1. PROGRAMS THAT RAISE THE BAR
With more than 175 undergraduate and graduate programs, Laurentian raises the bar with top-ranked programs that have garnered national and international attention. Laurentian’s international reputation extends beyond environmental studies, health sciences, mineral exploration and mining, engineering, and management for which its expertise is recognized, to specialty programs in forensic science, sports administration, midwifery, and human kinetics, among many others. Our students benefit from the expertise of our faculty (see Reason #8) and in turn reap the rewards of an unparalleled postsecondary experience.
2. A PERSONALIZED LEARNING EXPERIENCE
A unique learning environment, prized by students, affording opportunity for one-on-one interaction with professors. Our small class sizes combined with respectful and approachable profs give students the best chance of meeting and exceeding their academic goals. Our student-to-faculty ratio is currently ranked as one of the best in the country, with an average class size of 27 students.
3. OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Students are our raison d’être. As such, we keep testing and enhancing our support services for Student Success. These supports are effective, convenient and personalized. Experienced staff will take the time to understand individual challenges, and to customize solutions for successful outcomes; students are most impressed with our academic advice and counselling, writing assistance and peer-assisted study groups.
4. BILINGUAL PROGRAMMING WITH ADDED FLEXIBILITY
Laurentian offers programs in both official languages on the Sudbury campus, of which 38 with a full French curriculum. Laurentian’s bilingual programming is a boon to any and all students seeking to improve their proficiency in either language as it offers the added flexibility of mixed course language selection. Opportunities also abound on campus to converse in either of the official languages as so much of the Laurentian community is proudly bilingual. Students can earn a certificate of bilingualism by successfully completing a written and an oral examination in both official languages in the last year of their undergraduate program.
5. RESEARCH WITH GLOBAL IMPACT
Research currently done at Laurentian rivals any performed at other Canadian universities. Our international reputation in the areas of business, health, mining, and the environment is solid and growing exponentially. Our world-class facilities – of which the Vale Living with Lakes Centre, the Sudbury
Neutrino Observation Laboratory, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and many others – are incubators for leading-edge innovation, with many having ongoing discovery. In fact, for the past three years Laurentian has ranked among the top three for sponsored research income among primarily undergraduate universities*.
6. OUTSTANDING POST-GRADUATION EMPLOYMENT
With one of the highest post-graduation employment rates in Ontario - 97% - Laurentian is a sound investment for your future. Students are offered clear pathways to career and research opportunities in the early stages of and throughout their studies. Laurentian graduates have a broad base of options and employers concur: our students are considered among the best-prepared graduates for the workforce.
7. GENEROUS SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES
Laurentian consistently ranks in the top 10 nationally for scholarships and bursary opportunities in the annual Maclean’s surveys (5th in 2011). Financial assistance includes academic bursaries and scholarships, athletic and leadership awards. We can also help with budgeting and counselling advice, all readily accessible. Last year, Laurentian awarded $8.3 million overall in financial assistance, of which $6.1 million for undergraduate studies and close to $519,000 in direct work-study opportunities on campus.
8. PROGRESSIVE FACULTY
Laurentian’s faculty is comprised of forward-thinkers and visionaries, focused and driven by the reputation of their respective programs. They are the same individuals who are just as likely to share a bite to eat, a word of encouragement, or direction and advice on a student project. This clearly makes a world of difference to students and their learning outcomes, and sets Laurentian apart from the rest.
9. A CULTURALLY-RICH ENVIRONMENT
English, French, Indigenous and international cultures thrive at Laurentian in an environment that celebrates and respects individuality. We respect the whole student, with services and amenities that include spiritual supports, access to health care and financial counselling, and open social events. We’re quite sure you’ll find yourself “at home’’ here at Laurentian.
10. ENGAGING ACTIVITIES
Our Sudbury campus is truly a gem, in terms of location, surroundings, facilities and services – it is a year-round haven for the sports enthusiast and for everyone who appreciates nature. We have almost endless possibilities for the active student. From a multi-million dollar world-class recreation centre, an Olympic-size pool, competitioncalibre indoor and outdoor tracks and a climbing wall to the beautiful campus beach, canoeing and kayaking, nature trails, you can be active every day. Then there are dozens of varsity, intramural and club sports, along with student associations, clubs, debates, team challenges, fairs, pubs and events. The Laurentian life is full indeed.