Application Procedures and Admission Requirements


The following abbreviations are used throughout this section and are defined as follows:

OUAC Ontario Universities' Application Centre
OSSD Ontario Secondary School Diploma (The diploma implemented in 1984)
OSS Ontario Secondary School Curriculum

M University/College Preparation Course

U University Preparation Course

Application Procedures

  1. If you are currently enrolled in your senior year at an Ontario secondary school, you can apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). You should obtain a PIN number for OYAC from your guidance office. After you submit your application form to OUAC, it will be forwarded to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. Your grade information will be submitted to OUAC through your secondary school. To maintain your offer of admission, you must fulfill the requirements set by your secondary school for completion of your OSSD, as well as any conditions outlined in your offer of admission prior to June 30. We reserve the right to withdraw our offer of admission if these requirements are not met.  
  2. Out-of-Province students should review the provincial admission requirements for all program(s) of choice before applying. If you are not currently attending an Ontario secondary school on a full-time basis, you should complete the appropriate online application form (105 application form) through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). On a single application form, you can apply for admission to 3 different universities in Ontario for a non-refundable application service fee. After you submit your application form to OUAC, it will be forwarded to the Recruitment and Admissions office at Laurier. When we receive your application and other necessary documents, your file will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to receive an offer of admission. for more information, visit our Undergraduate Admissions Toolkit.

Admission Requirements - Year 1

Ontario Secondary School Diploma Applicants

Decisions on admission to Year 1 will normally be based on the following criteria:

  1. Completion of the OSSD with six 4U and/or 4M courses. Students must meet the specific program requirements as outlined in the section, Ontario Secondary School Applicants Program Specific Requirements. An overall average of 70 percent from six 4U and/or 4M courses is the minimum required for admission consideration. However, a higher average will be required for admission to individual programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of places available in those programs.
  2. Normally, the admission average will be based on the applicant's best six 4U and/or 4M marks, unless otherwise noted.
  3. In some cases, the university will request: an academic standing based on the applicant's record for the last two or three years in school and/or a recommendation from the secondary school principal.
  4. Laurier provides applicants with an opportunity to submit an Applicant Background Summary (ABS) that includes scholarly and extracurricular information. This information may be taken into account during the admission assessment process by the appropriate admissions committee.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum grade requirements for admission to Laurier may be referred to the Conestoga-Laurier Pathways Program.

Adult Student Policy

Wilfrid Laurier University does not have a policy specifically for mature students. Laurier will consider you an Adult Student under the following circumstances:

  • Applicants who do not possess the necessary minimum requirements for admission to the university and have never attended a college or university may be considered for admission as an adult student.
  • Adult students are normally considered for admission to part-time studies into a General BA/BSc program without designation.

Admission Requirements
Adult students may be considered for admission if they meet either of the following conditions:

  • You have graduated from high school without at least six 4U and/or 4M courses (or equivalent), and have two or more years work experience prior to the first day of classes; or
  • if the above requirements are not met the applicant must be at least 21 years of age and have at least two years of work experience prior to the first day of classes for the session to which they apply.

Note that the normal application process must be followed.

Admission Condition:

  1. Adult students are normally admitted to part-time studies into a General BA/BSc program without designation.

Registration Conditions:

  1. During the initial period of assessment adult students registered in part-time studies may register in a maximum of 1.0 credit per term.
  2. A 4.00 GPA on 4.0 credits only. If this is not achieved, they will be required to withdraw from the university.
  3. Students wishing register in more than 1.0 credit per term can submit their request for consideration to the Registrar's Office no earlier than after the completion of their first term.

Adult Students Transferring from Part-time to Full-time Studies
Adult students in part-time studies who wish to transfer into full-time studies will require a higher academic standing than noted above. The Request for Full-time Studies form is available from Enrolment Services. All Academic Dates can be found here.

Letter of Permission

Students registered at another university wishing to take courses for transfer credit to their home university may register on a Letter of Permission. Visit the Office of the Registrar website for more information.

Note: We cannot guarantee space in courses for students from another university.

Audit Student

If you wish to attend classes without receiving academic credit, you can apply to be an audit student. Audit students do not write midterm or final examinations. but may participate in classes to the extent allowed or required by the course instructor.

To become an audit student, you must first apply to and be accepted into part-time studies. Once you are admitted to the university, you must get permission from the faculty to audit courses. You can contact Service Laurier for help with this process.

Tuition fees are normally half the regular course fee, with a few exceptions where full course fees are applied. Fees are not refundable (see course costs).

Laurier Staff

If you are a current Laurier Faculty or Staff member and wish to take courses, you should apply to part-time studies. More information is available online.

Senior Citizens

If you are a senior citizen you should apply to part-time  studies regardless of your previous academic background. You may register in courses for credit or register as an audit student. The normal academic regulations will apply.

Applicants 60 years or older may also be admitted to full-time studies on an individual basis. Tuition fees only will be waived for Senior citizens (60 years of age by start date of lectures). Review the application procedures online for senior students and for deadlines.

All Other Applicants

Students applying from outside Ontario will be required to present evidence of equivalent standing, including those required courses listed in the section Ontario Secondary School Applicants Program Specific Requirements. Academic standings deemed to be equivalent are listed in the Undergraduate Admissions Toolkit and in the International Admissions Toolkit.

Admissions Fraud

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application information is truthful, complete and correct. If any information in your application is determined to be false or misleading, concealed or withheld, your application may be invalid and this could result in immediate refusal of further admission consideration, or revocation of an offer of admission and de-registration in all courses at Laurier. Students are required to produce documentation verifying their identity, once on campus.