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.
Step 1 >> 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 2 >> Reserve your place in residence
Deadline: June 3, 2019 by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time
Once you are admitted, you should visit Housing and Residence 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.
- June TBD, 2019 - Students are notified via email about which residential community they have been assigned; Waterloo Residences or one of the University colleges (Renison, St. Jerome’s, or St. Paul’s)
- June TBD, 2019 - Waterloo residence Preference Form due
- Week of July TBD, 2019 - Start of room assignment release for first-year students
Step 3 >> 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 3. At UWaterloo, this includes your non-refundable $500 residence deposit, which is due by June 3, 2019.
If you're not currently attending an Ontario high school, a financial deposit may be required earlier.
Step 4 >> 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 5 >> 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 to 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 6 >> Keep up with important dates
Stay up-to-date with important dates between now and September with our new math student checklist.
In CFM, you will be enrolled in first year courses but you may wish to select your computer science course if you'd prefer to study CS 115 or CS 145 instead of CS 135 in your first term of first year.
Step 7 >> Visit us!
Attend our events
1. You@Waterloo Day | May 25, 2019 - Admitted students are invited to campus to connect with students, faculty and staff before accepting their offer of admissions to Waterloo.
2. Faculty 101 Day | June 2019 - During the summer to gain helpful study tips, meet current students and professors, learn about co-op, and find your classes.
During your 101 day, you'll:
- Get to know your new classmates, upper-year students and key members of the Waterloo community
- Speak with your professors and advisors and learn how to be successful in your university classes
- Experience a day in the life of a UWaterloo student by attending Arts-specific sessions, meeting with key support units and learning how we will support you as a student.
Book a campus tour
- Book a campus tour
- General campus tours are available most weekdays throughout fall, winter and spring
Visit us online
Preparing for your first day on campus
Prepare for orientation
The countdown is on to fall orientation in September. Find out what you'll learn about campus during this week of activities for all incoming first year students.
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 Book Store to find out about your textbooks, store hours, refund policies, book sales and more.
Save money by buying your textbooks at Feds Used Books, located in the lower level of the Student Life Centre (SLC). When you've finished your first term, you can sell back the books you no longer need!
As a CFM student, you will need take mathematics courses so you need to follow the Faculty of Math calculator requirements. These calculators can be purchased from the Math Society (MathSoc) or the Book Store.
Finding your way around campus
Wondering how to find your classes or get from one building to the next? Use our campus map!
Getting your Watcard
From writing exams, accessing the gym, using the bus and paying for food, your WatCard is your most important piece of identification you'll have as a student at UWaterloo.
Picking up your parking pass
Need a parking permit? Visit Parking Services for details.
CampusTech gear and support
CampusTech has everything you need to stay current and connected.
They can help you find a laptop that can be useful to take notes in class. All UWaterloo students receive free access to Office 365 (Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook Publisher, OneNote).
Information Systems and Technology is the go-to place for computer and IT support on campus.