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Join us at Laurier

Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Congratulations on receiving an offer of admission from Laurier! Now that you have an offer of admission, you must do the following:

Visit our transition guide for help with any of these steps.

Activate Your myLaurier Email Account

The official means of communication between you and Laurier is through your myLaurier Gmail account. You should check your Laurier email regularly over the summer months and throughout your time at Laurier, as it will be used to communicate important information to you from staff and faculty.

The myLaurier Student Gmail system is only available to you after you have confirmed your offer of admission and after Laurier has received that confirmation, which may take several days.

Once your myLaurier Gmail account is ready for activation, we’ll send you an email to the personal email address you used on your application. You can then access your Laurier email by doing the following:

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your Laurier network username and Laurier password. Your username and password are the same as when logging into LORIS. If you have never logged into LORIS, your default password is preset to your date of birth in the format MMDDYYYY. If you have lost this email or you are unsure of your password, please contact the ICT Service Desk at
  3. You’ll have to choose a new password as soon as you log in for the first time.

Register for Password Self-Service

You will also need to register for password self-service by following the instructions below. This will allow you to reset your password or unlock your account in the future.

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your Laurier Network Login username and password.
  3. Select the Enrolment tab at the top of the screen. Follow the instructions on the screen to enrol for password self-service.

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


We understand that circumstances may arise that prevent you from enrolling for the term specified on your offer of admission. In such cases, a deferral of admission may be warranted. Deferrals may be granted for one full academic year to students beginning their studies at Laurier for the first time.

Conditions of Deferment

  • Deferrals will only be considered for applicants to undergraduate degree programs.
  • All conditions on the original offer of admission must be satisfied before a deferral will be granted.
  • Entrance scholarships will be deferred.
  • Applicants who enrol in academic courses at another post-secondary education institution during the period of deferment will void their offer of admission and are then required to reapply to Laurier and disclose any new academic information.
  • Applicants who return to a high school during their period of deferment must submit an updated transcript and may be reassessed for an updated scholarship.
  • Deferrals are not available to applicants admitted to the Faculty of Music except by special permission from the dean.
  • Deferrals are not available to applicants with offers to the LEAF program.

Deferral Process Checklist

  1. Confirm your offer of admission. Please see your official offer letter on LORIS for further details.
  2. Submit the Offer of Admission Deferral Request Form and submit the $60 non-refundable administrative fee by cheque only to the Recruitment and Admissions office mailing address by the deadline indicated below. Please make cheques payable to Wilfrid Laurier University.
  3. Reconfirm your intent to enrol by submitting the Confirmation of Readmission Form: Deferred Applicants, which will be emailed to you.
  4. If you wish to live in residence beginning in a fall term, apply for residence and submit the non-refundable deposit by the June deadline of the academic year you wish to begin. For all other terms, please contact to inquire about space availability.
Term of Entry Deferral Request Form and Fee Readmission Form
Fall Aug. 1 March 22
Winter Dec. 1 Aug. 1
Spring April 1 Dec. 1

Mailing Address

Attn: Emma Oakes
Recruitment and Admissions
Wilfrid Laurier University 
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3C5

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • June 12: Course registration opens for incoming first-year students at 10 a.m. EDT.
  • June 19: Course registration begins for incoming students given advanced standing.
  • July 15: Deadline to submit official required documents or date indicated in your offer letter.
  • Late August: Arrive in Canada and International Orientation Week.
  • Sept. 1 and 2: Move-in days for Waterloo campus.
  • Sept. 2: Move-in days for Brantford campus.
  • Sept. 2: Orientation Week begins.
  • Sept. 5: First day of classes.
  • Sept. 5: Fees due.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618


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