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Université Laval at a glance

Université Laval is a major teaching and research university with a global vision, recognized for training socially engaged and committed leaders. Its study environment and culture of sustainable development contribute to community well-being.


Our student population for the fall 2021 term:

More than 47,000 students

  • 63% full-time
  • 27% in graduate programs

Continuing education activities

in Québec City, Montréal, and a number of other regions throughout Québec. More than 5,950 students enrolled in 2020–2021 including some 1,300 in at least one 50+ activity at Université du 3e âge (UTA).

More than 220 student associations

grouped under two student unions:

  • CADEUL, for undergraduate students
  • AELIÉS, for graduate students


More than 9,520 full- and part-time employees:

1,650 professors

2,265 lecturers

 and other teaching and research staff

3,045 staff members

in administrative and support roles

2,560 students

working on campus

Université Laval also has 780 associate professors and over 7,500 clinical instructors at its disposal in the health and social services sector.

Our graduates

13,041 diplomas and certificates awarded in 2020–2021:

5,326 bachelor’s degrees

2,418 master’s degrees

385 doctorates

2,760 certificates

412 specialized graduate diplomas

1,740 short program certificates of completion and other attestations


17 faculties

Over 60 departments, schools, and institutes

500 programs

in every field of knowledge

5 study profiles

Sustainable Development, Honours, Entrepreneurial, International, and Research

44 educational leadership chairs

More than 125 programs and more than 1,000 courses offered entirely online

Some 890 partnership agreements

with some 575 institutions of higher education and various organizations in 73 countries

More than 7,000 course websites

available on the monPortail online portal, where students can also access services and information related to their studies and learning

A summer school lineup

that is one of the most robust and innovative in Canada

Another 1.8 million people are served by RUIS Université Laval, the integrated university health network, which provides continuing education for healthcare professionals in Eastern Québec.

Université Laval ranks second for student satisfaction out of Canada’s top 15 research universities according to Maclean’s magazine.


Over $426 million in research funding, making Université Laval the seventh-ranked research university in Canada
Over 300 research centres, chairs, institutes, and other groups

4 Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERCs)

92 Canada Research Chairs

88 partnership research chairs

42 research centres recognized by the University Council

11 interdisciplinary institutes

Several northern research stations

Many affiliated research institutions, including the CHU de Québec–Université Laval Research Centre, North America’s premier francophone health research centre.

4 major transdisciplinary research projects

Sentinel North

Alliance Santé Québec

Institut nordique du Québec

Alliance culture+numérique

The Sentinel North project, recipient of the biggest grant ever awarded in the University’s history ($98 million from the federal Canada First program), is now halfway complete. Under this transdisciplinary initiative, 600 members of the university community are working to enhance our understanding of the northern environment and its influence on humankind and health.

The many faces of research at Université Laval

Our researchers and innovators explore, work, and create in an infinite variety of fields and ways. From brain research to musical creation to efforts to put an end to domestic violence, Université Laval’s researchers make a difference in everyday lives. Watch for the feature series “Université Laval in our lives” in Le Soleil to learn about the many faces of research at Université Laval.

Campus life that can’t be beat

A 1.8 km2 university campus, 60% of which is greenspace and wooded areas, located in the heart of the historic city of Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site ranked the best city in Canada in 2020 for the fifth year in a row by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

Nearly 40 buildings

linked by a network of over 5 km of pedestrian tunnels

8 km of bike paths

Student residences offering more than 2,300 rooms

that have been awarded “Établissement vert Brundtland” green certification

One of Canada’s biggest and most modern university sports complexes

and one of the best varsity sports programs in the country: over 500 student athletes in 14 Rouge et Or clubs known for their tradition of excellence

The campus also boasts:

A library system ranked among the best in Canada for its extensive research collection and expanded digital services

A number of other teaching and research sites, including Forêt Montmorency, the largest teaching and research forest in the world

In 2015, Université Laval became Canada’s first voluntarily carbon neutral university, and its campus is known as a model living environment. In fall 2019 the university also renewed its gold rating under the STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) program, demonstrating its commitment to sustainable development. Our university is currently ranked #2 in the country and #8 in the world.


Roughly 50% of our researchers’ scholarly publications

are collaborations with at least one international researcher

Some 7,500 international students or permanent residents

registered each year, making up 14% of the total student body

Some 1,000 students

studying outside Québec each year, making Université Laval a leader in student mobility

Impact and influence

Over 326,000 alumni worldwide

Some $27,8 million in charitable gifts in 2020–2021

to support students, teaching, and research

In 2019, Entrepreneuriat Laval once again earned international recognition for its outstanding work when it was named “Top Challenger – North America” by UBI Global4. As host and manager of La Centrale - Espace entrepreneurial, the incubator provides support and guidance to up-and-coming campus entrepreneurs in conjunction with strategic players from the region.

In 2016, UL won the prestigious International Green Gown Award in 2016 for its commitment to sustainable development, finishing ahead of 215 other postsecondary educational institutions.

UL also takes pride in running one of the most effective student placement services in Canada for helping graduates entering the job market.


  1. Bureau de planification et d'études institutionnelles, on October 15, 2021.
  2. Forbes Canada's Best Employers 2021.
  3. Maclean's University Rankings.
  4. UBI Global, International research organization based in Stockholm, Sweden, specializing in the comparative analysis of university incubators.
  5. Maclean's University Rankings.
  6. Based on 2019-2020 research revenue.