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How to apply

If you plan to be a full-time student at Waterloo, you'll apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).

Applying through the OUAC means you can use one application to apply to multiple Waterloo programs or universities in Ontario. Once you apply, the OUAC will send us your application information. We will then email you with the next steps in the admissions process.

Full-time studies

Part-time (1-2 courses) or online studies

How to apply to part-time studies, online learning, post-degree, non-degree, or letter of permission.


Application tips

Applying to a co-op program

  • To apply to a co-op program, you must check the co-op box on your OUAC application.
  • If you apply to a co-op program that is also offered through the regular system of study and you're not admitted to co-op, you'll automatically be considered for the regular program if spaces are available.
  • Co-op and regular systems of study are available to Canadian and international students, except Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy which is not available to visa students.

Applying to more than one Engineering program

  • You may apply to one Engineering program at Waterloo on your OUAC application.
  • If you wish to be considered for an additional Engineering program at Waterloo, use your Admission Information Form (AIF) to request this. You'll receive instructions for completing your AIF once you've applied.
    • Biomedical Engineering and Software Engineering are not available as alternate choices on the AIF.
  • If you're interested in Architecture and one of our Engineering programs, you can apply to both.

January admissions

The Mathematics program (co-op and regular) accepts applications if you wish to start your studies in January.

Mature students, home school, GED


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