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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.  

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 jduke@wlu.ca. I look forward to meeting you and assisting you on this next part of your education journey!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to self-identify as an Indigenous student on my OUAC application when applying to Laurier?

When you self-identify as an Indigenous student on your OUAC application, this allows our Indigenous Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer to contact you and support you through the admissions process. They act as a liaison to Laurier’s admissions team and will help to ensure you have a complete application. They will also contact you with upcoming events and ways to engage in the Laurier Indigenous community! 

How do I know if I qualify for the Indigenous Admissions Policy?

As long as you self-identify as an Indigenous student on your OUAC application, you will be considered for admission through the Indigenous admissions policy. You will be contacted by our Indigenous Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer if you qualify. If you are concerned about the status of your application, please don’t hesitate to email indigenous@wlu.ca.

Can the Indigenous Student Centre help me find housing for school?

The staff at the Indigenous student centre can provide tips and tricks for finding student housing, but it is ultimately the decision of each individual student to find housing that is best for them.

Do I need a status card to access the Indigenous Student Centre and supports at Laurier?

No. You are not required to provide proof of status to access the supports and services through the Indigenous Student Centres at Laurier.

If I am applying as a transfer student, how many transfer credits will I receive?

Laurier does not provide pre-assessments when applying to Laurier. Once you are accepted to Laurier, your admission letter will outline the transfer credits you will recieve. Transfer credits are assessed on a case-by-case basis. We recommend keeping all your syllabi from previous courses as supporting documentation. For more information, please visit our Transfer Student Webpage.

Does Laurier offer online programs?

Yes we do! You can see a list of programs available online on our Laurier Online website. As an online student, you have access to the same supports and programming through the Indigenous Student Centre. Make sure to email Emily Daniel, edaniel@wlu.ca for more information.

What supports are available for Indigenous students in a virtual learning environment?

Even in a virtual environment, our Indigenous Student Support Coordinators are here to help you in your time at Laurier, providing one-on-one support and programming throughout the semester. Visit our Indigenous Student Services Webpage to learn more.

If I have self identified on OUAC, does that transfer to Laurier’s self identification system?

No, as a Laurier student, you will now have to self-identify as an Indigenous student through your LORIS account. This will ensure you stay up to date with supports and for Indigenous students.

Find out more on our Indigenous Student Services Webpage

Do you have more questions about admissions?

Visit the Top Application Questions webpage or email us at indigenous@wlu.ca.

Six Nations Polytechnic

Successful completion of the community-based, University Consortium 1 Year 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 programs (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, you must have a minimum average of 60% to qualify for transfer to Laurier. If you are interested in programs not listed below, please email indigenous@wlu.ca to discuss timelines and eligibility. 

  • Ancient Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology and Heritage Studies
  • Communication 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
  • Community Health
  • Criminology
  • English
  • Health Administration
  • History
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity
  • Humanities with Leadership Foundations
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Social and Environmental Justice
  • Youth and Children Studies 
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