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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.

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

Headstart is a half-day 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. 

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.

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, refreshments and program materials.

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.

Headstart 2017 Dates

  • Saturday, June 17, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
  • Saturday, June 24, Faculty of Arts/Faculty of Music
  • Wednesday, June 28, Faculty of Science
  • Tuesday, July 4, Faculty of Arts/Faculty of Music
  • Wednesday, July 5, Faculty of Science
  • Friday, July 7, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
  • Saturday, July 8, All Faculties

Headstart Schedule

  • 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Registration
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Faculty information and campus sessions
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lunch and Resource Fair, optional sessions and campus tours

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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