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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Finding a program you’ll love

Get tips on identifying your interests, exploring possible careers, and studying multiple interests in this article on how to use your resources and interests to find a program you'll love.

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The application process

How and when do you apply? How do you submit grades? How do universities choose students to accept? Visit our Beyond Ideas website to read the six steps in the application process.


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How universities work

Universities can be complex and confusing. In this overview of how universities work, learn about types of university degrees, choosing what to study, services available to students, and more.

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Guide to university terminology

Major, minor, option, undergraduate, graduate degree... what do they all mean? Learn about the terminology you'll encounter as you're applying to university!


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Understanding admission requirements

Universities have specific requirements that need to be met as part of the application process. Learn about university admission requirements, which can include specific high school courses, a personal statement, a portfolio of creative work, or more.


Additional tips

What would you like to study?

  • Explore Waterloo's programs based on themes that might interest you.
  • Think about your interests and hobbies. This could determine what you’ll study and the type of job you’ll have.

Research like crazy

Consider co-op

  • A co-op program is a great way to help pay for university, explore potential careers, and gain valuable work experience as part of your degree.

Ask questions!

  • Email universities or talk with current university students during online or in-person events.
  • Ask your guidance counsellor, parents, relatives, or teachers what they studied. They make great sounding boards and can offer advice on what might be good for you.


Just email our student recruitment team about what you'd like to study and they'd be happy to suggest programs or answer questions.