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To be admissible to Laurier, you must meet both the basic requirements for admission and your program’s specific admission requirements. Program admission requirements are listed on each program page.

Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. After you apply, find out how you can strengthen your application.

Admission Averages

Your admission average is calculated using your top six 4U/M courses (or equivalent).

Required Courses

For some programs, required courses are included as part of your admission average. If your program includes required courses as part of your admission average, it is stated in the admission requirements section on the program page.

Repeated Courses Policy

If you are applying to a program in the Faculty of Science or the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, we consider repeated courses when calculating your admission average.

We use a weighted average of your first and latest course attempts for required courses only. (Required courses are listed in your program's admission requirements). If you repeat a course that isn't required for admission, we use your highest grade.

For all other programs and faculties, we use your highest grade in any repeated courses.

Non-Day School and Online Courses

Laurier accepts courses taken online and outside of day school for admission consideration. These courses must be accredited by your governing ministry of education.

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Basic Admission Requirements

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Admission is based on your top six 4U and 4M courses. For some programs, your required courses are calculated in your admission average (see your program page).
  • A 4U English at a minimum of 60% (or higher for some programs).
  • All required courses listed in your program’s admission requirements must be at a minimum of 60% (or higher for some programs).
  • To maintain your offer of admission and begin studying at Laurier, you must obtain your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and meet all the conditions outlined on your official offer of admission.

Canadian Curriculums Outside Ontario

Review our Canadian course equivalents chart to find approved course equivalents for the Ontario curriculum.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum

If you are completing an International Baccalaureate diploma, review our international curriculums section for your requirements.

If you are taking IB courses along with another curriculum, your application is assessed using your entire academic record.

You may receive transfer credits (up to six courses), depending on your program.

Advanced Placement (AP) Curriculum

All required courses must be at the honours, Advanced Placement (AP) or senior level.

If you are taking AP courses along with another curriculum, your application is assessed using your entire academic record.

You may receive transfer credits (up to six courses), depending on your program.

International Curriculums

Laurier accepts all curriculums for admission consideration. If you do not see your curriculum listed on this page, review our international curriculum admission requirements by region.

Additional Requirements and Policies by Applicant Type

College or University Students/Graduates

If you have ever attended a postsecondary institution, you are considered a transfer student. Review admission requirements specifically for transfer students.

Courses you have satisfactorily completed at another accredited institution are considered for transfer credits if they meet the minimum grade requirements.

Indigenous Applicants

You can declare that you have an Indigenous background, heritage or ancestry when you apply to university.

This information is confidential. If you self-identify as an Indigenous student, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives will contact you about the services available to you specifically as an Indigenous student.

Laurier’s Undergraduate Indigenous Admission Policy

If your admission average is below the minimum admission average required for your program (to a minimum of 70%), you may be eligible for admission through Laurier’s Undergraduate Indigenous Admission Policy. To be considered for admission, provide a written personal statement outlining your work experience, achievements, educational goals and why you believe you will be successful in postsecondary studies.

After you apply, email your personal statement, which can be written in essay format, to indigenous@wlu.ca.

Adult Students / Mature Learners

Laurier has an admissions policy specifically for adult students who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission and who have never attended a postsecondary institution. If you have ever attended a postsecondary institution before applying to Laurier, you are considered a transfer student.

You are considered for admission as an adult student if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You graduated from a high school without six 4U and/or 4M courses (or equivalent) and have a minimum of two years of work experience prior to the first day of classes. If you graduated from high school with six 4U and/or 4M courses, you are considered a high school applicant.
  • You did not graduate high school, are at least 21 years old and have at least two years of work experience prior to the first day of classes.

Adult Student Admission Policy

Adult students are normally admitted to part-time studies into a general Bachelor of Arts (BA) or BSc (Bachelor of Science) program without designation (no subject of major interest). You will be required to maintain a minimum C- average (a grade point average) in your first eight courses (or 4.0 credits).

You can register in a maximum of two courses (1.0 credit) per term at the start of your studies. After you complete your first term, you can apply to register in full-time studies.

Homeschooled Applicants

You will be considered for admission at the discretion of the faculties. You must submit satisfactory documentation of independent evidence of academic achievement.

You must submit transcripts from your homeschool program and a second assessment from one of the following:

  • SAT subject results,
  • AP exams,
  • University/college courses, or
  • Grade 12 curriculum transcripts.

In addition to the above assessments, you must submit a personal statement outlining your volunteer experience, extracurricular activities and why you are interested in attending Laurier.

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. As an audit student, you take courses without receiving academic credit.

Applications for full-time studies are assessed on an individual basis.

Your tuition fees will be waived if you’re 60 years of age by the start date of lectures. Incidental fees are still required to be paid.

Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning

The Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning (LALL) is a unique option for adult learning. Courses are non-credit and are intended for personal interest and self-education. The distinction between a LALL course and a university course is that LALL courses have no exams, no grading and no prerequisites.

Students Required to Withdraw from Another University

If you’ve been required to withdraw from another postsecondary institution, you can apply for admission to Laurier one year (12 months) after the date you were asked to withdraw. Admission is at the discretion of the Admissions office and is not guaranteed.

You must complete academic upgrading to be considered for admission:

  • 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 cannot be taken at Laurier or cover course material from courses previously taken at another postsecondary institution.
  • Courses taken for upgrading purposes must be pre-approved by the Admissions office.
  • Any additional courses you take while on withdraw status are assessed by the admissions committee.
  • If admitted to Laurier, any courses taken for upgrading or for interest while you were on withdraw status are not considered for transfer credit.

If admitted, you can enrol in part-time studies on academic probation. You’ll be limited to enrolling in two courses (1.0 credits) per semester and must successfully complete four courses (2.0 credits) within two years with a grade point average of 5.00 (C). You are 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 according to the university’s Undergraduate Calendar.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

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

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