Transferring from a Post-Secondary Institution - Transfer Credit Policies/Procedures

Transfer Credit from Post-Secondary Institutions

You must disclose all of your post-secondary education at the time you apply for admission. The university is committed to granting appropriate transfer credit to the maximum extent possible. Factors which affect transfer credit include: the type of institution attended, the applicability of the courses to the program the applicant wishes to enter, the grades achieved, and the minimum Laurier course requirements as outlined in the University Regulations chapter in the section, Residence Requirements for a Degree. In particular, for those applicants who have attended a fully accredited university or junior college, wherever possible, a credit-for-credit transfer will be allowed.

The university recognizes that, while learning experiences may differ in a variety of ways, their substance may be virtually equivalent in terms of their content and rigour. If a specific equivalency to a course is not available at Wilfrid Laurier University, we will attempt to award an "unspecified" elective credit.

Transfer credit assessments will be completed by the appropriate Admissions Coordinator following established procedures and in consultation with the appropriate faculty as required. Transfer credit is assessed at the time of admission provided the admissions office has received official final transcripts and official course descriptions (if required).

To appeal a transfer credit assessment, it is the student's responsibility to provide course outlines to the appropriate admissions coordinator. Upon receipt of these outlines, transfer credit will be reviewed first by the admissions officer, then by the dean, director or chair of the program, and if deemed necessary, by the appropriate admissions committee. Any questions regarding transfer credit assessments must be provided in writing to the appropriate admissions officer within 12 months from the date of admission, or in the event of a program change. Subsequent changes to policies and regulations will not affect previously awarded transfer credit. The final decision on transfer credit rests with the undergraduate admissions office.

Transfer Students: Admission Requirements (University)

Transfer students will be selected for admission on a competitive basis. Normally, a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 7.00 (B-) will be required for full-time studies. However, a higher average may be required for some programs. A GPA lower than 7.0 (to a minimum GPA of 5.0) will be considered for admission to part-time programs. Entry into a degree program, options, faculties and schools of the University is competitive. Possession of the minimum requirements for entry does not guarantee admission.

If you have been required to withdraw from a university or post-secondary institution, refer to the section, Readmission of Students Required to Withdraw.

The applicant is responsible for requesting official transcripts from both secondary and post-secondary schools. The transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Admissions Office at Laurier. Upon receipt and review of all official transcripts, and any supporting documentation, the applicant will be notified of the admission decision. Transfer credit will be considered for students admitted from other accredited institutions for courses satisfactorily completed subject to the following conditions:

  1. Generally, prospective transfer students must have attained the equivalent of a GPA of 5.00 (C) at their institution and must be eligible to re-register at their home institution. Students who may not register at the institution from which they wish to transfer will not be permitted to register at Wilfrid Laurier University.
  2. Transfer credit will be considered for all courses passed but the course grades will not be included in the student's cumulative GPA at Wilfrid Laurier University.
  3. Only courses taken at Wilfrid Laurier University will be included in the subsequent cumulative GPA.
  4. Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses required within a student's program of study where a grade of less than 4.0 (C-) has been attained. Transfer credit may be re-assessed if a student's program changes.
  5. All requirements for the degree, including residence requirements, must be met.
  6. Students applying to complete another undergraduate degree should also review the section, Requirements for Additional Undergraduate Degrees, in the University Regulations chapter.
  7. Transfer students will receive, at most, one opportunity to clear academic probation.