Admission requirements | How to apply | Admission Information Form (AIF) | English language requirements | Math and computing contests | Repeated and non-day school courses | Offers of admission

Applying to the University of Waterloo is the first step in achieving a world-class education.

What courses do you need to apply? 

Ontario high school admission requirements


Minimum requirements: 6 Grade 12 U or M courses, including all required courses.

Required courses are Grade 12 U unless otherwise specified.

Admissions average - Based on individual selection

Business Administration (WLU) and Computer Science (Waterloo) 

Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, English, one other Grade 12U course Low to Mid 90s
Computer Science
Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, English, one other Grade 12U course Low to Mid 90s
Computing and Financial Management
Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, English (min 75%), one other Grade 12U course Low to Mid 90s

Software Engineering

Advanced Functions (min 70%), Calculus and Vectors (min 70%), Chemistry (min 70%), English (min 70%), Physics
(min 70%)

Experience in developing well-structured modular programs is required for admission

Low to Mid 90s

How to apply

student-on-laptopYou'll apply to the University of Waterloo through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), which handles applications for all of Ontario's universities.

  • If you're currently registered in an Ontario high school, you'll apply using the OUAC 101 application.
  • If you're from a high school outside of Ontario, you'll use the OUAC 105 application for full-time studies.

Two weeks after completing your application, you should receive an email from the University of Waterloo acknowledging the receipt of your application and outlining any next steps.

If you require an accessibility accommodation for Waterloo's admissions process (such as needing application material in an alternate format), please contact our Admissions Team.

After you have applied:

  • Add us to your address book to ensure that the email we send you isn't filtered as spam.
  • Arrange to have your grades and, in some cases, course descriptions sent to us.
  • Stay informed about important dates and deadlines.
  • You may confirm or change your email address on Quest once you are issued a Waterloo ID.

Admission Information Form

  • Once we have received your application, you'll be asked to complete an Admission Information Form (AIF)
  • The AIF is an online form that consists of questions that helps our committees learn more about you. The AIF is used in place of personal statements or essays, and is required for admission to all Computer Science programs.
  • On the AIF, you will be able to tell us more about yourself, any extracurricular activities you have completed, and anything else important we should know.

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at the University of Waterloo, and success in our programs requires a high level of English language proficiency. 

You are required to provide an English proficiency test score if:

  • Your first language is not English
  • Your 4 most recent years of full-time education have NOT been in an English-language school system

Get more information on English language test scores and our Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) program from our Future Students website.

Math contests

While the math contests are used primarily to award scholarships, a strong score can be an asset to your application. For students whose grades and Admission Information Form scores are on the borderline of receiving admissions, a good score could result in them receiving an offer. A missing score or bad score will not be used. Participation in the contests will not hurt your chances of admissions as they are NOT required for consideration. 

Contests need to be written in the year that you are applying to Waterloo for the results to be applicable for scholarships and possibly admissions. Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 are welcome to write the contests as preparation for grade 12. 

A list of math contest dates and preparation workbooks are available on the Centre for Education in Math Computing (CEMC) website.  

Repeated courses and non-day school courses

  • If you repeat a course or take any course outside of your regular day school used in your average, you may jeapordize you chances of being admitted to the Faculty of Mathematics. You should take all your courses in regular day school and so well in your first attempt. 
  • On your Admission Information Form (AIF), you'll be asked to comment on repeated courses. We'll provide you with instructions about the AIF once you've applied to the University of Waterloo.
  • Learn more about how repeated courses could affect your application

Offers of admission

The admissions team will begin to review your application and make decisions as soon as they receive all of your required documention, and your Admission Information Form (AIF) has been scored. For the majority of applicants, this will be in mid-May.