Laurentian University Profile
Laurentian University offers an outstanding university experience: Over 175 degree programs, a vibrant multi-cultural atmosphere and a campus bordered by freshwater lakes in the northern Ontario city of Greater Sudbury. As part of the University’s inclusive approach to Indigenous Studies, you can study this program in English or French. Laurentian prepares you as agents of change and empowers you to create innovative responses to local and global challenges. Read more about Laurentian University.
Laurentian’s admission requirements are divided into different categories of learners that include secondary school and mature students. Each category has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.
Indigenous Learner Policy
During the academic year, university recruiters travel throughout Ontario to visit Indigenous learners in many secondary schools and community organizations. These recruiters are part of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP), a collection of Indigenous recruiters from Ontario and Quebec colleges and universities. They’ll have the most up-to-date information about applying to your university as an Indigenous learner. Read more about APSIP.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
The Laurentian Initiative for Transition (LIFT) [PDF] is a free program that takes place before classes begin and is provided by Accessibility Services. Through LIFT, you’ll develop study skills, experience mock lectures, adjust to campus life and receive training on assistive devices. Learn more about Laurentian’s free transition program [PDF].
If you are interested in transferring to Laurentian from another university or college, Laurentian has a website to help you. You can find information on Laurentian’s transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
The Faculty of Arts offers you a vibrant tricultural community that respects the English, French and Indigenous cultures of Northern Ontario. Programs you can take include Economics, English, French Studies, History, Northern Development, Political Science and more.
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture helps you to build knowledge through scientific observation, experimentation and design. Programs you can take include Biology, Chemistry, Forensics, Computer Science and Math.
The Goodman School of Mines allows you to meet and partner with many mining and mining-related industries and research centres.
The Faculty of Education offers you programs in both English and French and a concurrent education program that allows you to complete your teacher training while you pursue your undergraduate degree. The Faculty of Education helps prepare you for jobs such as elementary or secondary school teacher, college instructor and museum educator.
The Faculty of Health offers you programs that include Human Kinetics, Midwifery, Indigenous Relations, Nursing and Social Work. You will also participate in hands-on work experiences including placements, co-ops and internships.
The Faculty of Management prepares you for careers in business and administration. Programs you can take include include Business Administration, E-business, Commerce and Sports Administration.
The Faculty of Medicine, also known as the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), is Canada’s first medical school with a social accountability mandate. You’ll participate in community-engaged medical education and research to prepare you for a career as a physician, physician assistant, dietitian or other health care professional.
Laurentian offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. This section lists some of the academic services you can access at Laurentian.
The Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE) helps you transition to university and stay on track during your studies. CAE offers a variety of academic supports such as academic advising, culturally centered academic support, and workshops and tutors at the Learning Assistance Centre.
Academic advising can help you with course selection and registration, interpreting university rules and regulations, and referrals to other services on campus.
Giizhiitaawswin is a culturally-centred academic support network for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. Its goal is to help you maximize your academic potential and address your academic needs. You can participate in programs that include coaching, mentoring and ongoing learning support. Learn more about the academic supports at Laurentian’s culture centre.
The Learning Assistance Centre gives you resources and opportunities to develop and improve your writing and study skills. You can meet with Peer-Writing Tutors in both English and French, attend Skills for Success workshops, access Study Skills Coaching and find writing help.
For more information on Laurentian’s academic supports, please visit Laurentian Student Support Services.
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. Laurentian offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Indigenous learners.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Indigenous-specific scholarships and awards.
The Indigenous Studies Excellence Award [PDF] is given to students who meet a certain grade point average and who have successfully completed Native languages or Native Studies in grade 11 or grade 12.
You can find a list of Laurentian’s scholarships and bursaries, or you can visit Indigenous Student Affairs for information about financial aid available to you.
Indigenous Student Services
Indigenous Student Services
Indigenous Student Affairs, housed within the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. This section lists just some of the services you will find at Laurentian and Indigenous Student Affairs.
Indigenous Student Affairs (ISA) provides you with a learning environment that supports the academic, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit student body. It also respects and supports the voices and spirit of the Laurentian community. You can visit with ISA staff who include an Indigenous Community Outreach and Liaison Coordinator, Indigenous Counsellor, Learning Strategist, Métis Outreach Coordinator, Traditional Resource Program Coordinator, Administrative Assistant and community Elders/Knowledge Keepers.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you’ll learn more about student life at Laurentian.
Laurentian hosts a Welcome Week at the beginning of September. Welcome Week introduces you to the campus and helps you get comfortable in your new home if you’re living in residence. It also includes tours and special events that will help you build connections before classes begin.
Indigenous Learners’ Orientation
Indigenous Student Affairs (ISA) at Laurentian hosts Indigenous Learners’ Orientation to introduce you to ISA services on campus and other Indigenous learners. Read more about Indigenous Student Affairs.
Clubs and Societies
Laurentian has an extensive network of clubs and societies, which are great venues for you to meet new people and pursue your interests outside of the classroom. Clubs you can join include the Social Awareness Club, Philosophy Association, Native Human Service Student Council and Laurentian University Mining Society. Find out how you can join a club or create your own.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Laurentian, you are represented by the Laurentian Students’ Union. Find out how you can get involved with your student union.
Laurentian is home to the Voyageurs varsity sports that range from basketball to track and field. The Laurentian Voyageurs participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and U SPORTS. Check out how you can get involved in varsity sports at Laurentian.
Recreation and Intramurals
Laurentian offers recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include soccer, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one. Check out how you can join a team or create your own.
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Accessibility Services is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For more information about supports available to you at Laurentian, visit the Accessibility Services website.
Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)
Pride @ LU is Laurentian’s safe space for the university’s LGBTQ students and faculty, consisting of a student lounge and resource centre located in the Laurentian Student Centre. Pride aims to raise awareness and visibility of LGBTQ concerns on campus, as well as provide role models for you. Read more about Pride.
Spiritual Life Services
Spiritual Life Services is a multi-denominational program that helps you with any personal and religious concerns. You can access services that include religious and faith counselling, religious services and special events. Read more about Spiritual Life Services.
You can access child care through the Laurentian Child and Family Centre. Check out how you can apply for and reserve a spot for your child.
Campus Security takes your safety seriously. Around-the-clock security guards monitor the campus, and video surveillance and emergency phones are situated around the campus. Campus Security also offers you programs aimed at students who stay late at night or work alone on campus. A late-night shuttle service called Safe Ride helps will get you home safely, and security guards in the Work Alone program will routinely check up on you after hours. Read more about Laurentian’s safety programs.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Laurentian gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also get information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
Laurentian offers you 8 types of residence with different accommodation styles and floor layouts. Options available to you include dorms, shared or single rooms, apartments and the Mature Student Residence (MSR) that houses mature and upper-year learners. Check out your on-campus housing options.
Renting an apartment in Sudbury is another option if you want or need to live off campus. You can contact Laurentian’s off-campus housing office to find rental listings and costs.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Laurentian’s selection of meal plans and prices.
You can usually find something going on in residence. You’ll meet and make friends with students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, values and interests from you. You’ll be invited to participate in social activities, cultural events and educational programs. Residence life is about finding the right balance for you to support your personal and academic goals, and your health and well-being. Read more about Laurentian’s residence life programs.
Laurentian’s U-Pass gives you unlimited access to the Sudbury Transit system. This unlimited pass is included in your student fees and allows you free use of the system from September to April.
Visitor parking and parking pay stations are also located on campus. Read more about parking rates and locations.
Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university. The Health Services Office is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and wellness educators). This section lists some of the services available to you through Health Services.
Health Services at Laurentian offers you primary healthcare, health promotion and protection, disease and injury prevention advice, emotional counselling and medical care. For contact information, location and to schedule an appointment, visit the Health Services website.
Laurentian offers you confidential counselling and support services to help you cope with any dilemmas in your personal life. You can get help with a wide range of concerns, from difficulties adjusting to university or studying, to depression or troublesome moods.