COVID-19 continues to change rapidly across the world and we're taking steps to limit the spread of the disease in our community. Our admissions team is monitoring impacts of the pandemic and is continuing to review applications for admission. We anticipate having the grade information we need to make decisions in the vast majority of cases. We understand that factors outside of your control may affect your ability to provide us with new information. We are adjusting our expectations based upon the information we receive from each educational jurisdiction.

Conditions connected to our offers of admission will be reviewed and update messages will be sent to affected groups as appropriate. Our priority right now is ensuring that all of our applicants are assessed in a timely and equitable manner. Where an educational jurisdiction cancels final exams for some or all of its students, or otherwise adjusts its usual grading practices, we will accept the results reported by those schools as final grades.

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

Our Coronavirus information website has more information, including common questions for future students.

Deferring an offer of admission

If you receive an offer of admission to Waterloo but wish to begin your undergraduate studies in a later term, you may request a deferral of your admission.

How do I defer my offer of admission?

  • You must accept your Offer of Admission on OUAC for the term to which you were initially admitted by the deadline stated on the offer.
  • You must meet all conditions outlined on your original Offer of Admission by the date specified on that offer.
  • You will not be required to reapply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).
  • A revised Offer of Admission will be sent, and you will need to confirm in writing your intention to enrol.

Normally, a deferral will be granted only if you do not undertake full-time academic studies during the deferral period unless those studies are deemed to enrich your education and won't negatively affect your admissibility. Each case will be considered on an individual basis.

Residence and scholarships

  • You will be guaranteed a place in residence if you were initially admitted to a first-year program.
    • For the year you were initially admitted, you will not be required to pay a residence deposit to hold your place in residence.
    • You will be required to pay your deposit by the deadline for the term that you actually begin your studies at Waterloo. Details will be outlined when you receive your new Offer of Admission.
  • If you received a President’s Scholarship for the term to which you were initially admitted, the scholarship will be held for you and will be applied to the term you begin your first-year studies.
  • Consideration for other entrance scholarships will be on a case-by-case basis.

Note: Deferrals are considered for fall term only.

How do I request a deferral?

You must request a deferral of admission by August 1.  The deferral request form will open May 1st.

On the form, you'll be asked to explain your reasons for requesting the deferral and summarize your plans for the deferral period. The maximum deferral is 3 academic terms (1 year).