Request for special consideration

If you have significant circumstances that affected your grades and that were not accommodated through your school or relevant services, you can request special consideration for admission (which will give our staff additional information about your background when reviewing your application).

While we realize that school is different this year, a change to how or when you’re taking your courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic does not qualify as a special circumstance. We’re interested mainly in significant circumstances other than COVID-19 for which you did not receive assistance or accommodation.

If your disability was known and was accommodated (e.g., you received an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or were informally accommodated by your teachers), you’re not eligible for special consideration and will be considered for admission through our normal application process.

Our special consideration forms are now closed for fall 2022 entry. If you applied after February 1, 2022 and would like to be considered for special consideration, please contact

Submitting requests

  • Requests must be made directly by students due to privacy regulations. Parents or guardians cannot make requests on behalf of their child.
  • Requests must be submitted by the document deadline. Submissions that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Information you submit will be added to your application file. We will not follow up with each request unless we need further documentation.
  • Most admission decisions are made in early May so there may be considerable time between your request and an admission decision.

Do you need assistance with the admissions process?

  • If you require an accommodation for Waterloo's admission process (such as needing application material in an alternate format), please submit a request.
  • If you encounter any barriers while completing the forms below, please email us at

Types of admission accommodations or consideration

Unaccommodated (or suspected) disability/illness/trauma

This category applies if you were not accommodated in the last two years of your studies for a disability, illness, or trauma and/or you were unaware that you had a disability. If your circumstances affected your grades, you can request a disability-based admission accommodation.

Other unaccommodated circumstances

If you have or had a significant circumstance or event that affected your grades and for which you did not receive support or accommodation, you can request special consideration for admission. This information is most relevant if your grades are slightly below the range we require for admission. Our staff may consider this information (along with your overall academic record) when reviewing your application.

Once you've applied, you can request special consideration for unaccommodated circumstances. To complete the form, you'll need your Waterloo username and password, which are the same you use to access Quest, our student information system. (Learn about creating your Quest account.)