In the 2020 Maclean’s Rankings of Canadian Universities, Laurier ranked number one for student satisfaction, the fourth consecutive year the university have received this ranking from students. Laurier also ranked number one for Course Instructors, Student Life Staff, Extracurricular Activities, Residence Living, and Administrative Staff. Laurier is committed to providing students with an excellent academic, experiential and extracurricular experience, and the university is proud that students have such a positive experience in the institution’s classrooms, on campuses and throughout the university’s communities.
In Brantford, Laurier is developing a new academic, cultural and service space in One Market, a complex in the city’s downtown core. This new space provides Laurier with the potential to almost double its footprint in Brantford while providing students with a centralized location of student services, classrooms and study spaces. One Market is also the future site of a creativity hub, an inclusive community space that will encourage collaboration, creation and presentation of digital stories. The creativity hub will offer opportunities for experiential learning and skills development for students and will include creative studios, labs, workshop spaces and a commons area.
Laurier has announced that most classes for the fall 2020 term will be offered virtually and online, and is working to determine what programs and activities could be delivered in person, as aligned with public health guidelines. Laurier has also confirmed that first-year students will not be required to be present on campus to complete any part of their studies. To help international students plan for September and achieve their goal of attending Laurier, the university has compiled an online resource guide, as well as list of frequently asked questions. Laurier has also launched updates to Laurier 101, the virtual student support program, to provide orientation and transition support to all incoming first-year students.