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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.

If you could not Headstart 2017 in Waterloo, feel free to check out the webinar to learn more.

A transition program for Laurier’s new students and their families

Headstart is a program designed to make the transition to university life easier for our incoming students and their parents or guardians. It’s an introduction to life and learning at Laurier, an opportunity to learn about:

  • Your program.
  • Academic expectations and strategies for academic success.
  • The differences between high school and university.
  • Campus services and resources that can help you make a success of university.

At Headstart you will:

  • Meet with an academic advisor to review your class schedule.
  • Work with a Student Ambassador to revise your schedule as needed.
  • Talk with senior students to learn about campus life and getting involved.
  • Learn about applying for scholarships, bursaries and completing your OSAP application.
  • Get your Laurier Student ID (OneCard).

Other Headstart activities include tours of the campus, library and residence buildings, and an information fair where you can learn more about our campus community. 

Headstart Details

If you’ve received an offer of admission to Laurier, we strongly encourage you to participate in Headstart. We have four undergraduate faculties at our Waterloo campus, each offering a Headstart program that reflects its unique degree requirements; check your offer of admission to ensure that you're attending the Headstart program that’s designed for you. (Your program is listed in your offer of admission alongside your Laurier student ID number.)

When you come to Headstart, you'll need to bring:

  • Your offer of admission.
  • Government-issued photo identification (e.g. passport, driver’s licence, or health card).
  • A list of the first-year courses you've already registered in and a printout of your proposed timetable.
  • Your questions about the campus and registration.

The cost for Headstart is $10 per person, which includes parking, program materials and a light lunch.

Note: While Headstart offers sessions to assist you in your course selection and registration, you should not wait until you attend Headstart to begin signing up for your courses. Course selection for first-year students begins on June 5 and courses quickly fill up.

For Parents and Guardians

Parents and guardians will participate in a special session that provides an overview of what their students will be experiencing and how to support them, and that answers the questions they may have about residence life, meal plans, orientation week, financial aid and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which session should I attend if I am a double degree student?

Students in a Laurier double degree (BBA/Financial Math or BBA/Computer Science) should attend a Science day for Headstart. There will be a double degree session facilitated by the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics on each of the science days. Students in a University or Waterloo double degree (BBA/BMath or BBA/Computer Science) should register for a Lazaridis School of Business & Economics Headstart session.

If I am attending the July 8 All Faculties Headstart will I still be able to meet with an advisor for my program?

Some advisors may be available on July 8 as well as senior students from each program, but we can not guarantee that there will be an advisor from each program.

Do I have to register for courses before coming to Headstart?

We encourage all students to register for courses before coming to Headstart and to bring a print out of their completed schedule to review with an academic advisor. If you are having trouble with your register, you should register for an online registration webinar or view a past registration webinar for tips.

Can I bring my younger sibling to participate in Headstart?

Headstart programming is geared towards incoming students and their parents/guardians. However, if your sibling chooses to attend with you they may participate in the parent sessions. Attendees under 5 years old are free and do not need to be included in the registration.

How do I change my Headstart day?

You can update your Headstart registration by logging back in to the Headstart registration system.

I already came to an Open House and Tours+, do I still need to come to Headstart?

Yes! Headstart is a program for students that have accepted their offer to Laurier and are planning on starting in September 2017. The information at Headstart will help you prepare for the transition to university, connect you with senior students, ensure you are registered in the correct classes and give you a chance to pick up your Laurier OneCard.

Who can I contact if I have questions about Headstart?

Connect with the Headstart team by emailing or by phone at 519.884.0710 x2220.

Contact Us:


E: Centre for Student Success
T: 519.884.0710 x2220
Office Location: DAWB 1-102


E: Academic Advising Centre
T: 519.756.8228 x5849
Office Location: RAC West


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