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First things first: review the undergraduate admissions toolkit. If you don’t find what you need there, below is some additional information you may find helpful.

Frequently Asked Questions

About applying:

About admissions requirements:

About admissions decisions:

Application Questions

How and when do I apply to Laurier?

Once you’ve picked the program you want to apply to, apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

  • Ontario high school students will receive instructions from their schools about using the OUAC 101 application.
  • For all other students, the OUAC 105 application is available by early October each year.

For Ontario high school students, the application deadline for fall 2019 is Jan. 16, 2019. All other applications for fall 2019 are due April 1, 2019.

Can I apply to more than one program?

Yes, you can apply to more than one program at Laurier. Each program application is reviewed separately and you will receive a decision on each program application.

If I am within or above the minimum admissions range, do I need to submit an Application Background Summary (ABS)?

It’s always a good idea to submit the ABS form when you apply to Laurier, even if you have an average at or above the minimum admissions range. The minimum admission range is the minimum overall average required for admission.

Does it matter how I rank programs on the OUAC application?

No, it does not matter the order in which you rank Laurier or different Laurier programs in your application. You will receive an admission decision on each application you submit to Laurier, no matter the order you ranked them.

How do I apply to co-op?

For many programs, you apply to co-op at the end of your first year at Laurier.

If you’re offered admission into a Business Technology Management program or a double-degree program at Laurier, you are automatically admitted to the co-op program. If you’re offered admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration double degree with Laurier and the University of Waterloo, you’re automatically enrolled in co-op because it’s a mandatory component of the program.

How do I know if my application was received?

We will send you an email to confirm that we’ve received your application. Please add to your list of safe senders or contacts to ensure that our emails reach you. You should also make sure the email address you submitted to OUAC is up-to-date – that’s how we’ll be communicating with you from now on.

Can I change programs once I begin studying at Laurier?

In many instances, students are able change their program after starting at Laurier, but it’s never a guarantee. Ideally, you will change your program before you arrive to ensure you qualify for admission, or talk to an academic advisor to explore your options once you arrive on campus.

Admission Requirements Questions

What average do I need to get into Laurier?

If you’re wondering what averages you need to get in to your program(s) of choice, visit the program page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and take note of the requirements. The minimum admission range is the minimum overall average required for admission. The competitive admission range is the mean entrance average of last year’s admitted students.

Admission averages vary depending on the number of applications we receive, the number of spaces available in each program and the grades of students who apply.

How do I calculate my average?

For Ontario high school students, Laurier considers your top six 4U or 4M (or equivalent) courses. This includes English (at a minimum of 60% unless otherwise specified).

For the following programs, all prerequisite courses are included in your admission average, regardless of whether or not they are a part of your top six courses:

  • all double-degree programs
  • all Business Administration (BBA) programs
  • all Economics programs
  • all Faculty of Science programs*
  • BA in Policing and Psychology in combination*
  • BASc in Public Health
  • BSc in Geography

*The three exceptions are the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Policing and Psychology and Bachelor of Kinesiology programs, which do not include the required math course when calculating the admission average.

For all other programs, we will look at your top six marks, regardless of whether or not your prerequisites are a part of your top six.

For example, if you applied to the Bachelor of Business Administration program, your admission average would be calculated as follows:

Admission average = English mark + Advanced Functions mark + Calculus and Vectors mark or Data Management mark + three other courses with top marks.

If you’re a high school student outside of Ontario, refer to your province-specific course equivalencies.

If you’re an international applicant, review the international admission requirements and curriculums.

Do virtual high school credits count towards my average?

If you’re enrolled in a virtual high school, the credit(s) earned do count towards your average grade that Laurier will calculate.

Tip: Make sure you list the virtual high school as a current or previous school on your OUAC application and submit a copy of your transcript showing your course registration and midterm or final grades, as applicable.

What if I take a repeat course in high school in an attempt to improve my grades? Which mark is counted towards my application average?

If you took a course for a second time to try and improve your grade, Laurier will use the highest mark to calculate your admission average.

If I take a summer school course, what marks are considered?

Courses completed previously through summer school, night school or correspondence are counted equally in determining your admission average. Please make sure these courses are completed at an accredited institution. If you intend on taking a summer school course to upgrade your mark before arriving to Laurier in September, you must let us know. Final official documentation must be submitted by Aug. 15, 2019.

Does an SAT score help support my application?

SAT scores are not taken into consideration when Laurier makes admission decisions. Laurier does not use entrance test scores like SAT or ACT.

We do require English proficiency test scores if your first language is not English.

What documents do I need to submit? When and how do I submit them?

In order for us to assess your eligibility for admission, Laurier requires some documentation to supplement your application. We may also request additional supporting documents at the discretion of the Recruitment and Admissions office, including academic or English language tests.

In your LORIS account, you will be able to see a list of documents we require for your application, as well as confirmation that we have received them.

You should submit them as soon as possible and no later than May 15, 2019. You can submit documents by email, by mail C/O the Recruitment and Admissions Office, or through LORIS.

Note: When you request for your transcript(s) to be sent to Laurier, it can take two to three weeks for Laurier to receive the documentation and to update your LORIS account.

Admission Decisions Questions

How does Laurier make admission decisions?

You will receive an admission decision on each application you submit to Laurier (up to a maximum of three programs).

If you are not eligible for admission into your program of choice, we will automatically assess your application to see if you qualify for admission into another program.

We reserve the right to consider additional academic information, which may impact the status of your application, including but not limited to: repeated courses, consistency, and when and where courses and/or tests were completed.

Laurier may utilize wait lists for competitive programs. If you’re placed on a wait list, you will also receive an offer of admission to an alternate program.

Where can I check the status of my application? What’s LORIS?

You can check your application status on Laurier’s Online Registration and Information System (LORIS).

Log in using your Laurier network username and password. You will find your login and temporary password in the confirmation of application email we sent you; please check your email.

If you have trouble accessing LORIS, contact

When will I receive an admission decision?

Admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis between December and May using available grade information. All offers of admission are conditional until final grades are received by the Recruitment and Admissions office in July.

How will I receive an offer of admission?

Notification of an offer of admission will be sent to you through email, where you will be directed to LORIS to view and save your offer letter. You will not receive an offer of admission in the mail.

When you receive an offer of admission, don’t forget to share your excitement on social media using the hashtag #Laurier2023!

How do I accept an offer of admission?

You must accept your offer of admission through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website.

What if I don’t meet the offer’s conditional requirements?

It is your responsibility to make sure that you meet the conditions of your offer. If needed, you may be able to enrol in summer school to upgrade your marks in an attempt to try to meet the required admission average.

If you’re concerned that you may not meet the conditions, contact the Recruitment and Admissions office immediately to see what options exist. Students not meeting the conditions outlined in their offer letter will have their offer revoked.

Can I defer an offer of admission?

If you would like to travel, work or if you have unexpected circumstances arise that prevent you from enrolling at Laurier, a deferral of admission may be warranted. Deferrals may be granted for one full academic year to students beginning their studies at Laurier for the first time.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions Office

T: 519.884.0710 x3385

The Recruitment and Admissions office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST Monday to Friday. You may also visit the office in person from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST Monday to Friday.


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