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At Laurier, we are a community first. As a future Golden Hawk, you are a part of the Laurier family. This has never been more true as we work together to adjust to the changes required because of COVID-19. As a future student, your needs and questions are important to us.

We created this list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) to help you plan your next steps and ease your concerns. 

Winter Term Update

Last updated Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Laurier is making daily decisions and service adjustments to contain the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to keep the Laurier community informed of these updates in a timely and accurate manner.

We know that clarity about how Laurier is going to approach the winter 2021 term is important. After carefully considering the options and potential future scenarios, as well as getting advice from public health professionals, we have decided that the majority of the winter 2021 term will continue to be offered in a remote and online format, with select in-person courses.

Although this means that the winter term will be similar to the fall term, we will be looking at specific types of courses/programs to see which could be considered for a return to in-person format. You can view the Undergraduate Instructional Plans for Winter 2021.

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Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

How do I apply to Laurier?

Laurier is accepting applications for winter 2021, spring 2021 and fall 2021.

Please review our Dates and Deadlines page for application deadlines.

See our Admissions website for detailed application instructions.

For helpful information about admissions at Laurier, we created a comprehensive resource called 'Everything you need to know about applying to Laurier'.

How is COVID-19 Affecting Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has created web resources on how COVID-19 is affecting visitors and students. Please see their website for ongoing updates.

Please also read our web resource on international study permits and COVID-19.

Do I Need a Study Permit to Study Remotely this Winter?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created new provisions for international students who are applying for a Canadian study permit.

Please read the international study permits and COVID-19 web resource for important updates, including what to do if you are experiencing difficulty obtaining important documents for your study permit application due to COVID-19 closures.

Does Laurier accept Duolingo English Test?

Laurier will accept the Duolingo English Test for winter 2021 and spring 2021 admissions.

A decision to accept Duolingo for fall 2021 admissions is currently under review.

I Am Experiencing Hardship that is Affecting My Academic Performance. What Should I Do?

We understand that the COVID-19 situation affects applicants differently and that you may be experiencing prolonged difficulties. The well-being of future students is important to Laurier and we want to help students achieve their goal of attending university.

Laurier has a ‘Special Cases or Extenuating Circumstances’ review process. If recent or present circumstances have impacted your ability to achieve a strong academic standing, submit a personal statement to or It is your decision to disclose any supporting details.

How Do I Check to See If Laurier Has Received My Grade Information?

Current Ontario High School Applicants

Your grade information is completed by Ontario high school officials. If your grades have not been updated by the end of April, you should contact your guidance counsellor and ask them to update your grades. Your school and teachers should be communicating with you about how to update those marks as well.  

If you are taking courses at a school outside your “home” school, you are responsible for ensuring that this school submits the course information and all updates to your “home” school and to the OUAC. 

If the course information is missing from your application, you must contact that school and request that they submit the missing information to your “home” school and to the OUAC.

This information has been taken from the OUAC website.

All Other Applicants

LORIS is the official means to confirm if we have received your required documents. Please follow the online instructions that are outlined on our Required Documents webpage.

Will I Receive Transfer Credit For Courses That Do Not Have a Grade?

Any university credits that you received in winter 2020 with a grade of ‘pass’, ‘credit' or 'credit received’ will be assessed for transfer credit to Laurier. This transfer credit policy applies to winter 2020 only.

For all other terms, a minimum grade of 60% (equivalent to a Laurier C-) in the course is needed in order for transfer credit to count towards the course requirements for your Laurier major.

Is the Recruitment and Admissions Office Receiving Mail?

The Recruitment and Admissions office is still receiving mail. However, receipt of documents may be delayed. 

You are able to upload electronic copies of your transcripts or coursework electronically through your LORIS account. If you have the ability to submit an electronic copy, this will allow the admissions team to review your application in a more timely manner. Documents submitted through LORIS are considered unofficial.

Can I Defer My Offer to Fall 2022?

We understand that circumstances may lead you to defer your offer of admission. Laurier accepts requests to defer your offer for one full academic year. The deadline to request a deferral for one year is Aug. 1, 2021. 

Please read through Laurier’s deferral policy on our Admitted Students’ website. Please note that deferral requests are not guaranteed.

Campus Tours and Virtual Events

Updated: Oct. 28, 2020 at 11:04 a.m.

Can I come to campus for a campus tour?

Yes, you can! 

In late-October, Laurier resumed in-person, on-campus tours. Visitors must register for campus tours as campus is otherwise closed. Most staff and students working and studying from home. However, students may be on campus accessing study spaces and student support services that are available in person. 

You can register for an in-person campus tour on the Tours and Events webpage

Virtual Tours 

Virtual, live campus tours are available on our Virtual Laurier Experience. Or you can watch a video recording of the tours. Virtual tours are led by our current student ambassadors.

Is there going to be a virtual fall open house?

Open House is here! You have 24/7 Open House Access to on-demand content and videos for our 80+ undergraduate programs, student services (like residence and co-op) and campus life.

We’re also hosting three Open House Live events on Nov. 12, 17 and 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. This is your opportunity to talk with faculty and current students from our programs. Explore our Open House website for content that interests you now, then come back during Open House Live to ask us your questions. Our Open House website is available now until Nov. 30, 2020.

How Can I Explore Laurier's Campuses from Home?

We launched a Virtual Laurier Experience to bring our campuses to you! And it’s much more than just tours (but we have those, too!). Access these resources from anywhere at any time.

Highlights include:

  • Information Sessions
  • Our Viewbooks
  • Guided Campus Tours
  • Meet Our Ambassadors
  • Photos of Our Favourite Campus Spots
  • Meet Our International Recruiters

Course Delivery

Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Will courses be offered online this Winter?

Most courses will be offered online and virtually this winter. Laurier staff and faculty are working to identify aspects of programs and activities that can be delivered in person in accordance with public health requirements.

Staff and faculty are working on specific details of which courses will have in-person components. We will keep future students informed of updates and continue to update incoming students.


The Laurier 101 transition program is designed to support your needs as our incoming class. Through this program you have access to our high-quality remote academic support services, including consultations and online workshops, to help you develop your academic skills. We’ll make sure that you have the information you need to stay connected with our supportive remote learning environment throughout your first year.

We have helped our faculty transform their online learning experience to support you with high-quality teaching that keeps you engaged and excited about the content you’re learning. We have staff and advisors dedicated to supporting your academic needs as you adjust to remote learning. And for traditionally challenging courses that are now being offered fully online, we will offer appointments, workshop, and resources to support students.


We've created a resource hub filled with support services and golden ideas to help make your journey a little easier. Check out the top 5 ways you can prepare for a virtual winter term


Not only will you meet your classmates during virtual Laurier 101 activities, you will meet other students, faculty, and staff through social events and by accessing campus services.


Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Can I Live in Residence This Winter?

An application for winter residence will be open early this fall for students to apply. Students who have decided to cancel their residence application for fall will be notified when the residence application for winter is open. Please note we cannot guarantee residence to students who deferred their offer to January.

What is the Residence experience Like?

Residence was made available for fall 2020 and winter 2021. The Department of Residence worked together to create an exceptional residence experience for students with their health and safety as our top priority. We will continue this commitment to safety and the student experience in the winter term as well.

Some highlights of what you can expect while living in residence are:

  • Your own bedroom in order to effectively practice physical distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures and no guest policies to ensure safety
  • Residence Dons on every floor to help support community-building

The residence experience is intended to provide an environment where you gain academic support and an opportunity to establish new and long-lasting friendships.

The Department of Residence will accept applications to live in residence for fall 2021 when the online application opens online in April. Any updates regarding the residence application or residence experience will be communicated to applicants and prospective students as soon as possible.


We guarantee residence* to all undergraduate students attending a postsecondary institution for the first time. Applications must be received before June 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Please note, we cannot guarantee residence to students who defer their offer to January.

*While Laurier endeavours to honour its residence guarantee, the University will not be liable for any failure or delay in providing residential accommodation when such failure arises out of any cause or causes beyond its reasonable control. Learn more about our Residence Guarantee.

Support Initiatives

Updated: May 15, 2020 at 12:25 p.m.

How Will Laurier Support My Mental Health?

Your well-being is foundational to a meaningful university experience. We will help you to build strong health and wellness habits through supports:

  • Participate in wellness education workshops.
  • Access virtual and in-person medical and personal care through the Student Wellness Centres.
  • Engage in year-long mental health promotion activities and events and access support services. 

What is Laurier Doing To Address Isolation?

Laurier has an active community environment and we're working hard to ensure you feel connected to your university community from day one. 

Not only will you meet your classmates during virtual Laurier 101 activities, you will meet students, faculty and staff through social events and campus services.

Some initiatives include:

  • A virtual gaming program for students to connect with each other and learn about the many ways to get involved and engaged at Laurier.
  • Online social and academic connection opportunities including ‘new student chats,’ ‘Ask a Prof’ nights, mock lectures and ‘Ask a Hawk’ sessions.
  • Community and Laurier spirit-building initiatives including the ‘It’s Great to Be a Laurier Golden Hawk’ video project.
  • A bi-weekly newsletter to keep you updated with new and emerging information.
  • Resources to help keep you active, including fitness classes you can do at home.

More updates will be made on an ongoing basis as new initiatives are planned.

How Will Laurier Prepare Me For University?

The Laurier 101 transition programs are designed to engage and support your needs as our incoming class. More than that, you will experience a supportive academic learning environment throughout the year.

  • Virtual Laurier 101 events and sessions focus on academic success strategies, connections with classmates, course registration support and information for parents/supporters.
  • We offer help with course registration. Participate in a live registration webinar specific to your faculty and then have your course registration checked by an academic advisor (to ensure you are enrolled in the courses you need).
  • Learn strategies for academic success. We will use all avenues of virtual delivery to ensure that you get the high-quality academic support you need, including workshops to help you develop your academic skills.
  • Change to remote delivery for existing academic supports, including math and writing support, academic advising and accessible learning.

Student Experience

Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Are current students allowed on campus?

Most staff and students working and studying from home. However, students may be on campus accessing study spaces and student support services that are available in person. Some services include on-campus study spaces and athletic and recreation facilities. All student services are also available in a remote format.

Will there be OUA-sanctioned sport programming in the winter?

As announced by Ontario University Athletics (OUA), OUA-sanctioned sport programming and championships up to March 31, 2021 are cancelled. Learn more about the cancellation on the OUA website.

For the latest updates from Laurier's Department of Athletics and Recreation, see the athletics COVID-19 Update page.


Various sectors and employers are still actively hiring and posting jobs throughout these uncertain times. Our Co-Op and Career Services are there to support you through the entire employment process, from job searches to resume and interview preparation.

Contact Us

If you have a question that is not answered here, please email us. Some questions may take us longer to provide you with an answer, but working together, we’re confident Laurier can provide the important answers you want and need.

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