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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
April 24, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Laurier's Headstart Transition Program


Headstart is a program designed to make the transition to university life easier for Laurier's incoming students and their parents or guardians. It's an introduction to life and learning at Laurier. For students, it's an opportunity to learn about:

  • their program and the courses they should take
  • academic expectations
  • the differences between high school and university
  • campus services and resources that can help them make a success of university.

Students will be able to take part in sessions and chat with senior students, faculty and staff about studying at Laurier. They'll also be able to get their student identification card, the Laurier OneCard.

Parents will participate in a special parent transition program that provides an overview of what their students will be experiencing as a university student and how they can support their students, and answers the questions parents have about residence life, orientation week, financial aid, etc.

Other activities include tours of the campus, some of our residence buildings, and an information fair offering more information about our campus.

Sessions begin at 9:00 am on program days. Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes in advance in order to get signed in and ready for the day. Specific details will be e-mailed to registered students prior to program days.

Registration for the 2014 Headstart Program will open on May 1st, 2014!

Headstart dates for 2014: June 14, 21, 27; July 3*, 8#, 10*, 11.

Note that students are only expected to register for one day. 

* - Special Headstart sessions will be offered for Concurrent Education students on July 3, and July 10. For these dates, the program is modified to fit the particular needs of students in this program. Only students enrolled in the Concurrent Education program should register on these days.

# - Another special Headstart session will be offered for Criminology students on July 8. For this date, the program is modified to assist students in the Criminology program. Students in other programs can still register for this session, as much of the content will overlap with other academic programs offered. Academic Advising will still offer the same level of support to non-Criminology students. 

To contact us with questions or concerns, please e-mail us at