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Being 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.


Self-Identifying as an Aboriginal Student

What is self-identification?

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 through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC). The question is on the online application, and you can check “yes” or “no.”

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 (see below).

Laurier Aboriginal Admission Policy

Applicants who identify as an Aboriginal student will be given consideration for admission to Laurier programs if they fall within 5% of the established cut-off during each phase of the admissions cycle to a minimum of 70%. In order to be considered within the 5% window, applicants must provide a written statement outlining any work experience, achievements, educational goals and why they believe they will be successful at postsecondary studies.

Aboriginal Students Recruitment and Outreach Officer

Our Aboriginal Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer can assist you with admission questions, program information, Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) information and your transition to postsecondary education. The officer's mission is to ensure that prospective and current students are welcomed and supported throughout their journey to and during their university career.

If you are interested in having our outreach officer come to your community to speak to students, please connect with Rachael Simon at 519.884.0710 x4312 or rasimon@wlu.ca.

Come Visit Us

We provide customized visits to Laurier, including:

  • A full tour of the campus and Aboriginal Student Centre.
  • A meet-and-greet with a Laurier professor and the aboriginal student support coordinator.
  • Help with obtaining a OneCard for incoming students.

We can customize a Laurier visit based on what you’re interested in seeing. For more information or to book a tour, please contact the Aboriginal Students Recruitment and Outreach Officer, Rachael Simon, at 519.884.0710 x4312 or rasimon@wlu.ca.

Find Out More About Laurier

Are you in high school and interested in learning more about Laurier? Visit our future students page and discover why our university is a great place to live and learn.

Apply to Laurier

If you’re ready to apply, our admissions toolkit will take you step-by-step through the application process.

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Soup and Frybread Lunches

Both Brantford and Waterloo campuses host weekly soup lunches (sometimes traditional food) for students, staff and faculty. All are encouraged to come, enjoy a lunch and get to know each other. See the calendar of events for upcoming dates and times.

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