The Wilfrid Laurier University, a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture inspires lives of leadership and purpose. With more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research and scholarship combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community.
Laurier is a leader in integrated and engaged learning, connecting academic programming to co-curricular activities. The university specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology.
Laurier has campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener, Toronto and Chongqing, China. The university was established as the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in 1911 and remains the home of the affiliated Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The university is also home to the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the internationally acclaimed Penderecki String Quartet, WLU Press and the Robert Langen Art Gallery.
Laurier’s Waterloo campus offers a broad range of full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate degree programs through seven faculties: Arts, Music, Science, Education, Social Work, Graduate Studies and the School of Business and Economics. Laurier’s highly regarded cooperative education program offers options in Arts, Science and Business.
Laurier's Brantford campus is dedicated to innovative programming within the liberal arts. Its core interdisciplinary program in contemporary studies can be combined with a number of other programs including law and society, leadership, journalism, human rights and human diversity, and health studies. Laurier's Brantford campus also offers concurrent BA/BEd degrees in conjunction with Nipissing University as well as consecutive and embedded college programs with Mohawk and Conestoga colleges.
Laurier offers doctoral and master’s programs, including the only master of music therapy program in Canada. Laurier’s innovative MBA programs include Canada’s first 12-month MBA, the largest part-time weekend MBA (based in Toronto), and an innovation and entrepreneurship MBA. Programs linked to the Balsillie School of International Affairs include Laurier’s master’s in international public policy and a PhD in global governance (joint with the University of Waterloo).
Values, Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles
Wilfrid Laurier University recognizes that intellectual inquiry, critical reflection and scholarly integrity are the cornerstones of all universities including our exceptional institution. Our unique values are drawn from the key elements on which Laurier was founded and which will continue to nurture and shape what we become.
- Our intimate community environment
- Our academic and institutional tradition
- New and integrated communities of learning and application
- Diversity and a culture of inclusivity
- Developing the whole person: mind, spirit and body
- Community focus and global engagement
- A life of purpose and citizenship
- Learning through experience
Our commitment is to justice and sustainability now and in the future, so we strive to ignite the minds, spirits and hearts of our communities through excellence in teaching and learning, in the discovery, scholarly exploration, and application of new ideas, and in instilling the courage to engage and challenge the world in all its complexity.
Wilfrid Laurier University is devoted to excellence in learning, research, scholarship and creativity. It challenges people to become engaged and aware citizens of an increasingly complex world. It fulfills its mission by advancing knowledge, supporting and enhancing high-quality undergraduate, graduate and professional education, and emphasizing co-curricular development of the whole student.
- Responsible governance
- Community citizenship
- Realizing an appropriate balance among research, teaching and service
- Recognizing the linkage between research and teaching
- Integrity and strong leadership
- Making strategic choices for the long-term health of the institution
- Learning and advancing knowledge across boundaries
- Collaboration and collegiality
- Respectful relationships
- Openness to change
- Sustainability and environmental responsibility