Create your Quest account

Learn how to sign into Quest, Waterloo's online student information system, so that you can complete your Admission Information Form, view your admission status, and upload any documents.

1. Claim your Waterloo "identity"

Before you can log in to Quest, you need to claim your Waterloo identity by creating your Waterloo user ID and password. You only need to do this once.

To claim your Waterloo identity, you'll need the following information.

  • Your last name/family name
  • Your first name
  • Your 8-digit Waterloo student ID number, e.g., 20223456. This was included in the email we sent after receiving your application (Subject line was "Thank you for applying to Waterloo").

Once you create your Waterloo user ID, you'll be able to use Quest to complete your Admission Information Form, check your admissions status, and upload documents. As a Waterloo student, you'll use it for your courses and assignments, applying to co-op/summer jobs, your Waterloo email account, and more.

2. Sign in to Quest

Once you’ve activated your user ID and password, you’ll be able to log in to Quest (Waterloo's student information system) and complete your Admission Information Form or check your application status.

Note: Your Quest user ID is different from your Waterloo ID number. Your Quest user ID will be up to 8 characters and will be a combination of your initials and last name. Your Waterloo ID number is an 8-digit number that starts with a 2 and that was sent to you in the email acknowledging your application to Waterloo.

3. Complete your AIF or view your admissions status

Here's how to find the AIF link in Quest.

  • In your Student Center on Quest, click on the Admissions link.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Admission Information Form link.
    • Complete and submit your answers to the AIF questions by the deadline.
  • You can also see your admissions status by clicking on the name of the program(s) you applied to.

If you're applying to Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP), answers related to references may be found on our common questions for references.

Technical difficulties or questions about your AIF?

Contact us at or 519-888-4567, ext. 43106. You can also review common questions about the AIF.

Next steps for applicants

If you have applied for admission, view what you should do next.


Other information in your Quest account

If you receive an offer of admission, you'll be able to use Quest to

  • view and download your Offer of Admission,
  • download a Letter of Acceptance (if you're an international student and need that for your student visa application),
  • view any scholarship and bursary information, and
  • eventually select courses, view your tuition fees, and more.