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Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I access the admission requirements for 2012/13?

Admission averages and admission requirements are available on the admissions page. To access admission averages by program for 2012 entry, click here. To access admission requirements by program for 2012, click here.

Can students apply to more than one program?

Laurier is only able to issue one Offer of Admission to each applicant, therefore, if they receive an offer of admission it will automatically void their other Laurier program requests.

Please be sure your students lists their choices in order of priority. If they applied to multiple programs at Laurier and qualify for the first program listed, we will not proceed with further assessments.

Will students be considered for other programs if they do not meet the requirements of the program they originally applied to?

If a student is not eligible for admission to the program to which they have applied, Laurier willautomaticallyassess them for an alternate program;they do not need to submit an additional application. See our Alternate Offer Chart for more info.

Can students defer their acceptance?

Applicants wishing to defer admission must submit the deferral request formto the Admissions Office. Deferrals willbe considered for high school applicants only and will not be granted for financial reasons.

Students must provide official documentation identifying extenuating circumstances (e.g. medical issues).All conditions on the original offer of admission must be satisfied before a deferral will be granted. Applicants who enrol in academic courses outside of WLU during the period of deferment will void their offer of admission and be required to re-apply through the OUAC and to disclose any new academic information.

Please note: Entrance Scholarships and Entrance Bursarieswill not be deferred. Eligibility for an entrance scholarship will be assessed for the new entry point.

Deferrals are not available for the BA/BEd program at the Brantford Campus and the BBA/BMath program at the Waterloo Campus. For Music, deferrals may be granted to the Faculty of Arts. Students wishing to go into Music the following year must re-audition.

How are summer courses calculated into a student's entrance average?

We considerall Grade 12U and Grade 12M courses as equivalents regardless of the method of instruction (i.e. Correspondence, Night School, Summer School).

Does the student's ranking of Laurier on OUAC affect a student's likelihood of being accepted?

A student's choice in ranking Laurier as an institution does not have an effect on how their application is processed.

Financial Aid

What kind of Financial Aid is available to students?

Laurier's Student Awards departmentprovides financial assistance through scholarships, bursaries, OSAP and the Work Study Program. Part time jobs are also offered by many departments on campus and in the Waterloo community.

Entrance Scholarships are automatically awarded to full time first year students based on the best six mid term and final Grade 12 U or M grades submitted to the University in May. No application is required. View the Entrance Scholarship Grid.

In-course Scholarships - additional competitive scholarships are available to first year and senior studentswho apply. Visit Student Awards for a complete list of scholarships and deadlines.

Entrance Bursaries are awarded to full time first year students based exclusively on financial need. In 2007-08, the average bursary awarded was $1870. This money does not have to be repaid.

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) helps students supplement the costs of post-secondary education. The guidance office at your school will have more information about the program.

Are scholarships available if a student defers their acceptance?

Entrance scholarships and bursaries cannot be deferred. If a student defers their acceptance they will lose any scholarships or bursaries that have been awarded to them with that offer of admission. Eligibility for an entrance scholarship will be re-assessed the following year for the new entry point.

Residence Life

How much will residence cost?

Residence costs vary depending on the residence building a student is in. Approximate costs for a dormitory style residence and an apartment style residence are as follows:

Dormitory Style Residence

Tuition $5,448
Residence (double) $4,805
Incidental Fees $604
Books $800
Meal Plan B (regular) $3,300
Clothing $600
Travel $500
Personal (entertainment, hair, etc. at $250/month) $2,000



Apartment Style Residence

Tuition $5,448
Residence (single) $6,125
Incidental Fees $604
Books $800
Meal Plan D (apartment) $1,200
Groceries $2,400
Clothing $600
Travel $500
Personal (entertainment, laundry, hair, $250/month $2,000



Is a spot in residence guaranteed for all first year students?

Laurier guarantees a space in residence to all first-year students (those who are attending University for the first time in an undergraduate program.) Students who have a mid-term average of 90 percent or higher have their choice of residence style and room style.

All first-year undergraduate students who are offered admission to Wilfrid Laurier University for the fall/winter academic term beginning in September 2012 must submit their completed First-Year Residence Application online (together with required $400 deposit) no later than 11:59 p.m. onFriday June 1, 2012 to be guaranteed a place in residence. Any applications received after 11:59 p.m. will NOT be guaranteed residence.

In their Offer of Admission, some students may be provided with a further guarantee of their preferred residence style and room type (as indicated on their application form), as a result of their outstanding academic performance (usually a mid-term admission average of 90% or higher). Students receiving this offer must submit their completed residence application together with the $400 deposit online no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday June 1, 2012 in order for their residence style and room type preferences to be guaranteed.

Can students choose which residence they want?

Residence placement is done through request and lottery system. Once accepted to Laurier, students will receive a Residence Application. It is through this application that they indicate their preferred style of residence and style of room. All first year students are guaranteed residence provided they submit their deposit and application by the stated deadline; however, we cannot guarantee what residence building they will be in. It is important to remember that their residence experience is not so much where they live, but more the people they live with! Also remember, that students with an incoming mid-term average of 90% or higher have their choice of residence style and room style.

Important Dates

Applicant Background Summary Form (ABS)deadline: Monday, April 16th, 2012 - date passed

Residence Deadline:Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 11:59pm (Online Application)

Laurier Day Open House (Waterloo): Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Laurier Day Open House (Brantford): Friday, November 9th, 2012

March Break Open House (Waterloo): Friday, March 15th, 2013

March Break Open House (Brantford): Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Obtaining Information

How do I request a viewbook or brochures from Laurier?

You can request informational material from Laurier by clicking here, or emailing us at

What ways can students learn about the programs available at Laurier?

- Look at our viewbook online: Waterloo or Brantford

- Visit our Academic Programs page

- Take a campus tour

Campus Tours

How often do tours run, how long are they and how can I book one?

Typically, campus tours run Monday - Friday at 9:00, 11:30, 1:30 and 3:00, as well as Saturday at 11:30 and 1:30. Tours last anywhere from 1 - 2.0 hours depending on your interests and the number of questions you have!

All campus tour information, including the campus tour booking form, can be found by clicking here.

How do I book a group tour for my students? Is there a maximum number of students allowed?

We can accommodate small and large tour groups including bus parking. We would be happy to arrange a class visit or faculty session depending on availability.

Contact us for more information about setting up a school visit:


Phone: 519 884 0710 x3385

Can tours be specialized for specific programs?

Meetings with faculty, academic advising or admissions can be organized on request and based on availability. We have an exceptional group of ambassadors from a diverse range of programs and backgrounds who are excited to share their personal experiences with students at any time.

Simply contact us if you have any specific requests or concerns!

Are there tours specific to residences?

Our campus tours include two residence buildings, however if a student would like a more detailed tour of one specific or all residence buildings, click here.

Where can I watch the virtual tour?

The virtual tour can be accessed at:

How can a student get in touch with a Student Ambassador?

The ambassador profiles and contact information can be accessed by clicking here.

Open Houses and Recruitment Visits

What are the dates of the Open Houses at Laurier?

Laurier Day Open House (Waterloo): Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Laurier Day Open House (Brantford): Friday, November 9th, 2012

March Break Open House (Waterloo): Friday, March 15th, 2013

March Break Open House (Brantford): Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Do you need to pre-register in order to attend?

Registration is recommended and is made available in mid-October and mid-February. Check for more information.

Where can I find a schedule of the day?

Check www.chooselaurier.caabout a month before the open housefor schedule andadditional information.

How can I book a Recruitment visit for my school?

Laurier Recruitment Officers travel throughout Ontario, Canada and the world to meet with students and answer any questions they may have about Laurier and preparing for university.

To book a visit, contact us at: or (519) 884-0710 ex 3385