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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.

Prepare Online

Activate Your Laurier Email

Throughout your time at Laurier, you'll use a number of accounts to support your academic experience. When you are accepted to Laurier, a student email is automatically created for you. Please note: It is important that you activate your Laurier email, as email (using your @mylaurier address) as this is the primary way the university will communicate with you. Official notices and questions from the university will be sent to your Laurier email address.

How to Activate your Laurier Email:

  • Visit
  • Enter your username and password. You should have been emailed your username. Your temporary password is your date of birth in the format MMDDYYYY (if you were born on March 29, 1988, your password would be 03291988). If you have lost this email or you are unsure of your username or password, please contact the ICT Service Desk at
  • You’ll have to choose a new password as soon as you log in for the first time.
  • If you are enrolled in multi-factor authentication (MFA), you must verify your sign-in using the authentication method you registered with.

For more information about tech services, accounts, and security, visit the Laurier Tech Services webpage. If you need help, contact the ICT Student Service Desk at or call 519.884.1970 x4357.

Register for Courses

New graduate students may register for courses for the fall, winter and spring academic terms using LORIS. Refer to the academic calendar for the dates when registration opens. You will also be notified by email through the biweekly Graduate Student Bulletin.

Pay Your Tuition Fees

Tuition and incidental fees are posted online. Fees are assessed in advance of each of the 3 semesters (fall, winter, spring). You will receive an email through your Laurier email address when invoices are available to view/print from LORIS. Payment options and instructions are available on our Paying your Tuition page.

Laurier offers a Tuition Payment Plan Program to ease the financial pressures for graduate students. The program allows student to pay their tuition in three equal instalments rather than all at once.

Fund Your Graduate Studies

You are encouraged to apply for any awards or scholarships for which you may be eligible. Consult our Graduate Funding and Awards pages each fall for application requirements and deadlines for major award competitions, which require university pre-selection.

Taking all known resources into account, you are also encouraged to prepare a budget to ensure that you are able to meet your costs while pursuing your graduate degree. If you were offered financial support at the time of admission, be aware that scholarships and awards are applied against your student tuition account and you are responsible for any balance remaining (credit balances are refunded at the end of the first month of each semester upon completion of a refund request).

Employment earnings are paid on a biweekly basis, typically commencing at least one month into the semester. It is imperative that you have access to sufficient resources to cover at least the first month of your expenses.

Student budget worksheets have been created to help international students and domestic students with their budgeting. Note: These charts may not be accessible to everyone. If you require an accommodation, contact Cherie Mongeon at

If you were offered financial support with your offer of admission, you must accept the funding on LORIS (select the "Student Awards and Financial Aid" tab). You may decline any or all funding offered if you wish.

direct deposit authorization form must be completed and submitted by each graduate student holding scholarship, bursary or employment funding (e.g. TA/RA). 

Update Your Contact information

If your contact information changes, you must notify the university by logging into LORIS, selecting the "Personal Information Menu" tab and updating the relevant information.

Be in the Know

Contact Your Department

Connect with your program's graduate coordinator concerning required courses, timelines for program-specific tasks such as proposal submissions, and more.

Read the Graduate Academic Calendar

The graduate academic calendar outlines general university regulations and policies as they pertain to graduate students on matters pertaining to student, program and university responsibilities, policies on academic integrity, program-specific admission and degree requirements, course descriptions, academic dates and more.

Consult the GSA website for Information about Health and Dental Plans

All full- and part-time graduate students who are members of the Graduate Students' Association (GSA) are automatically covered by the GSA Health and Dental Plan. The fees will appear on your tuition invoice for September. Students starting their studies in January are not automatically assessed for the plan but can self-enrol during the change-of-coverage period in January.

Review the Student-Advisor Discussion Checklist

If you will be under the supervision of a faculty advisor, we recommend you review the student-advisor discussion checklist, which provides a guide for discussing mutual expectations between graduate students and their advisors.

Be Ready for Day One

Get Your Laurier OneCard

All graduate students must have a Laurier OneCard. The OneCard is your identification card, meal card, library card, door access card and athletics card.

On the Waterloo campus, the OneCard office is located in Arts building in the lower concourse near the Fred Nichol’s Campus Centre. 

To obtain your OneCard, you must provide the following:

  • government-issued photo identification
  • a printout of your detailed student schedule from LORIS

Apply for a Parking Permit

If you need to park on campus for an extended period of time, you must apply for a parking permit for “non-residence” students. Permits are granted by lottery, and applications and their submission deadlines are noted on the Laurier Parking and Transportation website. Alternatively, pay and display lots are available on campus. You can also park on city streets where permitted for a maximum of three hours.

Register with the Accessible Learning Centre

If you require academic accommodations for disability-related reasons, ensure you register with the Accessible Learning Centre as soon as possible.

Save the Date for Graduate Orientation

All incoming graduate students are encouraged to attend Laurier’s graduate orientation. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) office, in partnership with the Graduate Students' Association (GSA), are here to help you make the most of your journey through a series of virtual and in-person orientation activities that allows you to get started on the right foot, regardless of your location. These events provide invaluable orientation and professional development opportunities for new graduate students. Learn more by visiting the FGPS Incoming Student Support webpage.

Contact Us:

Office Location: DAWB 1-102

Office Hours:
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m. 

Please include your ID number in emails and voicemails.


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