Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University | Waterloo, Ont. | Founded 1911

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Wilfrid Laurier University has been an integral part of the community in Kitchener-Waterloo for more than a century, and in Brantford, Ont., since it opened a campus there in 1999. The Waterloo campus is squeezed mostly onto a single city block, so it can feel intimidating from the outside, though intimate from the inside. The $103-million Lazaridis Hall, which houses the school of business and economics and the math department, opened to students in 2016. A $67-million athletic and recreation facility jointly run with the YMCA in downtown Brantford opened last year. Students at the Waterloo campus benefit from the city’s tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies, which generate billions in annual revenue and include the offices of Google and Shopify.

But it’s not all about profits—Laurier students like to give back. Meal Exchange, a Laurier student initiative, has expanded to more than 40 campuses across Canada and the Community Service-Learning program partners 2,000 students a year with community agencies. Laurier was the first school in Canada to officially recognize extracurricular activities with a co-curricular record.

“When students enrol at Laurier, they are joining a university that fosters not only academic excellence, but also a sense of community,” says president Deborah MacLatchy. “Our emphasis on experiential and entrepreneurial learning ensures students are equipped for a future in an increasingly complex world.”

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Standout Programs
• Game Design and Development: Students at the Brantford campus learn to create digital, tabletop and live-action games, including transformative games with applications in areas such as education, museums, libraries, corporate training and health care.
• Business Administration: This program uses case-based instruction, simulation games, student projects, co-op and visits from business executives to give students exposure to real-world business issues; double degree options and specializations are available.
• Data Science: This unique program focuses on analyzing and making sense of data. Students can focus on financial risk analysis or big data.

Cool Courses
• Myths, Monsters and Machines: The Fantastic in Popular Culture: Explore what it means to be human by studying popular myths, metaphors, monsters and other non-human beings.
• How to Change the World: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship: Students are introduced to the concept of social entrepreneurship and its potential to create social change.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-86% · Science: 74-91% · Commerce: 89-93%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 15,243 · Part-time: 2,498
Graduates: Full-time: 1,130 · Part-time: 675
International Students: First-year: 6.4% ·
Graduate: 13.1%
Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
Residence Spaces
3,985 (3,831 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $11,400 to $13,348 · Single room with meals: $11,400 to $13,348 · Apartment-style: $5,090 to $8,594

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