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Application process

Waterloo Engineering offers 13 professional engineering programs on our main campus, as well as our renowned pre-professional architecture program at our School of Architecture in Cambridge.

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What type of applicant are you?

Admission requirements and procedures vary, depending on an individual’s current academic status.  Determine your applicant type by answering the  questions below.

Important Note:  If you are interested in applying to the School of Architecture, please visit the School of Architecture website.

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Choose your program (major) when you apply

Waterloo Engineering offers direct-entry programs, meaning that students are admitted into specific engineering disciplines in first-year studies. This approach is different from institutions that offer a general first year, in which students select and compete for their discipline prior to the second-year of studies.

Not sure which one is for you? Take our online quiz to gain a better idea of your options, and then contact us to discuss your future at Waterloo.

Applications to Engineering

  • Applicants must select one Waterloo Engineering program (civil, mechanical, systems design, software, etc.) on the OUAC application
    • This should be the program you are most interested in—not the one that you think is easiest to get into.
  • Applicants will be able to submit two alternate engineering program choices on the Admission Information Form, for which they will be considered if they are not accepted into their first choice
    • Preference for each program may be given to students who select that program on the OUAC form.

Applications to Architecture

  • Applications to our School of Architecture are handled independently from our engineering programs, and are available as a separate choice on the OUAC application form.

Applications to Both Engineering and Architecture

  • Applicants who are interested in both architecture and engineering can apply to both programs via the OUAC.
  • Please note that this will require you to use two of your three OUAC choices (one for each program). Programs should be ranked in your order of preference. 

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Offers of Admission


Following an initial screening of applicants, the School of Architecture will schedule interviews with short-listed candidates, including portfolio reviews and a précis test. For more information, please see Architecture's Undergraduate Admissions page.

Following the interview process, offers of admission will be sent out in early May.


Offers of admission for Waterloo Engineering are decided in two rounds. The first round of admissions is posted in late February, and the second in May. The timing of offers is dependent on the number of completed applications received in time for decisions in each round. All final decisions for first-year Engineering will be posted to applicants’ OUAC accounts by late May.

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Questions and Clarifications?

Before contacting us, we ask that you review the application process in detail. Should you have additional questions or require clarifications, please e-mail us.

Thank you very much for considering the Architecture and Engineering programs the University of Waterloo. We wish you success, wherever your future takes you!

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Admissions FAQs

English language requirements

Private school, summer school, or night school courses

Programming experience

Ranking high schools

Repeated courses

Transfer credits for high school courses

Worried about your English Language test scores? 

The University of Waterloo is offering a new program called Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) that could allow you to start into your studies while improving your English. Find out how it works.