1. If you plan to be a full-time student, you'll apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC), which processes applications to each of Ontario's universities.
  2. Ontario high school students use the OUAC 101 application. All other students will use the OUAC 105 application.
  3. Once we receive your application from the OUAC, we'll email you within 2 weeks with the next steps in the admissions process.

Application tips

  • Applying through the OUAC means you can use one application to apply to multiple Waterloo programs or universities in Ontario. Be sure to apply by the application deadline.
  • It's a good idea to add myapplication@uwaterloo.ca to your contacts to ensure you receive our emails.
  • If you've previously studied at Waterloo and are re-applying for admission (to programs other than Optometry, Social Work, and Pharmacy), use the Application for Undergraduate Re-Admission.

Can you apply to more than one program at Waterloo?

Yes, you can apply to multiple programs at Waterloo except for Engineering programs. You may apply to only one Engineering program.

Applying to Engineering programs only

If you wish to be considered for two Engineering programs at Waterloo, choose one on your application and then use your Admission Information Form (AIF) to request consideration for a second  program.

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.

Applying to Engineering and other programs

You can apply to one Engineering program and other non-Engineering Waterloo programs that interest you.

If you plan to apply to Architecture (which is offered by the Faculty of Engineering), you can apply to Architecture, one Engineering program, and another Waterloo program if you wish.


How do you apply to a co-op program?

To apply to a co-op program, you must check the co-op box on your Ontario Universities' Application Centre 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.

Have you completed a course or degree at Waterloo?

If you've completed an undergraduate course or degree at Waterloo and wish to take further courses, you should submit an Application for Re-Admission (there is no application fee for this).

Part-time and online studies

Part-time studies (one or two courses per term), online learning, post-degree, non-degree, and letter of permission use a different application process.

Take courses for general interest

If you're interested in taking courses for general interest, you can apply to non-degree studies (if you don't have a degree) or to post-degree studies (if you have completed an undergraduate degree).


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