Waterloo Engineering evaluates applicants on their grades and their responses in the Admission Information Form. As a result, there is no absolute cut-off for each engineering program, and the admission marks vary from year to year, depending on the number of applications.

Our goal is to enroll students who will bring balanced and well-rounded skill sets to their academic and extra-curricular activities.

In addition, short-listed applicants to the School of Architecture will be requested to submit a portfolio, attend an interview, and write an English précis test. Review their admissions process online.

Admission Averages

Your admission average is based on our required courses and your top mark in a 6th, grade 12 course. Admission averages are calculated based on the marks are available at the time of review, and may include Grade 11 subjects if more recent marks are not yet available.

Students should anticipate minimum admission averages as follows for Fall 2020 enrolment. (Note: Averages for applicants with post-secondary experience may be calculated differently, depending on their specific background).

Programs

Grade range

(%)

Probability of receiving an offer
Architecture N/A Subject to an interview process
Biomedical and Software

95+

90-94

85-89

33%

9%

0%

Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics, and Systems Design

95+

90-94

85-89

70%

27%

3%

Architectural, Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Geological, Management, and Nanotechnology

95+

90-94

85-89

92%

70%

14%

  • Admission averages reflect the averages of Ontario Secondary School students
    admitted during the 2021 admission cycle.
  • Admission averages do not include adjustment factors or other assessments.
  • The probabilities of acceptance for visa students and out-of-province students
    vary by applicant pool.
  • English language requirements often play a significant role in visa applicant decisions.

Admissions frequently asked questions (FAQ) 

Check out our frequently asked questions for information regarding English language requirements, private/summer/night school courses, programming experiences, repeated courses and more.