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December 11, 2016
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Laurier improves in annual Maclean’s universities rankings

University moves from 10th to 6th and stays in top four of all reputational categories

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Nov 2/06| For Immediate Release


Dr. Robert G. Rosehart, President and Vice-Chancellor, (519) 884-0710 ext. 2250


Jacqui Tam, Director
Public Affairs, (519) 884-0710 ext. 3786

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has gained ground in the annual Maclean’s rankings of Canadian universities, moving from 10th to 6th in the primarily undergraduate category, and placing first among Ontario institutions in this group. The university also maintained its top four placing in all four of the reputational categories: best overall, highest quality, most innovative and leaders of tomorrow.

Laurier did extremely well in the student satisfaction section of the annual rankings––a new addition this year that reports on an extensive survey of undergraduates across the country. Laurier was ranked first among all participating universities in “satisfaction with my decision to attend this university” and second in “satisfaction with overall educational quality”.
“We’re pleased with the overall improvement in rankings and with our continued strong showing in the general reputation categories,” said Robert G. Rosehart, president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. “And we’re gratified to know students are so satisfied with their decision to attend Laurier, and with the quality of education they receive here.”

The Maclean’s results come days after Laurier’s strong showing in The Globe and Mail University Report Card, where students gave Laurier excellent marks in key areas, including university atmosphere, quality of education and satisfaction with the university experience. The Globe and Mail identified Laurier as one of only two universities to show an improvement in the availability of spaces for students in courses necessary to complete their degrees, bucking a national trend where 25 universities showed decreases in this area.

Laurier’s overall improvement in the Maclean’s primarily undergraduate category is tied to gains in subcategories related to the library, student services budget, proportion of entering students with an average of 75% or higher, international first-year students, classes taught by tenured faculty, faculty with PhDs, awards per full-time faculty, and social sciences and humanities grants.

“By participating in the Maclean’s and other university ranking surveys, we can provide information to prospective students, remain accountable to current students, and identify areas for improvement,” explained Arthur Stephen, vice-president of university advancement. “We encourage people to use the Maclean’s results in conjunction with the information from other studies to gain a complete picture of Laurier from both a student and a raw data perspective.”


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