Admissions frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Can I apply to more than one engineering program?
You can only apply to one engineering program at Waterloo, excluding Architecture. This means that you will need to research the available programs and apply to the one that best matches your capabilities, interests, and future career goals.
You can indicate one alternate engineering program (excluding Architecture) on your Admission Information Form (AIF). If we cannot accommodate your first-choice engineering program (as indicated on your OUAC application), we will consider you for your alternate choice.
Software Engineering and Biomedical Engineering cannot be selected as an alternate choice on the AIF. These programs have historically been filled entirely by those who have selected the programs as their first choice. If you are interested in these programs, you will need to apply to them directly on your OUAC application.
Do you have a general first-year Engineering program?
We do not offer a general engineering program. At Waterloo, all engineering programs are direct entry with program-specific classes starting from day one.
When selecting a program, please remember that transferring between engineering programs as a Waterloo student is difficult and often not possible. You will want to ensure you have taken the time to research each available program to select the one that best matches your interest and goals.
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When can I expect a decision on my application to an Engineering program?
Engineering does not make offers on a rolling basis. Decisions are made in two rounds – the early consideration round in mid-March and one in mid-May.
Admission decisions are made after reviewing all documentation, the Admission Information Form, and the online video interview. This review process takes time, and we appreciate your patience as you wait for a decision. If you do not apply by December 15th and submit your Admission Information Form by January 15th, you’ll have to wait for a decision until mid-May.
WHAT IF I MEET THE EARLY CONSIDERATION DEADLINES AND DO NOT RECEIVE AN OFFER IN MARCH?
Applicants who qualify for early consideration and do not receive an offer of admission in March will be considered in the May round. Denials will go out after the February 16th AIF deadline for those who do not submit an AIF by the deadline. All other denials will go out in mid-May.
ARE APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT APPLY FOR THE EARLY CONSIDERATION ROUND DISADVANTAGED?
Applicants improve their chance of being admitted by applying by the early consideration deadline.
DOES IT NEGATIVELY IMPACT MY APPLICATION IF I DO POORLY ON THE ONLINE VIDEO INTERVIEW?
The online video interview is another way for us to get to know you just like the AIF. We understand that you may be nervous and not have polished responses to the questions. We are more concerned with learning why you are applying to the program that you have selected and why you are a good fit. All admission decisions are made after reviewing an applicant’s full application. An admission decision will not be made on the interview alone. Please note that the Engineering entrance scholarships are based on the online video interview, admission averages and the AIF.