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President's Welcome

Bonjour, Aanii, and Welcome to Laurentian University!

More students are choosing Laurentian and we are excited to let you know why.

Dr. Pierre Zundel

We have award winning programs, a multi-cultural learning atmosphere, and a breath-taking campus. We have a proven track record in preparing graduates for a bright and rewarding future. In the Maclean’s University Ranking, Laurentian is positioned in the top 10 for primarily undergraduate universities.

92% of our graduates find a good job within 6-months of receiving their diplomas. We have been #1 in Ontario in this category for the last 6 years. Laurentian graduates also earn among the highest salaries of any Ontario graduates.

Our success is rooted in a dedication to providing personalized education. With one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in Ontario, our students have the opportunity to connect with professors, getting to know each other on a first-name basis.

Laurentian offers a wide variety of programs to satisfy a range of interests, including a strong focus on Indigenous culture and research. We are also a bilingual university, offering 40 French-language undergraduate and graduate programs, serving a Francophone student body of 1500 and counting.

Laurentian’s Business Administration Program provides hands-on education and experience to develop the skills needed for a successful business career. This BBA program received its international accreditation in 2016 – preparing students to be successful, socially-conscious business leaders who will go on to serve and to improve their communities. If sports is more your game, Laurentien also offers a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration, Canada’s only business degree in sports administration.

Laurentian University is rooted in nature. We believe that education, environmental protection, and economic development go hand in hand. Our award-winning waterfront research facility, the Vale Living With Lakes Centre combined with our environmental studies program are magnets for international scholars in freshwater eco-system and environmental restoration.

Laurentian’s Bharti School of Engineering and the Harquail School of Earth Sciences are world renowned for their mining and mineral exploration research and education, including a bilingual engineering program. Besides winning multiple national and international awards, our students take pride in discovering innovative and eco-friendly mining solutions that will help industry and revitalize the planet.

Innovation is a word you will hear a lot at Laurentian. We are on the look-out for new projects and programs to bolster our students’ educational opportunities. Next year we will open the $30 million Cliff Fielding Research Innovation and Engineering building. This facility will contain state of the art labs, a space for researchers, students, and industrial partners to collaborate and build important networks, as well as a space to develop and market new ideas.

In 2012, we opened the McEwen School of Architecture, making it the first new arc

hitecture school to open in Canada in 45 years. Its focus on the environment and Indigenous perspectives in design make the McEwen School a unique place to study architecture. This year we opened McEwen’s new state-of-the-art building in downtown Sudbury, announced a brand new master’s program in architecture, and awarded diplomas to our first graduating class.

The Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, featuring a spectacular multipurpose roundroom, is designed to bring people of all backgrounds together in a common space, and to be a home away from home for Indigenous students. It opened this June and has already become the centre piece of our magnificent campus.

But it’s not all work at Laurentian. You will also get to enjoy our spectacular 765-acre campus surrounded by five of Sudbury’s 330 freshwater lakes including an on-campus beach, a mixed Boreal forest and breath-taking year-round nature trails.


Your future begins at Laurentian. I look forward to meeting you this fall!

Dr. Pierre Zundel, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Twitter: @PierreZundel