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Admission Information Form (AIF)

When we make our admissions decisions, we look at other factors in addition to grades. You can use the Admission Information Form (AIF) to:

  • Tell us more about yourself and any extracurricular activities
  • Explain any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your grades and/or which you would like taken into consideration during the admissions process
  • Brag a little!

Tip: Prepare a draft copy of your AIF before you submit it so you can check for proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar. The Admissions team will review your AIF to learn more about you so be sure to put your best foot forward!

AIF deadlines for September 2017

  • Accounting and Financial Management
    • The AIF is required for admission. We recommend that you complete your AIF within 3 weeks of receiving your acknowledgment email from us.
    • Deadline: February 3, 2017.
  • Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environment, Science
    • The AIF is strongly recommended for admission.
    • If you applied before March 1st, the AIF deadline is March 17, 2017.
    • If you applied after March 1st, we recommend that you complete your AIF within 3 weeks of receiving your acknowledgment email from us.
  • Architecture
    • The AIF is required for admission. We recommend that you complete your AIF within 3 weeks of receiving your acknowledgment email from us.
    • Deadline: March 1, 2017
  • Conditional Admissions to Pharmacy (CAP)
    • You should complete your AIF within 3 weeks of receiving your acknowledgment email from us and by February 13, 2017 at the latest.
  • Engineering, Software Engineering, Mathematics, Computing and Financial Management
    • The AIF is required for admission.
    • If you applied before March 1st, the AIF deadline is March 17, 2017.
    • If you applied after March 1st: We recommend that you complete your AIF within 3 weeks of receiving your acknowledgment e-mail from us.
    • If you're applying to an Engineering program and wish to be considered for our first round of offers, you must submit complete your Admission Information Form by February 3rd.

Applying to start in January 2017?

If we require you to complete the AIF, we will email the form to you.

Submit your AIF (only for students applying to start in September)

Information to help with questions related to references for the Faculty of Mathematics programs and Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) program may be found on our common questions for references.

Watch our video and learn how to access Quest so that you can complete your Admission Information Form and view your admission status.

Steps to completing your AIF

1 - WatIAM (You need to do this only once)

Before you can log in to Quest, you need to create your user ID and password by activating your account on WatIAM.

To activate your account, you’ll need the following information:

  • Your last name/family name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your Waterloo ID number, which was included in your acknowledgment email that was sent after we received your application (Subject line was "Thank you for applying to Waterloo")

2 - Log in to Quest

Once you’ve activated your user ID and password, you’ll be able to log in to Quest and submit your Admission Information Form or check your application status.

Note: Your Quest user ID is not your Waterloo ID number. Your Quest user ID will be up to 8 characters and will be a combination of your first and last name. Your Waterloo ID number is an 8-digit number that starts with a 2 and that was sent to you in the email acknowledging your application to Waterloo.

3 - Student Center

In Quest – view your application and access the AIF link.

  • Select Admissions from the listings in the centre of the page.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the Admission Information Form link.
  • Complete and submit your answers to the AIF questions by the deadline specified above.

View step-by-step screen shot instructions.

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