University Student Transition Resources
This list of resources is meant to reinforce learning and the skills needed for academic success in university. The following programs are available to all students attending Ontario universities.
This list is not intended to be all-inclusive, partly because universities regularly make adjustments to services.
Have questions or need more information? Contact the appropriate university directly.
Wilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo Campus
Our goal is for you to feel right at home at Laurier, no matter where you're coming from or how long you're planning to stay. From learning supports and holistic health and wellness services to registration tips and events to get you connected on campus, the Laurier community is eager to help you settle in smoothly.
- Accessible learning support is available to full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who have a permanent or temporary disability. Build your academic accommodation plan and learn more about the various programs and services available to you as a Laurier student by participating in the Golden Hawk’s Orientation to Accessible Learning (GOAL).
- Laurier 101 is a campus-wide, incoming student program that supports you from the time you accept your offer until the first week of classes and beyond.
- The Laurier 101 program includes:
- Registration Webinars: Hosted every year in early June, the webinars provide guidance and support as you choose your courses and design your first-year class schedule.
- Summer Webinar Series: Offered throughout the summer, the webinars will highlight the differences between high school and university. Sessions will provide you with an opportunity to connect with senior students, staff and faculty, and learn more about campus resources and extracurricular opportunities.
- Hawk Talks: Chat with senior students to gain insights about what it is really like to be a Laurier Golden Hawk.
- Orientation Week: Helps you navigate your first week at Laurier. Through a combination of academic and social activities, Orientation Week introduces you to your program, campus resources and extracurricular opportunities, and shows you what it means to be a Golden Hawk.
- Math & Statistics Learning Support: Aids you in the transition from high school to university-level mathematics. Supports include weekly homework sessions, drop-in help, mock tests, exam reviews and diagnostic and review services to refresh your knowledge of fundamental math skills.
- TriAGe: Helps prepare you if you plan to enroll in an entry-level university calculus course by reinforcing fundamental skills in trigonometry, algebra and geometry. TriAGe is available online throughout the summer and both in class and online throughout the summer.
- Writing Services: Help you develop the writing skills needed to succeed in your academic studies. Writing support includes one-on-one writing appointments with a student or professional staff member, on-campus, in-class and online writing workshops, and online writing resources.
- Study Skills & Course Support: Enhances your academic life through the promotion of effective learning strategies and study skills that you need to succeed academically. Services include individual and small-group consultations, on-campus, in-class, in-residence and online workshops, and academic success programs for varsity athletes, Indigenous students and academically at-risk students.
- A centralized resource for all student wellness services and support, including physical health services, mental wellness support and counselling. Laurier’s student health care plan covers services provided through appointment and drop-in hours.
- Located centrally on campus within steps of student residences and academic buildings.