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High School Students

Ontario Students

We consider your top 6 4U or 4M level courses for admission. For Business Administration (BBA) and BBA double-degree programs, prerequisite courses are included in the admission average, regardless of whether or not they are part of your top 6 courses. The Concurrent Education program only includes the required ENG4U or EAE4U. For all other programs, we will look at your top 6 marks, regardless of whether or not your prerequisites are included in that average.

Your Grade 12U English must be at a minimum of 60% for all programs at Laurier unless otherwise specified (some programs require a higher admission average).

You must also meet all the program-specific requirements. Check the program page for details.

At Laurier, we believe extracurricular involvement and personal achievements are important. If you are a 101 Ontario high school applicant and your average falls within 3% of the minimum admission average for a program, we can consider your extracurricular involvement when reviewing your application if you fill out our Applicant Background Summary form after you apply.

Out-of-Province Students

To find out the admission requirements for the program you?re interested in, download our Out-of-Province Applicant chart and look for your province.

At Laurier, we believe extracurricular involvement and personal achievements are important. If you fall within 3% of the minimum average for a program, we can consider your extracurricular involvement when reviewing your application if you share this experience by sending your extracurricular information to coast2coast@wlu.ca after you apply.

Aboriginal Students

You can declare that you have an Aboriginal background, heritage or ancestry ? First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit or Métis ? when you apply to university.

Why is it important to self-identify as an Aboriginal student? First, it gives our Office of Aboriginal Initiatives a heads-up that you have applied to Laurier so we can contact you about the services available to you as an Aboriginal student. Second, it makes you eligible for the Aboriginal Admission Policy, which gives you assistance, should your application need it, in the admissions process.

This information is confidential and only goes to the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives; it?s not used in any negative ways against you.

Laurier?s Undergraduate Aboriginal Admission Policy

If you self-identify as an Aboriginal student (either a 101 or 105 applicant), you?re eligible for admission if you fall below, but within 5% (to a minimum of 70%) of the cut-off grade for the program to which you apply. If you fall within that 5% window, to be considered for admission you must provide a written personal statement outlining any work experience, achievements, educational goals and why you believe you will be successful at postsecondary studies. This can be written in essay format.

For more information, email aboriginal@wlu.ca.?

Transfer Students

College Transfer Students

Laurier recognizes that students benefit from exposure to both the applied knowledge programs offered at a college and the more theoretical liberal studies offered by university programs.

Admission from college programs is based on the following criteria:

  • Applicability of your college program to the Laurier degree/major to which you?re applying.
  • Appropriateness of the courses taken.
  • Your academic achievement.

Note: Admission to programs with limited enrolment is highly competitive, and a higher academic standing than the stated minimum averages may be required.

Completed 1 Year of a Program

Applicants who have completed the first year of a college program with a cumulative admission average of 80% (A-) or better will be considered for admission to Year 1 of an appropriate Laurier program. College students who do not meet these requirements will be considered on an individual basis by the admissions committee. Advanced standing may be awarded up to 2.5 credits to meet unspecific divisional credits, elective requirements, and major requirements where appropriate. A minimum grade of B- must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

Completed a 2-Year Program

Applicants who have achieved a cumulative admission average of 75% (B) or better, or who have a 75% (B) admission average or better, will be considered for admission to Year 1 of an appropriate program at the Waterloo Campus. Applicants who have achieved a cumulative admission average of 70% (B-) or better, or who have a 70% (B-) admission average or better, will be considered for admission to Year 1 of an appropriate program at the Brantford Campus.

Advanced standing may be awarded up to 2.5 credits to meet unspecific divisional credits, elective requirements, and major requirements where appropriate. A minimum grade of B- must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

View a list of transfer credit agreements for the Brantford campus from the college you?re currently attending.

Completed 2 Years of a 3-Year Program

Applicants who have completed 2 years of a 3-year program and have achieved a cumulative admission average of 75% (B) or better, or who have a 75% (B) admission average or better, will be considered for admission to Year 1 of an appropriate program at the Waterloo Campus. Applicants who have achieved a cumulative admission average of 70% (B-) or better, or who have a 70% (B-) admission average or better, will be considered for admission to Year 1 of an appropriate program at the Brantford Campus.

Advanced standing may be awarded up to 3.0 credits to meet unspecific divisional credits, elective requirements, and major requirements where appropriate. Up to 2.0 additional credits may be granted (for a total of 5.0 credits). A minimum grade of B- must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

Completed a 3-Year Program

Applicants who have achieved a cumulative admission average of 75% (B) or better, or who have a 75% (B) admission average or better, will be considered for admission to Year 1 of an appropriate program at the Waterloo Campus. Applicants who have achieved a cumulative admission average of 70% (B-) or better, or who have a 70% (B-) admission average or better, will be considered for admission to Year 1 of an appropriate program at the Brantford Campus.

Advanced standing may be awarded up to 7.5 credits to meet unspecified divisional credits and elective requirements. A minimum grade of B- must have been attained in any applicable courses for transfer credit consideration.

View a list of transfer credit agreements for the Brantford campus from the college you?re currently attending.

University Transfer Students

University transfer students will be selected for admission on a competitive basis. Normally, a minimum cumulative admission average of 70% (B-) will be required for full-time admission. However, a higher admission average may be required for some programs (possession of the minimum requirements for entry does not guarantee admission).

You are responsible for requesting official transcripts from both secondary and postsecondary schools. Your transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. When we have received all official transcripts and any supporting documentation, you?ll be notified of our admission decision.

If you have been required to withdraw from a university or postsecondary institution, refer to our sections on admission for withdrawal students below.

Credits you have satisfactorily completed at other accredited institutions will be considered as completed credits at Laurier (transfer credits) with the following conditions:

  • Every credit you previously earned will be considered for transfer, but your grades for those credits will not be included in your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at Laurier (only courses taken at Laurier will be included in your cumulative GPA).
  • Transfer credits will not be given for courses that are part of your Laurier major if the grade was less than 60% (C-).

Transferring into our BBA or BKin programs

Transferring into our Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program or Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) program is a competitive process because space is limited. Admission to these programs is based on high school eligibility, the applicability of courses previously taken in university, and grades achieved.

Not a High School or Transfer Student?

Homeschool Students

Homeschooled students can be considered for admission to Laurier programs at the discretion of the faculties provided you can provide satisfactory documentation of independent evidence of academic achievement. Evidence of academic achievement could include results from a Scholastic Aptitude Test, American Collegiate Test, Advanced Placement exam or International Baccalaureate exam, for example.

Homeschooled students can also be considered for admission to our Brantford campus or our Faculty of Music. If you?re applying to the Faculty of Music or programs on our Brantford campus, you?ll also be considered for admission based on independent evidence of academic achievement, which may include high-school grades, correspondence courses, college courses and other pertinent accomplishments.

If you can?t present sufficient independent evidence of academic achievement, you can apply for our home school admissions testing, available at our Brantford campus for a fee. Successfully passing this testing will grant you admission to our Brantford campus programs.

Further information about applying to our Brantford campus can be found in our Brantford Home School Admissions Policy. For all other programs, please contact chooselaurier@wlu.ca.

Adult Students

You can be considered for admission as an adult student if you meet either of the following conditions:

  • You have graduated from high school without at least 6 OAC, Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M courses (or equivalent), and have 2 or more years work experience prior to the first day of classes.
  • You are at least 21 years old and have at least 2 years of work experience prior to the first day of classes.
  • You have never attended a postsecondary institution.

Adult students are normally admitted to part-time studies and will initially take courses without being registered in a specific degree or diploma program. You can apply for full-time studies after one year.

During the initial period of assessment, adult students registered in part-time studies may register in a maximum of 1.0 credit a term. To continue at Laurier, you must attain a minimum C- average (a Grade Point Average of 4.00) on 4.0 credits.

Senior Citizens

If you are 60 years old, or older, you can be admitted to part-time studies regardless of your previous academic background. You can register in courses for credit, or register as an audit student (take courses without receiving academic credit).

You can also be admitted to full-time studies ? applications for full-time studies will be assessed on an individual basis.

As a student at Laurier, normal academic regulations will still apply to you.

Your tuition fees will be waived if you?re 60 years of age by the start date of lectures. You are still responsible for ancillary fees.

Audit Students

If you wish to attend classes without receiving academic credit, you can self-identify as an audit student. Tuition fees are normally half the regular course fee, with a few exceptions where you must pay full course fees. Fees are non-refundable.

You do not need to meet entrance requirements as an audit student. You don?t write mid-term or final examinations, but you may participate in classes to the extent allowed or required by the course professor.

Returning Laurier Students (Readmission for Withdrawal Students)

If you were required to withdraw from Laurier, you can request readmission 1 year (12 months) after the date you were required to withdraw.

Note: Due to the competitive nature of the programs in our School of Business and Economics, students who were required to withdraw from Laurier are not eligible for readmission into those programs. You can apply to be readmitted to another program at the university.

For readmission into the faculties of Arts, Liberal Arts, Human and Social Science, Music or Science, academic upgrading is required. The Faculty of Music will also you to re-audition. You must complete 2 academic college courses, each at a minimum grade of 80% (A-), or 2 university courses, each at a minimum grade of 70% (B-). These courses can?t be taken at Laurier and must not cover course material previously taken at Laurier. The courses must be academic in content and cover disciplines that are taught in the desired Laurier faculty. Business courses will not be approved. Any additional courses you have taken while on ?must withdraw? status must be pre-approved by the Office of the Registrar.

Courses taken at college or another university to either meet upgrading requirements or taken for interest while you were on ?must withdraw? status will not be considered for transfer credit if you are admitted to Laurier.

Readmission will be at the discretion of the faculty and is not guaranteed.

Returning University Students (Admission for Withdrawal Students)

If you?ve been required to withdraw from another postsecondary institution, you can apply for admission 1 year (12 months) after the date you were asked to withdraw.

Academic upgrading is required: you must complete 2 academic college courses, each at a minimum grade of 80% (A-), or 2 university courses, each at a minimum grade of 70% (B-). These courses can?t be taken at Laurier or cover course material previously taken at another postsecondary institution. Any additional courses you have taken while on ?must withdraw? status will be assessed by the admissions committee. Courses taken for upgrading purposes must be pre-approved by the admissions committee.

Admission will be at the discretion of the admissions committee and is not guaranteed.

Courses taken at college or another university to either meet upgrading requirements or taken for interest while you were on ?must withdraw? status will not be considered for transfer credit if you are admitted to Laurier.

If admitted, you can enroll in part-time studies on academic probation. You?ll be limited to 1.0 credits a semester and must successfully complete 2.0 credits with a Grade Point Average of 5.00 (C) within 2 years. You?ll be limited to taking 2.0 credits until academic probation is cleared. Upon clearing academic probation, you can proceed into full-time or part-time studies in accordance with regular academic regulations.

Cross-Registered and Letter of Permission University Students

If you?re registered at another university and wish to take courses at Laurier and transfer those credits to your home university, you can register at Laurier on a Letter of Permission. You are not required to submit transcripts.

Note: We cannot guarantee space in courses for students from other universities; preference is given to Laurier students.

If you are a student at the University of Waterloo, you can learn about our cross-registration procedures on the University of Waterloo website.


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