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Laurier traces its roots to the opening of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo more than 100 years ago in 1911. We’ve gone through several changes since then, and in 1973 our name changed from Waterloo Lutheran University to Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1999, we opened our campus in Brantford.

Read a historical overview of Laurier facilities, including renovations, additions and new construction throughout the years.

Who was Sir Wilfrid Laurier?

Sir Wilfrid Laurier was Canada’s seventh prime minister, serving from 1896 to 1911. He left a complex legacy that holds a variety of meanings to those impacted by decisions made under his leadership.

Mission and Values

A Laurier education is about building the whole person: mind, body and spirit. We believe that your university career must lead to more than just a job to be considered a success; Laurier creates engaged and aware citizens in a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose.


Veritas Omnia Vincit (Truth Conquers All).