Redeemer University welcomes all parents and family members into the extended community. Please use the resources on this page to learn more about the student experience, to gain advice, and to get involved in campus life at Redeemer.
Who We Are: Redeemer’s Identity
Redeemer is a Christian university. The school body is inter-denominational, with over 50+ denominations represented. Our roots are in the Reformed tradition which means we view Jesus Christ as having Lordship over all creation and believe that the Bible alone is the authoritative Word of God for our lives. As a liberal arts and sciences university, Redeemer’s education is rooted in an inter-disciplinary core curriculum taken by every student. This means our programs are well-rounded and flexible and encourages students to develop their gifts as they prepare for the realities of a fast-paced, constantly changing world and workforce. Redeemer offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degrees.
Parents of Prospective Students
Visit Days at Redeemer
Encourage your son or daughter to experience university life at Redeemer first-hand. Students can register online for a Campus Visit Day or may schedule their own personalized visit through our Friday Visit program.
Important Admissions Deadlines
Is your son or daughter considering attending Redeemer? View important admission dates & deadlines in order to keep you on track as you and your child move forward through the application process. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact an Admissions Counsellor who assists each student throughout the investigation and application process.
Each year, Redeemer hosts Dinner with the President events for parents of future or prospective students. Enjoy a catered meal while meeting with Redeemer’s administration, faculty, and admissions staff.
Learn about all the financial aid opportunities available as you help your son or daughter through the process of applying to university. View the various financial aid opportunities students have access to here.
Registered Education Savings Plan
The Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a tax-sheltered plan that can help you save for a child’s post-secondary education. As a parent, you can open an RESP with your bank and make contributions to it for your children specifically for the purposes of their post-secondary education. The government matches 20% on the first $2,500 contributed annually to an RESP, invested along with your contributions. Contact your bank for more information.
Students enrolled in degree programs at Redeemer may be eligible for assistance under the Canada Student Loans Program and/or provincial student loan programs. Ontario students are eligible for assistance under the 30% Off Ontario Tuition (OTG) program. Details can be found through the appropriate government ministry of the student’s province of residence.
Tuition Tax Credit
A student is generally entitled to a tax credit for tuition paid, plus an education credit based on $400 a month of full-time ($120 for part-time) attendance in school. If he or she doesn’t need the credits to reduce her taxes to nil, she can transfer up to $5,000 of these costs to a parent, grandparent or supporting spouse, or carry them forward for use in a later year.
Parents of Current Students
Important Dates: 2020-21
September 8 – Night classes begin
September 9 – Day classes begin
October 12 – Thanksgiving. No classes
October 29-30 – Reading Break. No classes
December 12-19 – Final Term exams
January 11 – Classes start
February 15 – Family Day. No classes
April 2 – Good Friday. No classes
April 5 – Easter Monday. No day classes; Night classes meet
April 12-21 – Final Term exams
April 22 – Last day to move out of residence
June 12 – Graduation (virtual)
Parent Orientation Handbook 2020 (PDF)
The Parent Calendar 2020-21 is available for download! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be handing out hard copies this year.
For your student:
Visit our Academic Success pages to learn more about academic support available for students.
Read the Learning Services brochure: Help! I Know I can do Better!
Students love receiving packages in the mail. You may send items directly to your son or daughter:
c/o Redeemer University
777 Garner Road East
Ancaster ON, L9K 1J4
Exam Time Care Packages
Order an exam care pack (filled with treats) for your son or daughter, or donate a care pack to an international student.
Order a Care Pack
Throughout the year, you have access to the Treat Program provided by Campus Services. There are a variety of packages you can choose from and send to your child and/or their dorm.
You may add funds to your student’s OneCard (meal program). Visit the Campus Services OneCard page to learn more.
The convocation ceremony for the graduating Class of 2021 will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021.
In March, graduating students will receive a graduation package from the Registrar’s Office with tickets for the ceremony. Graduates may request additional convocation tickets from email@example.com. All ticket requests must be received by April 7th. Only ticket-holders will be admitted to the convocation.
Find more information in our graduation FAQs.
Reception for Graduates’ Parents and Family Members
Parents, family members and spouses of graduating students are invited to join faculty and graduates for a reception after the ceremony.
Need a gift for your graduate? Family and friends may purchase flowers for a graduate on the Convocation Flowers company website. Convocation Flowers will have a stand set up at the entrance to the ceremony where you can pick-up your order on the way in. Other gift ideas include a frame for your graduate’s degree or a grad ring. Both these products are available at the Redeemer Campus Bookstore.
For more details about graduation, please visit the event page.
Please join us in praying for the Redeemer community:
- for the students, both in-person and remote
- for Student Services staff as they provide support to students
- for the executive team and Board of Governors as they provide leadership, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic
- for success in our recruitment efforts
For more events, news and updates from social media, visit redeemer.ca/events
Stay in touch!
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Parents of Alumni
You remain a valuable part of the Redeemer community! Please keep us updated on your contact information to receive a copy of our bi-annual flagship magazine, Resound.
If your son or daughter doing exceptional work and making a difference? Let us know! We may be able to write a story about them or share what they’re doing on social media.
Question or comment?