Université Laval

Founded 1663 | Quebec City, QC

Université Laval—famous for its successful Rouge et Or football team—is a large, research-intensive institution in Quebec City. It hosts four Canada Excellence Research Chairs—in photonics innovation, remote sensing in the Arctic, metabolic health, and neurophotonics—as well as the Centre for Northern Studies. Laval’s law school and faculty of social sciences have produced some of Canada’s leading politicians, including former prime ministers Brian Mulroney and Jean Chrétien.

Entrepreneuriat Laval, a business incubator that helps students create personalized business plans, has contributed to the creation of more than 1,000 companies since its creation in 1993, and has raised more than $30 million in funding in the past five years. “At UniversitéLaval, we redefine what it means to be a student and what it represents beyond graduation,” says rector Sophie D’Amours. “Our approach is centred around pedagogical innovation, supported and strengthened by an active and engaged community.”

The student body has approximately 8,000 international students from 125 countries, as well as non-francophones polishing their French-language skills at the École des langues vivantes. The university hosts around 210 student associations. Most of Laval’s nearly 40 buildings are connected by underground walkways—handy during winter—and eight kilometres of cycling lanes. Off-campus, students will find Quebec City is one of the most culturally rich spots in Canada. The town is known for its vibrant Winter Carnival and the historic Plains of Abraham.

Standout Programs

• Sustainable Land Development: Students learn to design strategies that consider fundamental aspects of land use planning and the needs of local communities.

• Quantitative Finance: While learning to use financial software and risk-management tools, students gain a comprehensive set of skills in disciplines including accounting, management and policy.

• Cinema and Digital Culture: Students explore film studies and practices, from early cinema to digital, and consider digital culture especially in terms of visual expression.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)

$4,249 ($10,182 out-of-province students)

Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: R score 21-29 | Science: R score 21-33 | Commerce: R score 24 | Engineering: R score 23-29

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,593 | Part-time: 12,250

Graduates: Full-time: 7,794 | Part-time: 5,074

International Students: First-year: 6.7%

Graduate: 37.1%

Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 2,250 (first come, first served)

Residence Costs: Single room: $3,056

Cool Courses

• Coastal Environments and Global Changes: This course examines how humans have disrupted coastal ecosystems and the challenges that has created.

• Integrity in Sports: Students learn about intervention practices to ensure healthy training conditions for athletes.

Student Life on Campus

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