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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.

Nine factors to consider when choosing a university
How to choose a university program
12 questions to ask before you apply to university
What to do when you can't decide

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.

What to expect in co-op
How to become a teacher in Ontario
How to become a pharmacist
How to become a lawyer in Canada
How to get into medical school

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 10 best productivity apps for students
Five reasons to join your school's student council
Building a résumé before university
Top time management tips for students
Tips for a successful year of 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!

Clubs at Waterloo
Getting involved at university
What are the different residences at Waterloo?
Labs – your next-level playground
Eating on campus 101

Student life →


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

How to find and apply to scholarships
Five ways to make quick cash
How to get a summer job
How to save money as a student
Tips for paying for university

Money →

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Health and wellness

Staying health and fit – physically and mentally.

How to deal with stress in healthy ways
Ways to counter self-doubt
Looking after your mental health
First-year mentorship and support
How to deal during a global pandemic

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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