105 – University of Waterloo
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Last updated: September 17, 2020
- Special Characteristics
- Co-op and Regular Systems of Study
- Application Deadlines
- Additional Admission Information
- English-language Requirements
- Transferring from a College or Another University
- Submitting Documents
- Scholarships and Financial Aid
- Guaranteed Residence
- Study or Live at a University College
- Mature Students
- Student Services
- Transfer Credits
- Contact Information
- Earn your degree from one of Canada’s top universities. We are consistently ranked among the country’s top 3 universities in the highest quality, best overall, leaders of tomorrow and most innovative categories (Maclean’s national reputational rankings).
- Choose from more than 100 majors and programs – many that are ranked among the top in the world.
- With our network of 7,000 employers, you will have access to North America’s largest selection of co-op jobs. Explore careers and earn money to help pay for school.
- With more than 700 start‑up companies connected to the university, we are one of the country’s leading universities for turning ideas into action.
- We are ranked #1 in Canada for career preparation in a survey of 24,000 university students (Maclean’s).
- Stay active while having fun through one of Canada’s largest campus recreation programs – and through more than 250 clubs.
- Located approximately 115 kilometres west of Toronto in a clean, safe, mid‑sized city.
Co‑op and Regular Systems of Study
At Waterloo, we offer programs through the regular system of study, which follows the traditional September to April school year, and the co‑op system of study, which alternates 4‑month school terms with 4-month paid work terms.
We offer most programs through both systems of study. Both the co‑op and regular systems of study are available to all students, regardless of citizenship, unless otherwise indicated.
To apply to a co-op program, you must check the co-op box on your application.
The application deadline for the fall term (September to December 2021) is February 1, 2021.
Supporting documents, such as transcripts, are due by February 19, 2021.
Exceptions for the fall term:
- Conditional Admission to Pharmacy
- Application and fee due to the OUAC: February 1, 2021
- Admission Information Form due: March 1, 2021
- Supporting documents due to Waterloo: April 2, 2021
We will send information about the Admission Information Form once you have applied.
Additional Admission Information
We require an Admission Information Form for admission to some programs and recommend it for all others. Some programs also have other requirements, such as an interview or portfolio review. Review our admission requirements to ensure you know all the required steps.
After you apply, we will email you and let you know about the next steps in the admission process.
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 must provide English-language test scores and meet our English-language requirements.
If you meet our academic admission requirements, but do not have the required English-language test score, you may receive a conditional offer of admission to a program such as Bridge to Academic Success in English or English Language for Academic Studies (for students admitted to our Faculty of Mathematics). These programs allow you to earn some credit toward your degree while strengthening your English skills.
Transferring from a College or Another University
If you are transferring from a college or another university, you may be eligible for advanced standing or credit for previously completed courses. Each program has different criteria for granting transfer credits.
Depending on the number of credits you receive, we may classify you as a first-year or upper-year student. If you receive 4 academic course units (equivalent to 80% of a first-year course load) or more in transfer credits, you are not normally eligible for co-op programs.
After you apply, we will email you about the next steps in the admission process, including submitting documents, such as transcripts and English-language test scores.
To help speed up the admission process, you can upload your documents to our online student system. We will send you details once you apply.
If your documents are not in English, ensure that you submit a notarized literal translation with the originals to speed up the application process. We also strongly suggest that you find out from your local Canadian Embassy or High Commission how to apply for a study permit and how long the process will take. Immigration details are available on the Government of Canada Immigration website.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
If you are beginning college or university for the first time, have an admission average of 85% or higher (including marks for required courses for the program you have been admitted to) 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
We also offer program‑specific entrance scholarships, 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.
In accordance with Ontario’s Student Access Guarantee, students in need will have access to the resources needed for tuition, books and mandatory fees. We contribute to this guarantee by providing bursaries, awards and scholarships to help you with your 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. Find additional details about the entrance bursary, Ontario Student Assistance Program and other aid programs on the Student Awards and Financial Aid website.
You must seek financial support from all sources, including family, employment, loans and government support programs.
If you are a first-year or transfer student, we guarantee you a space in residence if you meet the residence conditions.
If you receive an offer of admission, you must accept that offer, complete the online Residence Community Ranking Form (available in February 2021) and submit a $500 non‑refundable deposit by 11:59 pm (ET) on June 1, 2021.
Once you have reserved your space in residence, you will receive more information in June about the next steps.
Conrad Grebel University College, located on our campus, is not part of the residence guarantee, but provides residence for first-year students. A separate application is required.
Study or Live at a University College
If you are looking for a smaller, close-knit residence or academic home base, then one of our University Colleges may be for you! Located on our campus, 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.
Our University Colleges are:
- Conrad Grebel University College
- Renison University College
- St. Jerome’s University
- St. Paul’s University College
For admission purposes, our definition of a mature student varies by faculty. All faculties require that you present a minimum number of specific Ontario Grade 12 U/M courses (or equivalents) in addition to meeting their definition of a mature student.
If you previously attended university or college, we will not consider you a mature student for admission purposes. We will consider you a transfer student and you will need to meet the regular admission requirements.
We provide 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.
- We are considered one of Canada’s most accessible universities. Our AccessAbility Services provide support for students with permanent or temporary disabilities.
- Counselling Services and Health Services offer help with study skills, career interests, life difficulties and stress management, as well as access to physicians, nurses and mental health professionals.
- The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre offers services for Indigenous students, including guidance, connections to financial resources and advocacy for unique needs.
For programs in the faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environment, Mathematics and Science, we will consider transfer credits for:
- Advanced Level (A Level)
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)
- Cambridge Pre‑U
- International Baccalaureate (IB) courses
We do not award transfer credits for programs in the Faculty of Engineering, except for Architecture, which will consider transfer credits for an elective course up to a maximum of 0.5 units (generally equivalent to a 1-term course at Waterloo).
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