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Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University recognizes that intellectual inquiry, critical reflection and scholarly integrity are the cornerstones of all universities including their exceptional institution. Their unique values are drawn from the key elements on which Laurier was founded and which will continue to nurture and shape what they become.

Top reasons to study here

  • Wilfrid Laurier University is devoted to excellence in learning, research, scholarship and creativity.
  • Once admitted, tuition rates for continuing international students will increase by no more than 5% between years of study.
  • We guarantee residence to all eligible undergraduate students attending a postsecondary institution for the first time.

History

Laurier traces its roots to the opening of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo more than 100 years ago in 1911. They’ve gone through several changes since then, and in 1973 the name changed from Waterloo Lutheran University to Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1999, they opened the campus in Brantford, and in 2024 another campus in Milton.

Education

Laurier offers an exceptional range and depth of study. Students can choose from more than 100 academic programs, taught by award-winning faculty.

Laurier inspires exceptional learning environments inside and outside the classroom by developing and supporting teaching excellence and innovation, continuing education, and experiential learning opportunities. Their faculty are not just people who stand in front of a lecture hall. They explore student-centred learning and collaborative teaching in active learning classrooms, taking learning beyond the classroom walls into the community. They are leaders, innovators and trendsetters who work to actively engage their students.

Research

Laurier offers plenty of opportunities to do hands-on research, whether you want to work with nanomaterials or disadvantaged children. Their faculty members pride themselves on their mentoring skills and it’s not unusual to see world-class professors working closely with motivated students, both undergraduate and graduate. Whether in science, business, arts, music, education, social work or any of the other disciplines, Laurier researchers tackle local and global challenges through nearly two dozen research centres and institutes – often combining disciplines to explore problems from multiple angles.

Career

Career and Employment Support

  • GET STARTED: Rely on the Career Centre for career and employment support. We provide you with the programs and resources to help you be engaged in career development and experiential learning as an integral part of your student experience.
  • OUR CAREER CENTRE TEAM: We are qualified career and further education consultants, employer relations specialists and student peers who are committed to your career development and success.
  • ENGAGE NOW: Navigator is your portal to access Career Centre resources, job postings, events and appointment bookings. It is updated daily with new opportunities and offerings. Connect with the Career Centre today and make the most of your time at Laurier!

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2024
-
2023
1271 -24
2022
1247
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Student services

The Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CSEDI) works to cultivate a culture on campus that respects and promotes equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and social justice in all aspects of Laurier – from classrooms to residence communities.

Housing services

On our Waterloo and Brantford campuses, residence is a key way first-year Golden Hawks connect, grow and settle into university life. Immerse yourself in a community of support from your first day at Laurier, where staff and upper-year students are committed to your personal growth, development and safety. Our residence buildings are more than just a place to sleep and study. Living in residence gives you lots of opportunities to get involved, both across campus and within your building, which can support a quicker, easier transition to university.

Library services

The Laurier Library of the 21st century is the intellectual and cultural heart of Laurier, bringing together resources, research and scholarly publishing and an experiential place for community, creative expression and making. We continue to provide the digital resources, books, instruction sessions and study spaces that inspire our users to achieve excellence in their research, work and lives.

ICT services

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) collaborates with departments from across the Laurier community to offer online services that help make student life at Laurier easier. 

Medical services

We use a circle of care model that incorporates specialties from a diverse, multidisciplinary team. Students who use the Student Wellness Centre have access to a number of wellness professionals to enhance their health and wellbeing while they are here at Laurier:

  • doctors and registered nurses;
  • sexual health appointments;
  • counsellors;
  • registered dietitian; and
  • chiropractic, massage, and physiotherapy.

Campus life

Wilfrid Laurier University’s two biggest campuses are in Waterloo and Brantford, but we also have a Faculty of Social Work in Kitchener, and a new campus in Milton. All of our campuses and locations are about 90 minutes drive (or less!) away from Toronto, Canada’s biggest city.

Laurier's Waterloo, Brantford and Milton campuses are located on the shared traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples.

Sports facilities

The Athletic Complex in Waterloo includes an Olympic-size pool, a triple gymnasium, dance studios, and a large fitness centre. Outside, Alumni Field offers a full-sized, FIFA-certified, artificial surface for both intramurals and club teams. University Stadium is home to Golden Hawk football, soccer, rugby and lacrosse.The Laurier Brantford YMCA has an aquatics centre with a two-tank pool, a double and a single gym, a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment and Wi-Fi capabilities for fitness programs, three studios, multi-purpose spaces, and a lounge for Laurier students.

Student clubs

There are several student-run organizations at Laurier, including the Laurier Students' Union, the Graduate Students' Association (GSA) and Student Publications, the latter of which is home to the students papers The Cord (Waterloo) and The Sputnik (Brantford), Radio Laurier and more.

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