Admission Requirements for Part-time Students
The normal requirement for admission to Ontario universities is completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six Ontario Academic Credits (OACs), or the completion of the Grade 12 U and/or Grade 12 M level courses, provided the courses meet the program prerequisite requirements.
Wilfrid Laurier University does not have a policy for mature students. Please refer to this section on adult students.
You are an adult student if:
You are encouraged to provide examples of employment experiences, leisure activities or volunteer work that show good citizenship and leadership qualities. The Offer of Admission will outline clearly the conditions of academic probation and what you must do to qualify as a regular part-time student.
If you have attended another university or a college in the past, we must take your academic standing into consideration. However, we will also consider the length of time you have been away from your previous studies. Official transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions and we will assess automatically any applicable transfer credit when making our admission decision. Please see the section below on Transfer Credit Policies.
If you were required to withdraw from any post-secondary institution, including Laurier, you may apply for re-admission to begin studies not earlier than 12 months from the date of required withdrawal.
Previous Laurier students must re-apply by completing either a:
Applicants who have been required to withdraw from any other post-secondary institution must complete an Application for Admission (Part-time studies available only).
Your request will be reviewed by the appropriate admissions committee. The admissions committee requires that you supply the Admissions Office, along with the appropriate academic documents, a letter written by you, which outlines the following:
Re-admission will be at the discretion of the admissions committee. Normally academic upgrading is required (i.e., two academic college credits at a minimum of A- or better, in each course). Courses taken for upgrading purposes must be pre-approved. Contact the Admissions Officer for the Faculty you will be re-applying to for further information.
Once re-admitted, candidates must successfully complete 2.0 credits (or equivalent) by part-time study with a GPA of 5.00 (C) within two years, but are limited to taking 2.0 credits (or equivalent) until academic probation is cleared. Upon clearing probation they may then proceed into full-time or part-time studies in accordance with academic regulations.
Once we receive your application form and official transcripts, we will review your file and mail our admission decision to you. If you are eligible for transfer credit, an assessment of your advanced standing will appear on your Offer of Admission. On occasion, an early conditional Offer of Admission is made pending receipt of final transcripts. In this case, the transfer credit assessment will be delayed until the official final documents are received. You will be sent a written confirmation of the credits granted when these documents have arrived. It is your responsibility to be aware of the implications of registering in courses without transfer credit assessment completed.
The university is committed to granting appropriate transfer credit to the maximum extent possible. Factors that affect transfer credit include: the type of institution you attended, the applicability of the courses to the program you wish to enter, your grades and the minimum Laurier course requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Calendar section entitled Residence Requirements. You may be asked to provide course descriptions from the institution you attended.
Transfer Credit Policies
A. Fully accredited universities: subject to the guidelines noted above, a credit-for-credit transfer will be allowed wherever possible. If an equivalent course is not available at Laurier, we will attempt to award an unspecified elective credit.
If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (519) 884-0710 ext. 6887.
Academic & Related Dates Fall/Winter 2008/2009