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Ontario’s universities and the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre are monitoring the impact of school closures due to COVID-19. As a result of these closures, there may be a delay in the OUAC receiving your grades.

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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,
  • explain any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your grades and/or which you would like us to consider, 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. It's required for admission to all programs in the Faculties of Engineering and Mathematics, along with the Architecture, Computing and Financial Management, and Conditional Admission to 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. Watch our videos about how to complete your AIF.
    2. Step-by-step screen shots on our Quest website can also walk you through the process.
    3. 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.

The admissions team will review your information to learn more about you so be sure to put your best foot forward!


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
Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environment, Science April 15
Faculty of Engineering, including Architecture February 28
Faculty of Mathematics February 28
Accounting and Financial Management, Computing and Financial Management February 28
Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) March 2
Optometry October 26, 2019
Pharmacy January 20, 2020

We recommend that you submit your responses within three weeks of receiving the email from us confirming your application to Waterloo. Submissions will not be reviewed after the 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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