Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University

Founded in 1911, Laurier is a premier university and renowned for attracting students who want to succeed. Our Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Music, School of Business & Economics, Faculty of Education and Brantford Campus offer an unparalleled academic experience.

Our unique, interdisciplinary approach to learning allows students to combine majors in completely different fields. Laurier’s faculty, among the finest anywhere, expand the horizons of our students, providing them with a broad perspective of the world that opens up new ways of thinking and seeing things.


In 1910 the Canada Synod and Synod of Central Canada of the Lutheran Church entered into an agreement to establish a Lutheran Seminary. Though the location first proposed for the Seminary was Toronto, Waterloo was selected when its citizens offered a tract of land on the boundary of the town. The choice of location was affected, too, by the fact that the majority of Lutherans in Ontario lived in the vicinity of Waterloo and Berlin (Kitchener). In 1911 the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada opened its doors.

Facilities for pre-theological education were established in 1914 with courses leading to senior matriculation given in Waterloo College School.

In 1924 the Waterloo College of Arts, providing courses in post-secondary education in a four year program, was established. In 1925 the Faculty of Arts, under the name of Waterloo College, affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. Waterloo College soon began to offer Honours degree programs in the arts.

The affiliation with the University of Western Ontario ended in 1960 when the Seminary obtained a revised charter changing the name of the institution to Waterloo Lutheran University.

On November 1, 1973, Waterloo Lutheran University became Wilfrid Laurier University, one of Ontario’s provincially assisted universities after Bill 178 was given Royal Assent by the Lieutenant Governor, former Wilfrid Laurier University Chancellor William Ross Macdonald.

Athletics and Recreation

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Athletics & Recreation is home to varsity sports as well as numerous intramural, recreation & fitness programs. Over 6,000 students at Laurier participate in 30 intramural sports and 40 recreational programs annually.

All Fitness and Recreational classes and instruction require an additional fee to assist with the instructional component to the class. Registration takes place early in the term through an online process.

Fraternities and Sororities

The fraternity system at Wilfrid Laurier University has a long-standing tradition of excellence in leadership, scholarship, extra-curricular involvement, and service. Since 1967, fraternities have been an integral part of many students’ quest to become well-rounded individuals within the University community.

The wide variety of interests and personalities within the system provide unparalleled camaraderie and support which last much longer than a member’s stay at the University.

The Greek Council is the sole governing board for the social fraternities and sororities at the University. The Governing Board, which consists of two representatives from each fraternity and sorority as well as an elected President who may be from any fraternity or sorority, works to continue to strengthen the Laurier Greek system through progressive policies and programs.

Student Housing

Wilfrid Laurier University has 17 residence buildings for you to choose from. Approximately 1,179 students are housed on campus, and 1,030 are housed immediately adjacent to campus. Of this total number, 630 students are in apartment-style residences, and 1,579 are in traditional dormitories. Each of the residences offers a unique experience for incoming students.

Both the dormitory- and apartment-style residences offer study lounges, coin-operated laundry facilities, and a central lounge/games room to enhance the student’s study and leisure time. Each student is also provided with mail delivery five days per week.

There are two women’s residences, one men’s residence, and thirteen co-ed residences at Laurier. Two of these buildings offer an “Alternative Study Environment” with extended quiet hour regulations. There is limited space for Senior students, Graduate students, and International Exchange students.

Bedrooms assigned to students are fully furnished. Students are responsible for the care and maintenance of their rooms. Each building is managed by a Residence Life Area Co-ordinator and a team of residence “Dons” (residence assistants).

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