Guidance Dialogues – Laurentian University Video Transcript

I’d like to begin today by acknowledging the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850. We also further recognize that Laurentian University is located on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and that the Greater City of Sudbury also includes the traditional lands of the Wahnapitae First Nation.

Hello my name is Connor Koch and today I’m bringing you updates about Laurentian University located in Sudbury, Ontario. Sudbury is a city of approximately 165 000 residents and a gateway to Northern Ontario. Laurentian University has around 9200 students, is both bilingual  – offering programs in English and French, and tricultural with a mandate which includes supporting Indigenous culture on campus and in our communities.

For fall of 2020 we have introduced new programs including:

  •  The Education Concomitant program, building upon the incredibly successful english stream is a 5 year Concurrent Education program offered entirely in French, along with the Online Hybride French education program over 3 years part-time.
  • A 4 year Online Honours Specialization Psychology program with a Thesis. 
  • On the Graduate side, we are offering the Masters of Forensics Science and the PhD in Human Kinetics are now available.

Now, let’s talk about Admissions and some of the student-focused changes that have occurred since last cycle. 

When a student applies to Laurentian, it does not matter to us how they rank their program choice – in addition, students can feel confident that taking online, evening, over the summer or repeating courses will not negatively affect their application. We will review the student’s transcript with prerequisites, and calculate the average with the student’s 6 highest 4U or M level courses. Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate program will notice that our admission policy has changed allowing them to receive up to 24 credits, vs a maximum of 18 last year. Details about this policy change along with other admission processes such as offers, deposits and more can be found in the Fall 2020 Resource guide provided in your guidance portal. 

Every year, one of the questions we get asked most during is, “What is the competitive average for program X.” In this video update, we are happy to share some of last year’s numbers. In the case of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the average is around 86-87%, Sports Administration around 80% and lastly, Forensics Science cuts off around 80% each year. Our Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Midwifery programs both have supplemental applications that are evaluated equally to a student’s average – so, students should plan to do well on both. Note, these are not final averages and averages can change year to year. 

We are also pleased to share with you the new Smart Start and Bounce Back program along with new articulations for college transfer students, the continuation of the Crown Ward support program and new scholarships established by distinguished alumni. These programs assure we can address the need for access to university studies as well as some of the gaps students may be facing with math and science curricula. We at Laurentian continue to commit our support for access and create an engaging university environment for all.

For the year ahead, university information to your students will be different. While we are all temporarily living in a world turned upside down, you can rely on the fact that our Liaison Services team will continue to provide the high-quality programming you expect of Laurentian University. As of September 2020, the following information events and resources for the 2020-2021 academic year will be offered.

Some of these offerings include:

  • A weekly scheduled information session in French and English
  • Access to a pre-recorded information session to share with your students
  • A new Guidance counselor website
  • A fully virtual and newly updated viewbook
  • The ability to schedule Individualized academic meetings as requested by students and families

We aim to have campus tours resume on September 14th in a limited capacity. Please visit www.laurentian.ca/tour/ for the most up to date information.

Alongside the programming mentioned, we are pleased to offer a new monthly webinar series designed with students in mind.  We call it Post-Secondary 12, or POST-SEC 12 for short. More information about Post-Sec 12 will be provided by email this week or found on the laurentian guidance counselor support page on Laurentian.ca/guidance/. 

Our Liaison Services team is always looking forward to helping you!

Contact me via phone at 1-855-675-1151ext 3188 or email me at ckoch@laurentian.ca.

All general or student inquiries can be directed to info@laurentian.ca

And finally, explore our brand new guidance resource at: laurentian.ca/guidance.

It serves as your very own Laurentian University hub with all the up-to-date information right at your fingertips!

On behalf of the Laurentian Community, thank you for tuning in with this year’s Laurentian University update. 

Stay safe! Stay Healthy!


Thank you, Merci, Miguitch