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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.

To be admissible to Laurier, you must meet both the basic requirements for admission and your program’s specific admission requirements. Program admission requirements are listed on each program page.

Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. After you apply, find out how you can strengthen your application.

Admission Averages

How we calculate your admission average depends on the program to which you are applying. All Science programs, BBA programs (including Double Degrees), and Economics programs include required courses as a part of your admission average. All other programs calculate your admission average using your top six 4U/M courses (or equivalent).

If your program includes required courses as part of your admission average, it is stated in the admission requirements section on the program page.

Repeated Courses Policy

If you are applying to a program in the Faculty of Science or the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, we consider repeated courses when calculating your admission average.

We use a weighted average of your first and latest course attempts for required courses only. (Required courses are listed in your program's admission requirements). If you repeat a course that isn't required for admission, we use your highest grade.

For all other programs and faculties, we use your highest grade in any repeated courses.

Non-Day School and Online Courses

Laurier accepts courses taken online and outside of day school for admission consideration. These courses must be accredited by your governing ministry of education.

Special Case or Extenuating Circumstances

If recent or present circumstances have impacted your ability to achieve a strong academic standing, you may submit a personal statement to the Recruitment and Admissions office. 

Basic Admission Requirements

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Admission is based on your top six 4U and 4M courses. For some programs, your required courses are calculated in your admission average (see your program page).
  • A 4U English at a minimum of 60% (or higher for some programs).
  • All required courses listed in your program’s admission requirements must be at a minimum of 60% (or higher for some programs).
  • To maintain your offer of admission and begin studying at Laurier, you must obtain your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and meet all the conditions outlined on your official offer of admission.

Canadian Curriculums Outside Ontario

Review our Canadian course equivalents chart to find approved course equivalents for the Ontario curriculum.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum

If you are completing an International Baccalaureate diploma, review our international curriculums section for your requirements.

If you are taking IB courses along with another curriculum, your application is assessed using your entire academic record.

You may receive transfer credits (up to the equivalent of six courses), depending on your program.

To be eligible for transfer credits:

  • Higher level (HL) courses must be at a minimum score of 5.
  • Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay at B.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

If you are taking AP courses along with another curriculum, your application is assessed using your entire academic record.

You may receive transfer credits (up to the equivalent of six courses), depending on your program.

To be eligible for transfer credits:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) exams must be at a minimum grade of 4.
  • You must submit your official college board test results for your transfer credit assessment.

International Curriculums

Laurier accepts all curriculums for admission consideration. If you do not see your curriculum listed on this page, review our international curriculum admission requirements by region.

Additional Requirements and Policies by Applicant Type

College or University Students/Graduates

If you have ever attended a postsecondary institution, you are considered a transfer student. Review admission requirements specifically for transfer students.

Courses you have satisfactorily completed at another accredited institution are considered for transfer credits if they meet the minimum grade requirements.

Indigenous Applicants

You can declare that you have an Indigenous background, heritage or ancestry when you apply to university.

This information is confidential. If you self-identify as an Indigenous student, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives will contact you about the services available to you specifically as an Indigenous student.

Laurier’s Undergraduate Indigenous Admission Policy

If your admission average is below the minimum admission average required for your program (to a minimum of 70%), you may be eligible for admission through Laurier’s Undergraduate Indigenous Admission Policy. To be considered for admission, provide a written personal statement outlining your work experience, achievements, educational goals and why you believe you will be successful in postsecondary studies.

After you apply, email your personal statement, which can be written in essay format, to

Mature Learners

Laurier has an admissions policy specifically for mature students who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission and who have never attended a university. If you have ever attended a university before applying to Laurier, you are considered a transfer student.

You are considered for admission as a mature student if you meet one of the following conditions: 

  • If you have graduated from high school without at least six 4U/M courses (or equivalent) and have a two-year (or more) absence from full-time education prior to the first day of classes.
  • If you have withdrawn from high school (e.g., Ontario Secondary School Diploma, six 4U/M courses, or equivalent) or college (e.g., at least one year of study in a Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology or equivalent) without the minimum requirements for consideration and have a two-year (or more) absence from full-time education prior to the first day of classes.
  • If you have graduated from high school with an overall average less than 70% and have a two-year (or more) absence from full-time education prior to the first day of classes.
  • If you have graduated from high school with an overall average above 70% with an English mark below 60% and have a two-year (or more) absence from full-time education prior to the first day of classes.

Mature Learner Admission Policy

Mature students are normally admitted to part-time studies into a general Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) program without designation (meaning they do not have a subject of major interest). You will be required to maintain a minimum C- average (a 4.0-grade point average) in your first eight courses (or 4.0 credits) to continue at the university.

You can register in a maximum of three courses (1.5 credit) per term at the start of your studies.  

In some cases, mature students who present a minimum of four 4U/M courses, including required courses for the program of interest, can be admitted to full-time studies. You must meet the minimum admission requirements and have a two-year (or more) absence from full-time education prior to the first day of classes.

If you would like to be considered for full-time studies in the future, upon completion of a minimum of 2.0 credits (equivalent to 4 courses), you must submit the Request for Full-Time Studies form. You must meet the minimum progression requirements and some programs may require a higher academic standing for consideration for full-time studies.  

Homeschooled Applicants

You will be considered for admission at the discretion of the faculties. You must submit satisfactory documentation of independent evidence of academic achievement.

You must submit transcripts from your homeschool program and a second assessment from one of the following:

  • SAT subject results,
  • ACT subject results,
  • AP exams,
  • University/college courses, or
  • Grade 12 curriculum transcripts.

In addition to the above assessments, you must submit a personal statement outlining your volunteer experience, extracurricular activities and why you are interested in attending Laurier.

Senior Citizens

If you are 60 years old or older, you can be admitted to part-time studies regardless of your previous academic background. You can register in courses for credit or register as an audit student. As an audit student, you take courses without receiving academic credit.

Applications for full-time studies are assessed on an individual basis.

If you are interested in taking courses without working towards a degree, you should apply to Unclassified Studies on the part-time application. You can also apply directly to a degree program, or another credential program, however transcripts from previous PSE will be required for admissions.

Your tuition fees will be waived if you’re 60 years of age by the start date of lectures. Incidental fees are still required to be paid.

Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning

The Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning (LALL) is a unique option for mature learning. Courses are non-credit and are intended for personal interest and self-education. The distinction between a LALL course and a university course is that LALL courses have no exams, no grading and no prerequisites.

Students Required to Withdraw from Another University

If you’ve been required to withdraw from another postsecondary institution, you can apply for admission to Laurier one year (12 months) after the date you were asked to withdraw. Admission is at the discretion of the Admissions office and is not guaranteed.

You must complete academic upgrading to be considered for admission:

  • You must complete two academic college courses, each at a minimum grade of 80% (A-), or two university courses, each at a minimum grade of 70% (B-).
  • These courses cannot be taken at Laurier or cover course material from courses previously taken at another postsecondary institution.
  • Any additional courses you take while on withdraw status are assessed by the admissions committee.
  • If admitted to Laurier, any courses taken for upgrading while you were on withdraw status are not considered for transfer credit but any additional courses you take are assessed by the admissions committee and can be considered for transfer credit.

If admitted, you can enrol in part-time studies on academic probation.

Displaced Persons

Laurier has partnered with World Education Services (WES) to offer the Gateway Program to international student applicants who don’t have standard proof of their academic achievement due to adverse circumstances in their country of education.

Through the Gateway Program, WES can reliably assess and validate the education of international applicants who have been displaced by political unrest, conflict or natural disasters, and who don’t have complete, verified documents.

As a partner with WES, Laurier recognizes credential evaluation completed through the WES Gateway Program.

How the WES Gateway Program Works

If you have received your education in one of the following countries, you may be eligible for credential evaluation through the Gateway Program:

  • Afghanistan
  • Eritrea
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Venezuela

You will need to have been issued at least one piece of credible evidence by your education institution, such as:

  • A degree, diploma or certificate
  • A transcript, mark sheet or statement of marks
  • A professional licence or certificate
  • Other officially issued documents, such as a student ID card

Once WES receives the request for credential evaluation, it will take approximately 15 business days to complete. Business days run from Monday to Friday.

How to Participate 

To participate in the program, you will need to be referred by a designated referral partner. Laurier is a designated referral partner and can refer you.  

For more information or for next steps, contact Jennifer WilliamsAdmissions Coordinator, at 

Refugee/Protected Persons

We understand that many refugees coming to Canada have unique situations and varied educational backgrounds. For example, some students:

  • have completed high school and are now ready to enter university-level studies;
  • have started degree studies in their home country and are now needing to transfer;
  • have completed degrees and are looking how to transfer their credentials or continue with a graduate/professional level of studies.

If you are a refugee residing in Canada and cannot meet program requirements, or you no longer have access to your required documents for admission, you may still be eligible for undergraduate studies at Laurier. We can work with you to help determine the best program that suits your academic goals. To qualify for this admission process, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Demonstrate you are a Convention Refugee/Protected Person
  • Provide a letter explaining the circumstances that have prevented you from providing final, official transcripts
  • Meet current Laurier's English Language Requirements

Laurier's Refugee Policy is a unique option for protected persons to receive the opportunity for direct admission, including entrance scholarship and transfer credits.

Note: Applications are assessed on an individual basis depending on each candidate's unique situation and academic background.

Refugee Scholarship Programs


The Student Refugee Program (SRP) supports ten students (seven students at our Waterloo campus and three students at our Brantford campus) as they pursue their Laurier degrees. The program is led by Student Committees on both Laurier campuses and supports our refugee students in their transition and integration to Laurier.

Learn More About WUSC


ISOW is a student-led and student-funded humanitarian initiative at Wilfrid Laurier University. This program seeks to respond to war's devastating impacts by providing full scholarships to students from conflict areas. They also seek to educate Laurier students about international conflicts' impacts by promoting intercultural learning and globally engaged citizenship.

Learn More About ISOW


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