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Winter and Spring admission 2014

A limited number of programs accept applications for winter (January) or spring (May) admission.

Program System of study
Winter (January to April) - Applications are now closed for Winter 2014.
Computer Science Regular
Mathematics Regular
Independent Studies (upper year only) Regular
Spring 2014 (May to August)
Mathematics Regular
Independent Studies (upper year only) Regular

Admission requirements

Ontario high school students

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Minimum of 6 Grade 12 university (U) preparation or university/college (M) preparation courses, which must include all required courses as specified for each program.
  • Overall average of 80% on the best 6 Grade 12 courses, including required courses. Higher averages are required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available.
  • Specific course requirements and recommendations as listed in our admission requirements page.
  • Repeated courses may be taken into consideration depending on the program.
  • If your first language is not English, see Waterloo's English language requirements.

In order to be considered for admission for Winter 2014, you must

  • Have completed your Ontario Secondary School requirements no later than December 3, 2013;
  • Provide your final transcripts no later than December 3, 2013.

In order to be considered for admission for Spring 2014, you must

  • Have completed your Ontario Secondary School requirements no later than April 4, 2014;
  • Provide your final transcripts no later than April 7, 2014.

All other applicants

Admission decisions are based on a review of your academic records to date, including your high school marks and post-secondary marks if applicable.

Special consideration will be given to your marks in courses required for admission.

How to apply

Applications to Waterloo are handled by the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).

Once we receive your information from OUAC, we'll send you an email with your next steps. We'll begin sending emails October 21, 2013.

Note: Please ensure that the e-mail address you specify on your application is accurate. We'll be sending you important information by email.

Application deadlines

Term Application to OUAC Documents to Waterloo Classes begin
Winter 2014 November 1, 2013 December 3, 2013 January 6, 2014
Spring 2014 March 3, 2014 March 31, 2014 May 5, 2014

*Note: Due to the very tight timelines for winter and spring admissions, you're encouraged to have your current and/or past school(s) submit your most recent grades, including mid-term marks, as soon as possible.

Sending your official documents

All official documents, including final transcripts and English language test results, should be mailed or faxed directly to

Office of the Registrar
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo ON   N2L 3G1
Fax: 519-746-2882

When possible, please include your full name, program(s) and term applied to, Waterloo Identification number, and OUAC reference number in your correspondence.

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Offers of admission

Most of Waterloo's offers of admission will be made no later than December 13, 2013 for the Winter 2014 term, and no later than April 14, 2014 for the spring 2014 term.

You'll be notified of your admission decision via e-mail, and an official offer package will follow in the mail.

You'll have 2 weeks from date of your offer to accept your Offer of Admission. Instructions will be included in your offer e-mail.

Selecting your classes

Within 3 working days of accepting your offer, you'll have access to Quest – Waterloo's online enrolment system – and will be able to set up your Quest account. Once you've set up your account, you'll use Quest to enroll in your classes.

Once you've accepted your Offer of Admission, you can contact your faculty's Undergraduate Office to discuss your class selection.

Paying your fees

After you've enrolled in your classes, you'll be able to view your fee statement in Quest. Please note that your fee statement is available only online; you will not receive a separate statement in the mail.

Detailed fee payment instructions can be found on the Finance Office - Student Accounts website.

Fee payment deadlines

  • Winter 2014 - December 12, 2013
  • Spring 2014 - April 28, 2014

Housing and residence

Residence for the winter and spring term is not guaranteed; however, a limited number of spaces may be available.

For more information and to apply for residence, visit the Housing & Residences website. You can also email or call 519-888-4567, ext. 32679.

If you'd prefer to live off campus, there are many housing options available within a short walking distance of Waterloo. Visit the Off-Campus Housing website for more information.

Scholarships and financial aid

A limited number of entrance scholarships are available for the winter and spring terms; an application is not required.

Financial aid through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is available to Ontario residents only. If you're not an Ontario resident, please check with your home government to find out whether financial aid is available.

For more details on financing and financial aid, please visit the Financing section of this website.

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