Laval University, at Quebec, Que., Canada; Roman Catholic, coeducational, French language; chartered 1852, an outgrowth of a seminary established 1663 by Bishop Laval. In 1876 a branch was established in Montreal, which in 1919 became independent as the Univ. of Montreal. Laval has faculties of administration, agriculture, arts, education, forestry, law, letters, medicine, philosophy, sciences and engineering, social sciences, and theology. It has schools of architecture, dentistry, visual arts, music, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, and social work. There are research institutes in ecology and northern studies.