For grade 9, 10, and 11 students

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Choosing a university for your education can seem like a big task. With so many choices, where do you start? Here are some resources that will help regardless of which university you plan to attend.

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How university works

Universities can be complex and confusing. How do you become a student? What's a typical day for a student? What services are available on a campus? Discover the basics with our overview of how universities work.

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Guide to university terminology

Universities have a language of their own: major, minor, undergraduate, graduate degree, and more! Here's your guide to university terminology you'll encounter!

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The application process

How do universities choose students to accept? When do you apply? How do you submit grades? Visit our Beyond Ideas website to read the steps in the admissions process.


Grade 10 Family Night

If you're in Grade 10 and planning to attend university, join us for Grade 10 Family Night in February to learn what you can do now to prepare. Topics include finding a program you'll love, applying to university, financing your education, and the student experience (by current Waterloo students).

Not sure where to start?

Visit our Beyond Ideas website for tips and advice from current Waterloo students. Topics include

  • how to choose a university
  • how to find the program that's right for you,
  • tips for high school success, and more.

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Additional tips

What would you like to study?

  • Explore Waterloo's programs based on what might interest you.
  • Think about the interests and hobbies you’re passionate about – you never know, this could determine what you’ll study and the type of job you’ll have.

Research like crazy

Ask questions!

  • Email universities or talk with current university students during online or in-person events.
  • Chat with your guidance counsellor, parents, relatives, or teachers. See what they studied. They make great sounding boards and can offer advice.

Consider co-op

  • A co-op program is a great way to help pay for university while also gaining valuable work experience as part of your degree.

Have specific questions?

Just email our high school liaison team and they'd be happy to help.