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Becoming 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.

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

Do not wait until the deadlines (listed below) to submit your documents; the earlier we receive your documents, the earlier we can consider you for admission.

Please note that we do not confirm the receipt of documents by phone or email. Use your LORIS account to confirm this information.

Viewing Your Required Documents

In your LORIS account, you will be able to see a list of documents we require for your application, and confirm when we have received them

How to review your required documents in LORIS:

  1. Log in to LORIS.
  2. Select the "Admissions" tab.
  3. Select "Display Admissions Applications."
  4. Select the link under "Admission Term" to view your "Application Status."
  5. Review your "Application Status" carefully for a list of documents we have received (if applicable) or still require for your application. 

Uploading Your Documents to LORIS

In many cases, we can make an admission decision using an unofficial, scanned copy of your document(s), which you can submit online through your LORIS account (see instructions below).

How to submit your documents through LORIS:

  1. Select the link under "Admission Term" to view your "Application Status."
  2. You will see a list of required documents and an option to upload the corresponding document on this screen.
  3. Follow the instructions in LORIS to upload your documents. If one of your requested documents has more than one page, you must combine all pages into one master document in a PDF format, and then upload. You may need to do this for each requested document (if they have more than one page). Documents must be in PDF and no larger than 150 MB.     
  4. If you have already submitted sealed and official documents to Laurier, you do not need to submit unofficial copies.

Note: If you are admitted to the university and accept your offer, you must arrange to have your official final documents sent to Laurier directly from the issuing institution in a sealed and stamped envelope.

Confirming We Received Your Documents

Laurier does not confirm the receipt of documents by phone or email. Use your LORIS account to confirm this information.

Note: If you have submitted any required documents via mail and do not see them on your LORIS account, we could still be processing them.

Required Documents


We require your official secondary school transcript and official transcripts from any postsecondary institutions you attended. You can request postsecondary transcripts through OUAC at the time of your application or from the institutions directly. Transcripts for studies in progress can be uploaded electronically to your LORIS account.

Your final postsecondary transcripts must be sent in hard copy directly from the issuing institution, in a sealed and stamped envelope, to:

Recruitment and Admissions Office
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5

Fax: 519.884.0618


  • If the original documents are written in a language other than English, you must provide copies in both the original language and a notarized literal translation in English.
  • Transcripts must be up-to-date and bear the seal or stamp of the issuing institution.
  • If you are currently completing courses, submit an unofficial transcript showing your course enrolment and grades to date as soon as you apply, and then mail an updated, final transcript at the end of your semester. In many cases, we can make an admission decision based on unofficial transcripts.

English Proficiency

If English is not your first language, you will also be required to submit acceptable evidence of your English proficiency to our Recruitment and Admissions office. This may be an official transcript showing a minimum of three years in an institution that teaches in the English language, or a successful English proficiency test score.

If you do not meet our English-language requirements, you can apply to our LEAF program.

List of Activities

If there are any time gaps or periods of time that you have not been enrolled in postsecondary studies since completing high school, you will need to provide a list to account for those periods of time. Ensure you fully complete the “background information” section on the online application. Please include the month and year for each activity.

International students can also provide our International Recruitment and Admissions office with a resume or activity list by email to

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

If we require course descriptions or course syllabi from your previous postsecondary institution, we will let you know. There is no need to submit them at the time of your application.

Admission and Transfer Credit Assessment (for Transfer Students)

If you have previously attended a postsecondary institution, we require detailed information about all postsecondary courses you have taken in order to assess your eligibility for transfer credits. Email these to

Acceptable types of course descriptions include:

  • A course calendar/catalogue from the university or college you attended.
  • A photocopy of the relevant pages from a course calendar/catalogue (please include a copy of the front cover).
  • The URL from the institution’s website that contains the course descriptions (the web address must indicate the name of the institution).
  • A faxed copy of any of the above.
  • A faxed or mailed copy of the course outlines (syllabi) sent directly from the institution in a sealed envelope.
  • An email attachment containing the course descriptions sent directly from the institution.

We will automatically assess your application for transfer credits when you apply. If you receive an offer of admission, you will be notified at that time of any transfer credits you will receive. You have up to one year following your offer of admission to request a transfer credit reassessment by emailing Review our Transfer Credit Policy for more information on the transfer credit process. 

Important Deadlines

Required documents must be submitted within two weeks from the date you applied.

International Students

The deadline to have all official, final documents to our International Recruitment and Admissions Office is July 15 for a September (fall term) start, unless otherwise stated on your offer of admission letter.

Email to communicate when your documents will be arriving. Your offer of admission may be withdrawn if we do not receive your documentation by the deadline.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618


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