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How to apply

If you're applying to be a full-time student at Waterloo, you'll apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).

Applying through the OUAC makes the application process easier because you can use one website to apply to multiple programs or universities in Ontario.

Which application should you use? 


  • For part-time studies (2 courses or less per term), online learning, post-degree, non-degree, or letter of permission, apply through the Centre for Extended Learning.
  • If you have previously attended Waterloo and are re-applying for undergraduate studies (excluding Optometry, Social Work, and Pharmacy), please use the Application for Undergraduate Re-Admission.

Application tips

  • Be sure to apply by the application deadline.
  • Within 2 weeks of receiving your application, we’ll email you about next steps in the admissions process. It's a good idea to add to your contacts to ensure you receive our emails.
  • View videos of tips for applying to Waterloo.

Applying to co-op programs

  • To apply to a co-op program, you must check the co-op box on your OUAC application.
  • If you apply to a co-op program that is also offered as a regular program and you're not admitted to co-op, you'll automatically be considered for the regular program if spaces are available.
  • Co-op and regular systems of study are available to all students regardless of citizenship. 
    • Exception: Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy and Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy are not available to visa students.

Applying to Engineering programs

  • On your application, you may apply to Architecture and/or only one Engineering program, including Software Engineering.
  • To be considered for one additional Engineering program, you can use the Admission Information Form (AIF) to request this. You'll receive instructions for completing your AIF once you've applied.

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