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At Laurier, we are a community first. As a future Golden Hawk, you are a part of the Laurier family. This has never been more true as we work together to adjust to the changes required because of COVID-19. As a future student, your needs and questions are important to us.

We created this list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) to help you plan your next steps and ease your concerns. 

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Updated: October 12, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

How do I apply to Laurier?

Applications are facilitated through Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). See our Admissions website for detailed application instructions.

Winter 2022 Admissions

Applications are now open for winter 2022 admissions. 

Winter 2022 Programs Accepting Applications
Program Campus
BA + MA Waterloo
Biology (BA) Waterloo
Biology (BSc) Waterloo
Community Health (BA) Brantford
Community Health (BASc) Brantford
Computer Science (BA in combination) Waterloo
Computer Science (BSc) Waterloo
Computer Science and Physics (BSc)  Waterloo
Criminology (BA) Brantford
Economics (BA) Waterloo
English (BA) Brantford
Environmental Science (BSc) Waterloo
Environmental Studies (BA) Waterloo
Geography (BA) Waterloo
Geography (BSc) Waterloo
History (BA) Brantford
Honours Arts (BA)
(Ancient Studies, Anthropology*, Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Cultural Studies*, English, Film Studies, French, Global Studies, History, Languages, Medieval and Medievalism Studies*, North American Studies*, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion and Culture, Sociology, Spanish, Women and Gender Studies*)*These programs must be completed in combination with another arts program.
Honours Science (BSc) Waterloo
Humanities with Leadership Foundations (BA) Brantford
Indigenous Studies (BA in combination) Brantford
Law Degree (University of Sussex, UK) and Arts Degree (Laurier) (Brantford BA programs only) Brantford
Law and Society (BA)  Brantford
Mathematics (BA) Waterloo
Mathematics (BSc) Waterloo
Policing (BA in combination) Brantford, Waterloo, Online
Psychology (BA) Brantford
Psychology (BA) Waterloo
Psychology (BSc) Waterloo
Psychology and Neuroscience (BSc) Waterloo
Society and Environmental Justice (BA) Brantford
Water Science and Evironmental Health (BSc) Waterloo
Youth and Children's Studies (BA) Brantford

Spring 2022 Admissions

Applications are now open for spring 2022 admissions.

Spring 2022 Programs Accepting Applications
Program Campus
Community Health (BA) Brantford
Community Health (BASc) Brantford
Criminology (BA) Brantford
Economics (BA) Waterloo
English (BA) Brantford
History (BA) Brantford
Humanities with Leadership Foundations (BA) Brantford
Indigenous Studies (BA in combination) Brantford
Law and Society (BA)  Brantford
Policing (BA in combination) Brantford, Waterloo, Online
Psychology (BA) Brantford
Society and Environmental Justice (BA) Brantford
Youth and Children's Studies (BA) Brantford

Fall 2022 Admissions

All undergraduate programs will be accepting applications for fall 2022. Applications are now open. 

Looking for additional information?

Is the Recruitment and Admissions Office Receiving Mail?

The Recruitment and Admissions office is still receiving mail. However, receipt of documents may be delayed. 

You are able to upload electronic copies of your transcripts or coursework electronically through your  applicant portal account. If you have the ability to submit an electronic copy, this will allow the admissions team to review your application in a more timely manner. Documents submitted through your portal are considered unofficial.

Will Quadmesters or Octomesters Affect if or When I Receive My Offer of Admission?

As the academic year unfolds, Laurier will closely monitor the potential impact of non-standard course delivery options (e.g. quadmesters) on the admissions process. Laurier endeavours to provide a fair and equitable admission process, and relevant accommodations will be determined and communicated should they become necessary

How Do I Check to See If Laurier Has Received My Grade Information?

Current Ontario High School Applicants

You should check your OUAC account under “Current High School Information and Grades” to verify the information. Ontario high school officials complete this section. Check the information provided carefully and inform your guidance counsellor if you find any errors.

If you are taking courses at a school outside your “home” school, you are responsible for ensuring that this school submits the course information and all updates to your “home” school and to the OUAC. 

If course information is missing from your application, you must contact that school and request that they submit the missing information to your “home” school and to the OUAC.

This information has been taken from the OUAC website.

All Other Applicants

Your applicant portal is the official means to confirm if we have received your required documents. Please follow the online instructions that are outlined on our Required Documents webpage.

How Do I Verify that Laurier Has Received My Documents?

You can track the receipt of your documents using your applicant portal account. We will update your portal account when we receive a document. If you submit a required document using your portal, we will receive it automatically. We do not confirm when we receive documents through email or on the phone. 

What Should I Do If My Transcripts or Required Documents Are Delayed?

We know that the complications from COVID-19 affect applicants differently and we will work with applicants to be as flexible as possible. Please try to ensure your requested transcripts and documents arrive by the deadline and leave lots of time to coordinate these details.

If you need an extension, email or and let us know what transcripts and/or documents are delayed. Please include your Laurier ID number and provide an estimated date of when we will receive your files.

What Should I Do if I’m Concerned my Final Official Transcripts/Results Won’t be Received by the Deadline?

You must ensure your school or institution sends us your final, official transcript by the deadline on your offer letter. You should be tracking the receipt of your documents through your applicant portal account.

If you are concerned that your transcript will be late, and you have not already reached out to us, email or and let us know your transcript is delayed. Please include your Laurier ID number and provide an estimated date of when we will receive your transcript.

What Happens if My Final Exams are Cancelled?

Laurier is aware that some curriculums or testing services may cancel exams for 2022. In such cases, we will accept what is provided as your final, official grades to ensure you have satisfied your offer conditions.

I Am Experiencing Hardship that is Affecting My Academic Performance. What Should I Do?

We understand that the COVID-19 situation affects applicants differently and that you may be experiencing prolonged difficulties. The well-being of future students is important to Laurier and we want to help students achieve their goal of attending university.

Laurier has a "Special Cases or Extenuating Circumstances" review process. If recent or present circumstances have impacted your ability to achieve a strong academic standing, submit a personal statement to or It is your decision to disclose any supporting details. You must submit your statement by the posted deadline for the term that you will begin your studies. 

If I Am Not Eligible for My Program of Choice, How Does Laurier Decide What Alternate Program I’ll Receive Admission To?

If you aren't eligible for admission into the program that you applied to, you will be automatically considered for an alternate offer of admission.

You will be considered for an alternate program that you meet the minimum admission requirements for and that has space available in it.

Laurier cannot guarantee a specific program as an alternate offer of admission before we assess your application, particularly for competitive programs. This means that you should apply to every program that you want to be considered for admission to.

Will I Receive Transfer Credit For Courses That Do Not Have a Grade?

Any university courses that you received a final grade of 'pass', 'credit' or 'credit received' will be assessed for transfer credit to Laurier if they were completed in the following terms:

  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Winter 2021
  • Spring 2021

A maximum of 0.5 transfer credits can be awarded per term.

All courses completed in Winter 2020 with a final grade of 'pass', 'credit' or 'credit received' will be assessed for transfer credit to Laurier.

Does Laurier accept Duolingo English Test?

Laurier will accept Duolingo for winter 2022 and spring 2022 admissions. A decision to accept Duolingo for fall 2022 admissions is under review.

How is COVID-19 Affecting Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has created web resources on how COVID-19 is affecting visitors and students. Please see their website for ongoing updates.

Please also read our web resource on international study permits and COVID-19.

Do I Need a Study Permit to Study Remotely?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created new provisions for international students who are applying for a Canadian study permit.

Please read the international study permits and COVID-19 web resource for important updates, including what to do if you are experiencing difficulty obtaining important documents for your study permit application due to COVID-19 closures.

You will also need a valid study permit if you’d like to travel to Canada. Laurier has been added to the list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) with an approved readiness plan, which is one requirement for international students studying at Laurier to travel to Canada. Having valid documentation, including a study permit, is another requirement. Find out more about what is required to travel to Canada.

Campus Tours and Virtual Events

Updated: October 21, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Can I come to campus for a campus tour?

Yes! We are excited to announce that we are resuming in-person guided campus tours at our Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Tours run Monday through Saturday and are approximately an hour and a half long; limited spaces are available. To learn more about our in-person campus tours, as well as our COVID-19 requirements for in-person tours, please visit our tours and events page.

Can't visit us in person? We offer a variety of ways to tour our campuses virtually. Visit our tours and events page to see all of our tour options.

Are there any upcoming virtual events for future students?

The safety of our future students, current students, staff and faculty is our priority, so Laurier is hosting a series of virtual events to connect with future students and their families.

Ask the Experts

You have questions; we have answers. Whether you’re curious about admission requirements, residence options, co-op or how you’re going to pay for it all, our student life specialists (experts on all things Laurier) are here to help. Join us for a brief overview of popular topics, then stick around for as long as you like while we open up the floor to questions on specific programs, student life or anything else you want to know about Laurier.

Register for one of our live presentations or watch our pre-recorded version at your convenience. 

Ontario Universities Fair

Join us at the virtual Ontario Universities Fair on Tuesday, October 26, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. (ET). All Ontario universities will be participating in this free virtual event. No pre-registration is required. 

All Upcoming Events

Our future students' events calendar will show you all of our upcoming events, including virtual and in-person tours, program and student life information sessions, and more.

Where can I learn more about Laurier?

We're hosting virtual Laurier information sessions multiple times a week from now until November. Listen to our student life specialists introduce Laurier, our programs and our admissions process. We also share what it’s like to be a Laurier Golden Hawk, how we approach learning and why our students are prepared for what comes next after graduation. Register for one of our live presentations or watch our pre-recorded version at your convenience. 

How Can I Explore Laurier's Campuses from Home?

We launched a Virtual Laurier Experience to bring our campuses to you! And it’s much more than just tours (but we have those, too!).

Highlights include:

  • Laurier general information presentation
  • Access to our viewbooks
  • Virtual campus tours
  • Read our current student ambassador profiles
  • Photo gallery of our favourite campus spots
  • Meet our international recruiters

Vaccination Policy

Updated: September 20, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Check out our Vaccination Policy announcement for complete details. 

When will students, staff and faculty be required to provide proof that they are vaccinated?

By Sept. 7, students, staff and faculty were required to provide proof of their vaccination status.

Those who are not yet fully vaccinated, or who have received a medical or human rights accommodation to allow for an exemption from the mandatory vaccination requirement, will be required to follow the Rapid Testing Program requirements and health and safety protocols and policies.

The university expects that all students, faculty and staff will have received their second vaccination no later than Oct. 8 unless they have an approved exemption.

When will I be expected to have my second dose of the vaccine?

The university expects that all students, faculty and staff will have received their second vaccination no later than Oct. 8 unless they have an approved exemption.

What steps do I need to take now to meet Laurier's vaccine policy?

  1. Ensure you are fully vaccinated or have plans to be fully vaccinated prior to attending Laurier’s campuses this fall with a Health Canada approved vaccine or a World Health Organization approved vaccine. If needed, register for an appointment using Ontario’s booking portal. The university expects that all students, faculty and staff will have received their second vaccination no later than Oct. 8 unless they have an approved exemption.
  2. Obtain your proof of vaccination receipts at After accepting the terms of use, you will be prompted to enter your health card number, at which point you can download your receipt(s) from your COVID-19 vaccine(s). Take a picture of the documents or save a screenshot from your phone. Out-of-province or international students can access their government websites for vaccine receipts.
  3. Download the SAFEHawk app on your mobile phone. As of Aug. 30 the app offers a Vaccine Passport section where you will enter the date of your vaccination(s) and upload proof of vaccination. The SAFEHawk app will be your central portal for all COVID-19 related tools including proof of vaccination, vaccine exemption requests, and daily symptom self-assessments. Web-based access will be available for those without access to a mobile phone.


Updated: July 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Is Residence Guaranteed to Incoming Students Who Are Attending College or University for the First Time?

We guarantee residence* to all undergraduate students attending a postsecondary institution for the first time. To qualify for the residence guarantee, your application needed to be received before June 1, 2022.

*While Laurier endeavours to honour its residence guarantee, the University will not be liable for any failure or delay in providing residential accommodation when such failure arises out of any cause or causes beyond its reasonable control. Learn more about our Residence Guarantee.

What is the deadline to apply for Residence?

Deadline to submit your residence application is 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2022. Payment of a non-refundable residence deposit of $600 is required in order to complete your application.

What types of payment are accepted for the residence deposit?

Visa and MasterCard are the only methods of payment accepted through the online application system. You cannot use any type of debit cards or prepaid credit cards.

Can I request a roommate?

With respect to roommates, students are able to indicate one preferred roommate on their residence application, and therefore only you and one of your friends could request to live together.

Although the online application system does allow students to form roommate groups of any size, the Department of Residence will only provide consideration for roommate groups consisting of two students (yourself and one friend).

It is not possible to allow students to request to live with two or three friends, as we may not have enough apartments in the necessary configurations to accommodate all of these types of requests. Unfortunately, the department does not make exceptions to this policy, as limiting each student's roommate request to one ensures that we are able to accommodate roommate requests for all students who apply for residence.

In addition, it is important to ensure that you follow all of the roommate group rules detailed in the online application. If all of these rules are met, then the two students who have formed a roommate group will be processed together as if they were one application within the room assignment lottery process.

If your roommate group does not align with all of the roommate group rules, then the group will be split up during the room assignment lottery process. This means that each student who was part of a roommate group that has been split up will be processed through the room assignment lottery without consideration for a preferred roommate.

Is the Dining Hall on the Waterloo Campus Open?

The Fresh Food Company (Dining Hall) is still open, but seating has been reduced to ensure safe distancing practices. The Terrace Food Court and Wilf’s will support students with pick-up and take-out options co-located in the Terrace entrance.

Support Initiatives

Updated: September 20, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

How Will Laurier Support My Mental Health?

Your well-being is foundational to a meaningful university experience. We will help you to build strong health and wellness habits through supports:

  • Wellness education workshops.
  • Virtual and in-person medical and personal care through the Student Wellness Centres.
  • Year-long mental health promotion activities and events and access support services. 

Laurier created a Remote Learning: Student Support Hub to help current students adjust to remote learning and access support from one place. The Remote Learning Hub includes specific resources for mental health and social support, as well as exam and technology support and frequently asked questions for current students.

The Peer Support program aims to create a safe, inviting space where students can discuss student-life concerns with a trained peer supporter who can listen, validate, and refer them to additional resources. Peer Support is a collaboration of the Student Wellness Centre, Graduate Students’ Association, and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

How Will Laurier Prepare Me For University?

Laurier 101 is a campus-wide university preparation program to help you get ready for your life at Laurier both inside and outside of the classroom. Meet your classmates, connect with campus resources, learn about campus clubs and find out how to succeed in your classes.

  • Virtual Laurier 101 events and sessions focus on academic success strategies, connections with classmates, course registration support and information for parents/supporters.
  • We offer help with course registration. Participate in a live registration webinar specific to your faculty and then have your course registration checked by an academic advisor (to ensure you are enrolled in the courses you need).
  • Learn strategies for academic success. We will use all avenues of virtual delivery to ensure that you get the high-quality academic support you need, including workshops to help you develop your academic skills.
  • Change to remote delivery for existing academic supports, including math and writing support, academic advising and accessible learning.

Student Experience

Updated: September 20, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Is Laurier Offering Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities?

We are offering a significant number of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and student services in person, within safety guidelines in place. Remote options will also be offered for some activities.

Am I Able to Meet With an Academic Advisor In-Person?

We are offering a number of in-person academic services, such as academic advising, in line with public health guidelines.

Am I Able to Access Health and Wellness Services On-Campus?

We are offering in-person health and wellness services such as counselling and medical appointments, in line with public health guidelines.

Are Food Services Open?

Food Services are open and operating with a range of services that will expand as the fall term progresses, as permitted within public health guidelines.

Are There Still Jobs Available for Students?

Various sectors and employers are still actively hiring and posting jobs throughout these uncertain times. Our Co-op and Career Services are there to support you through the entire employment process, from job searches to resume and interview preparation.

Contact Us

If you have a question that is not answered here, please email us. Some questions may take us longer to provide you with an answer, but working together, we’re confident Laurier can provide the important answers you want and need.

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