New students entering 1A in Fall

new students at orientation

Welcome to Architectural Engineering (AE), in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering!

While starting out in a new place can feel overwhelming, we want to help make your transition as easy as possible. These links, resources and to-dos are designed to get you settled in and to help you find everything you need.

The First Year Engineering Office is located in E2 1772, Phone: 519-888-4761

Before you arrive

Familiarize yourself with important dates on our calendar — This comprehensive list has all the key dates you need to know for fee payment, course enrollment and even exam and holiday dates for once you begin your studies.

Events - Faculty 101 Days and Parent and Family Orientation are optional, on-campus events to help you and your parents make the transition from high school to university life. Held throughout the summer and fall months, these events provide you with the opportunity to connect with classmates and professors, attend your first university lecture and program-specific sessions, and learn about important campus services and resources.

Housing — First-year students are guaranteed a spot in our on-campus residences, provided you accept your offer of admission and submit the necessary documentation on time. Find out about the residence application process and important dates for first years on the housing website.

Class enrollment — As a first-year student in the Faculty of Engineering, you’ll be enrolled in your core classes automatically. Learn how to use Quest, the student information system, to access your schedule.

Purchase a laptop - First-year students require a laptop from day one. Refer to the Architectural Engineering Laptop Specifications (PDF) document for comprehensive information on what is required, as well as examples of appropriate laptops.

Your computer account

Your program schedule of classes

The entire Architectural Engineering program is laid out term-by-term so you can see what courses will be taught each academic term, and what terms you will be going on co-op. The Schedule of Classes is a complete list of classes offered each academic term at University of Waterloo. You can use this list to see who the instructor is for the course and what time the courses will be offered.


Administration for all first-year engineering students begins in the First Year Engineering Office. If you have a question and are uncertain where to go, the staff in the first year office (E2 1772) will be happy to direct you.

They can connect you with Academic advisors. An academic advisor assists students who have questions about:

  • Course selection
  • Timetable concerns
  • Regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Grade appeal and petitions

You can also contact the Architectural Engineering Administrative Office for Undergraduate Studies by dropping by the office (E2-2332) or calling ext. 46313.

Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office is located on the second floor of Needles Hall. They are responsible for tracking student academic information from admission through graduation. Visit the Registrar's Office web site for information on scholarships and bursaries, final exams, services available to students, as well as access to printable forms such as letter of permission requests, plan modifications, official transcript requests, petitions, and more.

Undergraduate Calendar

The University of Waterloo Undergraduate Calendar is your main source of information about courses, degree requirements, and regulations. The Undergraduate Calendar describes:

  • University policies and regulations
  • Academic plan requirements
  • Faculty regulations
  • Course descriptions/prerequisites

Updating your contact information

You are responsible for ensuring your address, phone number, and email are current. Please review and update your personal information each term using Quest so advisors and professors can reach you.

Failure by the University of Waterloo to make contact with a student due to incorrect information on a student's record does not excuse a student from academic accountability.

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