In a momentous development, Wilfrid Laurier University is set to welcome its inaugural students to the Laurier Milton campus in Fall 2024. This endeavor represents a culmination of years of collaborative effort between the university, the Town of Milton, and the Government of Ontario.The campus will kick off as an engaging education hub in the Laurier Milton Academic Centre, initially offering programs in Computer Science and Psychology. However, it is destined to grow into a purpose-built campus in the Milton Education Village, with a commitment to sustainable buildings and Indigenous principles of land stewardship.
It focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) programs under a planetary health umbrella.
Deborah MacLatchy, President, and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University expressed her enthusiasm, saying, “We are thrilled to welcome our first Laurier Milton students in fall 2024. In partnership with the Town and with the support of the province, we look forward to developing our campus over the next few years, and along with it, enriching opportunities for our students, Milton residents, and local business and industry alike.”
Campus development is in progress, with classrooms and student spaces being designed to create a warm and welcoming environment. The Milton Education Village is set to see continued land development, including the construction of Laurier’s first mixed-use comprehensive building. The campus aims to cater to the needs of local and commuter students with convenient access to public transportation and class schedules that minimise early mornings and late nights.
Laurier Milton will begin with Computer Science and Psychology programs and plans to add software engineering and other offerings in the future. Its hybrid design offers students flexibility in choosing between in-person and online courses to align with their schedules and preferences.
Wilfrid Laurier University encourages community engagement, collaborating with organisations such as the Milton Public Library and the Halton Children’s Water Festival. The Milton community will have opportunities to engage in public dialogues, workshops, and other activities.
With an application deadline for high school students on January 15, Wilfrid Laurier University aims to build a community of 2,500 domestic students and expand international student growth over the next decade.
As the Laurier Milton campus develops, students will not only enrich their own lives but also contribute to the growth and prosperity of the Milton community and beyond, creating a strong connection between the university and its surroundings.