Congratulations on your offer of admissions to the Computing and Financial Management (CFM) program!
All of your hard work has finally paid off and we are excited to welcome you into our community of bright and talented students. To help you with your next steps in the application process, please follow the information below.
We are currently exploring what the fall term will look like, whether this is offered online or in person but we will be sure to update you once you we make a decision. Updates are available on our Coronavirus Information webpage.
Step 1 >> Decide if CFM is right for you
CFM is a double major of computer science and finance, combined with 5 to 6 four-month co-op experiences. It is a structured program which allows you to take almost all of the same course requirements as computer science students and the same complement of finance courses taken by finance students.
The program is designed for you to learn the skills and tools that you need to work in the world of technology, finance or financial technology (FinTech). Our talented students and alumni work in great jobs in all of these fields. The skills you develop in CFM qualifies you to work in any these industries, and more. Graduates earn a unique Bachelor of Computing and Financial Management degree (the only degree of this kind in Canada!)
Are you prepared for CFM?
If you have a strong background in mathematics and have an interest in computer science and economics, finance or business, then you're ready for CFM. Although we recommend that students take computer science and accounting/economics in high school before they enroll, our program is designed to teach new students, who have never taken computer science or finance, these concepts.
If you're not sure if you're interested in these areas of study, we recommend that you check out our Why Study Finance video and use our online learning resources to learn about computer programming.
If you have questions about the program and want to learn more, please send an email to the CFM Program Manager.
Step 2 >> Accept your offer of admissions
To confirm your acceptance, follow the instructions on your Offer of Admission.
Most students will accept their offer through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC); however, some will be asked to respond directly to Waterloo. Please refer to your offer on Quest for this information.
If you have problems accepting your online Offer of Admission, please call the OUAC at 519-823-1063.
If you've been admitted to Waterloo and wish to begin your studies in a later term, you may request a deferral of your admission.
Step 3 >> Reserve your place in residence
Once you are admitted, you should visit Campus Housing to:
- pay your $500 non-refundable residence deposit
- tell us if you require special accommodation because of a disability or other special need
- indicate whether you'd like to live in the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) Living-Learning Community (this includes CFM students)
You will not be guaranteed a place in residence if you miss the deadline.
Step 4 >> Finance your education
- If you receive a scholarship and/or bursary, an “Entrance Award Offers” link will appear in Quest below the program to which you have been admitted.
- In most cases, when you accept your Offer of Admission, you’re automatically accepting your scholarship and/or bursary.
- Be sure to read the bursary and/or scholarship information carefully for any conditions or requirements.
Financial deposits for Ontario high school students
If you're an Ontario high school student, no Ontario university can require a financial commitment from you until June 1. At UWaterloo, this includes your non-refundable $500 residence deposit.
If you're not currently attending an Ontario high school, a financial deposit may be required earlier.
Step 5>> Prepare for co-op
CFM is a mandatory co-op program. During your studies, you'll complete 5 to 6 paid work terms (normally four months in length) over the course of your degree.
It's a good idea to start your preparations for co-op early. Use your summer before university to develop your skills with part-time and/or volunteer work. You will be starting your job hunt for co-op positions in your 1B term (or winter term of your first year) so you'll want to have job-ready skills to add to your resume
Once you've accepted your offer of admissions to UWaterloo, you'll be able to develop your co-op skills even further using CareerHub - a virtual guide for your career development. You'll be able to assess your skills, find careers of interest, and more. You'll have lots of additional support for co-op like advising and professional development courses.
If you are international student, you will want to connect with the Student Success Office to set up a work permit. You will first need to a study permit to be eligible for a work permit.
Step 6 >> Set up your academics
If you require accessible accommodations for your studies, you can reach out to AccessAbility Services before or after you arrive to campus. They will assess your needs and assign you the appropriate support.
Connect with your academic advisor
Before you arrive on campus, you will receive an email from your academic advisor outlining important information regarding your studies. You will meet your advisor during orientation week, your first week of classes, or both. You're welcome to reach out at any time if you have questions about your program.
As a current student, you'll be able to access many more student services to support your academics.
Step 7 >> Keep up with important dates
Step 8 >> Visit campus virtually
Visit us online
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Admitted student webinars
Need a reminder why Waterloo is a great fit for your education? Join us for a series of webinars on academic programs, admissions, residence, and more. You'll be able to ask questions during the presentations. Learn more about our Computing and Financial Management program and what it's like to be a student with us.
Preparing for your first day with UWaterloo
Be Waterloo Ready!
The countdown is on for fall studies in September. Let's get you Waterloo Ready!
We're here to help guide you every step of the way - through the next few months and into your first year as a Waterloo Warrior. Find out the online resources and supports available to you.
Where to buy your books and calculator
It may seem like a good idea to buy your books early but we recommend attending your first day of classes to hear what's required and other options that may be available.
Visit the online Book Store to find out about your textbooks, store hours, refund policies, book sales and more.
As a CFM student, you will need to take mathematics courses so you need to follow the Faculty of Math calculator requirements.