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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1960
    • Size:
    • Medium (5000~15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • Distance Education Institution 1
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
    • Phone:
    • +18004614030
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Laurentian University

Laurentian's historical roots lie in the Roman Catholic church. The Collège du Sacré-Coeur was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1913. According to a plaque at the entrance to the R. D. Parker Building, the school began granting degrees in 1957 as the University of Sudbury.

A university federation combining representatives from the Roman Catholic, United, and Anglican churches was incorporated as a "non-denominational, bilingual institution of higher learning" in 1960. The new Laurentian University held classes in the University of Sudbury facility, as well as in a variety of locations in the city, including the Sudbury Steelworkers Hall, until its current campus was opened in 1964

Academic Highlights

The university has strong ties with the mining industry, being one of the few schools in Canada offering mining engineering, and the only Canadian university located in a city where the major industry is mining. The university is also a key partner in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), the world's deepest underground laboratory that has been providing, since 1998, new clues on the composition of the sun and the origins of the universe. In addition, Laurentian University has an active partnership with St. Lawrence College Tri-campus for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Business Administration.

Life in Laurentian University

The university's varsity teams, known as the Voyageurs for the men's teams and the Lady Vees for the women's teams, compete in basketball, soccer, rowing swimming, cross-country running, golf, curling, and Nordic skiing. There are also competitive club teams including lacrosse and a plethora of intramural sports programmes. 

School Ranking

Laurentian is now ranked 10 th among all universities in the primarily undergraduate category. Since 2009, Laurentian’s overall ranking has moved up 8 positions, with most significant improvements with regards to Medical/Science Grants, Faculty Awards, Library Acquisitions, Student Awards and Student Services.


Notable Alumni

  • Rick Bartolucci
  • Alex Baumann
  • Michel Bock
  • Minnijean Brown-Trickey
  • Carlo Cattarello
  • François Bach
  • Leo Gerard

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Other Campuses
    • 1 Georgian Drive, Barrie, Ontario, Canada



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