Wilfrid Laurier University
For more than a century, Laurier has been known for academic excellence. But they’ve also been dedicated to the philosophy that their students’ success is measured through more than grades – it’s based on the quality of the lives they lead, and those they inspire. Putting knowledge to work in the world is a hallmark of the Laurier experience. Integrated and engaged learning opportunities such as co-op work terms and community service are designed to help students relate what they learn in the classroom to what they experience outside of it, then coming full circle by bringing their real-world experiences back to the classroom. It’s about forming a foundation of service that their students continue long after graduation.
Their innovative programs in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work and education cover a broad spectrum. At their heart, though, they reflect a common purpose: Laurier’s determination to address global social, health and environmental problems and advance creative pursuits.
Laurier’s two campuses are in Waterloo and Brantford, but they also have a Faculty of Social Work in nearby Kitchener and a weekend MBA program in Toronto. In all, they have 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Kitchener-Waterloo, with a population of about 350,000, is small enough to be safe and easy to navigate but large enough to offer great art, music, restaurants and other big-city amenities. Their campus in Brantford is fully embedded in the student-friendly downtown core and a stone’s throw from the Grand River and many outdoor activities. Both campuses are only about an hour from Toronto, Canada’s biggest city.
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