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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
July 25, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Reputation



What does Laurier have to offer?

Founded in 1911, Laurier is a premier university renowned for attracting students who desire success.  Laurier offers an unparalleled academic experience and an overarching sense of community. Our unique, interdisciplinary approach to learning allows students to combine majors in completely different fields.



Laurier offers a broad range of full and part-time graduate and undergraduate degree programs to over 13,000 students through 7 faculties.
  • Faculty of Arts is our largest faculty and provides students with the opportunity to learn in the classroom, the community and around the world. Our exploratory first year allows students to take classes in a variety of subjects, and have the flexibility to combine multiple progams.
  • Faculty of Music has the only Masters of Music Therapy program in Canada. Individual instruction, master classes and exposure to a high caliber of musicianship ensure that our students excel both as musicians and students.  
  • Faculty of Science, our fastest growing faculty, is one of Canada’s leading teaching and research institutions. The Faculty provides an opportunity to work with world class research-active faculty who bring excitement for their discipline to the classroom. We are dedicated to producing graduates of the highest calibre, equipped to make substantial contributions to Canadian society.
  • The School of Business & Economics is one of Canada’s most respected and largest Business schools, with 3,000 students enrolled in PhD, MBA, MABE, undergraduate and diploma programs. Laurier's Business Co-op program provides additional opportunities for real-world professional experience.  
  • Laurier Brantford Campus provides a small, community-based university experience with a focus on the liberal arts. The interdisciplinary programming offered in Contemporary Studies provides students with a hollistic perspective of our society.  
  • Faculty of Education provides Primary/Junior and Junior/Intermediate streams, with specializations in English, French as a second language, Geography, History, Instrumental Music, Mathematics or General Science. Through practicums students have the opportunity to build and maintain strong ties to the local schools.
  • Faculty of Social Work offers professional programs at the Masters and Doctoral Levels. This faculty boasts a strong commitment to community development, advanced scholarship, and practice competance, as well as national and international reputation for teaching excellence.
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies allows students the opportunity to pursue research and academic interests in a personalized environment. Close proximity to other universities allows for collaborations, joint programs and combined resources. 

How is your sense of community on campus?

We are a smaller institution, with small class sizes and a sense of community second to none. Laurier's faculty, among the finest anywhere, expand the horizons of our students, and are easily accessible for students to seek additional assitance. Through extracurricular opportunities, academic pursuits, athletics, or personal relationships, students at Laurier find a common bond, and find their fit in a welcoming community that celebrates diversity, and encourages individual development.

What other opportunities will I have outside of the classroom?

Laurier boasts a contagious spirit of volunteerism, leadership and extra-curricular involvement. With our unmatched school spirit and thousands of volunteer and extra-curricular opportunities, Laurier students learn to excel as leaders both in and out of the classroom. Laurier is a place where the curious thrive, and where innovative programs and state of the art facilities provide students an avenue to achieve success and results.   

How did Laurier Rank on the Maclean's Rankings?

Maclean's Rankings

Laurier consistently performs strongly in the Maclean's university rankings. Below are the results of the 2009 Maclean's University rankings of Primarily Undergraduate Universities.

 Best Overall
 Highest Quality
 Leaders of Tomorrow
 Most Innovative

1. Ryerson

2. St. Francis Xavier

3. LAURIER

4. Mount Allison

5. Mount St. Vincent

1. St. Francis Xavier

2. Mount Allison

3. LAURIER

4. Acadia

5. St. Mary's

1. Ryerson

2. UOIT

3. UNBC

4. LAURIER

5. St. Francis Xavier

1. Ryerson

2. LAURIER

3. St. Francis Xavier

4. Mount Allison

5. UOIT

Laurier is #1 Ranked University on Ontario (Primarily Undergraduate Category, Macleans) in Highest Quality

 Maclean's Student Survey 2009

- 89% of First Year Students, and 83% of Senior Year Students said that if they were

to start over again, they would still choose to attend Wilfrid Laurier University

- 90% of First Year Students, and 86% of Senior Year Students rated their overall

 educational experience at Laurier as Excellent or Good


What did Laurier's Students have to say on the Globe and Mail Report Card?

2009 Globe and Mail University Report Card - Laurier students gave us the following grades:

 Overall University Experience
A
 Overall University Atmosphere
A
 Faculty members' knowledge of subjects
 A+
 Sense of community on campus
A
 Class Sizes
A
 Satisfaction with university experience
A
 Overall quality of education
A
 Sense of personal safety/security
A
 Diversity of extra-curricular activities (Eg. clubs)
 A-
 Tolerance of diverse opinions / ideas
 A-
 Availability of faculty outside classroom hours
 A-
 Reputation for undergraduate studies
 A-
 Recreational/athletic programs/services
A
 Level of interaction between faculty and students
 A-
 Quality of teaching
 A-