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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. 

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Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 10:10 a.m.

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 applicant portal 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 your portal are considered unofficial.

Will Quadmesters or Octomesters Affect if or When I Receive My Offer of Admission?

As the academic year unfolds, Laurier will closely monitor the potential impact of non-standard course delivery options (e.g. quadmesters) on the admissions process. Laurier endeavours to provide a fair and equitable admission process, and relevant accommodations will be determined and communicated should they become necessary

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

Current Ontario High School Applicants

You should check your OUAC account under “Current High School Information and Grades” to verify the information. Ontario high school officials complete this section. Check the information provided carefully and inform your guidance counsellor if you find any errors.

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 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

Your applicant portal 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.

How Do I Verify that Laurier Has Received My Documents?

You can track the receipt of your documents using your applicant portal account. We will update your portal account when we receive a document. If you submit a required document using your portal, we will receive it automatically. We do not confirm when we receive documents through email or on the phone. 

What Should I Do If My Transcripts or Required Documents Are Delayed?

We know that the complications from COVID-19 affect applicants differently and we will work with applicants to be as flexible as possible. Please try to ensure your requested transcripts and documents arrive by the deadline and leave lots of time to coordinate these details.

If you need an extension, email or;and let us know what transcripts and/or documents are delayed. Please include your Laurier ID number and provide an estimated date of when we will receive your files.

What Should I Do if I’m Concerned my Final Official Transcripts/Results Won’t be Received by the Deadline?

You must ensure your school or institution sends us your final, official transcript by the deadline on your offer letter. You should be tracking the receipt of your documents through your applicant portal account.

If you are concerned that your transcript will be late, and you have not already reached out to us, email or and let us know your transcript is delayed. Please include your Laurier ID number and provide an estimated date of when we will receive your transcript.

What Happens if My Final Exams are Cancelled?

Laurier is aware that some curriculums or testing services may cancel exams for 2023. In such cases, we will accept what is provided as your final, official grades to ensure you have satisfied your offer conditions.

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. You must submit your statement by the posted deadline for the term that you will begin your studies. 

If I Am Not Eligible for My Program of Choice, How Does Laurier Decide What Alternate Program I’ll Receive Admission To?

If you aren't eligible for admission into the program that you applied to, you will be automatically considered for an alternate offer of admission.

You will be considered for an alternate program that you meet the minimum admission requirements for and that has space available in it.

Laurier cannot guarantee a specific program as an alternate offer of admission before we assess your application, particularly for competitive programs. This means that you should apply to every program that you want to be considered for admission to.

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

Any university courses that you received a final grade of 'pass', 'credit' or 'credit received' will be assessed for transfer credit to Laurier if they were completed in the following terms:

  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Winter 2021
  • Spring 2021

A maximum of 0.5 transfer credits can be awarded per term.

All courses completed in Winter 2020 with a final grade of 'pass', 'credit' or 'credit received' will be assessed for transfer credit 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.

My School or Education Institution Is Not Able to Send My Final, Official Documents. What Should I Do?

Arrange to have your school or institution email a digital copy of your final transcript or document to by the deadline we provided to you on your official offer letter. The email must be sent directly from an official at your school or education institution. (Laurier will verify that the email address is an official email address from the school/institution). These documents will be considered official.

Please try to ensure your final official transcripts and other requested documents are submitted to by the deadline and leave lots of time to coordinate these details. Please include your Laurier ID number and provide an estimated date of when we will receive your transcript.

Applicant Portal

Updated: Aug. 8, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

What is the applicant portal?

The applicant portal is where you can find everything you need related to your application to Laurier. View your applications and monitor your application status in the "My Applications" tab. There's also key content to help you understand what scholarships you're eligible to apply for when to apply to live in residence*, and more.

*Please note, you do not apply for residence through the applicant portal. To learn more about applying for residence, check out our residence application page. 

How do I log into my applicant portal?

After submitting your application on the OUAC, you will receive an email confirming we have received your application. This email will provide you with your log-in information for your applicant portal, including your username and temporary password.

What will I find on the applicant portal?

In the applicant portal, you can;

Where can I find my offer?

View your applications and monitor your application status in your applicant portal's "My Applications" tab.

Where do I add my required documents?

You will see a list of documents we require for your application in your applicant portal account. The list will also confirm when we have received them. For step-by-step instructions on viewing a list of documents needed for your application and how to submit your documents, visit our required documents page.

Campus Tours and Virtual Events

Updated: Jul. 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

When can I come for an in-person campus tour?

We are currently offering guided in-person campus and residence tours. 

We encourage you to continue to check our Campus Tours page throughout the upcoming months; we will post a link to open tour spots as they become available.


Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 10:15 a.m.

Is Residence Guaranteed to Incoming Students Who Are Attending College or University for the First Time?

We guarantee residence* to all undergraduate students attending a postsecondary institution for the first time. To qualify for the residence guarantee, your application needed to be received before June 1, 2023.

If you did not apply for residence by the deadline, we encourage you to contact our Department of Residence team, at, to inquire about available spaces.

*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.

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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