Wilfrid Laurier University



Wilfrid Laurier University offers rigorous academics, smaller class sizes, and a strong sense of community that prides itself as an institution committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Laurier has two campuses one located in Waterloo, Ontario, and the other in Brantford, Ontario.

Laurier offers undergraduate studies in arts, science, music, and business. Laurier's students' gain practical experience through Co-op (offered to all Arts, Science, Business and Economics students) and Community Service Learning. Students also benefit from recently updated facilities such as the Career and Co-op Centre and the FIFA certified Alumni Field.

The University is home to the only on-campus Music therapy clinic in Canada, the Academic Council for the United Nations system, and a brand new faculty of Education. Laurier grads have achieved more gold medals for accounting excellence than students from any other Canadian University.

Areas of Expertise

The University has five undergraduate faculties: Arts, Science, Music, Education and the School of Business and Economics. This includes some unique programs such as North American Studies, Photonics, and a joint Business/Math degree in partnership with the University of Waterloo.

The Brantford campus offers strictly liberal arts programs including Concurrent Education, Journalism, Criminology and Leadership.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Female only:36 bedsLowest: $6,100Highest: $6,100
Male only:34 bedsLowest: $6,100Highest: $6,100
Co-ed:2,730 bedsLowest: $5,090Highest: $8,594

Wilfrid Laurier University has 15 residence buildings for you to choose from. Approximately 2,800 students are housed in residence. Of this total number, 630 students are in apartment style residences and 1,579 are in traditional dormitories. Each of the residences offers a unique experience for incoming students. Laurier guarantees residence to all incoming first year students provided the deposit is received by the stated deadline.

Off Campus Housing

The Residential Services Office operates an extensive listing service that provides all students with information regarding off-campus accommodation. General housing information, a telephone for calls to local landlords, and TPA advice are available for students who wish to live in private housing.

Incoming Students

Discover Laurier, held in mid-July, is designed to ease the transition from high school to university for both students and parents. Orientation Week, held the first week of September, includes social activities, academic information sessions, and opportunities to talk to representatives from a variety of on-campus volunteer organizations to find out how to get involved in university life outside of the classroom.

Career Planning

The Career Development Centre provides assistance to all students and alumni in their career planning and job search. There are three primary services offered by the department: career advising; career information; and employment services for part-time, summer, contract, and permanent job openings.


The athletic complex recently underwent a $4.3 million renovation. Facilities include an Olympic length pool, three gyms, fitness centre, super circuit room, aerobics/dance studio, tennis courts, squash courts, and rock climbing wall. About half the campus is involved in intramural sports through both our competitive and instructional leagues. For more information, please visit our website at www.athletics.wlu.ca.


Although university life can be tough, the many social events and charity functions planned by the Department of Students Activities make it easier for students to enjoy their time here at Wilfrid Laurier University. In September, there is Orientation Week and Shinerama, a nation wide student fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. Laurier has the proud tradition of being the school that has raised the most money for the past five years. Other activities include the Boar's Head Dinner, Annual Winter Carnival, Fashion 'n' Motion, and Charity Ball.


The University boasts over 95 clubs that will appeal to every student's interests. Campus clubs include the Laurier Students Against Poverty, Laurier Italian Club, World Affairs Society, Kayaking Association, Students of the Caribbean Association, Toastmasters Club, Hawk Squad, Korean Students' Association, Music Association, Ukrainian Club, Tennis Club, Students Helping Students Association, Religion and Culture, Laurier Musical Theatre, Laurier Christian Association, East Meets West, and Association of Black Students.

Information Technology

Seven rooms with 165 microcomputers and four rooms with 67 terminals (two rooms open 24 hours). Each residence has a small terminal room with at least two terminals and one hard copy terminal. There are more than 100 machines in specialized labs for chemistry, geography, physics, computing, and the School of Business and Economics. All registered students can have an account on the UNIX mainframe and/or the microcomputer network at no charge and there is no usage limit tied to courses. All accounts have e-mail and Internet access. Computer training is free. Library catalogues are available online and the centralized CD-ROM server is accessible from all systems.


The Cultural Affairs Office at Laurier promotes and presents cultural events that are an enjoyable and valuable resource for learning. The Maureen Forrester Recital Hall has a seating capacity of 327 and acts as the main performance space for the Faculty of Music, which regularly hosts public concerts. The Robert Langen Gallery features work by regional artists and Laurier's faculty, staff, and students. The University's Permanent Art Collection, including work by Woldemar Neufeld, can be seen across the Laurier campus and is occasionally exhibited in the local community. There is also the Laurier lectures series that brings distinguished high profile individuals in various areas of study to campus to speak or perform. These guest lectures are intended to supplement the students learning process through interesting dialogue and discussion, creative interaction, and hands on experience. Students, staff, faculty, and members of the general public are encouraged to attend these free lectures. Finally, theatre productions by the University Players are a highlight of cultural life at Laurier. Performances feature students, staff, and faculty.

Special Services

The Accessible Learning Office provides a wide range of services to students with disabilities to help integrate these students into the Laurier community. This office also provides information about Laurier's accessible and non-threatening environment to other campus users with disabilities.

Affiliated Institutions

The University is affiliated with the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

International Involvement

Laurier maintains consortium agreements with Ontario/Baden Württemberg, Multi-Regional International Business Program, Atlantic Destinies-Canada/European Union Program for Co-operation in Higher Education and Training, and Canada/France exchange to teach English in a French Lycée. Laurier also maintains bilateral agreements with institutions in Austria, Australia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Campus Tour

Tours last approximately 1.5 - 2 hours and cover various campus hotspots, including: Academic and Faculty buildings, Residence (both dormitory and apartment-style), Food Service areas (Dining Hall and Terrace Food Court), Athletic Complex, Laurier Bookstore, Library and more! They run Monday - Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. starting from the Welcome Centre, Bricker Academic Building, BA103. Schedule a tour here: https://www.wlu.ca/forms_detail.php?grp_id=65&frm_id=28.

Modified on February 20, 2019