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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Whether you are coming from high school, applying as an adult learner or transferring from college, Laurier is committed to helping you pursue this next chapter in your education journey. We support a diverse population of Indigenous learners at our Indigenous Student Centres on both our Waterloo and Brantford campuses. We're here to help you with the application process.

Laurier's Indigenous Admission Policy

Applicants who identify as an Indigenous student will be given consideration for admission to Laurier programs if they fall within 5% of the established cut-off during each phase of the admissions cycle to a minimum of 70%. In order to be considered within the 5% window, applicants must provide a written statement outlining any work experience, achievements, educational goals and why they believe they will be successful at postsecondary studies. The Indigenous admissions policy applies to undergraduate learners. 

Six Nations Polytechnic

Successful completion of the community-based, University Consortium Year 1 program at Six Nations Polytechnic (Ohsweken or Brantford campus) provides the foundation for students to be eligible for admission into the second year of Laurier's general Bachelor of Arts degree program (Waterloo or Brantford campus).

Our partnership offers students the opportunity to complete the first year of a Bachelor of Arts degree within the Six Nations community. Courses taken during the Consortium program at Six Nations Polytechnic are eligible for transfer credits towards a Laurier degree.

To take part in this partnership, apply to Laurier as a transfer student. You must have a minimum average of 60% to qualify for transfer to Laurier. 

Self-Identifying as an Indigenous Student

What is self-identification?

You can declare that you have an Indigenous background, heritage or ancestry – First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit or Métis – when you apply to university through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC). The question is on the online application, and you can check “yes” or “no.”

Why is it important to self-identify as an Indigenous student?

First, it gives our Office of Indigenous Initiatives a heads-up that you have applied to Laurier so we can contact you about the services available to you as an Indigenous student. Second, it makes you eligible for the Indigenous Admission Policy, which gives you assistance, should your application need it, in the admissions process.

Jessica Duke

Here for You

Aanii, my name is Jessica Duke and I am Anishinaabe Kwe, bear clan from Chippewa of the Thames First Nations. As the Indigenous student recruitment and outreach officer, I am here to help with anything you need when applying to Laurier on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses as an Indigenous student.

I am currently working from home. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 519.635.3943 or email me directly at I look forward to meeting you and assisting you on this next part of your education journey!


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