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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.


In addition to your curriculum-specific requirements below, you must also meet the program-specific requirements for your program of interest. We will accept the higher of any repeated courses for admission. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Program availability is subject to meeting minimum enrolment thresholds.

Supplemental Application

At Laurier, we believe extracurricular involvement and personal achievements are important. We can consider your extracurricular involvement when reviewing your application if you fill out our Applicant Background Summary form after you apply.

High School Students

Basic Admission Requirements

  • We consider your top six 4U or 4M (or equivalent) level courses for admission. If you are applying from a province outside of Ontario, refer to the chart below for your province-specific course equivalencies.
  • All required courses including English must be at a minimum of 60% unless otherwise specified (some programs require a higher minimum in English and/or other required courses).

We calculate your admission average using your top six 4U or 4M courses (or equivalents). For the following programs, all prerequisite courses are included in your admission average, regardless of whether or not they are a part of your top six courses: 

  • All double-degree programs
  • All Business Administration (BBA) programs
  • All Economics programs
  • All Faculty of Science programs*
  • BA in Policing and Psychology in combination*
  • BASc in Public Health
  • BSc in Geography

*The three exceptions are the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Policing and Psychology and Bachelor of Kinesiology programs, which do not include the required math course when calculating the admission average.

For all other programs, we will look at your top six marks, regardless of whether or not your prerequisites are a part of your top six.  

Course Equivalencies by Province 

Province Admissions
Requirements
English Biology Chemistry Physics Advanced
Functions
Calculus Data
Management
Grade 11
Math
Alberta, Nunavut and Northwest Territories1

Five courses.

All prerequisite courses must be numbered 30-1 or 31.

English Language Arts 30-1 Biology 30 Chemistry 30 Physics 30 Math 30-1 Math 31 N/A Math 20-1
British Columbia and Yukon2

Four academic courses at a Grade 12 level.

English 12 Biology 12 Chemistry 12 Physics 12 Pre-Calculus 12 Calculus 12 Foundations of Math 12 Pre-Calculus or Foundations of Math 11
Quebec CEGEP3

One year (12 academic semester courses) in a university preparatory program in a CEGEP.

Two 603 or 604 series English courses Two Biology courses coded 101 Two Chemistry courses coded 202 Two Physics courses coded 203 Calculus I Calculus II or Linear Algebra Statistics N/A
Manitoba Five academic courses at a Grade 12 level. English 40S Biology 40S Chemistry 40S Physics 40S Pre-Calculus 40S Calculus 45S Applied Math 40S Applied Math 30S or Pre-Calculus 30S
New Brunswick Six courses at a Grade 12 level. English 120, 121 or 122 Biology 121 or 122 Chemistry 121 or 122 Physics 121 or 122 Pre-Calculus A120 and B120 Calculus 120 Foundations of Math 120 Math 110 or Pre-Calculus 110
Newfoundland and Labrador4

Six two-credit courses. 

Prerequisite courses must be at level 3000.

English Language Arts 3201 Biology 3201 Chemistry 3202 Physics 3204 Math 3200 Math 3208 Math 3201 Math 2200 or 2201
Nova Scotia

Five courses at the Grade 12 level.

Prerequisite courses must be 12 or Advanced 12 courses.

English 12 Biology 12 Chemistry 12 Physics 12 Pre Calculus 12 Calculus 12 Math 12 Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11
Prince Edward Island

Five courses.

Prerequisite courses must be numbered 611 or 621.

English 621A Biology 621A Chemistry 621A Physics 621A Math 621B Math 611B N/A Math 521A or Math 521B
Saskatchewan

Six courses.

All prerequisite courses must be numbered 30.

English A30 and B30 Biology 30 Chemistry 30 Physics 30 Pre-Calculus 30 Calculus 30 Foundations of Math 30 Pre-Calculus 20 or Foundations of Math 20
  1. Conditional offers may be issued on in-class marks. To maintain an offer of admission, final averages will be calculated using diploma results, which must meet the minimum admission requirements.

  2. For Grade 12 courses that require a provincial exam, the final blended mark will be used. 

  3. Candidates completing one year of CEGEP will be considered for admission into first year; candidates completing two years of CEGEP will be considered for up to 5.0 transfer credits, equivalent to one year of study.

  4. Students studying in the French Language curriculum may present the equivalent 3000-level required courses.

Indigenous Students

You can declare that you have an Indigenous background, heritage or ancestry – First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit or Métis – when you apply to university.

Why is it important to self-identify as an Indigenous student? First, it gives our Office of Indigenous Initiatives a heads-up that you have applied to Laurier so we can contact you about the services available to you as an Indigenous student. Second, it makes you eligible for the Indigenous Admission Policy, which gives you assistance, should your application need it, in the admissions process.

This information is confidential and only goes to the Office of Indigenous Initiatives; it’s not used in any negative ways against you.

Laurier’s Undergraduate Indigenous Admission Policy

If you self-identify as an Aboriginal student (either a 101 or 105 applicant), you’re eligible for admission if you fall below, but within 5% (to a minimum of 70%) of the cut-off grade for the program to which you apply. If you fall within that 5% window, to be considered for admission you must provide a written personal statement outlining any work experience, achievements, educational goals and why you believe you will be successful at postsecondary studies. This can be written in essay format.

For more information, email indigenous@wlu.ca.

Transfer Students

College Transfer Students

General Ontario College Transfer Policy

Laurier recognizes that students benefit from exposure to both the applied knowledge programs offered at a college and the more theoretical liberal studies offered by university programs. Review Laurier's program-specific college pathways.

Admission from college programs is based on the following criteria:

  • Applicability of your college program to the Laurier degree/major to which you’re applying.
  • Appropriateness of the courses taken.
  • Your academic achievement.
  • Completion of necessary prerequisite courses (as applicable).
    • All programs require a 4U English at a minimum of 60% (some programs may require a higher minimum grade). In many cases, college diplomas include a course that is equivalent to a 4U university-level English.

Note: Admission to programs with limited enrolment is highly competitive, and a higher academic standing than the stated minimum averages may be required. We will accept the higher of any repeated courses for admission.

Completed One Year of a Program

Applicants who have completed the first year of a college program with a cumulative admission average of 70% or higher will be considered for part-time admission into the first year of a Waterloo BA program, or a Brantford BA or BASc program. Applicants with a cumulative admission average of 75% will be considered for full-time admission into the first year of a Waterloo BA program or Brantford BA or BASc program.

All other Laurier programs (excluding competitive programs) will require a cumulative admission average of 80% (A-) or better in order to be considered for full-time admission into first year. Up to a half years’ worth of transfer credit may be granted, depending on academic achievement. A minimum grade of 70% (B-) must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

Competitive programs, including the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Bachelor of Business Technology Management and the Bachelor of Kinesiology, require outstanding academic achievement in college courses and high school prerequisites, as space for transfer students in these programs is subject to availability based on the number and calibre of applicants.

Completed a Two-Year Program or Two Years of a Three-Year Program

Applicants who have achieved a cumulative admission average of 75% will be considered for full-time admission to an appropriate program at the Waterloo Campus, and applicants who have achieved a cumulative admission average of 70% or better will be considered for full-time admission to an appropriate program at the Brantford Campus.

Up to a year’s worth of transfer credits may be granted, depending on academic achievement. A minimum grade of 70% must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

Completed a Three-Year Program

Applicants who have achieved a cumulative admission average of 75% will be considered for full-time admission to an appropriate program at the Waterloo Campus, and applicants who have achieved a cumulative admission average of 70% or better will be considered for full-time admission to an appropriate program at the Brantford Campus.

Up to a year and a half’s worth of transfer credits may be granted, depending on academic achievement. A minimum grade of 70% must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

University Transfer Students

University transfer students will be selected for admission on a competitive basis. Normally, a minimum cumulative admission average of 70% will be required for full-time admission. However, a higher admission average may be required for some programs (possession of the minimum requirements for entry does not guarantee admission). We will accept the higher of any repeated courses for admission.

You are responsible for requesting official transcripts from both secondary and post-secondary schools. Your transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. When we have received all official transcripts and any supporting documentation, you’ll be notified of our admission decision.

If you have been required to withdraw from a university or post-secondary institution, refer to our sections on admission for withdrawal students below.

Credits you have satisfactorily completed at other accredited institutions will be considered as completed credits at Laurier (transfer credits) with the following conditions:

  • Every credit you previously earned will be considered for transfer, but your grades for those credits will not be included in your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at Laurier (only courses taken at Laurier will be included in your cumulative GPA).
  • Transfer credits will not be given for courses that are part of your Laurier major if the grade was less than 60% (C-).

Transferring into Kinesiology or Health Sciences

Transferring into the Kinesiology (BKin) program or Health Sciences (BSc) program at Laurier is a competitive process, and space is extremely limited. You’ll need a minimum GPA of 10.0 (low 80s) to be considered for either program, but higher grades may be necessary, depending on space availability and the number/calibre of applicants. You must also have the average and courses required of students entering the program from high school. An overall high school average of mid 80s is required, in addition to the following required courses:

Health Sciences:

  • 4U English at 60%
  • 4U Biology at 60%
  • 4U Chemistry at 60%
  • 4U Advanced Functions at 60%

Kinesiology:

  • 4U English at 60%
  • 4U Biology at 70%
  • One of 3U/M Functions and Relations or any 4U Mathematics at 60%

We accept students for September entry only. Students will be accepted based on Faculty review for admission.

Transferring into Business Administration

Transferring into the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at Laurier is a competitive process, and space is limited. You’ll need a minimum GPA of 10.0 (low 80s) to be considered, but a higher grade will probably be necessary, depending on space availability and the number/calibre of applicants. In addition to postsecondary grades, high school grades will also be taken into consideration for admission. An overall high school average in the high 80s is typically required, in addition to the following required courses:

  • 4U English at 70%
  • 4U Advanced Functions at 70%
  • One of 4U Calculus and Vectors or 4U Data Management at 60%

We accept students for September entry only and only to first year. Students will be accepted based on Faculty review for admission.

 

Social Work (BSW)

Minimum overall university average of 75%. Students will be accepted based on Faculty review for admission.

Not a High School or Transfer Student?

Homeschool Students

Homeschooled students will be considered for admission to Laurier Bachelor of Arts programs at the discretion of the faculties, provided that they submit satisfactory documentation of independent evidence of academic achievement. All homeschooled students can also be considered for admission to Bachelor of Arts programs at our Brantford campus or into the Faculty of Music at the Waterloo campus via specific admissions policies.

Adult Students

You can be considered for admission as an adult student if you meet either of the following conditions:

  • You have graduated from high school without at least 6 OAC, Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M courses (or equivalent), and have 2 or more years work experience prior to the first day of classes.
  • You are at least 21 years old and have at least 2 years of work experience prior to the first day of classes.
  • You have never attended a postsecondary institution.

Adult students are normally admitted to part-time studies and will initially take courses without being registered in a specific degree or diploma program. You can apply for full-time studies after one year.

During the initial period of assessment, adult students registered in part-time studies may register in a maximum of 1.0 credit a term. To continue at Laurier, you must attain a minimum C- average (a Grade Point Average of 4.00) on 4.0 credits.

If you graduated from high school with 6 OAC or 6 grade 12 U/M courses (or equivalent), you will apply as a high school student and can find information on our Undergraduate Students webpage.

If you have attended a postsecondary institution before applying to Laurier, visit our Transfer Students webpage.

Senior Citizens

If you are 60 years old, or older, you can be admitted to part-time studies regardless of your previous academic background. You can register in courses for credit, or register as an audit student (take courses without receiving academic credit).

You can also be admitted to full-time studies – applications for full-time studies will be assessed on an individual basis.

As a student at Laurier, normal academic regulations will still apply to you.

Your tuition fees will be waived if you’re 60 years of age by the start date of lectures. You are still responsible for ancillary fees.

Audit Students

If you wish to attend classes without receiving academic credit, you can self-identify as an audit student. Tuition fees are normally half the regular course fee, with a few exceptions where you must pay full course fees. Fees are non-refundable.

You do not need to meet entrance requirements as an audit student. You don’t write mid-term or final examinations, but you may participate in classes to the extent allowed or required by the course professor.

Returning Laurier Students (Readmission for Withdrawal Students)

If you were required to withdraw from Laurier, you can request readmission one year (12 months) after the date you were required to withdraw.

Note: Due to the competitive nature of the programs in our School of Business and Economics, students who were required to withdraw from Laurier are not eligible for readmission into those programs. You can apply to be readmitted to another program at the university.

For readmission into the faculties of Arts, Liberal Arts, Human and Social Science, Music or Science, academic upgrading is required. The Faculty of Music will also require you to re-audition. You must complete two academic college courses, each at a minimum grade of 80% (A-), or two university courses, each at a minimum grade of 70% (B-). These courses can’t be taken at Laurier and must not cover course material previously taken at Laurier. The courses must be academic in content and cover disciplines that are taught in the desired Laurier faculty. Business courses will not be approved. Any additional courses you have taken while on “must withdraw” status must be pre-approved by the Office of the Registrar.

Courses taken at college or another university to either meet upgrading requirements or taken for interest while you were on “must withdraw” status will not be considered for transfer credit if you are admitted to Laurier.

Readmission will be at the discretion of the faculty and is not guaranteed.

Returning University Students (Admission for Withdrawal Students)

If you’ve been required to withdraw from another postsecondary institution, you can apply for admission one year (12 months) after the date you were asked to withdraw.

Academic upgrading is required: you must complete two academic college courses, each at a minimum grade of 80% (A-), or 2 university courses, each at a minimum grade of 70% (B-). These courses can’t be taken at Laurier or cover course material previously taken at another postsecondary institution. Any additional courses you have taken while on “must withdraw” status will be assessed by the admissions committee. Courses taken for upgrading purposes must be pre-approved by the admissions committee.

Admission will be at the discretion of the admissions committee and is not guaranteed.

Courses taken at college or another university to either meet upgrading requirements or taken for interest while you were on “must withdraw” status will not be considered for transfer credit if you are admitted to Laurier.

If admitted, you can enrol in part-time studies on academic probation. You’ll be limited to 1.0 credits a semester and must successfully complete 2.0 credits with a Grade Point Average of 5.00 (C) within two years. You’ll be limited to taking 2.0 credits until academic probation is cleared. Upon clearing academic probation, you can proceed into full-time or part-time studies in accordance with regular academic regulations.

Cross-Registered and Letter of Permission University Students

If you’re registered at another university and wish to take courses at Laurier and transfer those credits to your home university, you can register at Laurier on a Letter of Permission. You are not required to submit transcripts.

Note: We cannot guarantee space in courses for students from other universities; preference is given to Laurier students.

If you are a student at the University of Waterloo, you can learn about our cross-registration procedures on the University of Waterloo website.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

E: chooselaurier@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618

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