Laurentian University (Université Laurentienne), which was incorporated on March 28, 1960, is a mid-sized bilingual university in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
While primarily focusing on undergraduate programming, Laurentian also features the east campus of Canada's newest medical school—the Northern Ontario School of Medicine—which opened in 2005. Its school of Graduate Studies offers a growing number of graduate-level degrees. Laurentian is the largest bilingual provider of distance education in Canada.
The university's campus is located on the south side of Lake Ramsey, just south of Greater Sudbury's downtown core in the Bell Grove neighbourhood, near some of the city's wealthiest residential neighbourhoods. The city's Idylwylde golf course also borders on the university campus.
The university has a federated school structure, similar to that of the University of Toronto. The school also has an unusual and sometimes controversial student government structure — there are two separate student unions (in addition to the part-time and graduate student associations). The Francophone Students Association (AEF) is for francophones, while the Students General Association (SGA) is for both anglophones and francophones. However, any student can affiliate with either union, regardless of language, and because the two unions do not offer identical student services, many students from one language group change their affiliation to the other student union depending on which services they want. Consequently, in practice, the two student unions often compete with each other rather than serving distinct groups.