Offers of admission are made between January and May as we receive updated grades from high schools.

The date you may receive an offer of admission depends on the program you've applied to, your grade average, and any special admission requirements (such as video interviews or portfolios for some programs). We want to consider all students fairly, so we may wait for updated grades from schools (especially in May) so that we have as many grades as possible and we can compare a similar set or number of grades.

  • The Faculties of Engineering and Mathematics send offers of admission in March and May only.
  • You'll receive an admission decision (an offer of admission or a denial) for each Waterloo program you apply to.

When will you know if you've been admitted?

Most offers of admission are made in May, once we receive second semester mid-term grades from Ontario schools.

Ontario high school students (if you used the 101 application)

All offers of admission will be made by mid-May and you will have until June 1, 2023 to accept. If you know that Waterloo is the university you wish to attend, we encourage you to accept your Offer of Admission and residence as soon as you receive it.

Other universities may ask for a response before June 1. If you've accepted an offer prior to June 1 – either from Waterloo or from another university – and you wish to change your mind, you may do so through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website without penalty up to June 1.

No Ontario university may require a financial commitment from you before June 1.

All other students (if you used the 105 application)

Most of our offers of admission are made on a continuing basis as we receive updated transcripts and documents.

You'll have until June 1, 2023, to accept an offer of admission and reserve a spot in residence (if applicable).

 

How will you know if you’ve been admitted?

There are three ways to learn if you’ve been admitted.

  1. We’ll email you the exciting news and let you know what your next steps are.
  2. Your Offer of Admission will be posted to your Waterloo Quest account (see how to check your application status). You’ll be able to download an official offer of admission in case you need that for a student visa application.
  3. Your Ontario Universities’ Application Centre account will list the admissions status for each program/university you applied to.

How to submit official documents?

An official transcript is a complete academic record issued by your educational institution/Ministry of Education. Official examination results and test scores must be sent directly to Waterloo by the appropriate external examination agency. Emailed, faxed and/or uploaded academic documents will not be accepted as official.

Electronic documents

Documents received electronically through an external transcript service (such as MyCredsTM, Parchment) or an external examination agency will be considered official. 

*NEW* Waterloo is a registered organization with MyCredsTM. When sending transcripts through the MyCredsTM portal, please select "send my documents to a registered organization". Do not select "generate a link to my documents". 

Paper documents

A paper document is considered official only if it is received by the University of Waterloo in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or external examinations agency.

If you're sending documents by courier, the documents must be in a sealed envelope within the courier package. All transcript information is confidential, and envelopes must not be opened by the applicant. Photocopied, scanned, and faxed transcripts are not official.

 

Translated/notarized documents

Notarized documents must be sent directly to Waterloo from a notary public in a signed/sealed envelope in order to be considered official. Any document that is not in English must be accompanied by an English translation and an affidavit stating the contents of the translation are a true representation of the contents of the original document.

The affidavit must come from the person who translated the document(s). University of Waterloo officials can accept only translations produced by a certified translator whose certification can be confirmed by a stamp or a membership number of a professional translation association. Translations by family members or friends are not acceptable.

Transcripts issued by institutions within Canada do not require a translation.

When will your conditions be completed on Quest?

Conditions on Quest are changed to “Completed” status after applicable documents have been received and reviewed. Official, final documents must be received by the deadline on your offer letter.

Once received, please allow up to three weeks for your documents to be reviewed. Please continue to regularly check your Quest account for updates to the status of your conditions.


Important notes

All documents and transcripts submitted to Waterloo become the property of the University and will not be returned.

International transcripts may need to be verified by World Education Services Canada as part of the admission process. We'll provide details once you apply.

All transcripts/documents will be verified for authenticity. If evidence of misrepresentation or fraudulent or falsified documentation is found, the penalty is severe. The University of Waterloo reserves the right to revoke any offer of admission, residence, and/or financial support.

We may disclose evidence of any misrepresentation, fraudulent or falsified documentation to all Canadian universities, to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and to law enforcement personnel when appropriate.


University of Waterloo mailing address

Office of the Registrar
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave W
Waterloo ON N2L 3G1 CANADA


Common questions about offers of admission