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Ultimate guides

Collections of answers to your biggest questions about university.

Tips for Grade 12 success
Choosing a university
Living at Waterloo
Student experience at Waterloo
Financing your education

Ultimate guides →

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Applying to university

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

Why you should choose Waterloo over your other options
Using Quest to check your admission status
7 common misconceptions about university
Pros and cons of living on and off campus
Seven differences between high school and university

Applying to university →

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Careers and co-op

Finding a career you'll love, pursuing further education, and thriving in co-op.

The Waterloo experience: Exploring careers and building skills for your future
What to expect in co-op
How co-op can help you explore potential careers
How to choose a career

How to gain experience if you're not in co-op

Careers and co-op →


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High school success

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

Top time management tips for students
Planning your path to university
Building a résumé before university
Study tips for exams and tests
Five reasons you should get involved in extracurriculars in high school

High school success →

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Humans of Waterloo

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

Lights, camera, costumes
Unlocking your entrepreneurial potential
One degree, endless opportunities
Helping kids at SickKids
Building your problem-solving potential
When it's actually rocket science

Humans of Waterloo →

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Student life

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

What does it mean to be a Warrior?
Eating on campus 101
Finding community as an Indigenous student at Waterloo
Striking a balance between academics and student life at Waterloo
Your essential guide to international student resources
Student life →

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Scholarships and bursaries, part-time jobs, and making the most of your money.

What does university cost?
How to find and apply to scholarships
Tips for paying for university
Budgeting for your first year of university
Finding a part-time job on campus

Money →

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Health and wellness

Staying health and fit – physically and mentally.

Health and wellness supports at Waterloo you should know about
Ways to counter self-doubt
Looking after your mental health
Athletics and recreation 101
How to deal with stress in healthy ways

Health and wellness →


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About the Missing Manual

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.

Written by Waterloo students and staff, articles range from finding part-time jobs and choosing a university program to making the most of your time at university and discovering a career you’ll love.

Picking a university is like dating. You need to be a good match for each other. So dive into the Missing Manual and let us help you find your perfect match.

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