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Guidance Counselor Day. Undergraduate Admissions Tracy Swierenga Admissions Officer. Undergraduate Admissions. Navigating the Admissions Process. U – WHO? U – HOW?. Admissions. Navigating the Admissions Process Deadlines Process What’s new Words of caution Q&A. Important Dates.

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undergraduate admissions
Undergraduate Admissions


the Admissions Process

U – WHO?

U – HOW?



the Admissions Process

  • Deadlines
  • Process
  • What’s new
  • Words of caution


important dates
Important Dates

As students consider university options:

  • January 12 – Application deadline
  • February 4 – recommended deadline for application changes
  • April 15– ABS Forms due
  • April 15 – Entrance Bursary Application due
  • April 1 – Special Case/Special Needs documentation
  • April 1 – Evidence of English proficiency, if required.
  • April 1 – Transcripts: international high school, if applicable
  • April 28 – Deadline for high schools to submit grades to OUAC
  • May 30 – Admission decision deadline
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Important Dates

Confirming an offer decision and next steps:

  • June 2– Deadline to accept an offer
  • June 2– Deadline for residence application.
  • both offer and residence guarantee expire at midnight!
  • May 1 – Registration opens
  • June/July – Headstart info sessions
  • September 5 – Residence move-in day
  • September 12 – Classes begin
  • E-mail = primary mode of communications
  • Information packages – January and May/June
  • Updates on website.
  • Importance of valid email address and checking email regularly.
  • If you’re not hearing from us, let us know!
additional documentation
Additional Documentation
  • Entrance Bursary Form – decision in April
  • Applicant Background Summary (ABS) form
  • Special Case and Special Needs supporting documentation
  • Evidence of English proficiency
  • Prior international high school?
timing of offers
Timing of Offers
  • Phase 1 – December to February (Grade 11)

- best 5 11U/M + registration in 12U pre-req’s

  • Phase 2 – March/April (Grade 11 & 12)

- best six – minimum 3 grade 12U/M

  • Phase 3 – May (Grade 12)

- best six grade 12U/M

** NOTE: Business and Concurrent Ed programs include prerequisite courses in Admission average.

assessment process
Assessment Process
  • Primary Assessment (updated grades from OUAC targeted for Jan 27, March 10 and May 10 from both semestered and non-semestered schools)
  • Special Reviews
    • Extracurricular Activities (ABS) 3%
    • Special Case/Special Needs 5%
  • Alternate Offers
  • Entrance & President’s Centennial Scholarships
  • ESL options
status of applications
Status of Applications
  • On-line application status & decision viewing (LORIS)
  • Electronic vs. hard copy offer of admission
  • Read offer carefully! Conditions must be met.
  • Allowing 12-24 hours for changes through OUAC
  • Implications for amendments after offer issued
confirmation process
Confirmation Process
  • Deadline to confirm is June 2
  • Offers expire at midnight
  • Confirmation number = transaction complete
  • Laurier will send email verifying receipt of offer confirmation and next steps.
  • Laurier e-mail address should be assigned within 24-48 hours
  • Last acceptance voids any previous confirmation.
  • Residence guarantee deadline: June 2@ 11:59 p.m.sharp!
  • Course registration opens May 1.
on line response
On-Line Response
  • Allow one business day grace period for OUAC processing
  • OUAC site includes video tutorials on process.
  • Keep copy of all communications with OUAC
  • OUAC monitors 11th hour changes to applications
  • OUAC sends email to applicants who have not confirmed anywhere within one week of deadline
  • University must be contacted to reactivate declined or expired offer , subject to space availability
finalizing admission status
Finalizing Admission Status
  • Admission status finalized at end of July
  • Conditions matter! Offers can be revised or rescinded if conditions are not met by the required deadline
  • Summer School – used to meet conditions; must ensure grades received by mid-August; not applicable to scholarship eligibility.
new programs
New Programs


  • BBA / BA Financial Math double degree
  • BBA (Laurier) / BCS (U Waterloo) DD
  • Requirement change: BBA/B Math – 4th U course
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New Programs


  • BSc Computer Science & Psychology
  • Articulation Agreements with Conestoga:
    • BSc Computer Science (WLU) with SW Engineering Tech Diploma (CC)
    • BSc Biochem/Biotech (WLU) with Biotechnology Technician Diploma (CC)
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New Programs


  • Program code: BA Communication Studies – UKL


  • BA Youth and Children’s Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Technology Management
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science (pending approval)
  • Transfer Credit Agreements with Brantford Campus and all Ontario CAAT’s
pathways program
Pathways Program
  • New partnership with Conestoga College
  • A second chance at admission to Honours Arts at the Waterloo campus
  • 1 year General Arts and Science program with a minimum average of 75% with no repeats or failures
  • Up to 2.5 transfer credits at Laurier
competitive programs
Competitive Programs
  • Business
  • Concurrent Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Second Year transfer options
frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Repeated Courses – no penalty!

Fifth Year – no penalty!

Ranking Schools – all schools treated equally

Private Schools – ensure recognition by MOE

Choice selections – all choices treated equally

Confidentiality – regulated by FIPPA

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Frequently Asked Questions

Enriched Programs - AP's, IB's & transfer credit

Specialist High Skills Major – U or M courses

New 3-credit Tech courses – assessment implications under review

Co-op Codes – ensure credit applicability

Financial Assistance – scholarships, awards, bursaries

centennial scholarships
Centennial Scholarships

Purpose, Passion, Achievement


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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Missing pre-requisites – option to ‘parallel’ and transfer in 2nd year
  • Alternate offers – automatic if unqualified for first program choice
  • Multiple program requests –can only make one offer per applicant at a time
  • Deferrals – considered for medical/extenuating reasons; application & supporting doc. required
to wrap up
To Wrap Up …
  • Deadlines
  • Process
  • What’s new?
    • New programs
    • Prerequisites in admission calculations
    • OUAC Tutorials on process
  • Watch out for …
    • Offer conditions
    • Summer school grades
    • Alternate offers
    • Confirmation process


Visit our website: www.wlu.ca/admissions

Call us: (519) 884-0710 Ext. 3351

Email: admissions@wlu.ca

Open House: Brantford – March 16

Open House: Waterloo – March 18

Thank you for supporting Laurier!

financial aid
Financial Aid

Ruth MacNeil

Manager, Student Awards

types of financial aid
Types of Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
  • Bursaries
  • Government Funding
  • Part Time Employment

Scholarships – Awards based on academic achievement

  • Entrance Scholarship Grid

(Value of Awards: $500 to $5000*)

  • In-Course Scholarships

(Value of Awards: $500 to $1500)

other scholarships awards
Other Scholarships/Awards

Donor Supported Scholarships

  • provided by alumni, corporations and other individuals who recognize the costs associated with a post-secondary education.
  • Applications, if required for entrance scholarships are generally due at the end of July.

Bursaries – Awards based on proven

financial need

  • Entrance Bursary – Value of up to $2000
  • Application available online starting in mid December
  • Application due date: April 15, 2011
  • In-Course Bursaries for returning students.
government funding
Government Funding


  • Main source of Government Funding: (Ontario Student Assistance Program).
  • Online applications available in late spring through web site: http://osap.gov.on.ca
  • Estimate of funding available once application has been submitted
  • Sources of funding: Loans and/or grants based on financial need.
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Government Funding

Determination of funding

based on several factors:

  • Parental/Spousal Income
  • Student Income
  • Student Assets
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Government Funding
  • Funding distributed in 2 installments:
  • Fall semester – 60%
  • Winter semester – 40%
  • Minimum course load requirement:
  • 60% (3 half credit courses per term)
  • 40% (2 half credit courses per term for students identified with a disability
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Government Funding

Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships:

      • Apply on OSAP application
  • $100 - $3,500 renewable scholarship
  • Based on academic merit & financial need
  • 9.5 GPA renewal requirement
bursaries for students with disabilities
Bursaries for Students with Disabilities
  • Must be eligible for OSAP funding
  • Must be registered with Accessible Learning Office
  • Funding for note takers, tutors, assistive technology
ontario work study program
Ontario Work Study Program
  • Part-time work opportunity on campus.
  • Approximately 70 students participate each year.
  • Needs based – be able to show financial need on the application.
  • Contact Student Awards in September for an application.
student awards
Student Awards


Location: 202 Regina Street

Our Web Address: www.wlu.ca/studentawards

Email: studentawards@wlu.ca

Telephone: 519-884-1970 Ext. 4592