COVID-19 - Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

Are campus tours cancelled?

Yes. For the foreseeable future, all on-campus events and gatherings have been cancelled. Once we are able to safely re-launch our campus tours and school visits, we will communicate directly with all applicants.

 

Do you provide a virtual experience or tour?

At the current time, we are updating our assets to reflect a complete walkthrough of campus. In the very near future, you can visit laurentian.ca/campus-maps to get to know all of our buildings and the services therein. To get a great sense of our amazing campus life, activities, suite of programs, and award winning research areas, visit our YouTube channel.

 

Admission Update Regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus): 

Laurentian University continues to accept applications to most of its undergraduate programs for Spring/Summer 2020 (May) and to most undergraduate and graduate programs for Fall 2020 (September) entry.  We are aware that some applicants are experiencing difficulty in submitting their documents due to restrictions related to COVID-19. All applicants should continue to work with their schools to secure the required documents needed for their admission assessment. 

Laurentian’s Office of Admissions will be flexible with deadlines and document requirements – we will continue to work with applicants individually and make accommodations based on their circumstances. For any questions about your application, contact: admissions@laurentian.ca. For general questions, contact: info@laurentian.ca

 

Submitting Required Admissions Documents During the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Please use the document upload in your Applicant Portal to send us copies of your transcripts and other required documents for your application(s). We continue to receive documents via Canada Post.  If you have applied using the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, we strongly encourage you to use their transcript request service to send us your transcripts, where possible. 

 

Unofficial Documents 

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will be temporarily accepting unofficial transcripts (while we are waiting for WES and official transcripts) and unofficial language scores for CONDITIONAL admission. Official documents will be required at a later date in order to clear your admissions dossier. For more information, please contact us at admissions@laurentian.ca.

 

I am unable to take an English Language Proficiency Test (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.). What do I do?

If you cannot provide us with a recognized proficiency test at this time, we will still assess your application for admission. You may be required to complete our English for Academic Preparation program, or you may be asked to provide minimum required test scores prior to the first day of classes. Please visit our page for more information on other tests that may meet your needs. 

 

Is Laurentian University still admitting students for May 2020?

Domestic Applicants –Yes, we continue to make offers of admission for the Summer (May) 2020 Session.  
International applicants – You will now be reviewed for the Fall (September) 2020 term.

 

Is the May Session taking place?

Yes – Laurentian University is planning for the delivery of programs and courses for Spring 2020. Due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring 2020 terms will be delivered exclusively by online or by remote learning formats.
 At present, we are determining which courses can be offered online or by remote learning formats. Information about Summer courses (what’s offered, what’s not) will be available no later than April 17, 2020.

 

Is Laurentian University still admitting students for September 2020?

Yes – the admissions team continues to process applications and make offers of admission. Decisions are based on documents uploaded to your myLaurentian Applicant Portal or submitted directly by your institution via OUAC or Canada Post.   
We also understand that some students require additional flexibility in meeting deadlines as a result of disruptions to schooling or exams due to COVID-19. Laurentian is committed to working with any students who may need extra time in order to complete their application.

 

Is the September 2020 session taking place?

Yes - The Fall 2020 term is scheduled to start on September 9, 2020. Updates will continue to be made via email campaigns and our website as the situation progresses.

 

Can I accept my offer of admission after the deadline stated on my Decision Letter?

We encourage you to accept your offer by the deadline in your Decision Letter to guarantee a spot in your program of interest.  No registration deposit is required at the time of accepting your offer. If you change your mind in the future, it is possible to then decline or change your offer by contacting admissions@laurentian.ca or by making the change at OUAC.
Note: You may continue to accept your offer after the posted deadline without the need for a formal extension, as long as the program has not reached capacity.  Exceptions to this could include our Limited Enrollment programs. 

 

Deferral Request 

If you are unable to begin your studies in May 2020 or September 2020, please complete the following form at your earliest convenience: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGRqzWNsk_2vSGFAcepeXyGi8IUOXAHdgFx0ec10TAyJw54Q/viewform

Note that deferrals will be completed free of charge for the COVID-19 period.

Ontario

  • Ontario universities and the Ministry of Education have agreed that schools/boards can now report marks for students to the OUAC between April 23 and May 1. OUAC will forward all of the grades to the universities by their published deadline of May 5, 2020.
     
  • If you are attending a full-year school (non-semestered), and traditional second semester midterm grades or interim grades for full-year courses are not possible, the Ministry has stated that your school can report any grades that are available to date.
     
  • The Ministry of Education has confirmed that all students will receive final grades at the end of the school year and these grades will be reported to us via the OUAC. As learning continues at home, teachers will be assessing and providing students with a final grade.
     
  • The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) and community involvement, usually required to achieve an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), have been waived for grade 12 students this year. Students who are on track and eligible to graduate, will graduate.
     
  • You must meet the program prerequisites and conditions outlined in your Offer of Admission by August 31, 2020.
     
  • If it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, current grades will be accepted as final grades.
  • You must satisfy the conditions of your Offer of Admission by the start of classes in the Fall. 
  • Pass/fail grades and or credit granted on a final transcript will be accepted to satisfy admissions conditions and will be eligible for transfer credit assessment. 
  • Your final transcript, submitted directly by your school to Laurentian, must be received by the start of classes in the Fall. 
  • If your school is unable to submit your final, official transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial transcript will be accepted.

 

Will the current situation have an impact on deadlines for sending my documents?

For undergraduate Canadian students, nothing has changed, the deadline to submit their documents for evaluation purposes is still July 1st, we will remain flexible on these dates to meet the needs of our applicants.
For international undergraduate students, the deadline to submit documents for evaluation purposes has been pushed to June 1, 2020.
The Admissions Office is monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and is aware that some schools have cancelled final examinations. Please communicate with us after July if your school has cancelled all examinations. We encourage you to submit all final documents as soon as they become available in order for your conditions to be verified.

My final exams have been cancelled/school is closed/school is changing its grading system. How will this affect my application/admission?

We know that many of you are concerned because your high school is closed, exams have been cancelled, or your high school has changed its grading scheme. If your school or exam provider cancels final exams or adjusts its usual grading practices, we will consider the results reported by your school or exam provider and will continue to evaluate your application. 

Please see the detailed regional information below:

 

Alberta/Northwest Territories/Nunavut

  • The Ministry of Education has confirmed that all students will receive final grades and a report card appropriate to their grade level. Teachers will assess a student’s progress and assign a final grade.
  • Though Grade 12 diploma exams are cancelled, high school students on track to receive 100 or more credits will still be eligible to graduate.
  • If it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, current grades will be accepted as final grades.
  • We expect to receive your final, official transcript, submitted by your school directly to Laurentian University,  before the start of classes in the Fall. If the Alberta Ministry of Education is unable to submit your transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial final transcript will be accepted.

 

British Columbia and Yukon

  • On March 17, 2020, under the direction of the provincial health officer, all schools were ordered to immediately suspend in-class instruction until further notice. 
  • As reported by the BC Ministry of Education, every student in Grade 12 will receive a final mark for the 2019-20 school year, and all students who are on track and eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this school year will graduate.
  • If it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, current grades will be accepted as final grades.
  • We expect your final transcript to be submitted by the B.C. Ministry of Education directly to the OUAC. If the Ministry is unable to submit your final transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school-issued transcripts or unofficial transcripts will be accepted.

 

Manitoba

  • The Ministry has indicated that no student will be held back and students on track to graduate, will graduate.
  • Grade 12 provincial assessments have been cancelled, however assessment of learning will continue. All students will receive a final grade and report card. 
  • If it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, current grades will be accepted as final grades.
  • We expect to receive your final, official transcript, submitted by your school directly to Laurentian University,  before the start of classes in the Fall. If your school is unable to submit your transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial final transcript will be accepted.

 

New Brunswick

  • The Department of Education has announced that Grade 12 students on track to graduate as of January 2020 will graduate in June 2020.
  • Home learning resources will be provided for students to continue learning. 
  • If it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, Laurentian will accept current grades as final grades.
  • We expect to receive your final, official transcript, submitted by your school directly to Laurentian University,  before the start of classes in the Fall. If your school is unable to submit your transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial final transcript will be accepted.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has announced there will be no public exams this year. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) has also announced that there will be no intermediate or high school exams in any course this year. 
  • Level 3 students on track to graduate will be eligible to graduate.
  • All high school teachers are reviewing students' performance up to and including March 13, 2020 and, using their professional judgement, will arrive at a current grade for each student enrolled in their courses. 
  • Report cards will be provided to families April 22, 2020.
  • Laurentian will accept final grades based on in-progress results at the time of school closures, if necessary.
  • We expect to receive your final, official transcript, submitted by your school directly to Laurentian University,  before the start of classes in the Fall. If your school is unable to submit your transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial final transcript will be accepted.

 

Nova Scotia

  • The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has announced that all tests and exams are cancelled. This includes provincial assessments, Nova Scotia Exams, and final exams in all courses. Families will receive March and April report cards and end of year report cards.
  • Students who are on track to graduate will graduate and Grade 12 students who need a preliminary paper-based transcript for bursaries, scholarships or university entrance will receive one by contacting their Regional Centre for Education or Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP).
  • Home learning resources will be provided for students to continue learning.
  • If it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, Laurentian will accept current grades as final grades.
  • We expect to receive your final, official transcript, submitted by your school directly to Laurentian University,  before the start of classes in the Fall. If your school is unable to submit your transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial final transcript will be accepted.

 

Prince Edward Island

  • The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has announced that Grade 12 students on track to graduate and engaged in learning prior to the school closures, will have the opportunity to graduate and will not be affected by COVID-19.  
  • Home learning resources will be provided for students to continue learning and it is expected students will continue their studies.
  • If it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, Laurentian will accept current grades as final grades.
  • We expect to receive your final, official transcript, submitted by your school directly to Laurentian University,  before the start of classes in the Fall. If your school is unable to submit your transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial final transcript will be accepted. 

 

Québec - CEGEP

  • CEGEPs have transitioned to online learning after the Government of Québec adjusted the rules related to the maximum number of students who can study remotely. 
  • Rather than giving a final numerical mark, instructors may also grant "equivalence," indicating that the objectives of the course have been achieved. 
  • If final grades and/or academic standing are unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, current grades and standing will be accepted as final. Pass/fail grades will also be accepted if final grades are not available from your school.
  • Your results will be sent automatically via the OUAC if your Quebec CÉGEP code is included on your application. If not, your final transcript must be submitted by your CÉGEP directly to Laurentian University before the start of classes in the Fall.  
  • If your school is unable to submit your final transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial transcript will be accepted.

 

Saskatchewan

  • As indicated by the Ministry of Education, Grade 12 students will receive a final grade based on their current grade (as of March 13).
  • Students will be afforded the opportunity to improve their mark - if they choose - through distance and alternative learning methods provided by their school division.
  • Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.
  • Laurentian will accept final grades based on in-progress results at the time of school closures. 
  • Your final, official transcript, submitted by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, must be received by the start of classes in the Fall. If the Ministry of Education is unable to submit your final transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school-issued transcripts or unofficial transcripts will be accepted.

Can I travel to Laurentian University if I get or if I already have my study permit?

Information for international students and the consequences of f the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been issued by the Government of Canada on this page: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19.html.

We invite you to read it carefully.

Since your in-class courses have been moved to an online-only format, because of COVID-19, we strongly suggest to study from home. As stated here where restrictions and exemptions for travellers to Canada are also described, this situation won’t affect your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.


Is Laurentian University still admitting international students for September 2020?

Absolutely! The admissions team continues to process applications and make offers of admission. Decisions are based on documents uploaded to your myLaurentian Applicant Portal.

We also understand that some students require additional flexibility in meeting deadlines as a result of disruptions to schooling or exams due to COVID-19. Laurentian is committed to working with any students who may need extra time in order to complete their application. However, should you not present your final, original transcript, before the start of classes in the Fall, Laurentian University reserves the right to rescind your admission. For questions or more details, please contact us at admissions@laurentian.ca. 


Is the May Session taking place?

Yes. Laurentian University is offering programs and courses for Spring 2020. Due to the circumstances of the COVID-19, the Spring 2020 terms will be delivered exclusively by online or by remote learning formats. However, international applicants are now being reviewed for the Fall (September) 2020 term. 


Is the September 2020 session taking place?

Yes - The Fall 2020 term is scheduled to start on September 9, 2020. Updates will continue to be made via email campaigns and our website as the situation progresses.


How do I register for online courses?

More than 300 courses are now available online for May and September intakes!  Visit Laurentian Online for more information. 

Degree program: If you've been admitted for Spring 2020 and you are currently holding a valid study permit, you can now register directly through our Self-service platform via your Student Portal at my.laurentian.ca. Make sure you've accepted your offer either through your Applicant Portal or through OUAC

EAP program: If you received a conditional offer with English for Academic Preparation (EAP) Program, or you want to improve your level of English before attending Laurentian? Our EAP Program is now entirely available online. For more information, please contact languageinstitute@laurentian.ca.
 

I can’t travel to Laurentian University due to COVID-19, what should I do? 

  • Study online (see above);
  • Ask for a deferral:
    Our applicants for this coming session won't be penalized! If you are not able to begin your Spring courses in a remote (online) format, you may defer your offer of admission to September 2020 at no cost by using this form


I am unable to take an English Language Proficiency Test (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.). What do I do?

If you cannot provide us with a recognized proficiency test at this time, we will still assess your application for admission. You may be required to complete our English for Academic Preparation program, or you may be asked to provide minimum required test scores prior to the first day of classes. Please visit our page for more information on other tests that may meet your needs.

New!
We now accept Duolingo with a minimum of 110 as an English language proficiency test for direct admissions during COVID-19.


What do I do if I am unable to request a WES report? 

If you applied to one of our graduate programs, we will be temporarily accepting official or unofficial transcripts (while we are waiting for WES) and unofficial language scores for CONDITIONAL admission. Please make sure to submit the documents on the Applicant Portal. Official documents and a course by course WES report will be required before the start of classes in order to clear your admissions dossier.


I am an international applicant having difficulty getting the documents requested for admission. What do I do?

We are aware that some applicants are experiencing difficulty in submitting their documents due to restrictions related to COVID-19. All applicants should continue to work with their schools about securing required documents needed for their admission assessment. Laurentian will be flexible with deadlines – we will continue to work with applicants individually and make accommodations based on their circumstances: 

  • Ontario high schools and international schools recognized by the Ministry of Education
    • Ontario universities and the Ministry of Education have agreed that schools/boards can now report marks for students to the OUAC between April 23 and May 1. OUAC will forward all of the grades to the universities by their published deadline of May 5, 2020.
       
    • If you are attending a full-year school (non-semestered), and traditional second semester midterm grades or interim grades for full-year courses are not possible, the Ministry has stated that your school can report any grades that are available to date.
       
    • The Ministry of Education has confirmed that all students will receive final grades at the end of the school year and these grades will be reported to us via the OUAC. As learning continues at home, teachers will be assessing and providing students with a final grade.
       
    • The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) and community involvement, usually required to achieve an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), have been waived for grade 12 students this year. Students who are on track and eligible to graduate, will graduate.
       
    • You must meet the program prerequisites and conditions outlined in your Offer of Admission by August 31, 2020.
       
    • If it is determined that final grades will be unavailable, current grades will be accepted as final grades.

 

  • American/AP Curriculum
    • You must obtain your high school diploma and achieve the final average and specific prerequisite subjects by the start of classes in the Fall.
       
    • Your average will be calculated using final grades in academic courses at the Grade 12/Senior level. If final grades are unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, current grades will be accepted as final grades. Pass/fail grades will also be accepted if final grades are not available from your school.
       
    • Your final transcript, submitted directly by your school to Laurentian, must be received by the start of classes in the fall. If your school is unable to submit your final, official transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial final transcript will be accepted.
       
    • Laurentian will continue to accept applications for transfer credit for AP courses with examination scores of 4 or higher. 

 

  • British Patterned Education/GCE
    • You must achieve the final grades and submit the certificate(s) by the start of classes in the fall.
       
    • Examination boards, including Cambridge International and Pearson Edexcel have cancelled May/June exams in all countries. The boards have confirmed that grades and certificates will be provided for students and the qualifications will carry the same value as from any other previous or future exam series (including A Levels, BTEC, Cambridge Pre-U, etc.)
       
    • The cancellation of the May/June examinations will not stop you from satisfying your offer conditions.
       
    • Decisions on grades will be made by the boards using their own evidence combined with evidence from schools, including examples of work done in preparation for the May/June exams, mock exams, coursework (complete or incomplete), assignments, etc.
       
    • If your exam board(s) is(are) unable to provide your official certificate(s) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unofficial certificate(s) or Statement of Results will be accepted.

 

  • China
    • You must achieve your High School Diploma graduation requirements and/or program requirements as indicated in your offer of admission by the start of classes in the Fall. 
    • If final grades are unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, current grades will be accepted as final grades.
    • Your final transcript, submitted directly by your school to Laurentian, must be received by the start of classes in the Fall. If your school is unable to submit your final, official transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial transcript will be accepted.

 

  • French Baccalaureate
    • You must satisfy the conditions of your Offer of Admission, including completion of the Baccalaureat du Second Degré program, by the start of classes in the Fall.
    • Should final examinations be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will not preclude you from satisfying the conditions of your Offer of Admission. Final results based on adjusted assessment methods will be accepted by Laurentian.
    • Your final transcript, submitted directly by your school to Laurentian, must be received by the start of classes in the Fall. If your school is unable to submit your final, official transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial transcript will be accepted.

 

  • India
    • You must achieve the conditions as  indicated in your Offer of Admission, by the start of classes in the Fall.
    • We understand that examination boards have cancelled numerous Class 12 final examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will not stop you from satisfying the conditions in your Offer. Final results issued by your school or board based on adjusted assessment methods will be accepted by Laurentian.
    • Laurentian will accept a copy of your results sent directly from your school and certified by a school official.

 

  • International Baccalaureate
    • You must obtain your International Baccalaureate Diploma with the overall average and grades as required by your program, by the start of classes in the Fall.
       
    • The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) has announced that all eligible students will be awarded a Diploma and will be given a grade for each subject (1 - 7 score).
       
    • Results will be calculated using internal predicted grades (school to IB), marked internal and marked external assessments (coursework) in conjunction with data modelling using historical data. These adjusted assessment methods will be accepted by Laurentian.
       
    • The IBO aims to deliver results on July 5th through standard means.
       
    • The cancellation of the May 2020 IBDP examinations will not stop you from satisfying your Offer conditions. You must meet the conditions of your Offer of Admission and submit your results by the start of classes in the Fall.
       
    • If the IBO is unable to submit your results electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a mailed transcript or an unofficial transcript will be accepted.
       
    • Laurentian will continue to accept applications for transfer credit for higher level courses with grades of 5 or higher. 

 

  • Other International School Systems
    • You must achieve your secondary school graduation diploma (or equivalent from your system of education) by the start of classes in the Fall.
       
    • You must achieve the overall average and prerequisite subjects as required by your program.
       
    • Your average will be calculated using final grades in academic courses at the Grade 12/Senior level (or equivalent from your system of education). If final grades are unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, current grades will be accepted as final grades. Pass/fail grades will also be accepted if final grades are not available from your school.
       
    • Your final transcript, submitted directly by your school to Laurentian, must be received by the start of classes in the fall. If your school is unable to submit your final, official transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unofficial final transcript will be accepted. 

 

Can I pay my deposit after the deadline stated on my Decision Letter?

We encourage you to pay your deposit as soon as possible to reserve your place in your program of interest. As mentioned on the last page of your Decision Letter, payments can be made through Flywire at www.flywire.com/pay/laurentian. For more details about our Deposit Policy for International Applicants, please click here.