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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
November 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence

For Parents

Important Information for Parents and/or Guardians of Prospective Students

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act - FIPPA

Wilfrid Laurier University Admissions is required to adhere to the government mandated Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

Accordingly we are prohibited from discussing, changing or divulging information regarding student applications for any applicant over the age of 16 with anyone other than the applicant. We do encourage all applicants to contact us directly.

An Authorization of Information Release Form is available to applicants who wish to allow other individuals to make inquiries on their behalf or who are unable to contact the Admissions Office themselves. This form can be submitted by the applicant to allow the Admissions Office to discuss (not change) application information with individuals stipulated on the form by the applicant.

Important Dates

Fall Open House: Waterloo Campus
November 7, 2014
Fall Open House: Brantford Campus
November 14, 2014
OUAC High School Application deadline
January 14, 2015
March Break Open House: Brantford Campus
March 18, 2015
March Break Open House: Waterloo Campus March 20, 2015
Special Needs/Special Case Documents April 13, 2015
On-Line Applicant Background Summary (ABS) Form deadline (form available late December)
April 13, 2015
On-Line Entrance Bursary Application deadline (form available late December)
April 13, 2015
Registration Opens on LORIS
May 4, 2015
Admission decisions deadline
May 29, 2015
Offer confirmation deadline
June 1, 2015
Residence Application deadline
June 1, 2015
Residence Move-In Day
TBD but usually Labour Day weekend
First Day of Classes
For a full list of academic dates click here.
Conditional Offers of Admission

All offers are conditional.

All offers will contain conditions that applicants must maintain in order to keep their offer as given.

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of their final high school academic standing. Students will receive their final grades/transcript (June) before we receive final grade information from the OUAC at the end of July.

Final grades are received from the OUAC by the end of July. At this time the Admissions Office will review all offers of admission to ensure that students have cleared their conditions.

Students who have not cleared the conditions of their offer for their program will be notified the first week of August as to whether their offer will be revised or rescinded, and will have until mid August to meet final conditions.

Applicants who feel they will not meet the conditions of their offer are encouraged to register for summer school courses. The Admissions Office must be notified of summer school registration as soon as possible.

Please Note: Some programs may not allow summer school upgrading to satisfy conditions.

Communication During the Application Process

Once we receive the student's application from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) an acknowledgement email is sent to the applicant (to the address they provided on their application). 

We encourage students to provide a non-web based email address. Web-based email account providers tend to file certain types of email into spam or junk folders and subsequently delete them before the student sees them. 

Over the course of the application process the Admissions Office will continue to communicate with applicants through a number of mailings and email. Please ensure the mailing address provided is correct and up to date. 

Any changes to email address, mailing address, or telephone number - must be submitted by the applicant through their OUAC application. The OUAC will then distribute this update to us electronically. We will not accept these changes via email or telephone.


If a student accepts an offer of admission from Laurier he/she will be invited to attend Headstart.

Headstart in all faculties is a 1/2 day program that begins at 9:30am for the morning session and 1pm for the afternoon session.  Please plan on coming early!

The Headstart program provides information such as:

  1. student's program and the courses they should take
  2. academic expectations
  3. the difference between high school and university
  4. campus services and resourses that can help students make a success of university 

You'll be able to take part in a special Strategies for Academic Success session and chat with senior students about studying at Laurier.  Students will also be able to get their student identification card, the Laurier OneCard.

Parents will participate in a special parent transition program that provides an overview of what students will be experiencing as a university student, how you can support them. Get answers to the questions that you may have about residence life, orientation week, financial aid, etc.

Other activities include tours of the campus, library and some of our residence buildings, and an information fair where you and the student can learn more about our campus community.

If the student received an Offer of Admission to Laurier, participation in Headstart is strongly encouraged. If it is not possible to attend, please contact the faculty into which the student is being admitted to make alternate arrangements.

Headstart is offered at both the Brantford and Waterloo campuses. Students accepted into programs at the Brantford campus should attend Brantford’s Headstart program, and vice versa. The student's program is listed in their Offer of Admission.

Please refer to /headstart next spring for more information and to register for Headstart.

Timing of Offers

Offers of Admission Cycles

In January, Wilfrid Laurier University will begin to extend conditional offers of admission to qualified applicants. The earliest admission decisions will be based on the best five Grade 11 U and/or M final grades. It is likely that additional conditions will have to be met at this early stage, including minimum grades in program-specific prerequisite course requirements.

The next round of admission decisions, commencing late March through April, will be based on the best six of a combined final or mid-term Grade 12U, 12M and/or Grade 11U/M (final grade only) average. This average must include a minimum of three Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M final or mid-term marks. In all cases, applicants must meet, or be registered in, the specific Grade 12U course requirements for each program.

In May, admission decisions will be based on the best six of a combined mid-term or final Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M average, unless otherwise stated. Some programs, pre-requisite courses must be used in the admission average. In all cases, applicants must meet the specific Grade 12U course requirements for each program.

Applicants who are not eligible for a conditional offer of admission based on a combined mid-term or final Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M average, may request to be considered again based on final Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M marks, provided space is still available in the program requested. Applicants who wish to be re-considered based on new final grade information must contact Admissions directly to request reconsideration if space is available.

Students with Disabilities

We encourage students considering WilfridLaurierUniversity to contact Accessible Learning to inquire about services and facilities for students with disabilities. Prospective students and their families or teachers may direct their inquiries to: 519-884-0710, ext. 3086, or e-mail:

Accessible Learning is pleased to meet with prospective students to discuss their needs in relation to support services provided at Laurier. You might want to consider arranging a campus tour through Laurier’s Student Recruitment Office in conjunction with your preliminary visit with Accessible Learning.

Students with learning disabilities, ADHD, or acquired brain injury should be prepared to provide current psycho-educational or neuro-psychological documentation. Students with sensory, mobility or medical disabilities should provide the centre with current medical documentation of the condition.

Brantford students should contact (519) 756-8228 ext. 5759 or

Applicant Background Summary

This optional form is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to present extra-curricular information which will be presented to the appropriate Admissions Committee, should the applicant fall within 3% of the determined program-specific admission average and have met the required courses (for their highest ranked program only). The ABS form is only reviewed if needed but does not guarantee an offer of admission. The ABS form is available online to all Ontario High School applicants, except those applying to the Honours Bachelor of Music program, as additional information will be collected through the audition process.

ABS Submission deadline is April 13, 2015

Please note:

  1. If you have extenuating circumstances or special needs information you would like to have taken into consideration by the appropriate Admissions Committee, please send it to us separately (by April 13, 2015) from the ABS form.


    Please see: Special Case/Extenuating Circumstances or Special Needs for further info.
Information about Guaranteed Residence

Applicants with a mid-term (MAY grades) average of 90.0% or higher are guaranteed their choice of Building style and Room type, space permitting. This Guarantee does NOT apply to final (JUNE) grades as Residence space is already assigned by the end of June.

IMPORTANT: Applicants must complete the online application and submit it, with a $400 non-refundable deposit, to the Residential Services Office by 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2015 in order to be guaranteed a place in residence.


Related Information Title Type
2014 2014 Parent Guide Document