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 and Process for Admission Decisions
For some programs, we anticipate making a limited number of offers of admission in December and continuing with a large number of offers of admission on a rolling basis beginning in February.
In highly competitive programs, such as Engineering and Mathematics, most decisions will be made in mid-May. Admissions committees for these programs require more information, including updated grades and contest results, to make fair and equitable decisions.
Scholarship and bursary decisions are made in May.
All offers of admission and scholarships will be made by May 29, 2019, and students will have until June 3, 2019, 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.
Alternate offers of admission
If you are not admitted to the program you applied to, you may be considered for admission to an alternate program, provided you meet the minimum admission requirements and places are available.
For Engineering, you must specify on your Admission Information Form an alternate Engineering program you would like to be considered for.
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 one-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
The programs listed are ones that you can apply directly to. We offer more than 100 programs at Waterloo, some of which you choose at the end of first year.