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Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) Investment Banking Placement (Using Data)

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Wilfrid Laurier University Investment Banking Placement

Wilfrid Laurier University is a public research university located in Waterloo, Ontario. Laurier is well known for its business, economics, social work, and data science programs. Laurier ranks #6 on our Canadian investment banking target school list, earning itself a designation as a Canadian semi-target school. Laurier has consistent placement into investment banking, particularly into the Canadian markets.

Laurier is home to the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, a highly-ranked Canadian business school with program offerings for undergraduate and graduate students. Laurier also offers double degree programs with Waterloo, allowing students to get unique double majors in fields like computer science and business.

Like Waterloo, Laurier also has a co-op program that enables students to pursue off-cycle finance internships (e.g., during the winter).

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Laurier has an impressive pipeline into Canadian firms, sending 3/4 of its investment banking hires into the Big 6 banks. In particular, Laurier has great placement into RBC, CIBC, and TD.

Additionally, we recognize that Laurier has good placement directly onto the Canadian buyside (which is not included in this data). Laurier is one of the few schools that sends students directly into asset management and Canadian hedge funds.

We note that Laurier does not have as strong of a presence in the U.S. or at the most elite firms (e.g., Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley). Only 5% of Laurier's investment banking hires have ended up at one of these top firms.

WLU Placement Data

We have created a U.S. and Canadian investment banking target school list by analyzing >60k LinkedIn profiles. We examined profiles of professionals who worked in investment banking between 2008 and 2023.

Canadian Target School List

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Investment Banking Placement

  • Canadian Rank: #6

  • Category: Canadian Semi-Target School

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School Factsheet

  • Established: 1911

  • Location: Waterloo, Ontario

  • Business School Name: Lazaridis

  • # of Undergrads: 19,914

  • Median Starting Salary (2022): CAD$67,500

  • Chancellor: Eileen A. Mercier

  • U.S. News Global Rank (2022-2023): #1271

  • QS World University Rankings: #501-550

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