Part-Time Studies - Adult Students
Wilfrid Laurier University does not have a policy specifically for
mature students. Laurier will consider you an Adult Student under the
Applicants who do not possess the
necessary minimum requirements for admission to the university and have
never attended a college or university may be considered for admission
as an adult student.
If you have attended a college or university previously please refer to the Transfer Students page.
Adult students are normally considered for admission to part-time studies.
Admission Requirements: Adult students may be considered for admission if they meet either of the following conditions:
You have graduated from high school without at least six OAC, Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M courses (or equivalent) and have two or more years work experience prior to the first day of classes; or
the above requirements are not met the applicant must be at least 21
years of age and have at least two years of work experience prior to
the first day of classes for the session to which they apply.
Application Procedures: Complete and submit the Application for Admission to Part-Time Studies along with the $50 application fee.
Make arrangements for official transcripts (sent directly from the issuing institution) to be forwarded directly to the Admissions Office
at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Ontario government requires all
universities to have official academic documents on file for each
Please note that once your Application for
Admission has been processed and if you are eligible for admission to
Laurier, your Offer of Admission letter will include instructions for
registering on-line using Laurier's On-line Registration Information
In support of your application,
you must also submit a personal assessment letter outlining the
following: Why you feel you will be successful at university; your
current career aspirations; and your work experience since your most
recent attendance at a school.
Applicants are encouraged to
describe any employment experiences, leisure activities or volunteer
work/community service that demonstrates good citizenship and
The University will admit only those
applicants who, in the opinion of the Admissions Committee, are
adequately prepared on the basis of previous academic training and/or
life-skill experiences to undertake university courses.
students are urged to avail themselves of the University's services
(academic counselling, study-skills counselling, personal counselling,
and career counselling).
students are normally admitted to part-time studies and will initially
take courses without being registered in a specific degree or diploma
For registration in a specific program student
performance is subject to a successful review by the appropriate
During the initial period of assessment
adult students registered in part-time studies may register in a
maximum of 1.0 credit per term.
In order to continue registration at the University, all students must attain
a minimum C- average (GPA of 4.00) on 4.0 credits.
a student has a cumulative GPA of less than 4.00 (C-) but not less than
2.00 (D) after the completion of the first 4.0 credits, they will be
allowed to take 2.0 additional credits to clear academic probation. If
the student fails to acheive a grade point average of 5.00 (C) based on
these 2.0 credits they will be required to withdraw from the university.
Adult Students: Transferring from Part-Time to Full-Time Studies
students in part-time studies who wish to transfer into full-time
studies will require a higher academic standing than noted above.
The Request for Full-Time Studies form is available from the Office of the Registrar and must be submitted by March 15 for Diploma Programs and May 15 for degree study programs.