15Undergraduate Programs
11Degree Options
TOP 50engineering school globally

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo is home to North America’s best architecture and engineering programs with hands-on learning that will take students beyond the classroom.

Students will gain valuable work experience in our world-renowned co-op program, develop their skills in state-of-the-art facilities using real-world processes and technology, and learn from cutting-edge start-ups in the heart of Canada’s most entrepreneurial region. By graduation, they will be creating the technologies of the future.

Admissions Requirements

Engineering Programs

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Architecture Program

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • English (ENG4U) (A minimum final grade of 75% is required)
  • Advanced Functions (A minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (A minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Physics (A minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Recommended: Grade 11 or 12 M Art courses, independent art studies, creative and cultural studies such as visual arts and history

How to Apply

The steps to a successful application

Number 1

Submit an OUAC Application

Full-time students will apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC), which processes applications to each of Ontario's universities. 

Ontario high school students should use the OUAC 101 application.
All other students should use the OUAC 105 application.


Number 2

Complete the Admission Information Form (AIF)

Students can create an account in Quest, our online student information system. Once they have a Quest account, they can log in and complete the questions before the AIF deadline.

We recommend students prepare answers in advance and check for spelling, punctuation, and grammar before submitting. They may also want to review common questions about the AIF.

Number 3

Online Video Interview (Optional)

Students will receive an email inviting them to participate in the video interview within 3 weeks of applying. They will be asked a question, given prep time, and allotted a set amount of time to respond. It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and practice sessions are available. Students will require an Internet-connected computer with a functioning webcam and microphone. 


Important Dates

Ontario secondary school students

If you’re an Ontario high school student and you confirm an offer from another Ontario university before you receive ours, you still have until June 1, 2021 to amend your decision and accept a later offer, without penalty.  No Ontario University may require a financial commitment from you before June 1, 2021.

If you receive an offer from a university outside Ontario with an earlier deadline, please inform us by contacting Mirjana Radulovic, Associate Director, Engineering Admissions.

All other applicants

Applicants not currently attending an Ontario high school have until June 1, 2021 to respond to an offer from Waterloo.  Other universities may require you to make a financial commitment to them prior to this date, so read your offers of admission carefully before accepting.



2 Yearsof work experience before you graduate
$8,400-$19,200 CADaverage earnings domestically per work term
91.8%of graduates were employed within six months of graduation

Virtual Tour

See what campus has to offer

Can't arrange a campus visit? No problem. Students can tour campus virtually and get a feel for what life would be like as an engineering or architecture student.

Faculty of Engineering

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