Wilfrid Laurier University

History

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.

Who was Sir Wilfrid Laurier?

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.

Mission and Values

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.

Motto

Veritas Omnia Vincit (Truth Conquers All).

Institutional Facts

  • 107: age of the institution
  • 19,500+: students
    • 1,800+: graduate students
    • 17,700+: undergraduate students
  • 1:25: Laurier’s faculty-to-student ratio
  • 100+: courses taught in active learning classrooms
  • 26: countries with which we have exchange programs
  • 100,000+: alumni worldwide
  • 9: faculties
  • 6: campuses and locations (Waterloo, Brantford, Milton, Kitchener, Toronto, China Office)
  • 20+: research centres and institutes
  • 530,000+: people in Waterloo Region
  • 1.5: hours from the Brantford campus to Toronto
  • 1: hours from the Waterloo campus to Toronto
  • <1: hours from the Milton campus to Toronto
  • 10: minutes it takes to walk across Laurier’s Waterloo campus

English Language Requirements:

 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component.
  • Paper-based testing: 560 or higher.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Michigan Language Assessment (MELAB)

  • 85 overall or higher.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

  • 70 overall or higher (each band 60 or higher).

 

 

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