105 – Wilfrid Laurier University

Last updated: September 17, 2020

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Experience Laurier

At Wilfrid Laurier University, community is at the core of who we are and what we do. 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 aims high and works 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 9 faculties and 1 federated institution.

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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 is woven into the downtown core of Brantford, where historical buildings have been transformed into modern student spaces. Enjoy the city’s strong arts and culture scene, world-class trails and access to the Grand River.

Learn more about the campuses and locations we call home.

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Enrollment (Fall 2019)

Full-time undergraduate students: 15,622
Full-time graduate students: 1,113
Part-time undergraduate students: 2,846
Part-time graduate students: 1,057
Total: 20,638

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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 are 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.

If you are attending postsecondary for the first time, we will automatically assess your application for an entrance scholarship.

If you are a transfer student, you can apply for the general Laurier Tuition Bursary when you enroll at Laurier.

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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 along your whole applicant journey.

Submitting Your Transcripts

After you apply, you must send us your required documents so that we can assess your application. We will communicate which documents we need to review your application, which could include evidence of your English proficiency. You can submit all required documents online.

Supplemental Application

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

Document Evaluation Fee

All applicants (except those currently attending their final year at a Canadian high school on a full-time basis or any program at Six Nations Polytechnic) must submit a non‑refundable $80 document evaluation fee. You will pay the fee to the OUAC when you apply.

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English-language Requirement

You must show us evidence of your English proficiency. If your first language is not English:

Conditional Offers of Admission

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 conditional upon meeting our English-language requirement. One of the ways you can meet this requirement is by completing the LEAF program.

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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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Transfer Applicants

Many college and university students just like you choose to continue their postsecondary studies at Laurier. Whether you are looking to build on the knowledge you have learned at college or to switch gears and try something new, we are here to help you through the process of transferring institutions.

Transfer Credits

We grant transfer credits upon admission in recognition of the work completed at another institution. Depending on your academic background, you may be eligible for transfer credit toward your Laurier degree. If you are coming to Laurier from a certain program and/or college, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits through a college pathway or articulation agreement and shorten your degree length by 1 year or more.

Get Your Degree As Soon As Possible

The Advanced Summer Acceleration Program (ASAP) is a purpose-designed pathway for college students, from 2-year or 3-year diploma programs, entering Bachelor of Arts programs at our Brantford campus. You will start your degree 1 semester earlier in the summer and, with continuous study, you will complete your 4-year Honours degree in only 2 calendar years.

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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 is a campus-wide program that provides exclusive content to you and your supporters to prepare you for the time you will spend at Laurier, both inside and outside of the classroom. The program includes course registration support, Orientation Week and Laurier Life, a guide to all things Laurier as you prepare for a successful first year.

We also encourage transfer students and international students to get involved in Laurier 101 programs and services.

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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