University COVID-19 update

The University of Waterloo is constantly updating our most Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions about buildings and services? Visit the list of Modified Services.

Please note: The University of Waterloo is closed for all events until further notice.

Important Dates

Fall 2021

Title Description Date
Class enrollment period

During this period, graduate students can enrol themselves in classes using Quest, and can also drop classes in Quest.

Graduate students who are not fee arranged and have enrolled in classes will have their classes dropped at the end of the third week of classes (end of class enrolment period).

Aug 4, 2021 to Sep 28, 2021
Tuition and fees due

Pay in full or become "Fees Arranged"; late fees apply after this date and/or access to LEARN may be affected.

Aug 24, 2021

Late fees begin

See Student Financial Services website for late fee amounts by date.

Aug 25, 2021

Labour Day No classes and offices closed. Sep 6, 2021
Classes begin Laurier may have a different schedule - visit their website for applicable start dates. Sep 8, 2021
NSERC Doctoral Scholarships program transcript request deadline Official transcript request deadline still to be determined. See Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website. Sep 2021
Tuition and fee refund deadline - 100% See Student Financial Services website. Sep 28, 2021
Class drop with grade of Withdrawn, no grade granted (WD)

During this period, graduate students can continue to drop classes in Quest but a grade of Withdrawn, no credit granted (WD) will be applied and the class will remain on the transcript.  Note that WD is not an academic penalty.

Outside of this period, students with special circumstances can petition to drop or add a class using a course drop add form (Graduate Studies forms website).

Sep 29, 2021 to Nov 23, 2021
International Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) competition transcript request deadline Official transcript request deadline still to be determined. See Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website. October 2021
International Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) competition application and academic assessment report deadline Official transcript application and academic assessment report deadline still to be determined. See Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website. October 2021
Reading Week

All classes cancelled; offices closed on the weekends and the holiday Monday.

Undergraduate students: view the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar for more details.
Graduate students: view the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for more details.

Oct 9, 2021 to Oct 17, 2021
Thanksgiving Day

All classes cancelled and offices closed.

Oct 11, 2021

NSERC Doctoral Scholarships program application deadline Official application deadline still to be determined. See Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website. Oct 2021
Convocation - fall 2021 Visit the Convocation website for details. Oct 22, 2021 to Oct 23, 2021
Tuition and fee refund deadline - 50% See Student Financial Services website. Oct 26, 2021
Last day to start PhD student degree completion process Last day fo PhD students to submit their documents to have their PhD defence from Dec 6, 2021 to Dec 10, 2021 to ensure degree completion on December 31, 2021.  Oct 29, 2021
Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s (CGS M) competition transcript request deadline Official transcript request deadline still to be determined. See Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website. Nov 2021
Last day to start Master's student degree completion process Last day for Master's students to submit their thesis for display to ensure degree completion on December 31, 2021.  Nov 26, 2021
Tri-Agency Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s (CGS M) competition application deadline Official application eadline still to be determined. See Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website. Dec 1, 2021
Classes end Laurier may have a different schedule - visit their website for applicable end dates. Dec 7, 2021
Final examinations begins First day of the final examination period.

Dec 9, 2021

PhD defence black out dates No PhD defences will be allowed during these dates. Dec 13, 2021 to Jan 5, 2022
Final examinations ends Last day of the final examination period. Dec 23, 2021
Grades begin to appear in Quest

Registered students can view their unofficial term grades in Quest.

Note: Not all grades will be available on this date.

Dec 24, 2021
University holiday closure No classes and offices closed. Dec 24, 2021 to Jan 3, 2022