Wilfrid Laurier University

Founded 1911 | Waterloo, ON

Wilfrid Laurier University is an integral part of the Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford communities. The Waterloo campus is squeezed mostly onto a single city block. The impressive Lazaridis Hall, which has won design awards, houses the school of business and economics, the math department and the StartUp Lab. 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 status as one of the world’s fastest-growing tech sectors in a region with the world’s second-highest start-up density after Silicon Valley.

But it’s not all about profits—Laurier students give back. International Students Overcoming War helps refugees and international students from war-torn countries study in Canada. Last year, nearly 18,000 students participated in experiential learning opportunities, including co-op, field placements, lab experiences, workplace projects and community service learning. The university has 23 research centres and institutes, including ones dedicated to cold regions research, women in science, international migration and sustainable food systems.

“When students enrol at Laurier, they are joining a university that fosters academic excellence and 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.”

Standout Programs

• International Education Studies: Students take courses in education and global studies to build global awareness, intercultural competencies and teaching strategies optimized for an international setting.

• Law: Earn a bachelor of arts or science degree from Laurier and a law degree from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom in six years. There is no need to write the LSAT entrance exam.

• User Experience Design: Learn about UX design, mobile app development, project management, social innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of real-world design challenges.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 70-80% · Science: 72-91% · Commerce: 88.5-93%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 15,555 · Part-time: 3,669

Graduates: Full-time: 1,175 · Part-time: 1,233

International Students: First-year: 5.7%

Graduate: 13.7%

Male-female Ratio: 44 to 56

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 3,649 (all reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $12,272 to $14,381

Single room with meals: $12,272 to $14,381

Apartment-style: $5,507 to $9,299

Cool Courses

• COVID-19: From Cell to Society: Study the complex effects of the pandemic on fields such as virology, public health, history, communications and psychology.

• The Future of Work: Explore the evolution of work and how it relates to emerging trends in society and the global economy.

Student Life on Campus

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