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Winter Start

Laurier’s network of student support is here to help you navigate the steps to becoming a Golden Hawk so you arrive in January feeling prepared to thrive.

Laurier 101 is a campus-wide incoming student support program that supports you from the time you accept your offer until the first week of classes and beyond. Laurier 101 brings together students, staff and faculty from across campus to answer your questions and make sure you are prepared for the time you’ll spend at Laurier both inside and outside of the classroom.

The following programs and services are offered through Laurier 101 for students starting in the winter term:

  • Course Registration Support
  • Welcome Webinar
  • Online Orientation
  • January Social

Course Registration Support

Searching for available electives or creating a conflict-free timetable can make your first time registering for courses seem challenging, but don’t worry – we’re here to help!

Our transition specialists are available to help guide you through the process of determining your program requirements, choosing electives, building your schedule and navigating the LORIS registration system. Book a telephone appointment to receive individualized assistance with your course registration and set up a plan for success in your program.

Before your appointment, review the Course Registration Guide and make a list of the preferred classes you would like to take in the winter term.

Book your appointment:

Welcome Webinar

The Welcome Webinar is designed to help make the transition to university life easier by reviewing everything you will need to know before you start your classes in January. You will learn about the basics of course registration, different ways to get involved on campus, and supports and services available to assist with your academic transition. The webinar will also include a live question and answer period with representatives from our Transition and Learning Services and Service Laurier teams.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you will be able to download the full video the following day on this page. If you need an accommodation for registration support or need an accessible version of this webinar recording, contact

Online Orientation

We know you're excited to start university, but you probably have a lot of questions too. Learn about what to expect at Laurier, both inside and outside of the classroom, by logging into Online Orientation before you start your classes in January. In Online Orientation, you'll discover faculty testimonials, how-to videos, downloadable resources and tips from senior students, all designed to help you get ready for your university experience.

Online Orientation modules include:

  • Information on paying for school, including on-campus jobs, OSAP and bursaries.
  • An overview of student life, including where to eat, where to park and how to get involved on campus.
  • Access to past course outlines and strategies to help you prepare for your classes.
  • Resources to support your health and wellness.

myls-select-course-icon.jpgTo access the Online Orientation program, visit and log in with the same ID and password that you used to create your MyLaurier email account. Once you are logged in, click the "Select a course" icon (shown right) from the menu bar, and select "Online Orientation – January 2020" from the list of available courses.

January Social

Help us celebrate the start of a new term by attending a social event for all incoming first-year students starting classes in January. This is a great opportunity to meet other first-year students on campus, learn more about academic and wellness support services and explore the many ways to get involved on campus.

We will also be hosting a senior student panel where you can ask your questions about life as a Golden Hawk. Our panel will share their experiences and provide advice on how they navigated their first year of university.

The event is co-hosted by LOCUS (Laurier Off-Campus University Students).

Waterloo campus social:

Brantford campus social:

Accessible Learning

If you’re in need of academic accommodations the first step is to self-identify with the Accessible Learning Centre and provide current documentation from a registered healthcare professional (e.g. physician, psychologist or psychiatrist).

You can begin the registration process as soon as you accept an offer of admission to Laurier. It is in your best interest to begin the registration process as soon as possible.