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.
Last updated Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Laurier is making daily decisions and service adjustments to contain the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to keep the Laurier community informed of these updates in a timely and accurate manner.
We know that clarity about how Laurier is going to approach the winter 2021 term is important. After carefully considering the options and potential future scenarios, as well as getting advice from public health professionals, we have decided that the majority of the winter 2021 term will continue to be offered in a remote and online format, with select in-person courses.
Although this means that the winter term will be similar to the fall term, we will be looking at specific types of courses/programs to see which could be considered for a return to in-person format. You can view the Undergraduate Instructional Plans for Winter 2021.
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Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Laurier is accepting applications for winter 2021, spring 2021 and fall 2021.
Please review our Dates and Deadlines page for application deadlines.
See our Admissions website for detailed application instructions.
For helpful information about admissions at Laurier, we created a comprehensive resource called 'Everything you need to know about applying to Laurier'.
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.
Laurier will accept the Duolingo English Test for winter 2021 and spring 2021 admissions.
A decision to accept Duolingo for fall 2021 admissions is currently under review.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is your decision to disclose any supporting details.
Your grade information is completed by Ontario high school officials. If your grades have not been updated by the end of April, you should contact your guidance counsellor and ask them to update your grades. Your school and teachers should be communicating with you about how to update those marks as well.
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 the 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.
LORIS 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.
Any university credits that you received in winter 2020 with a grade of ‘pass’, ‘credit' or 'credit received’ will be assessed for transfer credit to Laurier. This transfer credit policy applies to winter 2020 only.
For all other terms, a minimum grade of 60% (equivalent to a Laurier C-) in the course is needed in order for transfer credit to count towards the course requirements for your Laurier major.
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 LORIS 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 LORIS are considered unofficial.
We understand that circumstances may lead you to defer your offer of admission. Laurier accepts requests to defer your offer for one full academic year. The deadline to request a deferral for one year is Aug. 1, 2021.
Please read through Laurier’s deferral policy on our Admitted Students’ website. Please note that deferral requests are not guaranteed.
Yes, you can!
In late-October, Laurier resumed in-person, on-campus tours. Visitors must register for campus tours as campus is otherwise closed. Most staff and students working and studying from home. However, students may be on campus accessing study spaces and student support services that are available in person.
You can register for an in-person campus tour on the Tours and Events webpage.
Virtual, live campus tours are available on our Virtual Laurier Experience. Or you can watch a video recording of the tours. Virtual tours are led by our current student ambassadors.
Laurier is excited to be offering fall open house! It looks different this year so you can maximize your opportunities to engage with us virtually. We’re offering a mix of live events and on-demand content that you can access any time.
Join our live open houses on November 10th, 18th, or 26th for an evening of fun and an informative glimpse to your future at Laurier.
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!). Access these resources from anywhere at any time.
Most courses will be offered online and virtually this winter. Laurier staff and faculty are working to identify aspects of programs and activities that can be delivered in person in accordance with public health requirements.
Staff and faculty are working on specific details of which courses will have in-person components. We will keep future students informed of updates and continue to update incoming students.
The Laurier 101 transition program is designed to support your needs as our incoming class. Through this program you have access to our high-quality remote academic support services, including consultations and online workshops, to help you develop your academic skills. We’ll make sure that you have the information you need to stay connected with our supportive remote learning environment throughout your first year.
We have helped our faculty transform their online learning experience to support you with high-quality teaching that keeps you engaged and excited about the content you’re learning. We have staff and advisors dedicated to supporting your academic needs as you adjust to remote learning. And for traditionally challenging courses that are now being offered fully online, we will offer appointments, workshop, and resources to support students.
Not only will you meet your classmates during virtual Laurier 101 activities, you will meet other students, faculty, and staff through social events and by accessing campus services.
An application for winter residence will be open early this fall for students to apply. Students who have decided to cancel their residence application for fall will be notified when the residence application for winter is open. Please note we cannot guarantee residence to students who deferred their offer to January.
Residence was made available for fall 2020 and winter 2021. The Department of Residence worked together to create an exceptional residence experience for students with their health and safety as our top priority. We will continue this commitment to safety and the student experience in the winter term as well.
Some highlights of what you can expect while living in residence are:
The residence experience is intended to provide an environment where you gain academic support and an opportunity to establish new and long-lasting friendships.
The Department of Residence will accept applications to live in residence for fall 2021 when the online application opens online in April. Any updates regarding the residence application or residence experience will be communicated to applicants and prospective students as soon as possible.
We guarantee residence* to all undergraduate students attending a postsecondary institution for the first time. Applications must be received before June 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
Please note, we cannot guarantee residence to students who defer their offer to January.
*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.
Your well-being is foundational to a meaningful university experience. We will help you to build strong health and wellness habits through supports:
Laurier has an active community environment and we're working hard to ensure you feel connected to your university community from day one.
Not only will you meet your classmates during virtual Laurier 101 activities, you will meet students, faculty and staff through social events and campus services.
Some initiatives include:
More updates will be made on an ongoing basis as new initiatives are planned.
The Laurier 101 transition programs are designed to engage and support your needs as our incoming class. More than that, you will experience a supportive academic learning environment throughout the year.
Most staff and students working and studying from home. However, students may be on campus accessing study spaces and student support services that are available in person. Some services include on-campus study spaces and athletic and recreation facilities. All student services are also available in a remote format.
As announced by Ontario University Athletics (OUA), OUA-sanctioned sport programming and championships up to Dec. 31, 2020 are cancelled. Learn more about the cancellation on the OUA website.
For the latest updates from Laurier's Department of Athletics and Recreation, see the athletics COVID-19 Update page.
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.
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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