Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2006/2007
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Full-Time Studies: Application Procedures and Admission Requirements

Abbreviations

The following abbreviations are used throughout this section and are defined as follows:

OUAC Ontario Universities' Application Centre
OAC Ontario Academic Course: part of the OSSD system, required for university admission prior to curriculum changes implemented in 2003.
OSSD Ontario Secondary School Diploma (The diploma implemented in 1984)
OSS Ontario Secondary School Curriculum

M University/College Preparation Course

U University Preparation Course
Application Procedures

  1. Current Grade 12 Students who are enrolled in their senior year at an Ontario secondary school should obtain their PIN # from their guidance office and proceed to apply online, through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website at compass.ouac.on.ca. Final and mid-term marks are sent to the OUAC by the secondary school. These marks will be used to make early conditional offers of admission. Applicants must fulfill the requirements outlined on their Offer of Admission and successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Note: The university reserves the right to withdraw its Offer of Admission if these requirements are not completely satisfied.
  2. Applicants who are not currently attending an Ontario Secondary School on a full-time basis should obtain an application form (OUAC 105) from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website at compass.ouac.on.ca. The applicant is responsible for requesting official transcripts from both secondary and post-secondary schools. The transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office at Wilfrid Laurier University. Upon receipt and review of all official transcripts and any supporting documentation, the applicant will be notified of the admission decision.

Admission Requirements - Year 1

Ontario Secondary School Diploma Applicants

Decisions on admission to Year 1 will normally be based on the following criteria:

  1. Completion of the OSSD with six Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M courses. Students must meet the specific program requirements as outlined in the section, Programs of Study Degree Specific Requirements. An overall average of 60 percent on six Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M marks is the minimum required for admission consideration. However, a higher average will be required for admission to individual programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of places available in those programs.
  2. Normally, the admission average will be based on the applicant's best six Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M marks.
  3. In some cases, the university will request: an academic standing based on the applicant's record for the last two or three years in school and/or a recommendation from the secondary school principal.
  4. Laurier provides applicants with an opportunity to submit an Applicant Background Summary (ABS) Form that includes scholarly and extracurricular information. This information may be taken into account during the admission assessment process by the appropriate admissions committee.

Ontario Applicants: Combination of OAC, Grade 12U and Grade 12M Courses

Applicants who submit an academic record that consists of courses from the OAC, Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M level curriculum will be considered equally provided they meet the program prerequisite requirements.

Admission to Laurier Brantford

Admission to the Brantford campus is governed by the rules and regulations of Wilfrid Laurier University. The applications are administered through the Admissions Office at the Laurier Waterloo Campus. Refer to the section Application Procedures.

Applicants wishing to be considered for a program at the Laurier Waterloo campus must apply directly to the specific program.

Students who complete the Laurier/Mohawk articulation agreement with an average of 75 percent will be granted admission into the Contemporary Studies BA program and be granted 5.0 junior miscellaneous transfer credits.

Students who complete Conestoga's two-year Print and Broadcast Journalism program with a 75 percent average will be granted admission into the Contemporary Studies BA program and be granted one year (i.e. 5.0 credits) advanced standing. Students admitted under this agreement will receive 5.0 transfer credits, including credit for CT/JN222 and CT/JN226 (or equivalent), and other courses as appropriate. No more than 2.0 credits will be granted at the senior level.

Students who complete Conestoga's three-year Print and Broadcast Journalism program with a 75 percent average will be granted admission into the Contemporary Studies BA program and be granted 7.0 credits advanced standing. Students admitted under this agreement will receive 7.0 transfer credits, including credit for CT/JN222 and CT/JN226, and other courses as appropriate. No more than 3.0 credits will be granted at the senior level.

Students who complete Conestoga's two-year General Arts and Science program with a 75 percent average will be granted admission into the Contemporary Studies BA program and be granted one year advanced standing (i.e., 5.0 credits). Students admitted under this agreement will receive 5.0 junior credits.

All Other Applicants

Students applying from outside Ontario will be required to present evidence of equivalent standing, including those required courses listed in the section Programs of Study Degree Specific Requirements. Academic standings deemed to be equivalent are listed in the previous section Academic Equivalencies.