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 impressive Lazaridis Hall, which has won a number of design awards, houses the school of business and economics and the math department. Brantford campus students enjoy a new athletic and recreation facility jointly run with the YMCA in downtown Brantford. 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 has 1,400 students in courses with a community service learning opportunity. Laurier was the first school in Canada to officially recognize extracurricular activities with a co-curricular record. Last year, Laurier, along with community and academic partners, opened a research and service centre dedicated to bilingualism and language learning.

“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
International Education Studies: This program prepares students to teach and work in an international setting. Students take courses from both the faculty of education and department of global studies.
User Experience Design: This program explores UX design in 3D and immersive environments, as well as the design of processes and services. Students gain hands-on experience in labs and studio environments.
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
Gamification and Gameful Design: Learn how to motivate gamers through rewards and game design concepts.
Music, Culture and Community: Explore the role of music in promoting well-being.

$7,285 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70-83% · Science: 74-91.5% · Commerce: 90-94.5%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 15,237 · Part-time: 2,724
Graduates: Full-time: 1,178 · Part-time: 806
International Students: First-year: 7.4% · Graduate: 12.7%
Male-Female Ratio: 44 to 56
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 3,757 (3,610 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $11,683 to $13,687 · Single room with meals: $11,683 to $13,687 · Apartment-style: $5,242 to $8,851

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