101 – University of Waterloo

University program information changes regularly. For the most up-to-date details, view the online application.

Last updated: October 3, 2017

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Special Characteristics

  • Canada’s most innovative university for 25 years in a row in the Maclean’s reputational rankings.
  • With more than 300 start‑up companies connected to the university, Waterloo is one of the country’s leading universities for turning ideas into action.
  • Our network of 6,700 co-op employers provides you with access to more co-op jobs than any other university in North America.
  • Gain up to 2 years’ paid work experience and earn money to help pay for school.
  • More than 100 areas of study – many that are ranked among the top in the world.
  • Superior job success after graduation – Waterloo graduates are highly respected.
  • Approximately 30,000 undergraduate students, including 6,500 first‑year students.
  • One of Canada’s top campus recreation programs as well as 300 clubs to choose from.
  • Located approximately 115 kilometres west of Toronto in a clean, safe, mid‑sized city.

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Co‑op and Regular Systems of Study

At Waterloo, you can choose to study through the regular system of study, which follows the traditional September to April school year, or the co‑op system of study, which alternates 4 month study and paid work terms. Through co-op, you can graduate with up to 2 years of relevant work experience.

Most programs are offered through both systems of study. Both the co‑op and regular systems of study are available to all students, regardless of citizenship. To apply to a co-op program, you must check the co-op box on your application.

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Application Deadlines

March 30, 2018, is the application deadline for the fall term (September to December 2018).

Supporting documents, such as transcripts, are due by April 6, 2018.

The following are exceptions for the fall term:

  • Architecture
    Application and fee due at the OUAC: February 1
    Supporting documents due at Waterloo: March 1
  • Accounting and Financial Management
    Application and fee due at the OUAC: February1
    Supporting documents due to Waterloo: March 1
  • Engineering and Software Engineering
    Application and fee due at the OUAC: February 1
    Supporting documents due at Waterloo: March 1
    For the winter term (January to April 2018), your application must be received by October 27, 2017.

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Additional Admission Information

Some programs have admission requirements in addition to the Admission Information Form.

After you apply, we’ll email you and let you know about the next steps in the admissions process.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

If you’re beginning postsecondary studies for the first time, have an admission average of 85% or higher (including marks for required courses for the program to which you have been admitted), and are admitted to full‑time, first‑year studies at Waterloo, you will receive 1 of the following scholarships.

  • President’s Scholarship of Distinction: Admission average of 95% or higher.
    • $2,000 entrance scholarship
    • The opportunity for a $1,500 International Experience Award and/or a $1,500 Research Award to be used in your upper years.
  • President’s Scholarship: Admission average of 90–94.9%.
    • $2,000 entrance scholarship.
  • Merit Scholarship: Admission average of 85–89.9%.
    • $1,000 entrance scholarship.

Program‑specific entrance scholarships are also offered, ranging in value from $500 (for 1 year only) up to $100,000 (over 4 years). Some scholarships are available specifically for study permit students.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

In accordance with Ontario’s Student Access Guarantee, students in need will have access to the resources needed for tuition, books and mandatory fees. Waterloo contributes to this guarantee by providing bursaries, awards and scholarships to help students with their educational expenses. We offer an entrance bursary program to first-year students from Ontario with financial need. The bursaries range in value from $500 to $4,000, and the deadline to apply is April 15. Additional details about the entrance bursary, OSAP and other aid programs, can be found on Waterloo’s Student Awards and Financial Aid website.

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English‑Language Requirements

If your first language is not English and your 4 most recent years of full‑time education prior to the start of your studies at Waterloo were not in an English language school system, you are required to provide English language test scores. View Waterloo’s English language requirements.

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Transfer Credits

For programs in the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environment, Mathematics and Science, transfer credits will be considered for

  • Advanced Level (A Level)
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)
  • Cambridge Pre‑U
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) courses

For Architecture, transfer credits will be considered for an elective credit up to a maximum of 0.5 units.

Find more information about transfer credits.

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Guaranteed residence

A space in residence is guaranteed if you meet the residence conditions. You must complete the online Residence Community Ranking Form and submit a $500 non‑refundable deposit by 11:59 pm (ET) on June 1, 2018.

Once you have confirmed your space, you will receive acknowledgement and information about the next steps from the residence where you have been placed.

Conrad Grebel University College, located on Waterloo’s campus, is not part of the residence guarantee but provides residence for first-year students. A separate application is required.

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University Colleges

If you’re looking for a smaller, close-knit residence or academic home base, then 1 of Waterloo’s University Colleges may be for you! Each University College is a smaller community with its own character and distinctive programs where you can get involved and contribute. You can live or study at 1 while earning your Waterloo degree.

  • Conrad Grebel University College
  • Renison University College
  • St. Jerome’s University
  • St. Paul’s University College

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Student Services

Waterloo provides a wide variety of services to help you succeed.

  • The Student Success Office provides peer tutors, success coaches, leadership workshops, services for international students and more.
  • Considered one of Canada’s most accessible universities, Waterloo’s AccessAbility Services provides support for students with permanent or temporary disabilities.
  • Counselling Services and Health Services offer help regarding study skills, career interests, life difficulties, stress management as well as access to physicians, nurses and mental health professionals.
  • The Aboriginal Education Centre offers a wide range of services for Aboriginal students, including guidance, connections to financial resources and advocacy for unique needs.

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Contact Information

Office of the Registrar
Waterloo ON  N2L 3G1

Telephone: 519‑888‑4567, ext. 33106
Fax: 519‑746‑2882

Email: myapplication@uwaterloo.ca
Visit our webpage for future students.

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