As parents, your opinion and guidance are important components of your child’s journey to university. And while your child may be the one going to university, the choice of where to attend university impacts the entire family. To help you and your future scholar, we've provided some resources below to help you support your child as they apply to university. We've even included some great conversation starters to help you lead productive conversations.
Applying to university can be a stressful experience, so can waiting for an admission decision. Remind your student that their hard work is leading up to something truly exciting. With your help, they are setting themselves up for the next chapter.
If you need any help – Laurier is here to support. Our admissions office can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519.884.0710 x3385.
The Ontario Universities Application Centre deadline for Ontario high school students was January 15, 2020. Students can apply up until April 1, 2020.
Laurier's admissions website includes a quick application checklist so you can familiarize yourself with Laurier's specific admissions process – each university varies in how they admit students.
After an application is submitted, Laurier will communicate with applicants by email to remind them of any supplementary deadlines, important dates and upcoming events. When an admission decision is made, students will receive an email notifying them. Laurier does not mail offers of admission.
Applicants should log into their LORIS (Laurier's Online Registration and Information System) as soon as they apply.
Laurier offers in-person, on-campus tours that prioritize the health and safety of the Laurier community. Visitors must register for campus tours as campus is otherwise closed.
Virtual, live campus tours are also available on our Virtual Laurier Experience. You can book a live guided virtual tour or watch the pre-recorded tour – all from the comfort of your home. Virtual tours are led by our current student ambassadors.
In terms of financial support, compare tuition, scholarships and entrance bursaries to find the right fit for your family. It’s also worth checking if there are opportunities to work (i.e. co-op, part-time jobs), so your child can learn and earn at the same time.
Review our resources on how to create a budget, a great exercise for parents and students to do together.
Laurier's Dollars and Sense program can help students increase their financial knowledge.
Campus becomes a second home away from home, and you want to know what kind of experience your student will have and what supports are accessible to them.
Laurier's Special Constable Service (SCS) personnel are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Both campuses also offer a safewalk service, Foot Patrol, provided by student volunteers to ensure students get home safely.
SAFEHawk is Laurier's official campus safety app, which communicates alerts to the campus community in the event of emergencies. The app incorporates click-to-call functionality, immediately connecting users with campus support services such as the Special Constable Service, Laurier's Wellness Centres and more.
Your student's well-being is foundational to a successful university experience. Laurier provides resources for every dimension of wellness, including physical health, emotional and mental health, and financial wellness.
Laurier guarantees a spot in residence to all incoming first-year students who are attending postsecondary for the first time. The application opens in April and is due June 1, 2020. There is a $600 non-refundable deposit due with the application.
You can tour residence in person during a campus tour or at an Open House. Or watch our 360-degree room tours on YouTube.
All students living in residence must purchase a meal plan. Students living in an apartment-style residence have a suite with a kitchen to cook in. On the Waterloo campus, residence buildings are either dormitory or apartment-style. All residences on the Brantford campus are apartment-style.
Learn more about campus dining options.
Choosing a program and university can be a difficult decision. Your kids need your love, guidance and support to choose the best program for them. Here are some important questions for you and your child to discuss during the university process. They can help ensure you are covering all the important topics and help make the decision-making process easier.
You know your kid, and you know what they’re passionate about. And for every passion, there are programs that will turn that passion into a successful career. Here are some questions to ask that will get your child thinking about programs in creative ways.
Often there are many paths to the same destination. Your child will do their best studying a field that they're passionate about. Whatever path they take, a flexible degree will prepare them for their future. Encourage your child to create a degree that's a personal reflection of who they are and what they want to accomplish.
Just like there’s more to your kid’s life than the classroom, the university student experience is more than just academics. Though many schools offer similar degrees, not all programs at all schools provide the same learning experience. Here are some things to consider.
These opportunities can better prepare students for their future, as well as differentiate their resumé when they're ready to enter the workforce full time.
Though it may be difficult to imagine your teenager leaving home, it can be equally daunting for them to live independently for the first time. Knowing them as well as you do, you can help your child determine which school’s location is the best fit for their needs and personality. You can ask questions like:
Going to university is a huge life change, so it’s important to consider the non-academic supports your child might need. Check out the health and wellness services, extracurricular activities and career services that are offered at each institution.
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