Université Laval

Université Laval | Quebec City, Que. | Founded 1663

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Université Laval—famous for its successful Rouge et Or football team—is a large, research-intensive institution located in Quebec City. The university’s first female rector, Sophie D’Amours, says, “A globally oriented institution, Université Laval is recognized for its leadership, creativity and expertise.” Four federal centres of excellence—in optics and photonics, Arctic climate change, cardiometabolic health and neurophotonics—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 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.

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Standout Programs
• Food Science and Technology: Drawing on chemistry and microbiology, students prepare to play a key role in the food processing industry, learning to innovate and improve production and distribution systems within a context of globalization and sustainable development.
• Public Affairs and International Relations: Students develop an in-depth understanding of major economic, legal and political institutions, at home and abroad, and learn to critically examine the decisions they make.
• Agro-environmental Engineering: This program trains students to design machinery and equipment for plant and animal production systems, as well as to manage agro-food processes and by-products.

Cool Courses
• Technological Entrepreneurship: From Idea to Market: This course introduces students to the highly competitive high-tech business market, including concepts such as the valorization of research and development.
• Big Data Analysis and Processing: In this course, students learn the fundamentals of big data analysis, including how to pretreat, search and process data while working through case studies.

$3,462 ($8,639 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: R score 19-30 · Science: R score 22-33 · Commerce: R score 23 · Engineering: R score 22-27
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 22,719 · Part-time: 9,005
Graduates: Full-time: 7,014 · Part-time: 3,875
International Students: First-year: 12% ·
Graduate: 29.6%
Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58
Residence Spaces
2,300 (1,000 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Single room without meals: $2,840