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At Laurier, we recognize that you’ve worked hard to pursue your goals through your previous postsecondary experience. We take that same attitude when it comes to giving you credit for the courses you’ve taken previously at college or university. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about transfer credits and the transfer process at Laurier. Make sure you check out undergraduate admissions for additional help and information.

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 chooselaurier@wlu.ca.

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:

  • Course-for-course equivalency: The course is equivalent to a Laurier course (e.g. BI110).
  • Miscellaneous program credit: If Laurier does not have an exact equivalent, a miscellaneous transfer credit can be awarded based on the relevant discipline (e.g. 100-level Biology credit).
  • Miscellaneous elective credit: If no course equivalent is available at Laurier, the credit will go toward some of the elective requirements of your chosen degree (e.g. 0.5-credit miscellaneous 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 transfercredit@wlu.ca.

Requesting a Course Equivalency

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

Course Equivalency Request Deadlines by Term

Admission Term

Deadline to Request Course Equivalency Evaluation

Estimated Notification of Assessment

Spring 2019

April 1, 2019

April 30, 2019

Fall 2019

July 2, 2019

Aug. 23, 2019

Winter 2020

Nov. 15, 2019

Dec. 15, 2019

To request to a miscellaneous program or elective transfer credit assessed for a specific Laurier course equivalency, you must submit official course outlines from the issuing postsecondary institution for each course you want evaluated. Email your course outlines to transfercredit@wlu.ca and include your Laurier ID number.

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

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.

General Academic Requirements

Your previous education experience will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Applicability of your previous program to your chosen Laurier degree/major.
  • Appropriateness of the courses you’ve taken.
  • Your academic achievement.
  • Completion of necessary prerequisite courses (if applicable).
    • All programs require a Grade 12 university-level English at a minimum of 60% (some programs may require a higher minimum grade). In many cases, college diplomas include a course equivalent to Grade 12 university-level English. 

Transferring from University

Below are the minimum academic requirements for admission to Laurier from another university. This applies to most programs and faculties, unless otherwise listed below. In general, students must have completed a minimum of five university courses in order to be considered as a transfer student.

  • Minimum overall average for admission consideration: 70%.
  • Minimum average for course transfer: 60%.
  • Potential transfer credits: Case-by-case basis. All satisfactorily completed credits will be considered for transfer. Transfer credits will not be given for courses part of your Laurier major if the grade was less than 60%.

Transferring from College

General academic requirements apply to everyone transferring. If you don’t qualify for admission through a pathway or articulation agreement, then you can apply to transfer to Laurier through a general transfer, if you meet these requirements.

  • Minimum overall average for admission consideration:
    • First year of a college program: 70% for part-time BA/BASc in Brantford or for part-time BA in Waterloo; 75% for BA/BASc in Brantford or for BA in Waterloo; 80% for all other programs (excluding BBA).
    • Two-year diploma or second year of a three-year advanced diploma: 75% for Waterloo programs or 70% for Brantford programs.
    • Three-year advanced diploma: 75% for Waterloo programs or 70% for Brantford programs.
  • Minimum average for course transfer: 70%.
  • Potential transfer credits:
    • First year of a college program: Up to 2.5 credits (applicants are considered for admission into the first year of an appropriate Laurier program).
    • Two-year diploma or second year of a three-year advanced diploma: Up to 5.0 credits.
    • Three-year advanced diploma: Up to 7.5 credits.

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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