Laurier traces its roots to the opening of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo more than 100 years ago in 1911. We’ve gone through several changes since then, and in 1973 our name changed from Waterloo Lutheran University to Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1999, we opened our campus in Brantford. In 2018, the Ontario government announced final approval for Laurier to establish a campus in Milton in partnership with Conestoga College.


Sir Wilfrid Laurier has been on two Canadian stamps and adorns the Canadian $5 bill. More importantly, he was Canada’s seventh prime minister from 1896-1911 and served 45 years in the House of Commons. He was a nation builder, known for promoting individual liberty and his skills at conciliation.


A Laurier education is about building the whole person: mind, body and spirit. We believe that your university career must lead to more than just a job to be considered a success; Laurier creates engaged and aware citizens in a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose.


Veritas Omnia Vincit (Truth Conquers All).


We're Number 1

  • #1: most sustainable campus in Ontario (2017, Corporate Knights)
  • #1: national ranking in “student career services” (CERIC)
  • #1: national ranking in “satisfaction with decision to attend Laurier” (2017 and 2018, Maclean's)
  • #1: national ranking in “course instructors” (2017, Maclean’s)
  • #1: national ranking in “residence living and extracurricular activities” (2017, Maclean’s)
  • #1: Laurier has the largest business degree co-op program in Canada

Institutional Facts

Co-op and Employment Facts

  • 99.8%: graduates from 2017 who have secure employment or undertook postgraduate studies after graduation
  • 900: employers who recruit co-op students at Laurier every year
  • 4,900: co-op jobs posted every year
  • 9,000: co-op interviews held every year
  • 70%: Laurier co-op students who find employment in and around Toronto
  • 7,300: one-on-one appointments at Laurier’s Career Centre every year
  • 700+: events and workshops held at Laurier’s Career Centre every year

Library Facts

  • 1,000: student study spots in the Laurier Library
  • 37,000: electronic journals available through the Laurier Library
  • 1,000,000: printed volumes in the Laurier Library
  • 3,000,000: printed volumes accessible through the TriUniversity Group

Clubs and Extracurriculars Facts

  • 250: clubs and groups at Laurier
  • 5,000: registered club members
  • 6,000: students who hold an experience record of extracurricular achievements
  • 70%: upper-year students who participate in community service or volunteer work
  • 3,000: volunteer opportunities through our students’ union
  • 4,000+: students who participate in orientation week
  • 5,000: safe walks home provided by Foot Patrol
  • 69: partner institutions with which we have exchange programs
  • 237: students who studied abroad in 2016/17

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