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. It is named in honour of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh Prime Minister of Canada.
The university has an enrollment of about 17,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate students, and over 1,500 full-time and part-time graduate students. It has over 500 faculty and staff members. Laurier has been transitioning from a primarily undergraduate university to a mid-size research university. Laurier was the headquarters of the Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS). The ACUNS' goal is to strengthen the study of international organizations and to create strong ties between the academic community and diplomats within international organizations.
Laurier's Brantford Campus is located in Brantford, Ontario, approximately 50 km south of the campus in Waterloo. The campus opened its doors in 1999 with a total of 39 students in its inaugural year. As of January 2015, there were 2,625 full-time students, and an unstated number of part-time students, enrolled at the school. In late 2017, Laurier estimated a total of over 3,000 students.
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. Laurier is no.1 in:
#1: most sustainable campus in Ontario (2017, Corporate Knights)
#1: national ranking in “student career services” (CERIC), the highest score among Canadian postsecondary institutions with most impressive career services models.
#1: Laurier has the largest business degree co-op program in Canada
#1: national ranking in “residence living” and “extracurricular activities” (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, Maclean’s)
Other reasons to choose Laurier are:
1:25: Laurier’s faculty-to-student ratio
20+: research centres and institutes
900: employers who recruit co-op students at Laurier every year
25: countries with which we have exchange programs
240+: community partnerships between Laurier and organizations in Brantford
99.8%: employment rate for Business and Economics co-op in 2018/19
English Language Requirements
If your previous degree was completed in a different country, but the language of instruction was English, you do not need to complete an English proficiency test. Instead, you will need to provide an official letter from your prior institution indicating that the degree was completed in English. This letter can be uploaded to our system along with your other supplemental documents (See Step 2).
Laurier accepts the following English language proficiency tests and scores. Please note that individual programs may have additional language requirements. It is your responsibility to determine if there are additional requirements and to fulfil them.
Entrance Scholarships Awards from the entrance scholarship grid (below) are available to students who are entering their first year of any undergraduate program and who have never previously attended a postsecondary institution.
These awards are offered based on your best six 4U/M final grades (or equivalent) as of July 6, 2020. No application is required. Students who receive an offer of admission and who are on the scholarship grid based on their average at the time of admission will be notified of their projected entrance scholarship on the offer of admission.
Entrance scholarships are finalized in July once your final grades have been received.
You must be registered full-time (2.0 credits minimum per term) to receive the full entrance scholarship amount and you must be registered in two terms within your first academic year. Students may not hold more than one entrance scholarship from the entrance scholarship grid.
Students who apply to the double-degree programs where both degrees are at Laurier are assessed for an entrance scholarship using the program classification "All Other Science programs."
Note:Scholarship values are subject to change.
Entrance Scholarship Grid
Arts (Waterloo Campus)
All Brantford Campus Programs
Health Sciences / Kinesiology
All Other Science Programs
* $5,000 President's Gold Scholarship.
President's Gold Scholarship If your average is 95% or higher in your best six 4U/M final grades (or equivalent) as of July 6, 2020, we will award you with the President's Gold Scholarship, which is worth $5,000, for your first year at Laurier. If you maintain the eligibility requirements, you will receive another $5,000 per year for Years 2 through 4 (up to Year 5 for some programs).
This scholarship is automatically renewable if you achieve an annual GPA of 10.5 or higher based on completion of a minimum of 5.0 full credits during the past academic year. Students who receive the President's Gold Scholarship are not eligible to receive in-course scholarships.
In-Course Scholarships In Years 2 through 4 (up to Year 5 for some programs), you will be automatically considered for in-course scholarships based on your academic GPA, which are valued between $500 and $1,500 annually. In-course scholarships begin at a GPA of 10.0 and above (or approximately 80% and above).
In-Course Scholarships Grid
10.5 to 10.99
10.0 to 10.49
Entrance Bursaries Based solely on financial need, entrance bursaries are worth a maximum of $1,500 and do not need to be repaid. Once you have applied to Laurier through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, you can apply for a bursary until the deadline. Entrance bursaries are not eligible to students who have previously attended a postsecondary institution or to students studying on an international student visa.
Other Entrance Scholarships Entrance scholarships and awards are available to students entering their first year of a full-time program at Laurier who have no previous attendance at postsecondary educational institutions (university or college).
Some entrance scholarships and awards are only available to students entering Laurier’s Brantford campus. We also have award opportunities that are specific to a program of study. Descriptions of Laurier’s awards opportunities are listed on the Student Awards Search Engine, and each description will indicate if it is an award or a scholarship, as well as the eligibility criteria for each.
Competitive Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries Every year, you can apply for competitive scholarships, awards and bursaries by completing an online student profile about yourself. Awards are granted based on the information you provide, including your interests, involvement, financial need, academic achievement and more. The application process begins in June and there are up to three profiles to complete once you accept your offer.
All information related to this institution has been extracted from the Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo website, accessible at https://www.wlu.ca. The data provided here is true until its extraction on 23 December 2019. Hence, all information here is subject to change without notice as per the institution's policy. For the latest update, please visit the institution website.