Waterloo, OntarioLOCATION
Estd 1911Established Year

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.

  • Business
  • Communications Studies
  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Biology

Why Choose Wilfrid Laurier University?

Ranking and Standings

  • 26th -  2018 Canadian University Ranking.
  • 33rd for Best Global Universities in Canada
  • #91 - World Reputation Rankings 2011 for best 100 schools report
  • Ranked #201 - World Reputation Rankings 2018 for best 250 schools
  • Global rank of 201 - QS Global rankings for Top 250 Business Schools
  • Number 1 in student satisfaction for 2 years in a row - Maclean’s university rankings

Salient Features

  • Offers the largest business degree co-op program in the country in Canada.
  • 69 partner institutions across 28 countries for exchange programs.
  • Home to more than 20 research centres and institutes.
  • About 3,000 volunteer opportunities through the students’ union.
  • Homeschooled students can get admission to Bachelor of Arts or Faculty of Music program.


Type of universityPublic
Undergraduate Programs77
Faculty Members690
Number of Full-time Undergraduate Enrollment15,300
Number of Full-time Postgraduate Enrollment1,200
Annual Acceptance Rate70%
Basic Tuition Fee, Undergraduate International StudentsCAD 22,306 – CAD 23,000

Student Intake

Total student enrollment is 14,538 for full-time Bachelor degree courses and 2,232 is for part-time courses.

Bachelor's Degree138392058699174
Master's Degree676536742
Doctoral Degree21026210


Laurier’s main campuses are located in Waterloo and Brantford. There are offices in Kitchener, Toronto and Chongqing, China.

Waterloo Campus

  • Out of 19,000 graduate and undergraduate students, around 16,000 are enrolled in the Waterloo campus.
  • Faculties situated here are Arts, Music, Science, Education, Graduate Studies and the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

Brantford Campus

  • Home to more than 3,000 students.
  • One-hour away from Toronto.
  • This campus facilitates Liberal Arts and Human and Social Sciences.

Kitchener Office

  • Another campus has been opened in 2006 in Kitchener
  • Minutes away from Waterloo campus.
  • Close to 300 students are enrolled in its social work program.

Laurier Toronto Office

  • More than 250 MBA candidates are enrolled each year in one of the four “part-time alternate weekend programs.
  • Students can pursue the comprehensive MBA, the MBA with the CPA designation, the MBA with Finance, and an accelerated MBA.

Faculties and Programs

Laurier’s Waterloo Campus

Lazaridis School of Business and EconomicsFaculty of ScienceFaculty of Music
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral StudiesFaculty of EducationFaculty of Arts

Laurier’s Brantford Campus

Faculty of Human and Social SciencesFaculty of Liberal Arts
  • Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work

Other Waterloo Locations

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More than 100 programs are offered through the 9 faculties and locations in Waterloo, Brantford, Kitchener, and Toronto.

  • WLU offers courses in Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, Doctorate and Diploma.
  • The employment rate for the fall 2016 co-op work term was 99.5% and the winter 2017 co-op work term was 100%.

Design Your Degree

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.

  • Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program provides exceptional students with the opportunity to pair with faculty mentors to develop and conduct innovative research projects.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Language student will have the opportunity to study two languages (French and Spanish) in depth, and also obtain a basic knowledge of a third language (Arabic, German or Italian).

A student can choose the various schedules from

  • Full time
  • Full-time with co-op
  • Part-time
  • Weekend
  • Online

Application Process

There are different application procedures based on the type of courses and applying students.

  • Choose the program from the official website.
  • Once the program is selected, apply through the Ontario Universities Application Centre at the official portal of OUAC.
  • International students have to fill an OUAC 105 International Application.

English Language Requirement

  • Scores of English language tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CAEL etc.
  • Pursue English as a Second Language (ESL) program offered by one of Laurier’s education partners


  • Participate in their Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program
  • Submit the required documents and you will receive a confirmation email containing LORIS (Laurier’s Online Registration and Information System) account information.
  • It usually takes 2 to 4 weeks for application scrutiny. Check LORIS account for application status.
  • Pay the application fee of 156 CAD.

Study Permit

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.

  • Apply for a study permit at Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada or visit the nearest VISA application centre.
  • Submit the required documents such as university acceptance letter, Finance proof, identity card.
  • Only after the student visa is received, it is advisable to travel to Canada.

Costs and Expenses

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 Fee for Domestic Students

TuitionCAD 6,536 – CAD 9,150
Incidental FeesCAD 1,314 – CAD 1,444 (Waterloo)
CAD 1,330 (Brantford)
Books*CAD 950
Academic subtotalCAD 8,800 – CAD 11,544

Tuition Fee for International Student

Full-time tuitionCAD 22,956 - CAD 26,172
Incidental feesCAD 1,314 - CAD 1,444
Health insuranceCAD 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.

Accommodation Costs

Residences are available in dormitory and apartment style on all its campuses.

Residence CostCAD 4,941 - CAD 7,955
Waterloo Campus Meal PlansCAD 2,080, CAD 5,000 or CAD 5,400
Brantford Campus Meal PlansCAD 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.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Wilfrid Laurier University provides students with various options of scholarships, awards, bursaries, and financial aids.

  • Entrance scholarships: CAD 1,000 to CAD 2,000 based on academic achievement in qualifying examination.
  • In-course scholarship program: CAD 500 to CAD 1,500 annually.
BursariesLaurier Tuition Bursary Program
Donor-Supported Bursary Program
Aboriginal Program
First Generation Bursary Program
In-course ScholarshipsBased on grade point average obtained by a student
Competitive Scholarships and Awardsgranted for outstanding academic achievement and factors such as extracurricular activities or volunteer work may also be considered.
President's Gold ScholarshipAwarded 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.

Scholarships Available to International Students

  • Farouk and Dawn Ahamed International Student Scholarship
  • The Walter Metzger Memorial Bursary Fund
  • Dr WJ Villaume Scholarship
  • Inspiring Lives Scholarship

Work While You Study

Work Options at LaurierDetails
Co-opTo 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 campusMany 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 campusA 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.

    What after Graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University

    According to 2016 Laurier Graduate Survey Report, the placement rate in the University is 98.5%.

    Placement and salary statistics of the university students:

    DisciplineEmployedAverage SalaryMedian Salary
    Arts (BA)56.90%CAD 41,299CAD 40,000
    BBA84.50%CAD 54,126CAD 50,000
    Science (B.SC)35.70%CAD40,412CAD 40,000
    Business Technology Management (BBTM)88.90%CAD 53,549CAD 52,000
    Business Administration (MBA)95.30%CAD 73,140CAD 70,000
    Social Work (MSW)95.20%CAD 56,305CAD 55,250
    Other Graduate Programs (MA, MAP, MSc, MES, MF, MIPP, MMT, MEd) -69.40%CAD 53,755CAD 50,000

    Alumni Network

    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. 

    Alumni Benefits

    • Alumni Card offers discounts on purchases at the Laurier Bookstore.
    • Special offers on the Laurier Athletics membership  
    • Exclusive Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Travel programs
    • Access to campus pubs
    • Access library resources at Laurier, the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo.

    Notable Alumni

    • Sean Conway - Legislative Assembly of Ontario member.
    • Bill Downe - Bank of Montreal president and CEO
    • Paul Heinbecker - Canadian ambassador to the United Nations
    • Robert Boyce - Senior lecturer at London School of Economics
    • Ian Troop - CEO, 2015 Pan Am Games
    • Heather Munroe-Blum - McGill University principal
    • Keegan Connor Tracy - Actress
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    Average Tuition Fees (Annual)
    $ 32,013
    Bachelors Tuition Fees$32013
    Accomodation Fees (Annual)
    $ 6,448
    Total Enrollment
    International Students
    Male : Female Ratio
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    Application Deadline
    March 18, 2019
    Start of Application process September 01, 2018
    End of Application process March 18, 2019
    Application Fee
    $ 156
    Application website www.ouac.on.ca
    Accepts common App Yes
    Direct Application Yes
    Acceptance Rate
    60 %
    Min. 6.5
    Total Applications
    Min. 83
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