Université Laval

Université Laval | Quebec City, Que. | Founded 1663

Laval University football team

Université Laval—famous for its successful Rouge et Or football team—is a large, research-intensive institution in Quebec City. It hosts four Canada Excellence Research Chairs—in optics and photonics, Arctic climate change, cardiometabolic health and neurophotonics—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.

“At Laval, we redefine what it means to be a student and what it represents beyond graduation,” says rector Sophie D’Amours. “Our approach is centred around pedagogical innovation, supported and strengthened by an active and engaged community.” The student body has approximately 7,000 international students from 120 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. The town is known for its vibrant Winter Carnival and the historic Plains of Abraham.

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Standout Programs
Water Engineering: The program focuses on sustainable water management. Students learn how to prevent pollution, maintain water safety and protect public health while preserving the environment.
Sports Management and Training (Intervention sportive): Students learn how to effectively work with athletes in academic and professional settings, as well as to manage sports organizations and events.
Food Engineering: This program covers all processes related to transforming, transporting and distributing food and draws on chemical and mechanical engineering, information technology and management.

Cool Courses
Design-led Entrepreneurship: Start-up Fuze: This course, led by experienced entrepreneurs and designers, introduces students to product and service design, fundraising and marketing.
Big Data Analysis and Processing: Students learn the fundamentals of big data analysis, including how to pretreat, search and process data while working through case studies.

$3,814 ($9,210 out-of-province students) (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: R score 20-31 · Science: R score 20-34 ·
Commerce: R score 24 · Engineering: R score 20-27
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 22,489 · Part-time: 9,190
Graduates: Full-time: 6,969 · Part-time: 4,067
International Students: First-year: 12.1% ·
Graduate: 32%
Male-Female Ratio: 42 to 58
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 2,300 (1,000 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room without meals: $2,880