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Familiarize Yourself with LORIS

When you have accepted your offer of admission, you will receive an email from, directing you to the Laurier Online Registration and Information System (LORIS).

What is LORIS?

LORIS is the secure self-service site where Laurier students can add and drop courses, apply for bursary funding, update address information, retrieve tax documentation, review (and accept/decline) any offered financial support, request official Laurier transcripts, and more.

Logging in to LORIS for the First Time

  • Go to the LORIS website.
  • Log in using your nine-digit student ID number and a personal identification number (PIN). The first time you use LORIS, your PIN number will be your date of birth in the format MMDDYY. You’ll need to change your PIN and add secret questions as soon as you log in.
  • If you enter the wrong PIN five times, LORIS will lock you out. To reset your PIN to your birthdate, go to

Clear the Conditions on your Offer of Admission    

Admission conditions are stipulated in your offer of admission, with specific deadlines. Official documentation indicating successful completion of admission conditions (e.g. official university transcript confirming the undergraduate or graduate degree has been completed with the required academic standing, and containing confirmation that the degree has been granted) must be received in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office by the deadline as stated in the offer of admission. If you are unable to meet the stipulated deadline, you should contact the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies as soon as possible to discuss a possible extension of the time limitation.

Official transcripts are required of all candidates who accept an offer of admission. When arranging for an official transcript to be sent to Laurier, refer to the following mailing information. To be considered official, transcripts must be received in official university envelopes, sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution.

Note: Students who have not submitted documentation verifying satisfaction of admission conditions may be deregistered.

Master of Social Work and PhD in Social Work Programs

For graduate Social Work programs, direct transcripts to:

Admissions Office, Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
Wilfrid Laurier University
120 Duke Street West
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
N2H 3W8

Master of Business Administration/Master of Finance Programs

For the Master of Business Administration/Master of Finance programs, direct transcripts to:

Admissions Office, MBA office
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
N2L 3C5

All Other Programs

For all other programs, direct transcripts to:

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
N2L 3C5

Activate your Laurier Email

Email is one of the official means by which the university will communicate with you. Official notices and questions from the university will be forwarded to your Laurier email address, so you must be prepared to access the mailbox at this address.

How to Activate your Laurier Email

  • Visit
  • Enter your username and password. Your username is the first 4 letters of your last name and the last 4 digits of your student ID number (e.g. smit0789). Your temporary password is your date of birth in the format MMDDYYYY.
  • You’ll have to choose a new password as soon as you log in for the first time.

If you need help, contact the IT Student Service Desk at

Fund Your Graduate Studies

You are encouraged to prepare a budget to ensure that, taking all known resources into account, you are able to meet your costs while pursuing your graduate degree. If you were offered financial support at the time of admission, be aware that scholarships and awards are applied against your student tuition account and you are responsible for any balance remaining (credit balances are refunded at the end of the first month of each semester).

Employment earnings are paid on a bi-weekly basis, typically commencing at least one month into the semester. It is imperative that you have access to sufficient resources to cover at least the first month of your expenses.

Note: For international students, a budget worksheet has been developed to facilitate a realistic audit of your resources and the financial commitment that is required to complete a graduate program at Laurier successfully.

If you were offered financial support with your offer of admission, you must accept the funding on LORIS (select the "Student Awards and Financial Aid" tab). You may decline any or all funding offered if you wish.

A direct deposit authorization form must be completed and submitted by each graduate student holding scholarship, bursary or employment funding (e.g. TA/RA). Submit the completed direct deposit form to the Payroll Office.

Apply for Awards and Scholarships

You are expected to apply for any awards or scholarships for which you may be eligible. Consult our Graduate Funding and Awards pages each fall for application requirements and deadlines for major award competitions, which require university preselection.   

Submit your Tuition Deposit

Note: For Social Work (MSW, PhD), Business Administration (MBA, pre-MBA), Finance (MFin), and Management (PhD) students only.

Your tuition deposit is due within three weeks of your response to your offer of admission. A certified cheque or money order payable to Wilfrid Laurier University must be attached to the tuition deposit form and forwarded by mail.

Contact your Department    

Undertake preliminary discussions about your program's graduate coordinator concerning required courses, timelines for program-specific tasks such as proposal submissions, and more.

Register for Courses

New graduate students may register for courses for the fall, winter and spring academic terms using LORIS. LORIS is open for registration as of May 24, 2016.

Pay your Tuition fees

Tuition and incidental fees are posted online. You will receive an email through your Laurier email address in early August when fall-term invoices are available to view/print from LORIS. Payment options and instructions are available on our "Paying your Tuition" page.

Update Your Contact information

If your contact information changes, you must notify the university by logging into LORIS, selecting the "Personal Information Menu" tab, and updating the relevant information. 

Read the Graduate Academic Calendar

The graduate academic calendar outlines general university regulations and policies as they pertain to graduate students on matters pertaining to student, program and university responsibilities, policies on academic integrity, program-specific admission and degree requirements, course descriptions, academic dates, and more.

Get your Laurier OneCard

All graduate students must have a Laurier OneCard. The OneCard is your identification card, meal card, library card, door access card and athletics card.

To obtain your OneCard, you must provide the following:

  • Government-issued photo identification.
  • A printout of your detailed student schedule from LORIS.

On the Waterloo campus, the OneCard office is located in Arts building in the lower concourse near the Fred Nichol’s Campus Centre. On the Brantford campus, you can obtain your OneCard through Service Laurier in Grand River Hall, room 202.

Apply for a Parking Permit

If you need to park on campus for an extended period of time, you must apply for a parking permit for “non-residence” students. Permits are granted by lottery, and applications and their submission deadlines are noted on the Laurier Parking and Transportation website. Alternatively, pay and display lots are available on campus. You can also park on city streets where permitted for a maximum of three hours.

Register with the Accessible Learning Centre

If you require academic accommodations for disability-related reasons, ensure you register with the Accessible Learning Centre as soon as possible.

Save the date for Graduate Orientation

All incoming graduate students are encouraged to attend Laurier’s annual graduate orientation. Events are held at the Waterloo, Kitchener and Brantford campuses. The scheduled events provide invaluable orientation and professional development opportunities for new graduate students.

The September 2016 orientation events will take place Sept. 6-9, 2016.

Consult the GSA website for Information about Health and Dental Plans

All full- and part-time graduate students who are members of the Graduate Students' Association (GSA) are automatically covered by the GSA Health and Dental Plan. The fees will appear on your tuition invoice for September. Students starting their studies in January are not automatically assessed for the plan but can self-enrol during the change-of-coverage period in January.

Review the Student-Advisor Discussion Checklist

If you will be under the supervision of a faculty advisor, we recommend you review the student-advisor discussion checklist, which provides a guide for discussing mutual expectations between graduate students and their advisors.


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