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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.

At Laurier, we recognize that you’ve worked hard to pursue your goals through your previous postsecondary experience. We take the same attitude when it comes to giving you credit for the courses you’ve taken previously at college or university.

Credit System at Laurier

Every university and college has a different credit system, which can make it confusing when you are trying to figure out how much time it will take you to complete your degree. Here is an explanation of Laurier’s credit system:

  • 20.0 credits = four-year honours degree
  • each half-year course = 0.5 credit
  • each full-year course = 1.0 credit

For example: 5.0 transfer credits are equal to one year (or two semesters) worth of courses.

If you would like more information or assistance, contact

Assigning Transfer Credits

Transfer credits are credits granted by the university in recognition of work you’ve previously completed at another institution.

All academic coursework that meets our minimum grade requirements and has been completed at a recognized postsecondary institution will be considered for transfer credit.

Any transfer credit you receive will be assigned in one of three ways:

1. Course-for-Course Equivalency

The course is equivalent to a Laurier course (e.g. Biology 110).

2. Miscellaneous Discipline Credit

Laurier does not have an exact equivalent; however, a miscellaneous transfer credit is awarded based on the relevant discipline (e.g. 100-level Biology credit).

3. Miscellaneous Interdisciplinary Credit

The course is not equivalent to a Laurier course and does not fall within a Laurier department. Therefore, a miscellaneous transfer credit is awarded that can count towards the elective requirements of your Laurier degree (e.g. 0.5-credit elective).

Transfer Credit Evaluation and Admission

When you apply to Laurier, we will automatically evaluate your application for transfer credits. You will receive a transfer credit assessment at the same time you receive an offer of admission. After you confirm your offer of admission, you can request to have your miscellaneous program and/or elective credits to be evaluated for a specific course equivalency.

You have up to one year following your offer of admission to request a transfer credit reassessment by emailing

If you are an upper year student with questions or concerns about your transfer credit assessment, please send your inquiries to before the first day of your last semester at Laurier. Any potential adjustments are dependent on the courses you’ve completed at Laurier and the transfer credit criteria outlined above. Adjustments are not guaranteed. Please note this does not apply to transfer credit awarded for exchange programs or courses done on Letter of Permission (LOP).

Requesting a Course Equivalency

Requests for transfer credits equivalencies are evaluated by faculty three times a year, aligning with your admission term.

To request a miscellaneous program or elective transfer credit assessed for a specific Laurier course equivalency, you must first confirm your offer to Laurier and then submit official course outlines from the issuing postsecondary institution for each course you want evaluated. Email your course outlines to and include your Laurier ID number by the deadline below. You will receive the results of your request via email.

If you submit a request after your term’s deadline, your request will not be considered until the following term’s assessment.

Course Equivalency Request Deadlines by Term

Admission Term

Deadline to Request Course Equivalency Evaluation

Estimated Notice of Assessment*

Spring 2021

April 1, 2021

April 30, 2021

Fall 2021

July 2, 2021

Aug. 28, 2021

Winter 2021

Nov. 20, 2020

Dec. 14, 2020

*Estimate only. The actual date may vary.

Transfer Credit Maximum

All universities have a minimum requirement for how many courses must be completed at the institution in order to graduate; these are called residency requirements.

Laurier students must complete a minimum of 10.0 credits (including 5.0 senior credits) at the university. The maximum number of transfer credits that any student can apply to their degree is 10.0 credits (even if you are granted more).

To find out your residency requirements, you should meet with an academic advisor once you confirm your offer of admission.

Contact Us:

We strive to make this transition as easy as possible for both you and your family. We are here Monday to Friday and encourage you to reach out to us any time you have a question.


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