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Wilfrid Laurier University Canada

Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) is among Canada's best, dedicated to providing an exceptional educational and social experience for its students. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in Business and Economics, Music, Social Work and selected programs in the Arts and Sciences. We are known for our small classes, high academic standards and strong sense of community.

Students from more than 40 countries are currently studying at Laurier. They choose us because of our quality programs, our helpful faculty, our small classes and compact campus and the fact that Laurier graduates are in demand for jobs in Canada and around the world. There are Laurier graduates in more than 75 countries.


Laurier offers a high quality undergraduate education in the Liberal Arts, Science, Business and Music. We pride ourselves on the strength of our graduates, which we feel reflect the quality of our university and its programs. Laurier grads get jobs, with 95% of our recent graduates securing employment within six months after graduating, Laurier's employment rates are among the highest in the province.
Our innovative programs attract the best and brightest students from across the world. In September 2003, our first year students had an incoming average of 82.5%. Our co-op programs within the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Science, and the School of Business and Economics, present students with the opportunity to pair quality work experience with their academics.
Laurier is known across the country as an institution with high quality students and professors, and a community environment that fosters academic and personal growth. We consistently come out strong in reputational surveys such as Maclean's Annual Rankings of Universities and the Globe and Mail Rankings.
Laurier is in top spot among Ontario's universities in the Primarily Undergraduate category of the Maclean's Annual Rankings of Universities, and is second overall in the country in the reputational ranking.
Laurier finished fifth overall in the Primarily Undergraduate category, up two spots from last year's seventh place ranking. The university is Ontario's top performer in key student-related categories such as Average Entering Grade and Proportion of Students with (entering averages of ) 75% or higher. Laurier also improved in Student Services as a Percentage of Budget, and retained its second place finish overall in Scholarships and Bursaries.
The university had its best-ever showing in reputation, finishing second overall in the country. In the individual reputational categories, Laurier finished third in Highest Quality, third in Most Innovative, third in Leaders of Tomorrow, and second in Best Overall.

Laurier was also strong in the Globe and Mail Rankings, placing first in school spirit and sense of community, and second in quality of teaching, faculty feedback and overall university atmosphere. Check out the full article .


University life extends beyond the campus and Waterloo is a great place to live. Waterloo is a one of Canada's safest, friendliest, most affordable cities. Waterloo is a fun, culturally diverse city with a multitude of diverse offerings to stimulate your mind and interests. Laurier is located less than one hour from Toronto, a world-class city.

Future success

Our strong academic and professional programs will prepare you well for your future. Get into the grad school you want. Laurier students are consistently admitted to top graduate schools like Yale, Harvard, University of Toronto, UBC, the Julliard School and Oxford. Laurier grads enjoy one of the highest graduation and employment rates in Canada and are hired by some of Canada's biggest firms including: Microsoft, Fujitsu Network Communications and Goldman Sachs.

The Laurier Co-op advantage

Laurier is a leader in providing students opportunities to integrate their academic studies with practical experience.

Participating in Co-op means you gain marketable skills; raise your potential employment rate; have access to personal assistance with employment searches; get exposure to networking opportunities; get a chance to clarify career goals; and earn a salary, to help defray school costs. Laurier students learn from the best by being involved with leading organizations like American Express, IBM Canada, and General Motors.

Co-op is an option for Honours Arts, Science, Business and Economics students.


Excellent undergraduate teaching is a primary focus at Laurier, with the majority of courses taught by full-time professors. With a low ratio of students to faculty at approximately 25: 1, you will have plenty of opportunities to exchange ideas with your professors and fellow students.


We have been building and updating all over campus. New for 2003: Updated Athletic Complex, totally renovated Dining Hall, updated library, new Business Building, new Academic building, new Science Research Centre, 2 new Residences, and updated Student Services.

Top students: study with the best

At Laurier, you will benefit from studying and working with outstanding students. Laurier students are consistently ranked among Canada's best. Last year, over 91.3% of the students in our first-year class had an average of 75% or higher.


Laurier is large enough to provide opportunity through varied clubs, electives, and career activities, yet small enough to ensure access to faculty and the rich resources of the School and the University.

Academic choice

Choose from an extensive selection of academic areas that not only stimulate your mind, but help position you for future success. We have introduced new programs like Financial Mathematics, Photonics, Global Studies to name a few.

Always something to do

Laurier prides itself on its distinctive sense of community.

It's easy to be active at Laurier, and most students say being involved helps them budget their time, resulting in improved study habits. While at Laurier you'll be able to: make friends; develop leadership skills; work in groups; pursue professional interests; enjoy the benefits of a modern Athletic Complex; cheer on the Golden Hawks; or participate in any of our myriad student clubs and organizations.

Wilfrid Laurier University

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Wilfrid Laurier University, Liaison Office
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2L 3C5

Phone (519) 884-0710, ext. 3385




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Wilfrid Laurier University

Liaison Office
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2L 3C5

Phone: (519) 884-0710, ext. 3385



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