101 – University of Waterloo

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

Last updated: October 3, 2016

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Special Characteristics

  • Ideas start here. 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.
  • Canada’s most innovative university for 24 years in a row in the Maclean’s reputational rankings.
  • Home to the world’s largest co‑op program. Our network of 6,300 employers provides you with access to more co-op jobs than anywhere else on the planet.
  • Through co‑op, you can gain up to 2 years’ paid work experience and potential total co‑op earnings of $43,000 to $77,000.
  • More than 100 areas of study – many that are ranked among the top 100 in the world.
  • Superior job success after graduation – Waterloo graduates are highly respected.
  • Exceptional support for students who want to be entrepreneurs.
  • Inspiring student leaders who make a difference both on campus and around the world.
  • Approximately 30,000 undergraduate students, including 6,500 first‑year students.
  • One of Canada’s top campus recreation programs as well as 200 clubs to choose from.
  • Located approximately 100 kilometres west of Toronto in a clean, safe, mid‑sized city.

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Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics, and Science.

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  • Accounting and Finance
  • Architecture
  • Computer Science
  • Environment
  • Enterprise and Development
  • Environment, Resources and Sustainability
  • International Affairs
  • Optometry and Vision Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Planning
  • Public Health and Health Systems
  • Social Work

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University Colleges

If you’re looking for a smaller, close-knit residence or academic home base, then one 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 one while earning your Waterloo degree.

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

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Co‑op and Regular Systems of Study

Choose the regular system of study, which follows the traditional September to April school year, or co‑op, which alternates 4‑month study and paid work terms.

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. In co‑op, you compete for positions with other Waterloo students, applying to the jobs that interest you from the world’s largest selection of co‑op jobs.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students admitted to full‑time, first‑year studies at Waterloo who are beginning postsecondary studies for the first time in the fall, and who have an admission average of 85% or higher, including marks for required courses for the program to which you have been admitted, will receive 1 of the following scholarships:

  • President’s Scholarship of Distinction: Admission average of 95% or higher. You will receive a $2,000 entrance scholarship as well as 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%. You will receive a $2,000 entrance scholarship.
  • Merit Scholarship: Admission average of 85–89.9%. You will receive a $1,000 entrance scholarship.

Program‑specific entrance scholarships are also offered, ranging in value from $500 (for 1 year only) up to $80,000 (over 4 years). Some scholarships are available specifically for study permit students.

*View complete scholarships and financial aid conditions and details.

St. Jerome’s University and Renison University College have their own scholarships.

Waterloo offers entrance bursaries ranging in value from $500 to $4,000 for Ontario students with financial need.

In accordance with Ontario’s Student Access Guarantee, students in need will have access to the resources needed for tuition, books and mandatory fees.

You are required to seek financial support from all sources, including family, employment, loans and government support programs.

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AccessAbility Services

Considered one of Canada’s most accessible universities, Waterloo provides support for students with permanent or temporary disabilities. Services include academic accommodations, accessible campus transportation services, liaison with campus housing and attendant services, learning strategy support and many other services. Contact AccessAbility Services at 519‑888‑4567, extension 35082, TTY 519‑888‑4044.

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Aboriginal Student Services

St. Paul’s University College at Waterloo offers services for Aboriginal students, including guidance, connections to financial resources, and advocacy for unique needs. Visit the Aboriginal Education Centre website.

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Additional Admission Information

Some programs have requirements in addition to the Admission Information Form.  Find more information about additional admission 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 Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. For Architecture, transfer credit 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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Submitting Documents

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

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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 have not been in an English‑language school system, you are required to provide English‑language test scores. View more information about English-language requirements.

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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, 2017.

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 is not part of the residence guarantee, and a separate application and procedure is outlined online. Visit the Conrad Grebel residence website.

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Application Deadlines

March 31, 2017, is the application deadline for the fall term (September to December 2017).

Supporting documents, such as transcripts, are due by April 7, 2017.

The following are exceptions for the fall term:

  • Architecture
    Application and fee due at the OUAC: February 3
    Supporting documents due at Waterloo: March 1
  • Accounting and Financial Management
    Application and fee due at the OUAC: February 3
    Supporting documents due to Waterloo: March 1
  • Engineering and Software Engineering
    Application and fee due at the OUAC: March 1
    Supporting documents due at Waterloo: March 31

For the winter term (January to April 2017), your application must be received by October 28, 2016.

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Contact Information

Office of the Registrar
University of Waterloo
Waterloo ON  N2L 3G1

Telephone: 519‑888‑4567, ext. 33106
Fax: 519‑746‑2882
Email: myapplication@uwaterloo.ca

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