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Facts & Figures

  • Laurentian a top three ranking from 2008-2011 in total sponsored research income amongst primarily undergraduate universities in Canada, including two years as #1.
  • International enrolment has increased by more than 14% over the last four years.
  • One of the highest post-graduation employment rates in Ontario: 91.7% after 6 months; 95% after two years.
  • 50% growth over the last decade: Laurentian University has grown from 6,000 to over 9,500 students since 2000.
  • 52,000+ alumni are the pride of the university.
  • While sustaining the highest registration rate of local grade 12 applicants of any Ontario university, more than half of its students originate from outside Northeastern Ontario – quite an accomplishment!
  • Laurentian is one of only two bilingual universities in Canada.
  • Talk about research collaboration extremes! At the Sudbury Neutrino Laboratory, university researchers are involved in the capture of neutrinos at depths of 6,800 feet (about 2 km) below the earth’s surface...
  • ...In its mechanical engineering labs, students are testing their lunabot models for NASA’s proposed mining exploration at a distance of 384,405 kilometres into space.
  • Laurentian’s Jeno Tihanyi Olympic Pool holds 2.4 million litres of water - Double Olympic gold medalist Alex Baumann trained at Laurentian University under coach Tihanyi.
  • Tihanyi-trained swimmers have won 251 university medals, setting 10 CIS records and 19 OUA records.
  • Laurentian has awarded 294 honorary doctorates in its 50-year history. Former Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Lester B. Pearson, and Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar are some of its proud honorees.
  • Two outstanding campuses – in Sudbury and Barrie – communities which share many commonalities: a similar population base: 160,000 vs. 186,000...
  • ...Outstanding recreational spaces; multicultural diversity; health and education hubs for surrounding communities; cultural havens; shopping meccas; safe, vibrant communities.
  • Canadian 1st for the 3rd time in three years: Only medical school in Canada (Northern Ontario School of Medicine) to see 100% of its medical graduates granted their #1 selection for residency programs.
  • Laurentian consistently receives TOP RANKINGS FROM THE GLOBE AND MAIL for its enviable class sizes which foster personalized learning experiences for students.
  • When it first opened its doors in 1960, Laurentian offered a total of 16 programs; today, the university offers 175+ PROGRAMS of which 33 are at the master’s and doctoral levels.

Common University
Data Ontario

All Ontario universities provide information about their programs, admission policies, student life, expenses, entering grades, class size, etc., using a common set of definitions and a similar format called the “Common University Data Ontario” or CUDO.

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Visit the Council of Ontario Universities for similar information on other Ontario institutions.

Surveys and Rankings

Maclean’s University Rankings

Maclean’s places universities into one of three categories to recognize the differences in levels of research funding, the diversity of offerings, and the range of graduate and professional programs - Laurentian falls into the Primarily Undergraduate field. Within this, universities are evaluated on students and classes, faculty, resources, student support, library and reputation. Maclean's considers 14 numerical indicators of the quality of students, faculty, libraries and finances to rank 49 universities. Each is placed in one of three categories to recognize differences in levels of research funding, offerings, and the range of graduate programs.

This year Laurentian has seen a slight decline, down one spot in the 2016 rankings to 11th in the Primarily Undergraduate category.

MacleansLaurentian highlights this year included top marks in:

  • operating dollars per student (3rd)
  • scholarships and bursaries (4th)
  • medical & science grants (4th)
  • library acquisitions (5th)
  • awards per full-time faculty (6th)
  • student/faculty ratio (8th)

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

About NSSE

This survey measures the critical features of collegiate quality. The first is the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and the other educationally purposeful activities. The second is how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that decades of research students show are linked to student learning. 
Over 1,000 baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada have participated over the years to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey measures student engagement to educational practices that are empirically linked to learning outcomes.

The following documents describe the NSSE results for Laurentian University:

2006 Results

2007 Results

2008 Results

2011 Results

2014 Results


You may also want to read NSSE's position statement on how to interpret and use the NSSE results.


Research Infosource

Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List ranks universities by their research income. Accompanying the Top 50 List each year are Research Universities of the Year ranking based on a balanced scorecard of input, output and impact measures.

Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List is released each fall. Using Statistics Canada data and a proprietary Canadian University R&D Database, the List ranks universities by their research income. Accompanying the Top 50 List each year are Research Universities of the Year rankings based on a balanced scorecard of input, output and impact measures.

Laurentian highlights this year include:

  • Ranked 36 in the top 50 research universities list for sponsored research income,
  • Ranked 47th for the research universities of the year,
  • Ranked 2nd for corporate research income and 11th for non-profit income out of 15 universities for 2010-2014,
  • Top 10 universities by income growth, coming in 7th with a 13.3% increase in the 2013 ranking.