Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2006/2007
Canadian Excellence

Adult Students

Applicants who do not possess the necessary minimum requirements for admission to the university and have not attended any post-secondary institutions may be considered for admission as adult students. Adult students are normally considered for admission to part-time studies.

Admission Requirements

Adult students may be considered for admission if they meet either of the following conditions:

  1. completion of the OSSD, Ontario grade 12 (old curriculum) or equivalent standing and at least two years of work experience prior to the first day of classes for the session to which they apply; or
  2. if the above requirement is not met, the applicant must be at least 21 years of age and have at least two years of work experience prior to the first day of classes for the session to which they apply.

Applicants are encouraged and in some cases may be required to submit a personal assessment letter outlining the following:

  1. why they feel they may be successful at university
  2. current career aspirations; and
  3. work experience since the most recent attendance at a school

Applicants are encouraged to describe any employment experiences, leisure activities or volunteer work/community service that demonstrates good citizenship and leadership qualities.

The university will admit only those applicants who, in the opinion of the admissions committee, are adequately prepared on the basis of previous academic training and/or life-skill experience to undertake university courses. Adult students are urged to avail themselves of the university's services (academic counselling, study-skills counselling, personal counselling and career counselling).

Admission Condition(s) Adult

Adult students admitted to part-time studies may initially take courses without being registered in a specific degree or diploma program. For registration in a specific program, the student's performance is subject to a successful review by the appropriate admissions committee. During the initial period of assessment, adult students registered in part-time studies may register in a maximum of two 0.5-credit courses or the equivalent in a term.

In order to continue registration at the university, all students must attain the following:

A minimum 4.00 (C-) GPA on 4.0 credits. If this is not achieved, they will be required to withdraw from the university.

Transferring from Part-Time to Full-Time Studies

Adult students in part-time studies, who wish to transfer into full-time studies, will require a higher academic standing than noted above. The application to transfer is available from the Office of the Registrar.

If approved, the adult student must register in a specific degree or diploma program and must adhere to the same regulations that apply to regular students.

Full-Time Applicants

The university may consider adult applicants for full-time studies, who in the opinion of the admissions committee, are adequately prepared for full-time studies. Such applicants are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for more information. If approved, the adult student must register in a specific degree or diploma program and must adhere to the same regulations that apply to regular students.

Admission Condition(s): Students who have been admitted to the university as full-time students with an admission deficiency must remove this condition within one year of the date of the first registration with the university.