Students choose Laurier for our Academic Reputation, Approachable professors, Sense of community, and our Co-op program to name a few.
We are a smaller institution, with small class sizes and a sense of community second to none. Founded in 1911, Laurier is a premier university and renowned for attracting students who want to succeed. Laurier offers an unparalleled academic experience. Our unique, interdisciplinary approach to learning allows students to combine majors in completely different fields. Laurier's faculty, among the finest anywhere, expand the horizons of our students, providing them with a broad perspective of the world that opens up new ways of thinking and seeing things.
Laurier offers a broad range of full and part-time graduate and undergraduate degree programs to over 11,000 students through 7 faculties. Our Faculty of Arts is our largest faculty. Our Faculty of Music has the only Masters of Music Therapy program in Canada. Laurier's Faculty of Science is one of Canada’s leading teaching and research institutions. Our School of Business & Economics is one of Canada’s largest Business schools, and also among the most respected. We also have a Faculty of Education, a Faculty of Social Work and a Faculty of Graduate Studies. Our Brantford Campus is dedicated to innovative programming within the liberal arts.
Laurier is a place where the curious thrive, and where innovative programs and state of the art facilities give way to students who achieve success and results.
Wilfrid Laurier University is devoted to excellence in learning, research, scholarship and creativity. It challenges people to become engaged and aware citizens of an increasingly complex world. It fulfills its mission by advancing knowledge, supporting and enhancing high ‐ quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education, and emphasizing co ‐ curricular development of the whole student.
Our commitment is to justice and sustainability now and in the future, so we strive to ignite the minds, spirits and hearts of our communities through excellence in teaching and learning, in the discovery, scholarly exploration, and application of new ideas, and in instilling the courage to engage and challenge the world in all its complexity.
Facts and Figures
Date established: 1911
President: Dr. Max Blouw
Full-time undergraduate students: 11,689
Full-time graduate students: 729
Part-time students: 2,258
Tuition (2007-2008): $ 4,775/year BBA Tuition (2007-2008): $5,271/year
Male-Female ratio: 40-60
Laurier by the numbers:
494 - the number of full-time faculty member at Laurier (2006).
88.6% of Laurier’s Faculty have PhDs
1st - Laurier’s ranking in the 2006 Canadian Undergraduate Survey Consortium when our students were asked if they were happy with their decision to come here.
1st - our ranking for community spirit in that survey.
1,185 - of our first-year students received an entrance scholarship in 2005-2006, almost 1/3 of our freshman class.
67,000- alumni are members of the WLU Alumni Association; they're found in 85 countries.
79.4% - our graduation rate-one of the best in the province.
97.1% - of Laurier grads have jobs two years of graduation.
95% - of our grads would recommend Laurier, according to the 2006 Maclean’s graduate survey.
189% - percentage increase in applications from high-school students since 1998.
70 - institutions in 26 countries have exchange agreements with Laurier.
1st - in Ontario to offer business co-op (we’re the first English-language university in Canada to offer business co-op, too). Ours is also the biggest business co-op program in the country.
7,000 - Laurier students took part in intramural activities in 2007-2008, in 16 sports.
19 – Provincial titles won in Varsity sports since 2000
6 – National titles won in varsity sports since 2000
2 - Laurier grads played on the 2006 Olympic gold medal-winning women’s hockey team.
100 - Student campus clubs operate at Laurier’s main campus in Waterloo.
77 - the number of buildings at our Waterloo campus; most within one city block. Our Brantford campus has 7 buildings.
2,400 - spaces are available in our 16 residences in Waterloo.
2011 - the year we’ll celebrate our 100th anniversary as an institution.