a new student centre is in the works.

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
• Orthophonie: Offered in French, this speech-language pathology program teaches students how to conduct thorough analyses of language, speech and voice disorders.
Sports Administration: Combines business training with a foundation in sport theory; provides practical experience through internships with pro sports organizations.
• Architecture: Students learn to design with a focus on culture, climate and using sustainable materials; includes design-build projects (canoes, saunas, ice huts), co-op and international travel opportunities.

Cool Courses
Law and Pop Culture: Explore concepts like property, identity and privacy, and how they may have to be reconsidered in light of rapid social changes.
Case Analysis and Competitions: In this experiential learning course, students act as company consultants and participate in various case competitions in Canada and abroad.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 72% · Science: 72% · Commerce: 72% · Engineering: 75-80%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 6,325 · Part-time: 1,849
Graduates: Full-time: 492 · Part-time: 378
International Students: First-year: 4.1% ·
Graduate: 17.3%
Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59
Residence Spaces
1,622 (approx. 550 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $7,120 to $11,355 · Single room with meals: $8,120 to $12,478 · Double room without meals: $5,200 to $6,614 · Single room without meals: $6,200 to $7,737 · Apartment-style: $6,614 to $8,584

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