Université Laval: Maclean's University Profile

Université Laval

Université Laval | Quebec City, Que. | Founded 1663



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 Louis St. Laurent, 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
Water Engineering: Designed to give students the skills to make environmentally sound decisions, this program focuses on the overall well-being of waterways through the principles of civil, geological and agro-environmental engineering.
• Product Design: Students learn everything they need to know about product design, from conceptualization to manufacturing, all with ethical, environmental, economic and aesthetic considerations in mind.
• Cosmeceutical Chemistry: Unique in Canada, this program trains students to draw on the medical and pharmaceutical industries to create effective cosmetics with active, naturally sourced ingredients.

Cool Courses
• Durable Design: This course explores the foundation of sustainable development and its intersection with design, allowing student designers to reflect on their role in problem solving.
• My Habits, My Health: Throughout this course, students look at their lifestyle to determine how it affects their health and overall environment, with the goal of improving their quality of life.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: R-Score 21 to 25
Arts: R-Score 20 to 30
Science: R-Score 22 to 33
Commerce: R-Score 23
$2,985 ($7,885 out-of-province) 1st & 2nd year: 48
3rd & 4th year: 31.1
Undergraduates: 32,655
Graduates: 10,944
2,300 (1,000 reserved for first years) Graduation: 84.1%
Retention: 88%


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