Wilfrid Laurier University

  • 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5view map
  • (519) 884-1970
  • (519) 886-9351
  • www.wlu.ca

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  • 1911
  • University
  • Comprehensive
  • English
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What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Well-known business program
  2. Friendly, close-knit community; strong school spirit
  3. Small class sizes; one-on-one interaction with faculty
  4. Many student-run volunteer services
  5. Co-op work programs

Courses With Kudos

Business, Economics, Concurrent Education (B.A. and B.Ed), Kinesiology, Music, Criminology

Student Sound Offs

"We have amazing school spirit and the extra-curricular activities and volunteerism is something that Laurier prides itself on and something that I feel privileged to be a part of."

"Wilfrid Laurier has done a great job at creating a community atmosphere. I've never been intimidated to approach my professors. I love the one-on-one opportunities at Laurier."

"I think that the school is so focused on the business school that the arts programs suffer greatly due to lack of funding and support."

"Because it is a small university there is a dearth of courses in all subjects, and less multiculturalism on campus."

"The Student Union services [Emergency Response Team, Foot Patrol walk-safe program, Peer Help Line] are the best and ... are all completely volunteer based."

"Sometimes it just feels like a giant cliquey high school instead of having a more intellectual and mature atmosphere."

"There is not enough greenery. I've seen other universities that had beautiful gardens and lawns. There is not enough space to go and sit quietly under a tree and do your readings."

"Laurier is an extremely proud, tight-knit community. Everywhere you go you see people with Laurier sweatshirts on in the Laurier colours. I love our sense of school pride and community."

"Everyone is genuinely kind to each other. They hold doors, they help out. There is very little competition among the students (i.e. no trying to sabotage other people's work like I've seen at other universities!)."

"Because it is a small university there is a dearth of courses in all subjects, and less multiculturalism on campus."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: Wilfrid Laurier University
Institution size classification: Medium   (see the methodology)

    Notes
  1. Latest survey update: September 2012
  2. Other data sources: latest available data shown
  3. All letter grade results are student satisfaction data

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Canadian University Report - Student Survey
 

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Overall Student Satisfaction

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Satisfaction B+ B+

Quality of Teaching

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning A- B+
Out-of-Class Communication Between Students and Instructors B+ B+
Academic Reputation of Faculty Members B+ A-

Academic Resources

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Ease of Course Registration Process C+ B
Number of Courses to Choose From B- B

Campus Atmosphere

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Sense of Community on Campus A- B
Sense of Community Within Your Faculty A- B+
Sense of Personal Safety and Security A- A

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size A- B+
Average # of Students in First Year Class 242 218
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 4% 8%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 27% 36%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 69% 57%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students 27% 27%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students 62% 58%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students 11% 15%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection D B-
Availability of Computers On-Campus B B+
Access to Course / Teaching Materials On-Line B+ B+
Labs and Research Equipment B- B+

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls B B
Student Residences B+ B
General Attractiveness of Buildings B B+
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities B- B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals B B+
Study Spaces in the Library B- B
Library Hours of Operation B+ B+

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career B+ B+
Reputation of the University Among Employers B+ A-
Co-op / Internship Opportunities B B
Career and Employment Services B+ B

Off Campus

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
The City or Town in Which the Institution is Located B+ B+
Quality of Public Transportation B+ B-
Variety and Quality of Cultural and Sports Activities and Events B B
Affordability and Quality of Places to Hang Out Like Restaurants, Bars, clubs or Coffee Shops B+ B+
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing B- B-

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services B B+
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services 79% 73%

Student Services

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Academic Support Services (e.g. Writing Clinics, Learning and Study Skill Workshops) B+ B+
Academic Counselling and Advising Services B+ B
Campus Bookstore B- B
Services for International Students A- B+