Wilfrid Laurier University has been an integral part of the Kitchener-Waterloo community for more than a century, and also Brantford, Ont., since it opened a campus there in 1999. The main campus in Waterloo 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 $66-million athletic and recreation facility jointly run with the YMCA in downtown Brantford is slated to open in 2018. Students at the Waterloo campus benefit from the city’s tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies that generate billions in annual revenue and includes offices of Google and BlackBerry. But it’s not all about profits—Laurier students like to give back. Meal Exchange, a Laurier student initiative, has expanded to 42 campuses across Canada. The Community Service-Learning program partners roughly 1,500 students a year with community agencies, and the school was the first 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.”
• User Experience Design: Offered at the Brantford campus, this program teaches critical theory and practical user experience designing for online, 3-D and immersive technologies. Fourth-year students work with real clients on their capstone project.
• 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.
• Start-up Fund: Students evaluate start-up businesses, working through all the steps of investing under the guidance of experienced investors.
• Gangsters, Goodfellas and Wiseguys: A look at organized crime in North America—its history, modern trends, organizational hierarchies and response of law enforcement.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Number of students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Arts: 70% to 84%
Science: 74% to 90%
Commerce: 88.5% to 90%
|$7,410||1st & 2nd year: 93.9
3rd & 4th year: 38.1
|3,559 (3,418 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 76.7%