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November 29, 2014

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Admission Requirements for Applicant's Transferring from College or University



Admission Requirements for Applicant's Transferring from College or University
Canadian Universities

Transfer students will be selected for admission on a competitive basis. Normally, a minimum cumulative averageof 70% (B-) will be required for full-time admission: however, a higher average may be required for some programs. Entry into the program, options, faculties, and schools of the university is competitive. Possession of the minimum requirements for entry does not guarantee admission.

The applicant is responsible for requesting official transcripts from both secondary and post-secondary schools. The transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office at Wilfrid Laurier University. Upon receipt and review of all official transcripts and any supporting documentation, the applicant will be notified of the admission decision.

If you have been required to withdraw from a university or post-secondary institution, refer to the section, Readmission of Students Required to Withdraw.


Transfer credit will be considered for students admitted from other accredited institutions for courses satisfactorily completed subject to the following conditions:

  1. Transfer credit will be considered for all courses passed but the course grades will not be included in the student's cumulative GPA at Wilfrid Laurier University.
  2. Only courses taken at Wilfrid Laurier University will be included in the subsequent cumulative GPA.
  3. Transfer credit will not be held for a given course of the major subject where a grade of less than 4.0 (C-) has been attained.
  4. All requirements for the degree, including residence requirements, must be met. Requirements for Additional Undergraduate Degrees, in the University Regulations chapter.
  5. Students applying to complete another undergraduate degree should also review the section Additional Undergraduate Degree Requirements, in the University Regulations chapter.
  6. Transfer students will receive, at most, one opportunity to clear academic probation.

Please see Application Procedures for further information.

Canadian College of Applied Arts and Technology

College Applicants

The university recognizes that students will benefit from exposure to both the applied knowledge programs offered at a college and the more theoretical liberal studies approach offered by university programs. Competition for admission to limited enrolment programs is usually keen. A higher academic standing than the minimums stated may be required for some or all programs.

Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT)

Admission from Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) programs is normally based on a cumulative average, number of years of study and appropriateness of the courses. Advanced standing is normally awarded on the following criteria:

  1. appropriateness of the CAAT program;
  2. course concentration;
  3. student achievement;
  4. applicability to the degree or major requested at Laurier.

Completed a Three-Year Program

Applicants who have achieved a cumulative average of 75% (B) or better or have a 75% (B) average or better in the last two semesters in a three-year CAAT program are considered for admission. Advanced standing may be awarded up to 7.5 credits to meet unspecified divisional credits, elective requirements. A minimum grade of B- must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

Completed a Two-Year Program

Applicants who have achieved a cumulative average of 75% (B) or better or who have a 75% (B) average or better in the last two semesters of a two-year program are considered for admission to Year 1 of an appropriate program. Advanced standing may be awarded up to 3.0 credits to meet unspecific divisional credits, elective requirements, and honours/major requirements where appropriate. Up to 2.0 additional credits may be granted (for a total of 5.0 credits). A minimum grade of B- must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

Completed Two Years of a Three-Year Program

Applicants who have completed two years of a three-year program and achieved a cumulative average of 75% (B) or better or who have a 75% (B) average or better in the last two semesters are considered for admission to Year 1 of an appropriate program. Advanced standing may be awarded up to 3.0 credits to meet unspecific divisional credits, elective requirements, and honours/major requirements where appropriate. Up to 2.0 additional credits may be granted (for a total of 5.0 credits). A minimum grade of B- must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

Completed One Year of a Program

Applicants who have completed the first year of a CAAT program with a cumulative average of 80% (A-) or better are considered for admission to Year 1 of an appropriate university program. CAAT students who do not meet these requirements will be considered on an individual basis by the admissions committee. Advanced standing may be awarded up to 2.5 credits to meet unspecific divisional credits, elective requirements, and honours/major requirements where appropriate. A minimum grade of B- must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

Please see Application Procedures for further information.

Post Secondary Institutions Outside of Canada

Transfer credit may be awarded for degree credit courses taken ata university/college that is recognized by the accrediting body ofits specific country or region. Where possible, course-for-course credit is granted. If this is not possible, general elective credit will be awarded. Transfer credit assessments are dependent upon the program and courses a student has taken, the grades achieved, and the program the applicant is entering at Laurier. Once at Laurier, if a student elects to change their major the transfer credit assessment may vary.

Advanced Placement - AP

Transfer credit will be awarded on a case-by-case basis for AP exams successfully completed with a minimum grade of 4 (up to a maximum of 3.0 credits). Applicants are required to provide detailed course descriptions.

United States Universities and Colleges

Transfer credit may be awarded for degree credit courses taken at an accredited university or college within the United States. Where possible, course-for-course credit is granted. If this is not possible, general elective credit will be awarded. Transfer credit assessments are dependent upon the program and courses a student has taken, the grades achieved, and the program the applicant is entering at Laurier. Once at Laurier, if a student elects to change their major the transfer credit assessment may vary.