Wilfrid Laurier University, also known as WLU or Laurier, is a Canadian public university located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 19,500 students full-time students. Here are the top majors at Laurier.
|Type of university||Public|
|Number of Full-time Undergraduate Enrollment||15,300|
|Number of Full-time Postgraduate Enrollment||1,200|
|Annual Acceptance Rate||70%|
|Basic Tuition Fee, Undergraduate International Students||CAD 22,306 – CAD 23,000|
Total student enrollment is 14,538 for full-time Bachelor degree courses and 2,232 is for part-time courses.
Laurier’s main campuses are located in Waterloo and Brantford. There are offices in Kitchener, Toronto and Chongqing, China.
|Lazaridis School of Business and Economics||Faculty of Science||Faculty of Music|
|Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies||Faculty of Education||Faculty of Arts|
|Faculty of Human and Social Sciences||Faculty of Liberal Arts|
|School of International Policy and Governance (Balsillie School of International Affairs, CIGI Campus)||Martin Luther University College|
More than 100 programs are offered through the 9 faculties and locations in Waterloo, Brantford, Kitchener, and Toronto.
The University offers a dual degree by combining BBA with B.Sc. Computer Science program. These degrees can be earned in 5 years with 12-16 months of practical work experience.
A student can choose the various schedules from
There are different application procedures based on the type of courses and applying students.
An international student needs to understand the visa and study permit application process, as required by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the student’s local embassy.
Tuition and incidental fees are charged based on the year of entry and the number of courses in which students are registered. Fees will vary depending on the number of credits students acquire in their qualifying examination.
|Tuition||CAD 6,536 – CAD 9,150|
|Incidental Fees||CAD 1,314 – CAD 1,444 (Waterloo)|
|CAD 1,330 (Brantford)|
|Academic subtotal||CAD 8,800 – CAD 11,544|
|Full-time tuition||CAD 22,956 - CAD 26,172|
|Incidental fees||CAD 1,314 - CAD 1,444|
|Health insurance||CAD 612|
Note: All international students are required to participate in the University Health Insurance Plan.
There is a four-month summer break from May to August where a student is allowed to stay in Canada and work full-time or return to their home country.
Residences are available in dormitory and apartment style on all its campuses.
|Residence Cost||CAD 4,941 - CAD 7,955|
|Waterloo Campus Meal Plans||CAD 2,080, CAD 5,000 or CAD 5,400|
|Brantford Campus Meal Plans||CAD 800 - CAD 1,200|
Note: Residence is guaranteed to all first-year students. Complete the online application form and pay a non-refundable deposit of CAD 600 by June 1, 2018, to guarantee a place of residence.
Wilfrid Laurier University provides students with various options of scholarships, awards, bursaries, and financial aids.
|Bursaries||Laurier Tuition Bursary Program|
|Donor-Supported Bursary Program|
|First Generation Bursary Program|
|In-course Scholarships||Based on grade point average obtained by a student|
|Competitive Scholarships and Awards||granted for outstanding academic achievement and factors such as extracurricular activities or volunteer work may also be considered.|
|President's Gold Scholarship||Awarded if a student’s average is 95% or higher. Students who receive the renewable President's Gold Scholarship are not eligible for in-course scholarships.|
|Work Options at Laurier||Details|
|Co-op||To find work that is related to one's academic and personal goals.|
|International Student work experience program (ISWEP)||For international students at the Waterloo and Brantford campuses|
|Work-on campus||Many on-campus departments regularly hire students and post-part-time and summer opportunities throughout the year. Most hiring for part-time on-campus work happens during the winter term for the following academic year.|
|Work-off campus||A student can work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions. They may also work off campus if they are studying part-time to complete the last session of their program or if they are a graduate student who has completed their degree.|
To work in Canada, you need the following two documents:
1)Study permit - If a student’s study permit does not mention they are allowed to work in Canada, they will need to request an amendment to the study permit, from the IRCC
2)Social Insurance Number (SIN) – SIN is required to work in Canada, whether working on-campus or off-campus. A student can apply in person for a SIN at a Service Canada office in Waterloo or Brantford. They need to provide the study permit and other documents while applying for SIN.
According to 2016 Laurier Graduate Survey Report, the placement rate in the University is 98.5%.
Placement and salary statistics of the university students:
|Discipline||Employed||Average Salary||Median Salary|
|Arts (BA)||56.90%||CAD 41,299||CAD 40,000|
|BBA||84.50%||CAD 54,126||CAD 50,000|
|Science (B.SC)||35.70%||CAD40,412||CAD 40,000|
|Business Technology Management (BBTM)||88.90%||CAD 53,549||CAD 52,000|
|Business Administration (MBA)||95.30%||CAD 73,140||CAD 70,000|
|Social Work (MSW)||95.20%||CAD 56,305||CAD 55,250|
|Other Graduate Programs (MA, MAP, MSc, MES, MF, MIPP, MMT, MEd) -||69.40%||CAD 53,755||CAD 50,000|
As a Laurier graduate, you become part of the Wilfrid Laurier Alumni Association (WLUAA). The association has nearly 104,000 alumni who live and work across the globe.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$18,990 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||37 : 1|
|Wilfrid Laurier University Enrollment||19946|
|Average Graduation Rate||77.7%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$18,990 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$10,327 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Single Room||$4,425 / Year|
|Double Room||$3,938 / Year|
|Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
RANKED #151 - #200
RANKED #401 - #500
RANKED #151 - #200
Hotel Management (International)
RANKED #201 - #300
Political Science (International)
RANKED #301 - #400
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#1202 [Out of 1250]
21.2 [Out of 100]
#151 - #200 [Out of 400]
#401 - #500 [Out of 500]
#151 - #200 [Out of 300]
#201 - #300 [Out of 400]
#301 - #400 [Out of 500]
#1126 [Out of 2000]
69.6 [Out of 100]
based on 13 students ratings
I chose the Brantford campus WLU because of the small-town feel. It's a fairly small university so it didn't feel overwhelming. I felt at home in a small town. It's a tight-knit community and I love that. My program is unique to the campus so I was very excited about that too. I couldn't imagine being in any other program at any other school.
I think the curriculum is pretty fair. The assignments are manageable and you are given due dates right at the beginning of the term. As long as you manage your time and go to (the majority) of lectures you'll be fine.
I decided to do my masters from USA while I was pursuing my graduation. I applied to various universities but got selected in Wilfrid. Also, the MBA program of the university was highly ranked which further motivated me to join the university.
I think the MBA course here is very much flexible and designed according to the lifestyle the student wants to choose. We can choose to do a full-time MBA program or only on weekends. The course also offers an extensive selection of electives. This makes the course more flexible and we get to study some unique subjects that are not available in most of the B-schools. We get to choose a specialization and there is also a 2-week business trip abroad to learn about international business.
Because it had a small campus and a community feel. I enjoyed the feel of the campus when I was researching it. Additionally, this was one of the few universities in Canada where they did offer a co-op program to art students.
I really enjoy some of the courses I am enrolled in. In Particular, I really enjoy all the digital media classes as it combines education with technology and helps me learn better. I also find it really interesting that online classes have great engagement.
It had the program I wanted and has a really good community. The campus is nice and small so it is easy to get to know everyone. The professors are nice and helpful. The university staff help make the school feel welcoming so I went.
The course curriculum is interesting I feel like I'm always learning new things that will help me with my job in the future. I also love how it's set up and the slow increase of difficulty over the years so it's easy to adapt.
I opted for this university because of the unique program that it provided. Political science BA with an LLB Law degree in England. It also had a small campus which made it more personalized. It is number 1 in student satisfaction.
I really like the course curriculum. I think that the choices that it offers are very unique and interesting. The one thing I do not like about it is the mandatory taking of the second data management class.
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