Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2005/2006
Canadian Excellence

Academic/Course Equivalencies

Normally, the following academic standings are accepted as equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Ontario University, University/College Preparation Courses.

Canada Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon territories – Grade 12 (Senior Matriculation). Québec – CEGEP General I or McGill Senior School Certificate or Senior High School Leaving Certificate.
United Kingdom and Other Commonwealth Countries The General Certificate of Secondary Education in at least five or six subjects. At least two of the subjects must be at the advanced level with acceptable standing. Note the English proficiency requirements in the previous section.
United States of America Applicants who have completed United States Grade 12 with superior academic standing and can present Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores of 1000 (minimum 500 verbal, 500 mathematics) will be considered for admission to Year 1 of a degree program. Otherwise, applicants must present acceptable final standing in U.S. grade 12 and 24 semester hours at an accredited college or university in courses from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
Other Countries The admission requirements for international applicants are normally based on the minimum requirements from equivalent Canadian secondary school academic systems. However, a higher standing may be required for admission to individual programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of places available in those programs. Applicants are required to submit original documents of their records mailed directly from the registrar of the institution they attended to the Admissions Office, Wilfrid Laurier University. In cases where original documents are written in a language other than English, applicants must provide notarized literal translations. Note the English proficiency requirements as stated in the previous section.
International Baccalaureate Applicants who have successfully completed the International Baccalaureate will be considered for admission upon presenting passes with an acceptable standing in a minimum of six subjects of which at least three must be at the higher level. The minimum overall total score requirement is 28. Some programs are more competitive and may require a higher minimum overall score. Laurier will accept IB predicted grades for early admission consideration. Admission scores are calculated on the basis of Higher and Standard Level course grades only; TOK, Essay, and Diploma points are not considered in this calculation. For programs which require Calculus, Higher Level Mathematics and Mathematical Methods would be considered equivalent; Mathematical Studies and Advanced Mathematics are not sufficient to meet this requirement. Advanced standing is considered for up to a maximum of 3.0 credits for applicants who have completed the IB Diploma and who present a minimum of three subjects at the higher level, with a minimum score of 5 in each course. Applicants who are completing individual IB courses (i.e. Certificate) in conjunction with another educational system, will be assessed on the basis of their entire academic record.