101 – Wilfrid Laurier University

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Last updated: October 3, 2016

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History and Special Characteristics

Wilfrid Laurier University has been known for academic excellence for more than 105 years. But in-class learning is only part of the equation. Putting knowledge to work in the real world is a hallmark of the Laurier experience, and it’s something employers value in our graduates.

Co-op work terms, work-study programs, and community service-learning opportunities are designed to help our students relate what they learn in the classroom to what they experience outside of it.

Our students graduate with experience that prepares them for success throughout their lives.

No matter how you choose to live your Laurier experience, you’re a Golden Hawk, which means you’re part of a tight-knit, supportive community that knows how to aim high, work hard and take advantage of some truly amazing opportunities to make a difference.

Ask any of our over 93,000 graduates and they’ll tell you that their experience at Laurier helped to shape the people they are today.

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Enrollment (Fall 2016)

Full‑time undergraduate students: 15,252
Full‑time graduate students: 930
Part‑time students: 2,695

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Faculty of Arts

With more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the Faculty of Arts is the largest and most diverse faculty at Laurier. Our 11 departments and interdisciplinary programming span a number of fields in the social sciences and humanities.

We are committed to teaching and research excellence. As leaders in our fields of study, we bring expertise and learning into the classroom, honour the scholarship of those who have come before us, and challenge students to combine critical thinking with a commitment to global understanding.

Think Arts

As a Laurier Arts student, you can create a personalized academic journey that fits your passions. Concentrate on a single field of study or combine 2. Add a minor area of specialization, or 1 of our many program options. Apply for a co-op or an international volunteer placement, and consider studying abroad for a term. Experience the world through Arts.

Arts courses provide opportunities for you to develop important workplace skills, whether you are working towards a career in business, education or the non-profit sector. You’ll learn to challenge assumptions, communicate effectively, think critically and work cooperatively. Most importantly, you’ll be able to put ideas and issues into local, global and historical perspectives.

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Faculty of Science

Laurier’s Faculty of Science has more than 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students and 113 full-time faculty members. We offer a full range of academic programs, including several interdisciplinary programs, in our 7 departments.

Our faculty members are engaged in high-quality research, advancing scientific knowledge, and applying this knowledge to real-world problems. We are also home to several leading-edge research centres.

Our faculty members bring their expertise and enthusiasm for research into the classroom, and many of our undergraduate students find opportunities to enrich their learning through involvement in Laurier research projects or through co-op work experience. Our programs emphasize using science to address some of society’s most pressing issues, and leave our graduates well positioned to pursue productive careers.

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Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics is one of the most prestigious and selective schools in Canada. We teach our students to think for themselves, ensuring they can adapt to a world of ever-growing complexity. Our alumni are making a difference in the world – and you can, too.

From day one, students learn to work in teams tackling current, real‑world problems. Our AACSB‑accredited programs are among the most selective undergraduate programs in the country and our students are among the most engaged.

Business students can choose to specialize in 1 of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Brand Communication
  • Business & Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Management
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Double‑degree programs combine the Business Administration program with either a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Mathematics or a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Laurier. Or the Business Administration program can be combined with the Bachelor of Computer Science or the Bachelor of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo.

Economics students can concentrate in Financial Management or Accounting, or enroll in the Applied Economics program, which is available with the Management option.

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Faculty of Music

Laurier’s renowned Faculty of Music is dedicated to fostering artistic and scholarly development of the highest calibre and to providing a creative environment for student success. Laurier’s most intimate undergraduate faculty, the Faculty of Music has approximately 350 to 400 full‑time students enrolled.

Music students benefit from small class sizes, one‑on‑one studio instruction with distinguished faculty, and world‑class facilities including an on‑site Music Therapy clinic.

Music students can choose from any 1 of our 8 concentrations, which include Comprehensive, Composition, Composition-Improvisation, Music Education, Music History, Music Theory, Performance, and our new concentration for fall 2016, Community Music.

From Jazz to Contemporary, Opera and Music Theory, the friendly, people-centered Faculty of Music offers programs that attract students from across Canada and overseas. In 2013, Laurier was named Canada’s Best Music Campus by CBC Radio.

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Brantford Campus

Laurier’s Brantford campus has quickly established itself as a dynamic institution offering first‑class liberal arts, social science, and professional programs.

Recent program additions include the following:

  • LLB (University of Sussex) and BA (Laurier) in either Criminology, Law & Society, or Human Rights & Human Diversity
  • Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts in Game Design & Development
  • Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies (must be combined with another major)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Policing (must be combined with another major)
  • Bachelor of Design in User Experience Design*
  • Bachelor of Arts in Work & Employment*

Other program offerings:
Bachelor of Business Technology Management; Bachelor of Arts in Community Health; Criminology; Digital Media & Journalism; English; Health Administration; History; Human Rights & Human Diversity; Law & Society; Psychology; Social & Environmental Justice; Youth & Children’s Studies; Bachelor of Arts and Science in Public Health; and Bachelor of Social Work.

Our partnership with most Ontario colleges allows you to enter Laurier’s Brantford campus with relevant transfer credits from more than 23 diploma programs. Class sizes are small, and first‑year students are guaranteed residence.

*Pending approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

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Entrance scholarships are automatically awarded to full‑time, first‑year students based on your final grades; no application is required. View a complete list of scholarships and awards.

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Many first‑year students also qualify for entrance bursaries. These bursaries are based on financial need, not marks. The maximum amount of bursary funding is $2,000 and applications are due in mid‑April.

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There are 2,900 residence spaces at the Waterloo Campus and 600 in Brantford, the majority of which are reserved for first‑year students who have never attended a postsecondary institution. Residence is guaranteed to first‑year students if you submit your application and non-refundable deposit by the June 1 deadline.

The Waterloo Campus features a variety of residence layouts, including both single and double bedrooms in apartment style and dormitory style.

The Brantford Campus offers exclusively apartment‑style residences, with 80% of the bedrooms being singles.

In addition, there are 8 Residence Learning Communities in Waterloo and 3 in Brantford where students can apply based on their academic or co‑curricular interests. Information about the online Residence Application is included in the offer of admission package.

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Additional Admission Information

Enrollment is normally limited for all Laurier programs.

Admission is based primarily on 4U/M (or Grade 12) courses.

If you think more information would be appropriate, a written submission outlining your outstanding achievements, extracurricular involvement, health and other personal conditions will also be considered. Visit our website for more information about how you can support your application.

Applicants to the Faculty of Music are required to attend an audition/interview.

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English‑Language Proficiency

If your first language is not English you must supply 1 of the following (note: Double‑degree programs may require higher scores):

  • TOEFL overall score of 83 or higher internet‑based test (with a minimum score of 20 in each component)
  • MELAB score of 85 overall or higher
  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 or higher (7.0 is required for double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo)
  • CAEL score of 70 overall or higher (each band 60 or higher)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) score of 59 overall or higher
  • CEA (Cambridge English: Advanced) score of 58 or higher
  • Successful completion of the appropriate ESL program at the Laurier English & Academic Foundation (LEAF)

Find more information about English-language proficiency.

Exceptions may be granted if you have studied successfully in an English‑language instructional education system, on a full‑time basis, for a minimum of three years, and you can present acceptable grades in English and other humanities/social science courses from your senior high school year. Refer to the International Students webpage.

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LEAF – Laurier English and Academic Foundation Program

The LEAF Program is an academic English program for students who meet Laurier’s academic requirements but not our English proficiency requirements. You can study academic English in the LEAF Program starting with any level of English. No TOEFL or IELTS scores are needed.

Students can study in 4 terms per year. The focus of LEAF is on academic English and preparation for undergraduate studies. New in 2016: Students in level 5 of the program, who have received a conditional offer of admission to Laurier, will be required to complete a course for credit (BF190) in order to graduate from LEAF. For more information, visit the LEAF website.

Note: All information is subject to change. For up‑to‑date information, contact leaf@wlu.ca or 519‑756‑8228, extension 5621.

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Accessible Learning

The Accessible Learning Centre builds strong partnerships with students with disabilities to ensure their academic success. Early identification is vital.

Laurier encourages you to contact the Accessible Learning Centre to inquire about services and facilities for students with disabilities. You and your families or teachers may direct inquiries to 519‑884‑0710, extension 3086, or email accessible learning.

Find more information about Accessible Learning.

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Visit Laurier

Tours of the Waterloo campus run 3 to 4 times per day, Monday to Friday, and 3 times on Saturdays. Book a Waterloo campus tour via email.

Tours of the Brantford campus run 3 times per day, Monday to Friday, and at least 2 Saturdays per month. Book a Brantford campus tour via email.

Both campuses offer open houses in November and March each year. Learn more about our Open House.

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Contact Information

Recruitment & Admissions
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Ave. W.
Waterloo ON  N2L 3C5

Telephone: 519‑884‑0710, ext. 3385
(touch‑tone phones only)
Email: chooselaurier@wlu.ca

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