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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 taken into consideration during the admissions process
  • brag a little!

What is the Admission Information Form?

The AIF consists of short answer questions and helps our admissions committees learn more about you. It's an online form that you complete once you've applied for admission.

What are some sample AIF questions?

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

  • 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?

Is Waterloo's AIF required for admission?

The AIF is required for admission to all programs in the Faculty of Mathematics and Faculty of Engineering, along with the Architecture, Accounting and Financial Management, Computing and Financial Management, and Conditional Admission to Pharmacy programs. It's highly recommended for all other programs.


How do you submit your Waterloo 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. Step-by-step screen shots can walk you through the process.
  3. We recommend preparing your answers in Word, etc., so that you can check for proper 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!


What is the deadline for Waterloo's AIF?

  • Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Environment, Science: April 5
  • All Engineering programs including Architecture: March 1
  • Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Financial Management: March 1
  • Accounting and Financial Management: March 1
  • Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP): February 4

We recommend that you submit your responses within 3 weeks of receiving the email from us confirming your application to Waterloo. Submissions will not be reviewed after the deadline. 


Details and tips 

Applying to start in January?

If you have applied to the Mathematics program for the term starting in January and if we require you to complete the Admission Information Form, we'll email the form to you.

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