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Motto: Deo favente haud pluribus impar (Latin: "With God's help, to no one equal")
Founded 1663 as the Séminaire de Québec, chartered in 1852
School type Public
Rector Michel Pigeon
Location Quebec, Quebec
Enrollment 28,902 undergrad, 8,689 grad (2003)
Campus surroundings Suburban, park
Campus size 1.2 km²
Sports teams Rouge et or
Mascot Victor

A view of the Laval University campus A view of the Laval University campus.

Laval University (Université Laval) is one of Canada's leading universities. It is located in the Sainte-Foy borough of Quebec City, Quebec (and not in the city of Laval, a suburb of Montreal, as is sometimes assumed).

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It was founded in 1663 as the Séminaire de Québec by Monseigneur François de Laval, the first bishop of New France. The Séminaire de Québec was granted a Royal Charter in 1852 by Queen Victoria, creating Laval University. In 1878, the University opened a second campus in Montreal in an attempt to offer higher education there; this Montreal branch became the University of Montreal (Université de Montréal) in 1920. Laval University was the first institution in North America to offer higher education in French.

As of 2002, Laval University has over 350 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and 36,000 students, 20 per cent of whom are at the graduate level. The University also attracts more than 2,500 foreign students yearly, and has close to 1,000 students from English Canada and Acadia. The Français pour non-francophones program also offers instruction in French as a second language to students from across Canada and around the world.

Laval's campus is considered one of the most striking in Quebec. It covers 1.2 km² and has over 30 buildings, all linked by 10 km of underground walkways, which are frequently used particularly in the winter, when temperatures drop below freezing. Of the campus lands, 56 per cent are wooded areas, grasslands, and sports fields; the campus is home to a plethora of different flora and fauna, including some 67 species of deciduous and coniferous trees, 60 different species of birds, and 15 animal species.

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An underground walkway at Laval University.

Asteroid (14424) Laval is named in honour of the university.

The Laval Rouge-et-Or represents the university in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Notable faculty, alumni and honorary degree recipients

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Alumni

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A view of Quebec City from Laval University campus.

Honorary degree recipients

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