Co‑op and Regular Systems of Study
At Waterloo, we offer programs through the co‑op system of study, which alternates 4‑month school terms with 4-month paid work terms, and the regular system of study, which follows the traditional September to April school year.
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.
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 2024) is February 1, 2024.
- Supporting documents, such as transcripts, are due February 16, 2024.
- Applying to Engineering – To be eligible for early consideration, you must apply by December 15, 2023, 11:59 (ET) and complete your Admission Information Form by January 15, 2024, 11:59 pm (ET). The Online Video Interview is strongly recommended.
Scholarships, Bursaries and Financial Aid
We provide thousands of scholarships to new students, including guaranteed scholarships for students with averages over 85%.
Offers of Admission
We will start making offers of admission in December and will make all offers of admission for fall 2024 by mid-May, once we receive updated grades from schools.
We include required courses when calculating your admission average.
All offers of admission are conditional upon completing your secondary school diploma and maintaining the grades indicated in your offer of admission.
Alternative Offers of Admission
If you are not eligible for the program you applied to, we may automatically consider you for admission to related programs during our final review period in May.
We are here to help! Whether you have a known or unknown disability, condition or illness, or if you are experiencing impacts from trauma, we can help you develop your individualized academic accommodation plan for all components of your academic studies.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Equity, Diversity Inclusion and Anti-racism (EDI-R) has a mission to build, incubate and enhance EDI-R competency and capacity across campus to identify and interrupt institutional barriers and embed equity within policies, processes, environments and experiences at the University of Waterloo.
Indigenous Student Admission
We are committed to equity in the application process and to increasing access for Indigenous students.
If you are a First Nation, Inuit or Métis student, we encourage you to self-identify to support the application review process and to complete the Admission Information Form to share additional information and personal experiences.
If you have questions about the process or would like support with your application, email Alex DeGagne, Indigenous Recruitment and Partnership Specialist.
We guarantee residence for all first-year and transfer students who meet the requirements outlined on our Future Students Residence page.
Campus Tours and Events
We offer tours and special events throughout the year. We highly recommend campus tours and our Fall Open House, as they show what it is like to be a Waterloo student and highlight key campus locations and services.