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Headstart

About Headstart

Headstart is a program designed to make the transition to university life easier for our incoming students and their parents or guardians. It’s an introduction to life and learning at Laurier to ensure you get off to a strong start at Laurier.

The cost for Headstart is included in the "Transition and Orientation" fee for incoming first-year students.

Advising

Our on-campus Headstart sessions are your opportunity to meet with an academic advisor before starting classes.

Academic advisors can help with:

  • Confirming you are registered in the correct courses.
  • Discussing program requirements and senior-level courses.
  • Exploring minors, options and concentrations.

Presentations and Other Support

Our Headstart program includes faculty presentations, sessions for you and your parents to learn about life at Laurier, opportunities to meet with other incoming students, and a campus resource fair to ensure you haven’t missed anything.

At Headstart you will:

  • Discuss the differences between high school and university.
  • Meet with an academic advisor to review your class schedule.
  • Work with a student ambassador to revise your schedule as needed.
  • Learn about applying for scholarships, bursaries and completing your OSAP application.
  • Get your Laurier student ID card (OneCard).

Register for Headstart

Each undergraduate faculty offers Headstart days that reflect its unique degree requirements; check your offer of admission to ensure that you're attending the Headstart program that’s designed for you. (Your program is listed in your offer of admission alongside your Laurier student ID number.)

Register to confirm your preferred date.

Headstart Dates

Waterloo Headstart Dates

Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Music:

  • Saturday, June 23
  • Wednesday, July 4
  • Tuesday, July 10

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics:

  • Friday, June 22
  • Saturday, July 7
  • Friday, July 13

Faculty of Science:

  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Friday, July 6
  • Saturday, July 14

All faculties:

  • Monday, July 16

Brantford Headstart Dates

All faculties:

  • Thursday, June 14
  • Saturday, June 16
  • Saturday, July 14

Faculty of Human and Social Sciences:

  • Tuesday, July 10
  • Friday, July 27

Faculty of Liberal Arts:

  • Friday, July 20
  • Tuesday, July 31

Faculty of Social Work:

  • Tuesday, July 24

Headstart for International Students

International Headstart is an online webinar for incoming international students. The webinar includes a presentation and a question and answer period. You will learn helpful information that will help you begin your studies at Laurier. If you cannot attend the webinar, you will be able to download the presentation after the date.

Register now for one of our International Headstart sessions. Please choose the webinar associated with the campus you will be attending:

Headstart for Out-of-Province Students

Out-of-Province Headstart is an online webinar for incoming students living outside of Ontario. The webinar includes a presentation and a question and answer period. You will learn helpful information that will help you begin your studies at Laurier. If you cannot attend the webinar, you will be able to download the presentation after the date.

Register for our Out-of-Province Headstart:

Frequently Asked Questions