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LAURIER BUISS? Pros and Cons

A photo of myungkyukim myungkyukim
I applied for University of Laurier Buissness, adn i heard alot of great things about this program and university
But is there any Good and Bad facts/comments about this program and university i should be aware of before making my final decisions?
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A photo of goldmansachs goldmansachs
Co-op spots are hard to get second year.

One thing you need to know before going into the program, is how how to spell business correctly.
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It's an excellent program, one of the best for accounting, not as prestigious as Queen's or Ivey or even Schulich and Rotman (UofT name), but it's a great university.
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Pros:

- Co-op = earn money / pay for tuition / pay rez / skills / responsibility
- Student life / environment is cool
- Low difficulty level = good GPA = may lead to MBA
- Get 51 credits to become CA = "accredited"
- 16 months of work experience that may count for designations
- Chance to DD (IDK if this is true)
- All rounded = broad career options
- Not very expensive / affordable / availability of scholarships and bursaries

Cons:

- "Small" school / university / infrastructure
- Live environment - this could be an advantage / disadvantage for many depending on their personality
- Not quite reputable outside the province / not that highly "prestigious"
- Brand name = not that well known
- Kinda placed in second tier
- Admission average is low = makes a huge difference = not as many smart people (could be a benefit too since everyone is not a "nerd")
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@smarty1 wrote
Pros:

- Co-op = earn money / pay for tuition / pay rez / skills / responsibility
- Student life / environment is cool
- Low difficulty level = good GPA = may lead to MBA
- Get 51 credits to become CA = "accredited"
- 16 months of work experience that may count for designations
- Chance to DD (IDK if this is true)
- All rounded = broad career options
- Not very expensive / affordable / availability of scholarships and bursaries

Cons:

- "Small" school / university / infrastructure
- Live environment - this could be an advantage / disadvantage for many depending on their personality
- Not quite reputable outside the province / not that highly "prestigious"
- Brand name = not that well known
- Kinda placed in second tier
- Admission average is low = makes a huge difference = not as many smart people (could be a benefit too since everyone is not a "nerd")


+1

This is probably the best list you're going to get OP.
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@smarty1 wrote
Pros:

- Co-op = earn money / pay for tuition / pay rez / skills / responsibility
- Student life / environment is cool
- Low difficulty level = good GPA = may lead to MBA
- Get 51 credits to become CA = "accredited"
- 16 months of work experience that may count for designations
- Chance to DD (IDK if this is true)
- All rounded = broad career options
- Not very expensive / affordable / availability of scholarships and bursaries

Cons:

- "Small" school / university / infrastructure
- Live environment - this could be an advantage / disadvantage for many depending on their personality
- Not quite reputable outside the province / not that highly "prestigious"
- Brand name = not that well known
- Kinda placed in second tier
- Admission average is low = makes a huge difference = not as many smart people (could be a benefit too since everyone is not a "nerd")



Yup, a very good list. Although some of the cons COULD work out to be pros depending on your personal liking (small campus, live environment, and low admission avg.).
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@Rohan wrote

@smarty1 wrote
Pros:

- Co-op = earn money / pay for tuition / pay rez / skills / responsibility
- Student life / environment is cool
- Low difficulty level = good GPA = may lead to MBA
- Get 51 credits to become CA = "accredited"
- 16 months of work experience that may count for designations
- Chance to DD (IDK if this is true)
- All rounded = broad career options
- Not very expensive / affordable / availability of scholarships and bursaries

Cons:

- "Small" school / university / infrastructure
- Live environment - this could be an advantage / disadvantage for many depending on their personality
- Not quite reputable outside the province / not that highly "prestigious"
- Brand name = not that well known
- Kinda placed in second tier
- Admission average is low = makes a huge difference = not as many smart people (could be a benefit too since everyone is not a "nerd")



Yup, a very good list. Although some of the cons COULD work out to be pros depending on your personal liking (small campus, live environment, and low admission avg.).


This is true.

Overall:

Pros >>>>>> Cons
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@smarty1 wrote
Pros:

- Co-op = earn money / pay for tuition / pay rez / skills / responsibility
- Student life / environment is cool
[size=7]- Low difficulty level = good GPA = may lead to MBA
[/size]- Get 51 credits to become CA = "accredited"
- 16 months of work experience that may count for designations
- Chance to DD (IDK if this is true)
- All rounded = broad career options
- Not very expensive / affordable / availability of scholarships and bursaries

Cons:

- "Small" school / university / infrastructure
- Live environment - this could be an advantage / disadvantage for many depending on their personality
- Not quite reputable outside the province / not that highly "prestigious"
- Brand name = not that well known
- Kinda placed in second tier
- Admission average is low = makes a huge difference = not as many smart people (could be a benefit too since everyone is not a "nerd")



proof?
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@iDream wrote

@smarty1 wrote
Pros:

- Co-op = earn money / pay for tuition / pay rez / skills / responsibility
- Student life / environment is cool
[size=7]- Low difficulty level = good GPA = may lead to MBA
[/size]- Get 51 credits to become CA = "accredited"
- 16 months of work experience that may count for designations
- Chance to DD (IDK if this is true)
- All rounded = broad career options
- Not very expensive / affordable / availability of scholarships and bursaries

Cons:

- "Small" school / university / infrastructure
- Live environment - this could be an advantage / disadvantage for many depending on their personality
- Not quite reputable outside the province / not that highly "prestigious"
- Brand name = not that well known
- Kinda placed in second tier
- Admission average is low = makes a huge difference = not as many smart people (could be a benefit too since everyone is not a "nerd")



proof?



I would also like to know.
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@smarty1 wrote
Pros:

- Co-op = earn money / pay for tuition / pay rez / skills / responsibility
- Student life / environment is cool
- Low difficulty level = good GPA = may lead to MBA
- Get 51 credits to become CA = "accredited"
- 16 months of work experience that may count for designations
- Chance to DD (IDK if this is true)
- All rounded = broad career options
- Not very expensive / affordable / availability of scholarships and bursaries

Cons:

- "Small" school / university / infrastructure
- Live environment - this could be an advantage / disadvantage for many depending on their personality
- Not quite reputable outside the province / not that highly "prestigious"
- Brand name = not that well known
- Kinda placed in second tier
- Admission average is low = makes a huge difference = not as many smart people (could be a benefit too since everyone is not a "nerd")



Looks pretty good to me. You can DD if you apply for it for direct entry or transfer after first year.

RE: leading to MBA:
http://www.lauriercc.ca/content/documents/fileItemController/Summary%20Report%202008%20page%2010.pdf 11.4% of BBA grads pursued further education. No idea how this compares to other universities.
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^ Nice.

Btw, mind sharing some insights over population and city? It'd be nice to hear from an actual student.
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@smarty1 wrote
^ Nice.

Btw, mind sharing some insights over population and city? It'd be nice to hear from an actual student.


Wait... the student population? Or the city population? And what do you want to know about Waterloo?
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@smarty1 wrote
^ Nice.

Btw, mind sharing some insights over population and city? It'd be nice to hear from an actual student.



Since UW is so close, youre basically surrounded by things for students. Theres a night club across the street, shopping areas are a short bus ride away. I'm from Brampton originally so Waterloo is a smaller city then what I'm used to. There's still enough things to do.

I will say though, that you can have a better "night life" at Schulich/Rotman since you're in Toronto. My girlfriend goes to Schulich, so I've spent a lot of time there as well, and Waterloo does not compare to Toronto at all.

I haven't been able to truly enjoy everything that Waterloo has to offer, but its a great school overall, a great student environment (if you can't find a club in the SBESS that doesn't fit your desires, you never will), and I'm happy I'm here.
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@g93 wrote

@smarty1 wrote
^ Nice.

Btw, mind sharing some insights over population and city? It'd be nice to hear from an actual student.


Wait... the student population? Or the city population? And what do you want to know about Waterloo?



Student population at UW.
City in general - infrastructure, facilities, social life, etc.
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@noxx98 wrote

@smarty1 wrote
^ Nice.

Btw, mind sharing some insights over population and city? It'd be nice to hear from an actual student.



Since UW is so close, youre basically surrounded by things for students. Theres a night club across the street, shopping areas are a short bus ride away. I'm from Brampton originally so Waterloo is a smaller city then what I'm used to. There's still enough things to do.

I will say though, that you can have a better "night life" at Schulich/Rotman since you're in Toronto. My girlfriend goes to Schulich, so I've spent a lot of time there as well, and Waterloo does not compare to Toronto at all.

I haven't been able to truly enjoy everything that Waterloo has to offer, but its a great school overall, a great student environment (if you can't find a club in the SBESS that doesn't fit your desires, you never will), and I'm happy I'm here.



Awesome. Thanks.
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Any placement reports?

And how would you compare Laurier BBA to Rotman?
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http://www.lauriercc.ca/career/employers/survey.htm

You can find where WLU students end up (from 2007). It is just one year however. I don't think this includes DD students though. The majority of DD's go into finance, which would skew the numbers a bit differently.

WLU has a better student life then Rotman, stronger in accounting, and has a much more diverse student environment. I'd take WLU over Rotman.
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@smarty1 wrote

@g93 wrote

@smarty1 wrote
^ Nice.

Btw, mind sharing some insights over population and city? It'd be nice to hear from an actual student.


Wait... the student population? Or the city population? And what do you want to know about Waterloo?



Student population at UW.
City in general - infrastructure, facilities, social life, etc.


noxx98 described it pretty well.

I can't speak a whole lot about the student population, but Waterloo is great. Everything you need is close by, it's a nice city, rated one of the top places to live, there's lots of cool stuff to do in the area, and as noxx98 said, UW is just down the road, the area is full of students.
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@smarty1 wrote
Pros:

- Co-op = earn money / pay for tuition / pay rez / skills / responsibility
- Student life / environment is cool
[size=7]- Low difficulty level = good GPA = may lead to MBA
[/size]- Get 51 credits to become CA = "accredited"
- 16 months of work experience that may count for designations
- Chance to DD (IDK if this is true)
- All rounded = broad career options
- Not very expensive / affordable / availability of scholarships and bursaries

Cons:

- "Small" school / university / infrastructure
- Live environment - this could be an advantage / disadvantage for many depending on their personality
- Not quite reputable outside the province / not that highly "prestigious"
- Brand name = not that well known
- Kinda placed in second tier
- Admission average is low = makes a huge difference = not as many smart people (could be a benefit too since everyone is not a "nerd")




I don't know about upper years but my friends in first year are telling me otherwise. I don't know if it's just the students choosing not to do the work, but the midterm marks were apparently very low. In one class, a few kids apparently got less than 10% on their midterm.
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@BigBMan wrote

@smarty1 wrote
Pros:

- Co-op = earn money / pay for tuition / pay rez / skills / responsibility
- Student life / environment is cool
[size=7]- Low difficulty level = good GPA = may lead to MBA
[/size]- Get 51 credits to become CA = "accredited"
- 16 months of work experience that may count for designations
- Chance to DD (IDK if this is true)
- All rounded = broad career options
- Not very expensive / affordable / availability of scholarships and bursaries

Cons:

- "Small" school / university / infrastructure
- Live environment - this could be an advantage / disadvantage for many depending on their personality
- Not quite reputable outside the province / not that highly "prestigious"
- Brand name = not that well known
- Kinda placed in second tier
- Admission average is low = makes a huge difference = not as many smart people (could be a benefit too since everyone is not a "nerd")




I don't know about upper years but my friends in first year are telling me otherwise. I don't know if it's just the students choosing not to do the work, but the midterm marks were apparently very low. In one class, a few kids apparently got less than 10% on their midterm.



Could be. I just heard it from people on old forum + the ones that I know of. Not to mention, difficulty level could be different for individuals based on their own skill and aptitudes, but as I said, most people considered it a way to get a decent GPA (old forum).
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Okay, the only real pro is the Co-op since most people apply only for this reason

The difficulty level is what you make of it
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@Qq wrote
Okay, the only real pro is the Co-op since most people apply only for this reason

The difficulty level is what you make of it


No.
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@Qq wrote
Okay, the only real pro is the Co-op since most people apply only for this reason

The difficulty level is what you make of it



Ignorant post... this is one of many reasons.

Regarding the program having a "low difficulty level", remember - most of us are still in high school. The work load for almost ANY program we go to this September is going to be overwhelming for us as first-year students. That explains the less than 10% mid-term rumours. Also, people saying it's "not that hard" are honestly probably seated in another program and not Laurier. This seems to be the trend for people, for a lack of a better word, "downplaying" other programs. But hey, I could be wrong too! I'm just a high school student here. ;)
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