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 answer 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. It's a required part of the application process for all programs in the Faculties of Engineering and Mathematics, along with the Architecture, Computing and Financial Management, Conditional Admission to Pharmacy, Optometry, and Pharmacy programs. It's highly recommended for all other programs.

How do you submit your AIF?

  1. Create an account in Quest, our online student information system.
  2. Once you have a Quest account, you can log in and complete the questions before the AIF deadline.
    1. The AIF is not accessible on mobile devices.
    2. Watch our videos about how to complete your AIF.
    3. Step-by-step screen shots on our Quest website can also walk you through the process.
    4. Tip: Be sure to click <submit> on each page when completing your form in Quest.
  3. We recommend preparing your answers in advance so that you can check for spelling, punctuation, and grammar before submitting.
  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?

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

Faculty/program Deadline
All programs except the following three February 18, 2022
  Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) March 1, 2022
  Optometry October 2021 (TBD)
  Pharmacy January 2022 (TBD)

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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