Wilfrid Laurier University Profile
Wilfrid Laurier University has a deep commitment to both teaching and research, combined with a strong student focus and sense of community. Our distinct approach to experiential learning means that our students graduate with relevant and real experiences. Laurier has campuses in Waterloo, Brantford and Milton, and locations in Kitchener and Toronto. Read more about Wilfrid Laurier University.
Laurier’s admission requirements are divided into different categories of learners that include secondary school, transfer and mature students. Each category has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
If you self-identify as an Indigenous student, you’re eligible for admission through the Undergraduate Indigenous Admission Policy. To be considered for admission, you will also be asked to provide a written statement detailing any work experience, achievements and educational goals and outline why you believe you will be successful in university.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
Headstart Transition Program provides you and your parent or guardian with information about Laurier’s programs, supports and resources to help you with your academic transition to university life. The session is capped at 10 students to ensure personalized support.
The SEEDS Program is an incentive scholarship that’s given to first-year Indigenous students at Laurier who engage in a variety of support services and activities on campus that increase their connection to the campus and fellow Indigenous students at Laurier.
If you are interested in transferring to Laurier from another university or college, Laurier’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
You can choose from a variety of academic programs at Laurier and will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section lists some examples of the academic programs you can take at Laurier.
The Faculty of Arts prepares you to adapt to a changing economy and become engaged as a citizen. Graduates have found jobs in education, business and government. Programs you can take include Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Medieval Studies and Political Science. With 11 departments and many options for interdisciplinary programs, Arts spans a number of fields in the social sciences and humanities.
Laurier’s Faculty of Education offers you a Bachelor of Education degree that combines hands-on education with theoretical and research background to advance your knowledge and enable you to participate in other areas of education. Our faculty of Education has seats and scholarships set aside for Indigenous learners. Our new International Education Studies, the first of its kind, is your pathway to teach in international schools or pursue education-related work in international development. We also offer a Minor in Education, which you can add to any BA program. In addition, Laurier offers a Master of Education.
The Faculty of Music offers a welcoming environment, small-class sizes and a community spirit of generosity. Students can choose between a Bachelor of Music, Canada’s only Bachelor of Music in Community Music and Ontario’s only Bachelor of Music Therapy.
The Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) offers you social work programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The BSW program has a specialization in Indigenous Issues. By completing your 4-year BSW program at Laurier, you will be eligible to apply for advanced standing in our Master of Social Work (MSW). At Laurier, you can choose to complete a Master of Social Work or a Master of Social Work, Indigenous Field of Study.
Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics offers you a chance to live and work in one of Canada’s most vibrant start-up communities. You are able to choose from a range of undergraduate programs such as Business Administration, Business Administration and Computer Science, Applied Economics, and Economics and Accounting, as well as from a range of options within the MBA program.
The Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (HSS) offers degrees in criminology, health, psychology, leadership, policing and game design, and promotes continuing education for professionals. As a student you will have the chance to explore complex issues, develop your critical-thinking skills and question assumptions.
The Faculty of Liberal Arts offers you a wide range of programs, from traditional arts disciplines such as English and history, to new and interdisciplinary fields of study. You can also take advantage of the diversity of Laurier’s programs and pursue your personal passions by combining disciplines.
Laurier’s Faculty of Science offers a full range of academic programs, including several interdisciplinary programs, across the 7 departments. Laurier brings expertise and enthusiasm for research into the classroom, through research projects, co-op work and several leading-edge research centres across campus.
Be sure to check out all of Laurier’s academic programs.
Laurier offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are some of the academic services you can access at Laurier.
The Centre for Student Success (CSS) supports and enhances your academic experiences at Laurier. These services can include academic advising, intercultural development, academic accommodation and assistance with learning, mathematics, study skills and writing development.
The Mathematics Assistance Centre refreshes your knowledge of fundamental math skills and offers help through homework sessions, mock tests and exam reviews, as forms of supplemental instruction to particular courses.
The Study Skills and Supplemental Instruction Centre works to strengthen your learning strategies and study skills. You can find help with time management, note-taking, exam strategies and more.
Academic advising is available for all students through many avenues. Depending on your campus your options might change; visit the Academic Advising and Support website to find out what’s right for you.
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. Laurier offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Indigenous learners.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Indigenous-specific scholarships and awards. The following are examples of 2 awards available at Laurier.
The Cherry Award is, by nomination only, open to all full-time and part-time students, both undergraduates and graduates, who self-identify as Indigenous persons. These candidates must be serious about their studies, and must also be caring, actively involved members of Laurier’s Indigenous student community.
The Yethihretsay:rons Bursary is granted to a part-time or full-time self-identified Indigenous student entering their first year at Wilfrid Laurier’s Brantford campus who demonstrates financial need.
Check out Laurier’s scholarships and bursaries, visit the Office of Indigenous Initiatives or book an appointment with the Indigenous Student Support Coordinator for information about financial aid to you.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The Work Study Program at Laurier can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations, such as the Indigenous Student Centre.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
The Office of Indigenous Initiatives strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. The following are just some of the services you will find on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.
The Office of Indigenous Initiatives offers supportive, holistic, cultural and academic programming for all Indigenous students – First Nations, Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis persons – through the Indigenous Student Centres at both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.
Both campuses provide education, awareness, resources and training on Indigenous cultures. You will also have access to career planning, smudging ceremonies, a quiet study room, a Visiting Elders Program (Waterloo Campus), the Elder in residence (Brantford Campus) and academic and personal counselling. Come in and check out your home away from home where great people are waiting to welcome and help you with your success.
The Office of Indigenous Initiatives offers pre-admission counselling to prospective students about admission policies, funding and program planning. The Indigenous student recruitment and outreach Office can also help you with career planning. Please email email@example.com and check out all the resources of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more about student life at Laurier.
Clubs and Societies
The best way to meet new people and pursue your interests is to get involved with Laurier’s extensive network of academic, social, political and charitable clubs and societies. Check out the list of clubs on both campuses. If you don’t find any that interest you, you can always start your own.
Indigenous Learners’ Club
The Indigenous Student Association provides you with social events and peer support throughout your years at Laurier. It also gives you the chance to celebrate your heritage as well as educate the public. For more information on getting involved, please email contact the Association.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Laurier, you are represented by the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union.
Laurier is home to the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks varsity sports that range from basketball, cheerleading and lacrosse to rugby, curling and golf. The Golden Hawks participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at Laurier that includes try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
Laurier offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include hockey, aquatics, dance classes, baseball and lacrosse. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
Accessible Learning Centre
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, the Accessible Learning Centre is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For more information about supports that you can access at Laurier, visit the Centre’s website.
Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)
Laurier’s Rainbow Centre is a safe and inclusive space on campus available to all students, faculty, staff and visitors who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer, or all those who are friends or allies of the LGBTQ community. Members of the Rainbow Centre provide awareness, training, education and support to fellow peers and the greater university community.
The Multi-Faith Prayer Space and team are available to help students in their efforts to research or discuss ethical and theological issues.
You can access child care services through the Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre in Waterloo and through the Beryl Angus Municipal Children’s Centre in Brantford. Laurier has partnerships with both centres.
Laurier’s Safety and Security looks after the personal safety, protection of property, and parking needs of both campuses. Special Constable Service on the Waterloo campus and Special Constable Service on the Brantford campus provide you with crime prevention services, safety information and 24/7 emergency access.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Laurier provides information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also find information on public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
You can choose from 2 residence styles and 15 residence buildings located around Laurier’s campus. Check out the residences at both campuses.
Laurier has created 2 resource pages that allow landlords to post listings and apartments and help you in your search for off-campus accommodations: 1 for off-campus housing at Waterloo and 1 for off-campus housing at Brantford.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the University’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out Laurier’s meal plans and prices at both campuses.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you are learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check out residence life at Laurier.
Laurier’s campus is served by a large number of transit systems, for easy travel to and from campus. All full-time undergraduate students at Laurier enjoy unlimited transit travel with their OneCard on Grand River Transit in Waterloo and on Brantford transit buses. You can access one or both campuses by GO Transit, Greyhound Bus Lines or VIA Rail.
Parking at Laurier assists you with parking or transportation needs including alternative transportation such as transit, cycling and carpooling.
Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university. The Student Wellness Centre is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counselors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and wellness educators). The following are some of the services available to you on both campuses.
The Student Wellness Centre on campus is the home for all physical, emotional and mental health services on both campuses. It supports student in their academic journey by meeting their clinical care and health education care needs.
You can access comprehensive physical health services that cover primary medical care, health promotion and disease prevention. These services include immunization, allergy injections, STI information, medical referrals and first aid.
Mental health is a continuum, and you may find yourself in different places on that continuum throughout your university career. Laurier recognizes the need for supports at various points, and provides emotional and mental health services and resources you can access. If you’re at the Brantford campus, these supports include counselling services and support regardless of your concern, whether you’re experiencing difficulties in studying or adjusting to university life.
For more information on the well-being services provided by Laurier, contact the Student Wellness Centre. You can also visit the Office of Indigenous Initiatives for information on the cultural aspects of health.