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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.

It’s hard to explain what it means to be a Golden Hawk without meeting us in person. No matter which of our campuses you tour, once you come, you’ll immediately feel the community spirit that makes Laurier special. Join us Saturday, March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for our March Break Open House on the Waterloo Campus.

Register for Waterloo Open House

What You Can Do at Open House?

Open House is one of the best times to visit campus! Our students, staff and faculty are all looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you have about university and what our Waterloo campus has to offer.

  • Take a campus tour: A student volunteer will be happy to show you all the sights and sounds of campus. This will be a generic campus tour. For program-specific information, you can learn more at the information sessions and fairs.
  • Take advantage of our residence open house: Our current residents open their doors to show you our dorm- and apartment-style residence options.
  • Attend a specific information session: Speak with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Residence, Student Affairs, the Students' Union and faculty members who are here to help you make your decision easier.
  • Get involved in open house sessions: Faculty and students will help to explain our programs and answer all of your important questions. We're also offering a workshop on how to make the transition to university.

Get the Most Out of Your Day

  • Register in advance to get email reminders and updates before the event.
  • Review the schedule below and plan your day before you get to campus. Staff and volunteers will also be handing out paper copies of the event schedule throughout campus during Open House.
  • Find out how to get here and where to park. Parking is free for our campus visitors during Open House!
  • Wear comfortable shoes and check the weather before you leave – you'll have the chance to explore the entire campus, so be ready to do some walking.

Academic Information Sessions

Our academic information sessions, hosted by faculty members and academic advisors, will allow you to get your questions answered, see what your university classes will be like, and find out more about the program to which you’ve applied.

Brantford Open House

Our Brantford campus is having an Open House on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Learn More

Academic Information Sessions

  • Archaeology Lab Tour: R140 (202 Regina Street), noon to 2 p.m.
  • Arts and Science Co-op: BA111 (Bricker Academic), 10:30 a.m.
  • Biology: N1057 (Science Building), 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Business: LH3094 (Lazaridis Hall), 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Business and Economics Co-op: LH3094 (Lazaridis Hall), 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry Demonstration: N3003/3004 (Science Building), 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Christian Studies and Global Citizenship: S101 (Seminary), 10:30 a.m.
  • Computer Science: BA112 (Bricker Academic), 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Double Degree programs: LH1009 (Lazaridis Hall), 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Economics: LH1010 (Lazaridis Hall), 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Environmental Science and Water Science: N1044 (Science Building), 11:30 a.m.
  • Explore Arts: How to Pick a Major: 1E1 (Arts E Wing), 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Faculty of Music: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Faculty of Science: BA110 (Bricker Academic), 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Film Studies and Vancouver Film School: BA102 (Bricker Academic), 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Health Sciences: BA101 (Bricker Academic), 12:30 p.m.
  • Kinesiology: BA102 (Bricker Academic), 12:30 p.m.
  • Mathematics and Financial Mathematics: BA111 (Bricker Academic), 9:30 a.m. and LH1009 (Lazaridis Hall), 11:30 a.m.
  • Physics: N1042 (Science Building), 12:30 p.m.
  • Psychology: N1002 (Science Building), 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Sussex Law (LLB) Degree and Bachelor of Arts (BA): BA101 (Bricker Academic), 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Other Information Sessions

University 101: Transition to Laurier

  • Location: Arts C Wing (ACW) 1C18
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Our former Laurier students want to help you make the transition to life at Laurier as easy as possible by offering tips and advice to future Golden Hawks on how to be successful in your first year.

Residence Information Session

  • Location: Arts E Wing (AEW) 1E1
  • Times: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Current residence students, dons and the manager of Residence Life will answer your questions about applying to residence, what to bring and what to expect in first year.

Admissions and Financial Aid

  • Arts E Wing (AEW) 1E1, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Lazaridis Hall LH1010 at 1:30 p.m.

Confused by what ‘conditional’ and ‘alternate’ offers mean? Overwhelmed by the cost of university? Hear from our Admissions and Student Awards professionals to have your questions answered and put your mind at ease.

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building (DAWB) 101B, The Purpose Lab
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.

Discover your passion for entrepreneurship and social innovation. Get involved in high-impact activities on campus and communities that enhance and support the Changemaking spirit at Laurier! Get inspired and bring your ideas to life!

Aboriginal Student Recruitment and Services

  • Location: Aboriginal Student Centre (ASC)
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.

She:kon, Ahniin! Boojoo! Welcome! Learn about Laurier’s Aboriginal student services including: admissions and academic support, awareness events, cultural programming and the Aboriginal Student Centre.

Your Career Matters

  • Location: Bricker Academic Building (BA), BA111
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.

Hear from a panel of students and the Career Centre on how the steps you take each year contribute to your career planning, finding part-time and summer jobs, the services and support we provide and the success our graduates have achieved.

Your Students’ Union

  • Location: Arts C Wing (ACW) 1C18
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.

The Students' Union gives you the opportunity to take your university experience outside of the classroom. Looking to get engaged in extracurricular activities, clubs, or orientation week? We'll cover the benefits of being a member of the Students' Union and more in this session.

Parents' Session

  • Location: Arts C Wing (ACW) 1C18
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.

How can I prepare my son or daughter for living on their own? What are the upcoming important dates that I need to be aware of? Parents, come get answers to all of your questions about the application process and next steps.

Trials, Tribulations and Trump

  • Location: LH 1011
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.

Are you wondering what class will be like at Laurier? How do professors lecture and how do they engage you in the classroom? Join award winning professor Kevin Spooner in his lecture on Trials, Tribulations and Trump: The (Dis)integration of North America? to get a taste of what your classes will be like at Laurier!

Students Today, Alumni for Life

  • Location: BA210
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.

Young alumni will tell you about life at, and after, Laurier. You'll hear about their experiences beyond the classroom that enhanced their time at Laurier and influenced their lives and careers. Enjoy light refreshments and take advantage of the opportunity to connect with these Laurier experts.

MBA Information Session and 1-on-1 appointments

  • Time: Information session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1-on-1 meetings by appointment

Learn about Laurier’s MBA programs and full-time, part-time and co-op degree options. We’ll also discuss admission criteria, the application process and our new Double Degree MBA and Master of Finance program.

Register for the MBA Information Session or book a personal appointment between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Information Fairs

Arts and Science Fair

  • Location: Science Building Courtyard
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Here’s your chance to meet faculty, staff and students from each of the departments in the faculties of Arts and Science. Not sure whether your heart is in Philosophy or Mathematics? Ask us at the fair!

Faculty of Music Fair

  • Location: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall Foyer
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Connect with current Laurier music students and staff members who will help you realize your future in the Faculty of Music. Have questions about incorporating music into a non-music degree? Swing by our fair to learn more about your options.

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Fair

  • Location: Lazaridis Hall Atrium
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ask about our 10 different Business options and meet the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Student Society and various club representatives.

Student Experience Fair

  • Location: Fred Nichols Campus Centre, Concourse
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Explore one of the best student experiences in Canada! Speak to students and staff from the many programs and services Laurier has to offer. Learn how they can aid in making your university experience a success!

Departmental Open Houses

Athletic Open House

  • Location: Athletic Complex
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tour our state-of-the-art facilities, talk to experts about interuniversity sports and OUA athletics, and learn about our recreational and intramural sport programs.

Music Open House

We're hosting a Faculty of Music Open House on Friday, March 10. Can't attend? The Faculty of Music is also hosting an information fair during March Break Open House on March 11.

Residence Open House

  • Locations: Bouckaert Hall Residence, Bricker Residence, King Street Residence, Macdonald House Residence, Willison Hall Residence. Find them ahead of time on our virtual campus map.
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visit participating residence buildings and current students will give you a tour of their Laurier home.

Campus Tours

Beginning at 9 a.m. (meet in the Paul Martin Centre), join one of our student volunteers for a guided tour. You will visit academic buildings, the library, the dining hall and more. Your tour will take approximately one hour and will end at the Science Building. Tours are available on an ongoing basis throughout the day. The last tour will leave at 3 p.m.

Join us for Lunch

Our campus eateries The Fresh Food Company (the primary dining location for our meal plans), the Terrace Food Court (which includes Pizza Pizza, Mr. Sub and our own Union Market), and Wilf’s Restaurant and Bar (our on-campus pub) are offering discount coupons to anyone who participates in Open House. You will find your coupon on the back of your Open House schedule that you receive when you arrive on campus the day of the event.

Waterloo Campus Parking

We are pleased to provide free parking to our March Break Open House guests. Please be aware that central campus parking is limited and is usually full by 9 a.m. We encourage you to set your GPS to one of the off-campus event parking lots indicated on the Event Parking map.

We strongly advise you to drive directly to an event parking lot, not to 75 University Avenue West. If our central campus lot is full, you will need to complete a loop of campus before exiting to one of our designated parking lots. To avoid this, simply proceed directly to one of our event parking lots when you arrive. There will be volunteers at each parking lot to direct you when walking to the campus.

If you require accessible parking, please come to Mid Campus Drive at 75 University Avenue West where parking staff will direct you to accessible parking on main campus.

Please use our online maps to help you find parking:

Note: Our event parking map works best in the Google Maps mobile app. If on a web browser, Google Maps asks you to log in to view the map, try opening the link in a new browser to access the map.

Can't make it to Open House?

If you are unable to attend our Open Houses but are interested in visiting campus, please fill out our Campus Tour Request Form.

You can also check out our Waterloo campus virtual tour.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618

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