Here's the scoop on a few terms you'll come across a lot as a transfer student:
Transfer Student: Anyone applying to a postsecondary institution who has previously attended, or graduated from, another postsecondary institution.
Transfer Credits: Credits earned at your previous postsecondary institution that are recognized by the school you are applying to and counted towards your next degree.
Pathway: A fast-track for college students looking to earn a university degree that involves taking a defined set of courses in both college and university.
Articulation: A unique pathway agreement between two schools that helps you efficiently earn one or more diplomas/degrees in a specific field.
2+2 Agreement: An articulation that allows college graduates with a particular diploma (from a participating college) to earn 10.0 transfer credits (or two years' worth of courses), typically making it possible to earn an undergraduate degree in only two additional years.
Mature Learner: Anyone starting their university career for the first time who has been out of full-time education for at least two years. Note: some mature learner services are offered to all students over the age of 25, so if that's you it's always worth confirming your options directly with the campus service provider!
At Laurier, we know that no two students are the same. That's why we have so many ways you can customize your degree as well as your non-academic Laurier experience.
That being said, we want to help you maximize your time here so we've developed a wide variety of pathways to help you expedite your journey to a degree based on courses you've already mastered. There's something for everyone here.
You've already put a lot of time and energy into completing coursework at another college or university – we value that! When you apply to Laurier, we will automatically review all your postsecondary coursework and you may be granted credits towards your Laurier degree. Nothing like a head start, right?
Applying to university as a transfer student is a lot like applying to any postsecondary institution straight out of high school except for two things:
Transfer credits will be reviewed automatically when you apply, so be sure you're planning ahead to have all the right credits in place and keep up with transfer-specific admission averages.
"I was nervous coming to a new school, and never thought I would fit in, but that was far from true. Transferring to Laurier was the best decision I have ever made. It has opened my mind to ideas and opportunities I never imagined."
Brittany Taylor-Cash, BA '21 (Youth and Children Studies with a minor in Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University), Diploma '19 (Community and Justice Services, Mohawk College)
This may not be your first rodeo as far as postsecondary education goes, but you'll find out pretty quickly that every school has its own culture, processes and opportunities. Learn more about off-campus housing, on-campus parking, academic support services, peer mentors for mature students, funding your education and more.
No matter who you are or where you're coming from, there's a special place for you at Laurier and we have a whole team eager to help you settle in.