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Mature student admission

For admission purposes, the University of Waterloo's definition of a mature student varies by faculty. All faculties require that you present a minimum number of specific Ontario Grade 12 U and/or M courses (or equivalents) in addition to meeting their definition of a mature student. Additional requirements by faculty are listed below.

If you have previously attended university or college, you are not considered a mature student for admission purposes. You will be considered a transfer student and need to meet the regular admission requirements.

Applied Health Sciences

  • You may be considered as a mature student if you have been away from secondary school for some time, normally 4 years.
  • You are required to have at a minimum the required Ontario Grade 12 U and/or M courses (or equivalents) listed for the program.
  • All required courses must be completed within 5 years of the start of classes for the term to which you are applying.

Arts

  • You may be considered as a mature student if you have been away from secondary school for some time, normally 4 years.
  • The Faculty of Arts does not offer admission to mature students automatically. Instead, the Admissions Committee carefully considers previous academic records, résumés, and other biographical material, such as personal and professional development, formal training, work experience, and community service.
  • The Committee looks closely at the applicant's record in courses requiring considerable writing and looks for background equivalent to that provided by Grade 12 U English.
  • In some cases, the Committee will require upgrading in English before further applications are considered.
  • A mature applicant who is not admissible to a degree program (full or part-time) may be considered for, but not necessarily admitted to, non-degree studies. Only in exceptional circumstances will mature applicants be admitted, initially, on a full-time basis.

Engineering, Software Engineering

  • Admission to Engineering is based on the required Ontario Grade 12 U courses (or equivalent). The required math and science courses (MCV4U, MHF4U, SPH4U, SCH4U) must have been completed within 2 to 3 years of applying to Engineering. The required English (ENG4U) can be more than 3 years old.
  • Otherwise, you may be asked to repeat some or all of the required courses before being considered for admission.
  • Applications to Engineering programs are competitive and decisions are based on individual selection.

Architecture

Environment

  • You may be considered as a mature student if you have been away from secondary school for some time, normally 4 years.
  • The Faculty of Environment does not offer admission to mature students automatically. Instead, the Admissions Committee carefully considers previous academic records, résumés, and other biographical material, such as personal and professional development, formal training, work experience, and community service.
  • The Committee looks closely at the applicant's record in courses requiring considerable writing and looks for background equivalent to that provided by Grade 12 U English.
  • In some cases, the Committee will require upgrading in English at the secondary or equivalent level before further applications are considered.
  • For consideration to Geomatics, Geography and Aviation, International Development, or Knowledge Integration, you must present the required Ontario Grade 12 U courses (or equivalents).

Mathematics

  • If you have been away from high school for more than 2 years and you do not satisfy minimum admission requirements, you may apply as a mature student.
  • However, at a minimum, you should have covered all the material in the Ontario secondary school math courses required for admission: Grade 12 U (or equivalent) courses in Advanced Functions and Calculus and Vectors.
  • If it has been more than 3 years since the Ontario secondary school mathematics courses were completed, you may be asked to repeat some or all of the required courses before being considered for admission.
  • If these courses were not completed at the Ontario Grade 12 U-level, Waterloo's pre-university Calculus (MATH 052) is an acceptable alternative if completed with competitive results.

Science

  • You may be considered as a mature student if you have been away from high school for some time, normally 4 years.
  • As a mature applicant, you are required to have at a minimum the required Ontario Grade 12 U courses (or equivalents): Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, English and 2 of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, or Physics.
  • If you do not have these courses at the Ontario Grade 12 U-level, the University of Waterloo's pre-university Calculus (MATH 052), Chemistry (CHEM 001), and Physics (PHYS 001) are some acceptable alternatives if completed with competitive results.