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Before You Register

Incoming Students

Is this your first time registering for courses? Don't worry, registering for courses is an exciting part of your university experience (especially when it comes to choosing electives), but there are a few things you should do before you start the registration process:

  1. Activate your Laurier email account: All official communication from Laurier will be sent to this account (you can forward your Laurier email to your home account to make sure you don't miss any important information)
  2. Attend a Registration Webinar for your faculty: These interactive online sessions will guide you through the course selection and registration process and introduce you to Laurier's registration system, LORIS.
  3. Register for Laurier 101 to spend a day on campus connecting with other students, meet with an academic advisor to confirm your course selections, and familiarize yourself with campus services and processes.
  4. Register for Orientation Week (Sept. 3-8): From academic sessions to learn more about your program and faculty to evening events to help you get to know your new campus, orientation week, run by the Students' Union has something for everyone.
  5. Check your offer of admission to confirm the faculty to which you belong.

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. An academic advisor will review your completed schedule.

Important Dates for Fall 2019 Registration

  • June 3-6: Registration webinars.
  • June 12 at 10 a.m.: Registration opens for first-year students.
  • June 19: Registration opens for senior students. First-year students should register by this date for best course selection.
  • July 15: Last day to register in at least one course to avoid a late registration fee.
  • Late July: Entrance scholarships are finalized.
  • Sept 3-8: Orientation week.
  • Sept 5: Fall term classes begin.

Important Notes

  • If the course you are hoping to register for is full, we encourage you to visit LORIS regularly to see if new course sections become available. Throughout the summer, Laurier may increase class sizes or add new course sections to accommodate the increase in demand this year for course registration.
  • If you need (or want) to take calculus, you have to complete the Calculus Preparation Evaluation.
  • If you're taking a language course, check to see what language prerequisites are required.
  • If you're a transfer student, learn about how transfer credits and exclusions work at Laurier and how to understand them in LORIS.

Academic Advising

Laurier's academic advisors are here to help you reach your academic goals. We are committee to helping you navigate program and course requirements, and can assist you in creating an academic plan to meet your needs. Advisors are also able to help you research program possibilities and determine appropriate campus resources. We recommend that you visit an academic advisor at least once a year to ensure that you remain on track with your degree requirements. Before you start classes, visit with an academic advisor to confirm your course selections at Headstart.