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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.

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.

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).

When you come to Headstart, you'll need to bring:

  • Your offer of admission.
  • Government-issued photo identification (e.g. passport, driver’s licence or health card).
  • A list of the first-year courses you've already registered in and a printout of your proposed timetable.
  • Your questions about the campus and registration.

Note: While Headstart offers sessions to assist you in your course selection and registration, you should not wait until you attend Headstart to begin signing up for your courses.
Course selection for first-year students begins on June 11 and courses quickly fill up.

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

Information for Parents and Guardians

Parents and guardians can participate in a special session that provides an overview of what your student will be experiencing and how to support them, and that answers the questions you may have about residence life, meal plans, orientation week, financial aid and more.

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 early to confirm your preferred date.
The Headstart registration form will be available on May 1.

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.

International Headstart sessions are scheduled for:

  • June 19 at 8 a.m. EST
  • July 17 at 8 p.m. EST

Register for Headstart International

Register early to confirm your preferred date.
The Headstart registration form will be available in May for international students.

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.

Out-of-Province Headstart is scheduled for:

  • July 18 at 7 p.m. EST

Register for Headstart for Out-of-Province Students

Register early to confirm your preferred date.
The Headstart registration form will be available in May for out-of-province students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us:

Headstart: Waterloo Campus

E: learningservices@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2220

Headstart: Brantford Campus

E: lbacademicadvising@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5849