Welcome Guide

For Incoming Graduate Students

It All Starts Here

We are so excited to welcome you to Laurier and are here to help you navigate your graduate student journey.

Before you start, there are a number of important steps to complete. The information below was designed to ease your transition as you prepare for the start of your degree. 

Find out what's next:


Pay your tuition and fees. Pay your upcoming term invoice on LORIS by the due date to avoid late fees. Fees are assessed one month before the start of each semester. 


Register for courses. Register for courses using LORIS, Laurier's web information system. Check out the Graduate Course Registration page for tips, or view the course registration playlist on YouTube.   



Complete the checklist. Our checklist provides you with the resources you need to get ready for the start of your degree. 

Graduate Student Checklist

Set Up Your Tech

  • Activate your Laurier student email to participate in orientation and beyond.
  • Activate your Laurier Zoom account to participate in online orientation events and more. 
  • Familiarize yourself with MyLearningSpace to access course content and more.
  • Check out Laurier's Tech Guide to set up MFA, connect to your Wi-Fi, and download available software to your device. 

Campus Essentials 

  • Complete the Student Self-Identification (ID) It’s confidential, voluntary, and supports our equity, diversity, and inclusion goals at Laurier.
  • Apply for a Parking Permit if you're planning to drive to campus.
  • Upload your Laurier OneCard photo, this is your identification card and more on campus.
  • Find out more about the different support options available to you. 

Funding and Financial Aid

Laurier Crash Course

As you prepare for graduate school, we've got resources to help ensure you're set up for success. These webinars and workshops are you opportunity to learn about various supports available to you. You’ll get an opportunity to learn, ask questions and meet some peers.

Select the session below to learn more and to register.

You must activate and log into your  Laurier Zoom account to register, attend, and access the sessions. You can find out how to set up all your Laurier tech here.

Graduate Orientation

Join the Graduate Orientation and Transition team for a chance to get to know the graduate student community!

We'll be covering everything you need to know, all the resources available to you, and student success tips from a current graduate student. 

Dates are listed below for In-Person Orientation. Expect more details and updates in July and August. 

In-Person Orientation

Waterloo Campus - Tuesday, September 3

Brantford Campus - Wednesday, September 4

Online Orientation

Open to all incoming graduate students studying remotely in online programs.

Fall 2024 - TBD

What You Need to Know

Learn about Academic Integrity Important Dates and Deadlines Find Your Support Resources Professional Development Opportunities
Important Dates and Deadlines
Find Your Support Resources
Professional Development Opportunities

Your Student Web Resource

Our students.wlu.ca website is your gateway to all the information you need from registration and finances to student life at Laurier. 

There's a lot going on. We got you.

Get to know Laurier's student website.

students.wlu.ca homepage with Register for Your Courses banner.

Stay Connected

For questions about graduate student orientation or your transition to graduate studies, please contact us at gradorientation@wlu.ca 

Once you begin your academic journey at Laurier, take the opportunity to connect with us in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office! Be sure to follow FGPS' social media accounts and share your graduate student journey with us.

E: fgps@wlu.ca

T: +1 548 889 5574

Book an appointment.