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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.


High School Students

Ontario Students

If you are currently enrolled in your senior year at an Ontario secondary school, you can apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). You should obtain a PIN number for OUAC from your guidance office. After you submit your application form to OUAC, it will be forwarded to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. Your grade information will be submitted to OUAC through your secondary school.

OUAC collects your midterm and final marks between January and July and distributes them to the universities to which you’ve applied. Application decisions are made on a rolling basis as the appropriate grade information becomes available. If you wish to be considered on your final grades, you should notify our office directly. Offers of admission based on final grades will only be issued if space permits.

To maintain your offer of admission, you must fulfill the requirements set by your secondary school for completion of your OSSD, as well as any conditions outlined in your offer of admission prior to June 30. We reserve the right to withdraw our offer of admission if these requirements are not met.

 

Out-of-Province Students

Ensure that you review your provincial admission requirements for your program(s) of choice before you apply.

If you are not currently attending an Ontario secondary school on a full-time basis, you should complete the appropriate online application form (105 application form) through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). On a single application form, you can apply for admission to 3 different universities in Ontario for a non-refundable application service fee.

After you submit your application form to OUAC, it will be forwarded to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. When we receive your application and other necessary documents (see below), your file will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to receive an offer of admission.

Additional Documents to Send

You are advised to apply and submit the following documentation as soon as possible.

  • High school transcript: you can send your transcript electronically to chooselaurier@wlu.ca, or by fax to 519-884-0618, directly from your high school. Final transcripts must be sent as a hard copy to our Recruitment and Admissions office. You’re encouraged to send updated grades as they become available – offers are given out on a rolling basis as new marks are received. If you’re applying from British Columbia or Quebec CEGEPs, you can submit your grades electronically through OUAC. Check the OUAC website for more information and instructions.
  • Proof of English proficiency: Students whose first language is not English are required to submit acceptable evidence of their English proficiency to our Recruitment and Admissions Office. Visit our English proficiency webpage for more information.

Mailing Address

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

Indigenous Students

Whether you’re an Ontario or out-of-province student (either a 101 or 105 applicant), you can declare that you have an Indigenous background, heritage or ancestry – First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit or Métis – when you apply.

Follow the above application procedures for Ontario or out-province students. On the Ontario University Application Centre’s online application form, you can self-identify as an Indigenous student by checking “yes” in the appropriate area.

Recent High School Graduates

If you have already graduated high school and have never attended a post-secondary institution, you are considered a high school applicant to the university. To apply to Laurier, you should complete the appropriate online application form (105 application form) through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). On a single application form, you can apply for admission to three (3) different universities in Ontario for a non-refundable application service fee.

After you submit your application form to OUAC, it will be forwarded to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. When we receive your application and other necessary documents (see below), your file will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to receive an offer of admission.

Additional Documents to Send

You are advised to apply and submit the following documentation as soon as possible.

  • High school transcript: you can send your transcript electronically to chooselaurier@wlu.ca, or by fax to 519.884.0618, directly from your high school. Final transcripts must be sent as a hard copy to our Recruitment and Admissions office.
  • Proof of English proficiency: Students whose first language is not English are required to submit acceptable evidence of their English proficiency to our Recruitment and Admissions Office. Visit our English proficiency webpage for more information.

Mailing Address

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

Transfer Students

All Transfer Students

If you are transferring from another post-secondary institution (whether college or university), you should complete the appropriate online application form (105 application form) available at the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). On a single application form, you can apply for admission to 3 different universities in Ontario for a non-refundable application service fee.

After you submit your application to OUAC, it will be forwarded to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. When we receive your application and other necessary documents, your file will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to receive an offer of admission. You are advised to apply and submit the required documentation as soon as possible.

Additional Documents to Send

  • Transcripts: We require your official secondary school transcript and all official transcripts from previously attended post-secondary institutions. You can request your transcripts through OUAC while you apply or from the institutions directly. Transcripts for studies in progress can be sent electronically to chooselaurier@wlu.ca or by fax to 519.884.0618 directly from the issuing institution (or OUAC). Your final post-secondary transcripts must also be sent in hard copy directly from the issuing institution, in a sealed and stamped envelope to:
Recruitment and Admissions Office
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5
  • English Proficiency: Students whose first language is not English are required to submit acceptable evidence of their English proficiency to our Recruitment and Admissions Office. Visit our English Proficiency webpage for more information.
  • Course Descriptions/Syllabi: There is no requirement to submit course descriptions or syllabi at the time of application.
  • List of Activities: If there are any time gaps or periods of time that you have not been enrolled in post-secondary studies since completing high school, you will be required to provide a list to account for those periods of time. Please include the month and year for each activity.
  • Record of post-secondary education: You must disclose all of your post-secondary education at the time you apply for admission. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application information is truthful, complete and correct. The university reserves the right to verify any information provided as part of your application. If any information in your application is determined to be false, misleading or withheld, your application may be invalidated and this could result in its immediate rejection or in the revocation of an offer of admission or registration at a university. Information about a rejection of your application may be shared with universities and colleges across Canada. The determination of whether an application contains false or misleading information, or that you have concealed or withheld information, is solely the discretion of OUAC and/or the universities to which you have applied.

Note: Applicants who have been required to withdraw from any other post-secondary institution must adhere to the same readmission procedures as Laurier students, and are only eligible for part-time studies. See the readmission sections below for more information.

Not a High School or Transfer Student?

Home School Students

If you are not currently attending an Ontario secondary school on a full-time basis, you should complete the appropriate online application form (105 application form) through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). On a single application form, you can apply for admission to three different universities in Ontario for a non-refundable application service fee.

After you submit your application form to OUAC, it will be forwarded to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. When we receive your application and other necessary documents (see below), your file will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to receive an offer of admission.

Additional Documents to Send

After you apply, you are advised to submit the following applicable documentation as soon as possible:

  • Homeschool transcript: You can send your transcript electronically to chooselaurier@wlu.ca, or by fax to 519.884.0618.
  • Secondary academic source: This may include SAT subject results, AP exams, Grade 12 curriculum transcripts (if different from your homeschool transcripts), music audition (if applicable). 
  • Proof of English proficiency: Students whose first language is not English are required to submit acceptable evidence of their English proficiency to our Recruitment and Admissions Office. Visit our English Proficiency webpage for more information.
  • Personal statement: Please send a letter that outlines your volunteer and extracurricular experience and why you are interested in Laurier. This should be emailed to chooselaurier@wlu.ca.

Adult Students or Senior Citizens

If you are a senior citizen or adult student interested in simply starting with one or two courses at a time, a Laurier staff member, or someone interested in completing a few degree courses for personal or professional upgrading, you should apply to part-time studies

Use our part-time application to apply to the university. Wilfrid Laurier University has contracted with the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) to provide application processing services. When you begin the application process, you will be transferred to the OUAC website where you will complete and submit your application. You will be required to create and OUAC account (if you do not already have one). You may have only one OUAC account and should direct any application process questions to the OUAC.

If you are interested in pursuing full-time studies or if you are applying to part-time studies at more than one university, you should apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre as a 105 applicant.

If you have questions about how your individual circumstances might impact the application process, contact chooselaurier@wlu.ca and we will be happy to assist you.

Note: Not all programs can be completed part-time. If your program of interest is not on the part-time application, it is because the program is not available on a part-time basis.

Audit Students

If you wish to attend classes without receiving academic credit, you can apply to be an audit student. Audit students do not write midterm or final examinations but may participate in classes to the extent allowed or required by the course professor.

To become an audit student, you must first apply to and be accepted into part-time studies. Once you are admitted to the university, you must get permission from the faculty to audit courses. You can contact Service Laurier for help with this process. As a student, Service Laurier is your one-stop shop for all registration questions.

Tuition fees are normally half the regular course fee, with a few exceptions where full course fees are applied. Fees are not refundable for audit students.

Returning Laurier Students (Readmission for Withdrawal Students)

Fill out the appropriate online form available on the Enrolment Services website.

You must also send an official transcript(s) from the institution(s) you attended for your two upgrading courses to Enrolment Services. Visit the readmission page on the Enrolment Services website for further information.

Returning University Students (Admission for Withdrawal Students)

Complete the online application for admission (105 form) through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). On a single application form, you can apply for admission to 3 different universities in Ontario for a non-refundable application service fee.

After you submit your application form to OUAC, it will be forwarded to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. You are responsible for requesting official transcripts from both secondary and post-secondary institutions you have previously attended. Your transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Recruitment and Admissions Office at Laurier.

The admissions committee requires that you also submit, along with the appropriate academic documents, a letter written by you that outlines the following:

  • The program you wish to enter.
  • The reasons for your previous academic performance.
  • Why you wish to attend Laurier, and why you think you will be more successful academically if admitted.
  • The details concerning your activities or work experience since your last attendance at school.

To ensure we have time to properly process your application, please have all supporting documentation including transcripts to our office by the application deadline.

Incoming Letter of Permission Students (Other University Students Taking Courses at Laurier)

Complete and submit our online "Intent to Register" form on the Enrolment Services website, and send your Letter of Permission from your home university to Enrolment Services at Laurier. You are not required to submit transcripts.

Laurier must receive both your Intent to Register form and the Letter of Permission from your home institution before you can be registered in courses. We suggest that you indicate alternate courses on your Intent to Register form and alternate courses for your Letter of Permission in case your first choice is full.

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

Once you’ve been registered, you’ll receive an email confirmation. If you’re requesting an online learning course, you must also complete the Online Learning Term Form once you are registered in the course.

Your home institution will require you to send them an official transcript after you complete your Laurier course. Confirm what the deadline date is for your home institution to receive your official final grades from Laurier. Laurier officially declares grades by the following timeline:

  • Winter term: mid-June
  • Intersession term: mid-July
  • Spring/Summer terms: mid-September
  • Fall term: late January

It is your responsibility to submit a "Transcript Request Form" to our Enrolment Services office, requesting the transcript to be sent to your home institution.

Cross-Registration Students (University of Waterloo Students taking Courses at Laurier)

You can learn about our cross-registration procedures on the University of Waterloo website – please follow their instructions carefully!

Note: If you are requesting an online learning course, you must also complete the Online Learning Term form once you are registered in the course.

For more information, visit the Office of the Register website or email UWCrossReg@wlu.ca.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

E: chooselaurier@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618

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