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Established in 1957, University of Waterloo is amongst the best universities in Canada. The university is keen to admit deserving and talented students, which is evident from the fact that 58% of the students enrolled at the university have an academic average of 90% or above (as per 2015 data).
Majority of the admission at the university is done for Fall term. The classes or lectures in fall term start in Early September.
Application deadlines for Fall Term for are tabulated below:
Start of Applications
Application deadline for International Students
Last date to submit documents to UWaterloo (for international students)
Application Fee Charged
CAD 166 (OUAC Form 105F)
IELTS, TOEFL or one of the others (EFAS, CAEL, PTE, MELAB)
In case enough number of applications is not received for a particular course, the deadlines can be extended also. Applications received after the deadlines will only be considered if the seats are not filled.
For Graduate courses, the deadlines depend on the course which a candidate is selecting. Since the number of Graduate courses is high deadlines for most of them are different, candidates are advised to visit this page for checking the deadline for applications: - https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies-academic-calendar/graduate-program-search.
Some of the programs have their own application deadline. A table depicting deadlines for such courses is present below. Also, the deadline for all the undergraduate courses except those mentioned below is March 30 only (for international students).
Last date to submit documents to UWaterloo
Accounting and Financial Management
Conditional Admission to Pharmacy
The University of Waterloo accepts the application for Part-Time and Online Studies in all 3 terms. The deadlines for such courses are as mentioned below: -
Applications start in
Last date to submit documents
Winter (January to April)
Spring (May to August 2018)
Fall (September to December 2018)
For students coming through exchange programs, the deadlines are April 1 for Fall Term, September 20 for winter term and December 1 for Spring term.
The University of Waterloo has laid down several eligibility points, which candidates need to fulfill. These requirements range from general requirements to program specific requirements.
Precisely, candidates need to fulfill following points, to get admission at University of Waterloo: -
Being a university in Canada, English is the only language that is used for academic and official purposes at UWaterloo. Therefore, a candidate desirous of studying at UWaterloo has to be proficient in the language.
International candidates can prove their efficiency in the English Language by achieving good and acceptable scores in various English Proficiency Tests. The University of Waterloo accepts following tests’ scores as a measure of proficiency in English: -
Internet-Based TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
90; writing 25; speaking 25
IELTS Academic – International English Language Testing System
7.0; writing 6.5; speaking 6.5
MELAB – Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
85; 80 per section; speaking 3
CAEL – Canadian Academic English Language Assessment
70; 60 per band; 70 writing; 70 speaking
PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English
63; writing 65; speaking 65
EFAS – English for Academic Success
75% overall in level 400 with at least 75% in writing, oral and academic skills
Note: A few departments accept alternate minimum scores such as- Chemical Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering; and Systems Design Engineering. Accounting and Finance; Applied Mathematics; Anthropology; Architecture; Classical Studies; Climate Change; Computer Science; Digital Experience Innovation; Economic Development and Innovation; English Language and Literature; Environment and Business; Environment, Resources and Sustainability; Fine Arts; Geography and Environmental Management; Global Governance; History; Philosophy; Planning; Public Health and Health Systems; Public Service; Quantitative Finance; Recreation and Leisure Studies; Religious Studies; Sociology and Legal Studies; Sustainability Management are also a few of them.
The University of Waterloo maintains a high standard for its batch quality and admits students with good academic records in the past. Also, some of the courses come with their own specific requirements, which candidates need to fulfill.
Some of the examples of these conditions are as follows: -
Candidates having a good academic history are eligible for scholarships also. Thus, the university makes sure that candidates get handsome benefits for their brilliant performances in the past.
Admission Process at the University of Waterloo is straightforward and well defined. Candidates do get complete guidance on how to apply to the university.
Admission process, right from submitting your application to accepting the offers, looks like this: -
Although all the important details of candidates like their grades will get mentioned in the 105F form, the Admission Information Form adds something extra to your application. For admission at the University of Waterloo, a candidate’s AIF (Admission Information Form) can play a very important role.
Precisely, Admission Information Form is a form given to the candidate by UWaterloo where: -
Admission Information Form, later on, becomes an important document for Faculty Scholarships also. Therefore, candidates must fill this form.
Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) has a specified form 105F for International Applicants. This form enables foreign candidates to apply to multiple universities of Ontario, from a single application.
A Candidate is eligible to use form 105F, provided he/she fulfills following conditions: -
There is a basic fee of CAD 156 that is to be paid by the candidates to use this form. An International Form Processing Fee of CAD 10 is also charged from International Application. Also, University of Waterloo charges a fee of CAD 85 as Supplemental or Document Evaluation Fee.
If a candidate applies to more than 3 courses, he/she may have to pay some additional charges also.
The university has not defined that how an application is considered for Undergraduate Admissions. But, a very straightforward path for Graduate Admissions has been laid down.
For Graduate Admission, an application is evaluated and processed in 3 steps: -
For Undergraduate Admissions, a general evaluation procedure will include – Checking general admission requirements, checking program-specific requirements, evaluation of academic performance and English proficiency scores.
Some important contact details useful for candidates seeking admission at University of Waterloo are mentioned below: -
Graduate Studies and Post Doctoral Affairs
Needles Hall, Room 2201
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone – 519-888-4567 ext. 35209
Fax – 519-746-3051
Working Hours – Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Graduate Studies Web Page - https://uwaterloo.ca/discover-graduate-studies/
For Undergraduate Admissions
Phone – 519-888-4567 ext. 33614
Email – email@example.com
Live Chat (during working hours) - https://uwaterloo.ca/future-students/chat
Webpage - https://uwaterloo.ca/future-students/