The Missing Manual

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The Missing Manual is everything you want to know about applying to university – and about thriving at Waterloo – that you won’t find in the brochures.

Applying to university

How to find a university program you'll love. Plus tips for applying to university – and to Waterloo.

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12 questions to ask before you apply to university

As you start to research university programs, there’s likely a lot of information to sort through. Here are 12 questions to ask before applying.

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Seven differences between high school and university

If you’re in high school and planning to go to university, you might be unsure about to expect.

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How to choose a university program

Choosing a university program can be a daunting task. A big challenge is not knowing what to look for and how to distinguish between them.


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Student life

Everything outside the classroom – clubs and sports, the city of Waterloo, eating on campus, residence life, and more!

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Getting involved at university

When you get to university, you want to meet new people, have fun, and maybe earn a bit of money along the way. Getting involved in campus life is the perfect fit for you!

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Clubs at Waterloo

From debate, hip-hop, and photography to cheese, there’s really something for everyone! Let’s explore the ins and outs of clubs at Waterloo.

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Waterloo’s resources for the 2SLGBTQ+ community

Whether you’re in the process of coming out, proudly queer, or confused and questioning, one thing is for sure – you’re not alone.


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High school success

Making the most of your high school experience from students who know what it takes.

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Top 10 best productivity apps for students

Being a student isn’t easy, and with distractions all around us, it isn’t surprising that many of us find it challenging to organize our time or to stay focused on our studies.

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5 reasons to join your high school student council

Being elected on to your high school’s student council provides you with a unique opportunity to grow as a person.

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Building a résumé before university

Putting time and effort into creating a great résumé while still in high school might seem pointless, but it’s actually a great way to get ahead of the game.


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Humans of Waterloo

Stories by and about the people of Waterloo – past and present.

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Biology students become award champignons with Indigenous-led mushroom business, MycoNutrients

Did you know mushrooms pre-date dinosaurs and even plants? Or that ancient Egyptians called mushrooms, “food of the gods” believing that by eating them, some fungi would lead to longer lives? It’s true.

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One degree, endless opportunities

What can you do with a degree in Knowledge Integration (KI) from the University of Waterloo, you ask? A better question is: what can’t you do?

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Paving the road to medical school with hands-on learning

With a combined passion for learning and helping others, Kelsey knew the health care field would be a perfect fit.





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