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:

What's Next...

You've accepted your offer to graduate studies at Laurier, take the next steps in your graduate student journey. 


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

Explore and Watch Pre-arrival Webinars

These webinar sessions will provide you the opportunity to ask any of questions you might have regarding scholarships, finances, professional development, and strategies for learning at the graduate level.

Select the session below to learn more and to register.

You must use your activated Laurier Zoom account to attend and access the sessions.

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

Stay tuned for the registration link in mid-December.

Waterloo In-Person Orientation

Date and time: Jan. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Senate and Board Chambers

Online Orientation

This orientation is for students who are in online/remote programs only. 

Date and time: Jan. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom

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.