Université Laval

Université Laval | Quebec City, Que. | Founded 1663

Laval University student

Pavillon Charles-De Koninck (Courtesy of Dany Vachon/Université Laval)

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 994 companies and 1,870 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 7,900 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. Most of Laval’s nearly 40 buildings are connected by underground walkways—handy during winter—and eight kilometres of cycling lanes. Off campus, students 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
• Food Science and Technology: Students build a strong base in chemistry, microbiology and engineering before applying their skills toward food product development and quality control. The program includes co-op.
• Quantitative Finance: While learning to use financial software and risk-management tools, students gain a comprehensive set of skills in disciplines including accounting, econometrics, management and policy.
• Gender, Feminism and Society: This certificate program integrates history, sociology and gender studies while bridging the gap between theory and practice through community-focused placements and training.

Cool Courses
Consumer Culture and Society: Students in this course explore topics such as income inequality and climate change to examine how social issues affect consumer trends.
Social Work and Indigeneity: This course looks at social work in the context of Indigenous values, principles and practices, and focuses on intervention methods developed by and for Indigenous communities.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$3,934 ($9,497 out-of-province students)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: R score 21-30 · Science: R score 22-35 · Commerce: R score 24 · Engineering: R score 23-28
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 22,014 · Part-time: 9,522
Graduates: Full-time: 7,255 · Part-time: 4,148
International Students: First-year: 14% ·
Graduate: 35%
Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 1,150 (2,300 last year with 1,000 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room without meals: $2,944