101 – Wilfrid Laurier University

Last updated: September 14, 2021

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Inspired Together

At Wilfrid Laurier University, community is at the core of who we are and what we do. We are inspired together – in our pursuit of learning, how we give back to community and where we spend our time and talent. It is how we are changing the world and making a better future for us all.

No matter how you choose to live your Laurier experience, you are a Golden Hawk, which means you are part of a tight-knit, supportive community that is inspired together to aim high and work hard. We are a proud Laurier community, and there is a place for you here.

We encourage all interested applicants and their families to experience Laurier for themselves. Check out our virtual Laurier experience – we can’t wait to welcome you to Laurier!

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Faculties and Programs

Choose a field that you love, something that fuels your drive to make a difference. Then choose a program that will get you there.

You will achieve your best when you are studying what you are passionate about. We have more than 80 undergraduate programs across 10 faculties and schools and 2 affiliated institutions.

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Campuses and Locations

We are dedicated to your personal success and safety. No matter which campus you attend, you will experience the welcoming, student-focused community we are known for.

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about 1 city block, so you are steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot. Outside campus, Waterloo is a student-friendly city full of entertainment options, cultural celebrations and a thriving tech sector.

The Brantford campus has transformed the downtown core of the City of Brantford into a thriving student community, where post offices are now student residences, movie theatres are lecture halls and banks are study spaces.

Our unique architecture and campus feel, where campus and community are one and the same, have become one of our most defining and celebrated features. Even our programs are a blend of the traditional and innovative. We are responding to the future of work by creating forward-thinking programs that will fill industry gaps before they even arrive.

Learn more about the campuses and locations we call home.

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Enrollment (Fall 2020)

Full-time undergraduate students: 15,555
Full-time graduate students: 1,129
Part-time undergraduate students: 3,669
Part-time graduate students: 1,233
Total: 21,586

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Residence

Residence provides that extra care and support to help you feel at home, where live-in staff and upper-year students are committed to your personal growth and safety.

It is more than a place to eat and sleep – you will meet people who share your commitment to making the most of their university experience and form lifelong friendships.

With gender-inclusive housing options and multiple residence styles to choose from, it is no wonder why we ranked #1 in residence living 4 years in a row (2017-2020, Maclean’s).

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Tuition and Finances

There are a number of academic and personal expenses to consider when attending university. To come up with a realistic estimate, research your expenses, including housing, food and tuition.

There are many funding sources, with more than 650 competitive scholarships, awards and bursaries up for grabs, including the prestigious new Laurier Scholars Award worth up to $40,000.

We will automatically consider you for an entrance scholarship when you apply. You may also qualify for an entrance bursary based solely on financial need and worth $1,500.

Read more about our scholarship opportunities.

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Admission

This is the beginning of an amazing adventure, and we want to make your application and transition to university as easy as possible. From admission requirements to the application process, you will be a Golden Hawk in no time. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our important dates and deadlines.

After you apply, you will receive a confirmation email with your next steps. We will keep you informed throughout your applicant journey.

Supporting Your Application

You can choose to submit extracurricular information that we may use for admission consideration by completing the Applicant Background Summary (ABS) form after you apply.

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English-language Requirement

You must show us evidence of your English proficiency if you have not studied for a minimum of 3 years in an English-language school system. We will communicate how to submit evidence of your English proficiency to Laurier after you apply.

There are 3 ways to meet our English-language requirement:

Conditional Offers of Admission

All offers of admission are conditional, which means you must satisfy certain conditions to enroll in your program.

An example of an admission condition would be to graduate with a certain minimum average, or that you need a minimum final grade in a particular course. Do not worry – we communicate all of this to you when you receive an offer and want to help you enroll at the university with ease.

If you meet the academic requirements for your program, but do not meet the English-language requirement, you may receive an offer of admission that is also conditional upon meeting our English-language requirement.

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International Applicants

Our staff and student volunteers are dedicated to ensuring that your experience as an international student is the best it can be. We offer support specifically for international students and are committed to ensuring your health, safety and academic success.

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Indigenous Applicants

We are committed to fostering a positive experience for all Indigenous applicants and students.

Contact the Indigenous student recruitment officer to discuss admission policies, funding and our programs.

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Laurier 101: Incoming Student Support Program

Your first year at university is a time of tremendous change and growth. You will meet new people and be introduced to new ideas, and you will study and learn in ways completely different from what you have already experienced. To help you prepare and adjust to university life at Laurier, you can participate in incoming student support programs.

Laurier 101 provides exclusive content to you and your supporters to help you learn what to expect and how to prepare for your first year of university, both inside and outside the classroom. The program includes course registration support, opportunities to meet other incoming students and sessions to help you prepare now for the skills and strategies you will need to succeed in your first year.

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

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

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Contact Us

Recruitment & Admissions
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Ave. W.
Waterloo ON  N2L 3C5

Telephone: 519-884-0710, ext. 3385
Email: chooselaurier@wlu.ca

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