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Join us at Laurier

Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

In order for us to assess your eligibility for admission, Laurier requires the following documentation. Do not wait until the deadlines (listed below) to submit your documents; the earlier we receive your documents, the earlier we can consider you for admission.

We may also request additional supporting documents at the discretion of the Recruitment and Admissions office, including academic or English language tests.

What to Submit


  • We require official transcripts from each secondary and post-secondary school you have attended. If the original documents are written in a language other than English, you must provide copies in both the original language and a notarized literal translation in English.
  • Transcripts must be up-to-date and bear the seal or stamp of the issuing institution.
  • If you are currently completing courses, submit an unofficial transcript showing your course enrolment and grades to date as soon as you apply, and then mail an updated, final transcript at the end of your semester. In many cases, we can make an admission decision based on unofficial transcripts.
  • Unofficial transcripts can be submitted online using LORIS (Laurier's Online Registration and Information System).
  • Final official transcripts should be mailed to Laurier’s International Recruitment and Admissions office from the issuing institution directly.

Proof of English Proficiency

  • If your first language is not English, we require proof of English language proficiency.
  • Laurier's institution code is 0893 (if required for testing centres).
  • If you do not meet our English-language requirements, you can apply to our LEAF program.

Supplemental Application

Your admission assessment is based primarily on your academic transcripts. Laurier welcomes information about your extracurricular activities, which could be used for admission consideration. This information may be submitted through the submission of the Applicant Background Summary (ABS) form. You can submit the form only after you apply to Laurier.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

If you have previously attended a post-secondary institution, we require detailed information about all post-secondary courses you have taken in order to assess your eligibility for transfer credits. Email these to

Acceptable types of course descriptions include:

  • A course calendar/catalogue from the university or college you attended.
  • A photocopy of the relevant pages from a course calendar/catalogue (please include a copy of the front cover).
  • The URL from the institution’s website that contains the course descriptions (the web address must indicate the name of the institution).
  • A faxed copy of any of the above.
  • A faxed or mailed copy of the course outlines (syllabi) sent directly from the institution in a sealed envelope.
  • An email attachment containing the course descriptions sent directly from the institution.

List of Activities

If you are currently not in full-time studies, or if there are gaps in your academic history, ensure you fully complete the “background information” section on the online application. You can also provide our International Recruitment and Admissions office with a resume or activity list by email to

Important Deadlines

Required documents must be submitted within two weeks from the date you applied.

The deadline to have all official, final documents to our International Recruitment and Admissions Office is July 15 for a September (fall term) start, unless otherwise stated on your offer of admission letter.

Email to communicate when your documents will be arriving. Your offer of admission may be withdrawn if we do not receive your documentation by the deadline.

Submitting Your Documents

After you apply, you will receive instructions on how to access Laurier's Online Registration and Information System (LORIS). You can view your list of required documents and submit your documents online using LORIS.

View Your Outstanding Documents

  1. Log in to LORIS.
  2. Select the ‘Admissions’ tab.
  3. Select ‘Display Admissions Applications’.
  4. Select the link under ‘Admission Term’ to view your ‘Application Status’.
  5. Review your ‘Application Status’ carefully for a list of documents we have received (if applicable) or still require for your application.

Note: If you have submitted any required documents via mail and do not see them on your LORIS account, we could still be processing them.

Submit Your Documents

In many cases, we can make an admission decision using an unofficial, scanned copy of your document(s), which you can submit online through your LORIS account (see instructions below).
If you are admitted to the university and accept your offer, you must arrange to have your official final documents sent to Laurier directly from the issuing institution in a sealed and stamped envelope.

  1. Select the link under ‘Admission Term’ to view your ‘Application Status’.
  2. You will see a list of required documents and an option to upload the corresponding document on this screen.
  3. Follow the instructions in LORIS to upload your documents. If one of your requested documents has more than one page, you must combine all pages into one master document in a PDF format, and then upload. You may need to do this for each requested document (if they have more than one page). Documents must be in PDF and no larger than 150 MB.     
  4. If you have already submitted sealed and official documents to Laurier, you do not need to submit unofficial copies.   

Confirming we Receive Your Documents

Laurier does not confirm the receipt of documents by phone or email. Use your LORIS account to confirm this information.

Mailing Address

Final official documents should be mailed to Laurier’s International Recruitment and Admissions Office directly from the issuing institution. Unofficial documents can be submitted using your LORIS account.

International Recruitment and Admissions Office
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, CANADA N2L 3C5

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618


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