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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 21, 2014
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Preparing for University

An early factor in a successful university career is making a smooth transition from high school to university.  Being a university student can be extremely exciting, yet very different from anything you may have experienced in high school.  Can you recall how you felt on the first day of 2024_01_wlu09spring_262.jpgkindergarten or grade nine?

Getting used to a new place takes time. However, if you take the time to think about some of the environmental, academic and personal changes that you’ll encounter as a university student, you’re already off to a good start!

Your First Year

Money Matters: University is an investment, and to help you plan accordingly we have outlined the expected costs as well as options for financing your education.

Adapting to Your New Environment: Adapting to the university environment takes time, whether you are living on campus or at home. This section contains information on Orientation Week, living on campus, packing tips and life outside the classroom.

Academic Transition: Academics at university are very different from high school. Read about the changes to expect as well as tips and resources for success.

Personal Growth: As you meet new people, have different experiences and learn about yourself and the world, you will find relationships and friendships will begin to change. We have outlined changes to expect with friends and family as well as tips for adapting to the lifestyle change that will inevitably occur.

Headstart: Is a transition program for incoming first years that takes place in the summer.