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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.

Transition Programs

Your first year at university is a time of tremendous change and growth. Chances are you’ll be moving away from home and responsible for your own choices for the first time. You’ll be meeting new people and introduced to new ideas. And you’ll be studying and learning in ways completely different from what you’ve already experienced.

It’s an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. We offer programs that will aid in your transition from high school to your first year of university.

Laurier 101

Laurier 101 is a collection of programs specifically tailored for incoming students that support you from the time you accept your offer until the first week of classes and beyond.

Course Registration Webinars

Registration webinars will guide you through the process choosing your classes and completing your registration on LORIS.


The Headstart program is an introduction to life and learning at Laurier that is offered on campus in both Waterloo and Brantford. An online program is offered for international students.

During Headstart you can meet with an advisor to review your schedule, meet other new and senior students from your program, discuss the real differences between high school and university and get strategies for getting off to a strong start in your first year.

Bring your parents or guardians with you to Headstart and encourage them to participant in our family sessions.

Online Summer Orientation

Our Online Summer Orientation program is a way for you to keep in touch with Laurier throughout the summer through interactive resources such as custom maps and live chats with current students and staff.

Orientation Week

Orientation Week (O-Week) activities will guide you through your first days on campus. The week is full of activities to introduce you to campus and to your fellow first-year students.

Whether you're living on campus or off campus, transferring from another institution, coming from another country or coming back as a mature student, there is something for everyone at orientation week!

Accessible Learning Support

Transition Connections: Orientation to Accessible Learning is designed to introduce students with documented disabilities to support services offered at Laurier.

Math Preparation

TriAGe helps prepare students who plan to enrol in an entry-level university calculus course by reinforcing fundamental skills in trigonometry, algebra and geometry.

Computer/Tablet Wireless Requirements

If you are purchasing a new computer or tablet to bring to Laurier, it's important that your new system has either 5Ghz or "dual band" wireless radio technology. Some systems support only the 2.4 GHz band, which is also commonly used by smartphones and other wireless devices. This band can quickly become saturated, resulting in poor performance. A 5 GHz or dual-band system has a better chance of establishing a responsive wireless connection. This feature can be as important a characteristic of your new system as memory or processor speed.

Please be aware that your computer/tablet system will need to connect to a wireless network as there is no general access wired capability in student areas around campus, including residence.

Parking on Campus

Whether you’re bringing a car to campus for your stay in residence or just visiting, you’ll need to find out how to get a parking permit and where you can park.

Visit our Parking and Transportation Resources website for information on how to obtaining a parking permit.

A Parking and Information Kiosk is located at the main entrance of the university. The kiosk can provide you with:

  • Overnight residence guest passes.
  • Temporary Pay and Display passes (if the machine is out of operation).
  • Change for Pay and Display lots and meters.
  • General information about campus.
students at o-week

O-Yeah, I'm Ready!

Thousands of students participate in Orientation Week (O-Week) every year. Whether your living on campus or off campus, O-Week is a great introduction to life at Laurier and a chance to meet fellow students (and likely lifelong friends).


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