Repeated courses and non-day school courses

Repeated courses

If you have repeated a course, we will use the highest grade when determining your admission average. However, admissions committees may consider repeated courses or courses completed outside of your regular high school when making admission decisions.

When you submit your online Admission Information Form (AIF), you'll be asked to explain why you repeated or completed courses outside your regular high school. We'll send you instructions for the AIF once you've applied to Waterloo.

Programs with specific policies

Engineering programs (excluding Architecture)

You may have five percentage marks (5%) deducted from your total overall admission average, and repeated courses may also impact your eligibility for scholarships.

Faculty of Mathematics, including Computer Science

If you repeat a required course or take a course outside of your regular day school, you may jeopardize your chances of being admitted to the Faculty of Mathematics. You should take all your courses in regular day school and do well in your first attempt.

There will normally be no penalty if you take online courses during your regular school year along with a full course load through your high school or school board.

Accounting and Financial Management

Our admissions committee may apply a penalty to your overall admissions score if you repeat courses or take them outside of regular day school, e.g., private school, summer school, night school, and online courses.

If there are extenuating circumstances that affected your studies, let us know on your Admission Information Form and the penalty may be reduced or waived.

All other programs, including Architecture

If you repeat a course(s), our admissions committees may consider that when reviewing your application.


Courses other than day school

As long as you take courses at a school or institution that's accredited by your provincial Ministry of Education, we'll accept those courses regardless of how or where they are completed. The following are examples of courses we'll accept if they're provincially accredited.

  • Day school (high school)
  • Summer school
  • Night school
  • Correspondence/distance learning
  • Private school
  • E-learning
  • Virtual learning

You may be asked to list the courses you have taken or are taking outside of regular day school on your Admission Information Form.

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