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 2018 term:
- 69% full-time
- 26% in graduate programs
Some 7,000 international students or permanent residents registered each year, making up 14% of the total student body
More than 230 student associations
grouped under two student unions:
- CADEUL, for undergraduate students
- AELIÉS, for graduate students
Some 900 students
studying outside Québec each year, making Université Laval a leader in student mobility
Faculty and teaching staff
For the fall 2018 term:
2,205 lecturers and other teaching and research staff
670 adjunct professors and more than 6,000 professionals providing clinical instruction across our health and social services network
12,632 diplomas and certificates awarded in 2016–2017:
5,557 bachelor’s degrees
2,197 master’s degrees
504 specialized graduate diplomas
1,826 short program certificates of completion and other attestations
More than 9,600 full- and part-time employees, including:
3,045 staff members
in administrative and support roles
working on campus
Over 60 departments, schools, and institutes
in every field of knowledge
5 study profiles
Sustainable Development, Honours, Entrepreneurial, International, and Research
46 educational leadership chairs
More than 100 programs and more than 1,000 courses offered entirely online
More than 900 partnership agreements
with some 600 institutions of higher education and various organizations in 77 countries
More than 6,500 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
Some 9,000 students enrolled in continuing education activities in Québec City, Montréal, and other regions of the province in 2017-2018. Of these students, 4,000 were enrolled in lifelong learning courses for seniors at UL’s Université du 3e âge (UTA) in Québec City.
Another 1.7 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 third for student satisfaction out of Canada’s top 15 research universities according to Maclean’s magazine.
$403.8 million in research funding, making Université Laval the seventh-ranked research university in Canada
Over 275 research centres, chairs, institutes, and other groups
4 Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERCs)
No other university in Canada has as many
82 Canada Research Chairs
76 partnership research chairs
40 research centres recognized by the University Council
11 interdisciplinary institutes
2 joint research units (UMRs)
4 international joint units (UMIs)
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
Alliance Santé Québec
Institut nordique du Québec
A $98 million grant awarded to Université Laval in 2015 by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, UL’s largest to date, reaffirmed its national and global leadership in the fields of Arctic sciences, optics-photonics, cardiometabolic health, and mental 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, 64% 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 2017 for the second 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
and 65 low-cost rental bikes
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: 400 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 2016 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
Impact and influence
Over 300,000 alumni worldwide
50 alumni clubs and 5 alumni networks
on 6 continents
$31 million in charitable gifts in 2017–2018
to support students, teaching, and research
$530 million raised during the most recent fundraising campaign
a new record for Université Laval
In February 2018, Entrepreneuriat Laval (EL) again solidified its position as a global leader among business incubators, earning a #2 ranking worldwide at the UBI Global World Incubation Summit. So far EL has helped turn more than 700 business ideas into reality.
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.
- GDEU (MESRS) and Planning and Institutional Studies Office
- Planning and Institutional Studies Office, October 15, 2018
- Secretary General’s Office
- Maclean’s University Rankings
- Research Infosource 2018, including research revenue for fiscal year 2016–2017
- Office of the Vice Rector, Research and Innovation
- La Fondation de l’Université Laval
- UBI Global, an international research organization based in Stockholm, Sweden, that specializes in benchmarking university incubators
- Institutional data