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High School Students

Ontario Students

We consider your top six 4U or 4M level courses for admission. For Business Administration (BBA) and BBA double-degree programs, all Faculty of Science programs, the BASc Public Health and the BSc in Geography, all 4U prerequisite courses are calculated in your admission average, regardless of whether or not they are part of your top six courses. The two exceptions to this are the Bachelor of Arts in 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 included in that average.

Your Grade 12U English must be at a minimum of 60% for all programs at Laurier unless otherwise specified (some programs require a higher admission average).

You must also meet all the program-specific requirements. Check the program page for details.

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.

Out-of-Province Students

To find out the admission requirements for the program(s) you're interested in, email chooselaurier@wlu.ca for a digital copy of our Out-of-Province Applicant brochure.

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.

Note: We will accept the higher of any repeated courses for admission.

Aboriginal Students

You can declare that you have an Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal student? First, it gives our Office of Aboriginal Initiatives a heads-up that you have applied to Laurier so we can contact you about the services available to you as an Aboriginal student. Second, it makes you eligible for the Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal Initiatives; it’s not used in any negative ways against you.

Laurier’s Undergraduate Aboriginal 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 aboriginal@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).

In most cases, college diplomas include a course equivalent to 4U English. Completion at a minimum of 60% is a prerequisite for all Laurier programs. We will accept the higher of any repeated courses for admission.

Note: Admission to programs with limited enrolment is highly competitive, and a higher academic standing than the stated minimum averages may be required.

Completed One Year of a Program

Applicants who have completed the first year of a college program with a cumulative admission average of 75% (B) or better will be considered for full-time admission, and applicants with 70% (B-) or better will be considered for part-time admission into first year of a Waterloo BA program, or a Brantford BA or BASc program. All other Laurier programs will require a cumulative admission average of 80% (A-) or better in order to be considered for full-time admission into first year. In addition to the required cumulative admissions average, all applicants must have a 4U English or equivalent at a minimum of 60%, unless otherwise stated.

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.

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

Applicants who have achieved a cumulative admission average of 75% (B) 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% (B-) 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% (B-) 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% (B) 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% (B-) 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% (B-) 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% (B-) 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 postsecondary 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 postsecondary 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 Competitive Degree Programs

Transferring into the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, the Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) program or the Health Sciences (BSc) program is a competitive process because space is limited. Admission to these programs is based on high school eligibility, the applicability of courses previously taken in university, and grades achieved.

Not a High School or Transfer Student?

Homeschool Students

If you are not currently attending an Ontario secondary school on a full-time basis, you should complete the appropriate online application form (105 application form) through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). You can obtain a paper copy of the application form by contacting OUAC at 519.823.1063 or request@ouac.on.ca.

On a single application form, you can apply for admission to 3 different universities in Ontario for an application service fee of $150 (non-refundable).

If you are using the paper application, mail the completed form to OUAC at the address below (do not mail your application to Laurier):

Ontario Universities’ Application Centre
170 Research Lane
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
N1G 5E2

After you submit your application form to OUAC, it will be forwarded to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. When we receive your application and other necessary documents (see below), your file will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to receive an offer of admission.

Additional Documents to Send

After you apply, you are advised to submit the following applicable documentation as soon as possible:

  • Homeschool transcript: You can send your transcript electronically to chooselaurier@wlu.ca, or by fax to 519.884.0618.
  • Secondary academic source: This may include SAT subject results, AP exams, Grade 12 curriculum transcripts (if different from your homeschool transcripts), music audition (if applicable).
  • Proof of English proficiency: Students whose first language is not English are required to submit acceptable evidence of their English proficiency to our Recruitment and Admissions Office. This may be an official transcript showing a minimum of 3 years in an institution that teaches in the English language, or a successful English proficiency test score. Visit our English Proficiency webpage for more information.
  • Personal statement: Please send a letter that outlines your volunteer and extracurricular experience and why you are interested in Laurier. This should be emailed to chooselaurier@wlu.ca.

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 High School 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 enroll 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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