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 and brag a little!

What is the Admission Information Form?

It's an online form that consists of short questions and helps our admissions committees learn more about you. We use the AIF in place of personal statements or essays that other universities may require.

Which programs require the AIF?

  • Conditional Admission to Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy

See below for details relating to your program or faculty.

How do you submit your AIF?

  1. Create an account in Quest, our online student information system.
  2. Once you have a Quest account, complete your AIF before the documents deadline (February 16 for most programs).
    1. We recommend preparing your answers before submitting them in Quest so that you can check for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
    2. The AIF is not accessible on mobile devices.
  3. Be sure to click <submit> on each page when completing your form in Quest otherwise it will be incomplete.
  4. Review common questions about the Admission Information Form.


Learn everything you need to know about Waterloo’s Admission Information Form. Get all the details on what to include and why we ask for the AIF as part of your university application.

What is the deadline?

Program Deadline
Programs except the three listed below February 16, 2024
Early consideration for Engineering programs January 15, 2024
Optometry October 27, 2023
Pharmacy January 22, 2024

We recommend that you submit your responses as soon as possible. Submissions will not be reviewed after the AIF deadline.

What are some sample questions?

You don’t need to write a personal essay for Admission Information Form. It consists of short answer questions such as the following.

  • What extracurricular activities have you participated in? What did you learn?
  • If you took courses outside of your regular day school, why?
  • Tell us what you've learned through any volunteer experiences.
  • If you're applying to any math, engineering, science, and computer science programs, have you completed any of Waterloo's math and science contests?

Details and tips

Not sure which faculty offers your program(s)? View a list of programs by faculty.

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