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Transfer credits are credits granted upon admission in recognition of the work completed at another institution. Depending on your academic background, you may be eligible for transfer credit towards your Laurier degree.

Credit System

  • A course that is one semester long is worth 0.5 credit.
  • A course that is two semesters long is worth 1.0 credit.
  • A four-year honours undergraduate degree requires 20.0 credits.

Criteria for Transfer Credits

International Baccalaureate (IB)

You may receive up to 3.0 transfer credits depending on your program. To be eligible for transfer credits:

  • Higher level (HL) courses must be at a minimum score of 5.
  • Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay at B.

Advanced Placement (AP)

You may receive up to 3.0 transfer credits depending on your program. To be eligible for transfer credits:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) exams must be at a minimum grade of 4.
  • You must submit your official college board test results for your transfer credit assessment.

College Transfer Students/Graduates

  • Courses taken at another accredited institution are considered for transfer credit if you received a grade of 70% or higher.
  • Potential transfer credits:
    • First year of a college program: Up to 2.5 credits (applicants are considered for admission into the first year of an appropriate Laurier program).
    • Two-year diploma or second year of a three-year advanced diploma: Up to 5.0 credits.
    • Three-year advanced diploma: Up to 7.5 credits.
    • Ontario college articulation and pathway agreements: You could receive up to 10.0 credits (approximately two years of study) towards your degree depending on your program.

Review Laurier’s transfer credit policy for more information on how we assess and assign transfer credits.

University Transfer Students/Graduates

  • Courses you have completed at another accredited institution will be considered for transfer credit according to Laurier's academic regulations.
  • A minimum grade of 60% (equivalent to a C- at Laurier) in the course is required to receive transfer credit towards your Laurier major.
  • Grades obtained in non-Laurier courses are not included in your cumulative Laurier grade point average (GPA).
  • You must complete a minimum of 10.0 credits (including 5.0 senior credits) at Laurier to fulfill the university’s residency requirement (i.e. the minimum number of credits that must be completed at Laurier to receive a degree). The maximum number of transfer credits that can be applied to a degree is 10.0 credits, even if you are granted more.

Review Laurier’s transfer credit policy for more information on how we assess and assign transfer credits, when you will receive your transfer credit assessment and how to appeal transfer credit assessments.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

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

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