Basic requirements for admission
All conditional offers of admission are contingent on the completion of all high school diploma requirements, including a minimum final admission average of 80%. Some programs may specify other conditions, including higher final admission averages.
Basic requirements: At least six 4U/M courses, including all required courses, as specified for each program. EAE4U will be treated as equivalent to ENG4U.
If your first language is not English and you have not studied full-time in an English-language school system for the 4 years immediately before beginning your studies at Waterloo, you will be required to meet our English-language requirements.
Failed and repeated courses, courses other than day school
Waterloo policies on failed and repeated courses, and courses other than day school.
Timing of admission decisions
Offers of admission are made on a rolling basis between January and May as we receive updated grades from schools. The date you may receive an offer of admission depends on the program you've applied to, your grade average and any special entrance requirements. The Faculties of Engineering and Mathematics make admission decisions in March and May only.
We want to consider all students fairly, so we may wait for updated grades from schools before making many of our admission decisions.
Scholarship and bursary decisions are made in May.
All offers of admission and scholarships will be made by May 29, 2020, and students will have until June 1, 2020, to respond. If you know that Waterloo is the university that you wish to attend, we encourage you to accept your offer as soon as you receive it.
Admission to alternative programs
If you are not admitted to the program you applied to, you may be considered for admission to an alternative program, provided you meet the minimum admission requirements and places are available.
If you would like to be considered for an additional Engineering program, you must specify that program on the Admission Information Form that you are required to complete once you've applied.
If a program is available in both co-op and regular systems of study and you are not admitted to the co-op version, you will be automatically considered for either the corresponding regular program or another related program, provided places are available. In some programs, limited admission to co-op is also available in second year.
High school applicants who are offered admission and who wish to take a year off to work or travel may request a 1-year deferral of admission. You will not be granted a deferral if you study at another postsecondary institution during the year.
More than 100 programs to choose from
The programs listed are ones that you apply directly to. We offer more than 100 programs and majors at Waterloo, some of which you choose at the end of first year.