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Transfer Credits

If you’re a transfer student, you’ll need academic advice before you begin planning your schedule and registering for courses. You can make an appointment with an academic advisor as soon as you confirm your offer of admission. If you have not yet received a transfer credit assessment, please bring a recent transcript to your appointment. Brantford transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend a Headstart session for additional help registering and learning about Laurier's services.

A preliminary transfer credit assessment will be included in your Offer of Admission. Final transfer credit assessments are completed throughout the summer once we receive your final transcript directly from your previous institution. Have your official transcript sent to the Recruitment and Admissions office as soon as possible to ensure the best selection of courses.

Students interested in pursuing the Co-op Option should contact the Co-op Office directly regarding eligibility for Co-op if receiving more than 2.5 transfer credits.

Transfer Credits and Registration

To avoid a late registration charge, register in 100-level courses using LORIS as soon as you are able. Once your transfer credit assessment is completed, you can contact the academic advisor in the appropriate department to override courses that require prerequisites or to register in senior courses. Remember, adding and dropping courses can be done up to the deadline in September. 

Because our online registration guide provides course descriptions for first-year courses only, you can refer to your program or academic calendar for descriptions of upper-year courses and the LORIS course catalogue for course times to assist you in planning your conflict-free timetable.

Note: Most transfer students have to wait until the Year 2 registration date to register. You can view your registration date on LORIS.

Transfer Credits and Exclusions

Transfer credit refers to Laurier credit granted for postsecondary academic work completed at another institution. As often as possible, credit will be granted for a specific Laurier course (e.g. MA103). If a specific Laurier equivalent course is not available for work completed elsewhere, then an elective credit in the appropriate discipline will be granted (e.g. 0.5 junior unspecified Mathematics credit). If a specific equivalent course is not available, but there is significant overlap with the content of a Laurier course, then an exclusion may be applied (e.g. 0.5 100 level Mathematics credit void if MA103 is taken).

It's important to note that an exclusion is not a transfer credit and has no credit value. The combination of a miscellaneous transfer credit plus an exclusion is designed to alert transfer students to the overlap in content with a specific course, while recognizing the credit weight for the course previously taken. If you ultimately decide to take a course that has previously been listed as an exclusion, the original transfer credit will be removed from your record.

Students have one year from the start of their program, or from a change of program, to make a request for re-assessment. This request must be made in writing to the Recruitment and Admissions Office at

Transfer Credits/Exclusions and Reading LORIS

Transfer credits will be identified with a "CR" (credit) under the grade column on the Unofficial Record of Course Work page in LORIS, while exclusions will appear with "000" under the grade column on the same page. It's important that you carefully review your transfer credits and ensure you know the difference between transfer credits and exclusions. You should also check any exclusions for Laurier courses you wish to take in the academic calendar to ensure there are no conflicts with transfer credits/exclusions that have been applied to your Laurier records.