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Winter admission 2016

The following programs allow students to start in the winter term (January-April).

Program System of study
Winter 2016
Computer Science Co-op and Regular
Mathematics Co-op and 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.
  • 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 2016, you must

  • Have completed your Ontario Secondary School requirements no later than December 1, 2015;
  • Provide your final transcripts no later than December 1, 2015.

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).

  • For current Ontario high school students, the application will be available starting October 5, 2015.
  • For students not currently studying in an Ontario high school, the application will be available starting September 15, 2015.

Once we receive your information from OUAC, we'll send you an email with your next steps. We'll begin sending emails October 19, 2015.

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 2016 October 30, 2015 December 1, 2015 January 4, 2016

*Note: Due to the very tight timelines for winter 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.

Offers of admission

Most of Waterloo's offers of admission will be made no later than December 11, 2015 for the Winter 2016 term.

You'll be notified of your admission decision via e-mail. Your official offer package will be included in the e-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.

Next steps

View the next steps for Winter admissions to learn about

  • Selecting your classes
  • Paying your fees
  • Housing and residence
  • Scholarships and financial aid
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