We're continuing to take steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community and are monitoring impacts of the pandemic (including school closures). We understand that factors outside of your control may affect your ability to provide us with updated information. You will not be penalized for that and we are accounting for that in our admission decisions.

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

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Transfer credits

Submit your results

To be eligible for transfer credit, you must have your official transcripts and results sent directly from the issuing board/institution to Waterloo's Office of the Registrar. Transfer credit assessments are based on the course, score, Waterloo program admitted to, and transfer credit maximums. If you're eligible for transfer credits, we'll email you with details.

Transfer credits for high school students and COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 many schools and educational systems are changing how they assess students as well as how and when they’ll report final results. Waterloo will follow the transfer credit policies below where we have final grades to do so. 

Accepting transfer credits is optional and you should consider accepting a transfer credit only if you are truly confident in your knowledge of the course material. Studying from home may have impacted the learning of some students and we want to ensure all our students have a strong foundation for their studies. We recommend you consider taking all of the required first-year courses for your program, even if you have received transfer credit for those courses. This will ensure you’re well prepared for success – and help strengthen your first-year average and help you settle into your university studies. 

Your success at Waterloo is our top priority. Please weigh your options carefully and make the choice that best supports your studies. Our academic advisors are available if you have any questions about transfer credit or selecting your courses. If you’re not sure which faculty offers your program, you can view a list of our programs by faculty.

Transfer credit policies

Advanced Level (A-Level)

We recognize A-Level courses as excellent academic preparation for university and will consider transfer courses for A-Level courses in which normally a minimum final grade of B is attained.

Advanced Placement (AP)

We will consider transfer credits for AP courses in which normally a minimum final grade of 4 is attained.

Cambridge Pre-U diploma

We recognize the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U Principal Subjects with A-levels for admission consideration and will consider possible transfer credits for Pre-U Principal Subjects in which a minimum final grade of M2 or A-Levels with a minimum grade of B is attained.

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

CAPE Unit 2 courses are excellent academic preparation for university. We will consider transfer credits for CAPE Unit 2 courses in which a minimum final grade of 2 is attained.


View our transfer credit policy for CEGEP students.

College or university courses

Transfer credit for college, university, or bible college courses.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB courses are excellent academic preparation for success at university. We will consider transfer credits for individual Higher Level IB courses in which normally a minimum final grade of 5 is attained.