As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, you may have questions about studying at Waterloo.
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My exams are cancelled/postponed. How will this affect my offer and meeting the conditions?
Will deadlines for documents for final conditions be extended?
We recognize that the global pandemic has had a profound impact upon your school experience. In many school and regions, accessing results to courses, exams, and testing may be delayed. When a verifiable delay occurs, we’ll adjust our expectations accordingly.
I have an offer of admission to iBASE or BASE. Can I submit a new English language proficiency test score for consideration?
Can I apply to live in residence in September?
Yes, you can apply to live in residence for September – and we're taking lots of steps to keep students healthy and safe.
Choosing to live in residence is one of the best ways to build new relationships, support your academics, and feel a sense of belonging at Waterloo. With a commitment to putting your needs first especially during these challenging times, Campus Housing and our University Colleges are the most understanding housing providers in the city and offering student-centered practices and policies to best support you.
Our residences are open to students and the Residence Guarantee Application Form for fall 2022 housing is open until June 1. We've implemented a wide variety of cleaning and public health initiatives to keep students and our residence life staff safe and healthy.
- Choosing on-campus residence at Waterloo is the most stable option. With a commitment to putting your needs first, Campus Housing and our University Colleges are the most understanding landlords in town and will adjust their practices and policies to best support you.
- Waterloo's first-year residences offer personal and academic support such as Living Learning Communities, residence life staff, and social activities to help you adjust to living away from home.
- Campus Housing and our University Colleges are excited to welcome and support you as you begin your studies at Waterloo.
Do I have to pay a residence deposit?
To guarantee your space in residence, accept your Offer of Admission and submit your Residence Guarantee Application Form and $500 deposit by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on June 1, 2022.
How will rooms be assigned because of the pandemic?
Campus Housing works in ongoing partnership with Waterloo’s Public Health and Emergency Services Unit, Campus Wellness, and the Safety Office. Decisions about building closures and what rooms will be available are based on their advisement and will reflect the utmost caution in keeping our residence communities safe.
For the fall 2022 term, decisions will be made with their advisement, and in tandem with decisions about the academic term. Currently for fall 2022, we anticipate double rooms with roommates pairs and all buildings being open. Please check our website for ongoing updates.
Can I visit the campus?
How will I meet other students? Are clubs and athletics still running?
Athletics and recreation
Our Athletics and Recreation department is running virtual and in-person events and activities, including
- in-person intramurals such as soccer, volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, ultimate, and more;
- in-person facilities including fitness centres, skating rink, pool, climbing wall, gyms for drop-in basketball and badminton, and field house;
- in-person fitness classes including yoga, cycle, kickboxing, and Zumba; and
- on-demand virtual fitness classes, webinars, and online personal training.
Clubs, student-run services, and events
Clubs supported by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) will be back in full swing this fall with in-person activities taking place on campus. In-person events will also return including WUSA's annual Welcome Week, niche events put on by WUSA's student-run services, and faculty specific events run by your student society. Some online events will also still be available, but the majority of activities to connect with your fellow Waterloo students will be back in-person.
Student Success Office
Follow @UWaterlooLife for highlights of online and physically-distanced events and opportunities. You can also get involved with the online leadership or meet with a peer success coach. International students can join the International Peer Community to meet other students from outside Canada.
Make your own opportunities
Whether you’re taking classes in person or online, you can create your own opportunities to meet people, such as when you’re paired with classmates for group assignments. If classes aren’t in person, you could suggest video chats (or socially-distanced meetups) with some of your group members to talk about school or life in general.
What's available to help me transition to university?
Waterloo Ready is a comprehensive online initiative in the months leading up to your first term. It’s an opportunity to get to know other students, learn about what to expect from Waterloo, and to find out everything you need to know to prepare for your first year as a Waterloo Warrior. You can also follow @UWaterlooLife for a glimpse of life as a Waterloo student and for details about fall Orientation.
When should I apply for my student visa?
Please apply for your student visa as soon as possible after receiving your Offer of Admission and Letter of Acceptance. Applying immediately will ensure that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has as much time as possible to process your application.
I may have delays with my student visa. What is the latest date I can start on campus?
In order to ensure success in your program, you must arrive on campus by September 27, 2022. If you are unable to arrive by September 27, we may be able to consider you for a deferred admission, please contact email@example.com.
Information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to change. We recommend that you contact Waterloo's Immigration Consulting team if you have some questions you'd like to discuss.
Why do I have conditions on my Offer of Admission?
Almost all Offers of Admission have conditions since most students are actively taking courses at the time of their acceptance. Offer conditions allow us to ensure the integrity of our process. Final results must come to us directly from their source. We use final grades to verify that all our incoming students achieved the results needed for success in their accepted program. Final grades may also be used for additional scholarship consideration if the grades achieved surpass those provided at the time of our admissions decision.
Please follow the instructions on your Offer of Admission and apply for your student visa as soon as possible after receiving your acceptance. You do not need to meet your offer conditions prior to applying for your student visa.
What co-op and career resources are available to students?
Waterloo’s co-op program and other experiential education opportunities help prepare you for your future career. Experiential education teaches valuable skills that help you navigate uncertain and changing landscapes.
As a Waterloo student, you'll have access to co-op and career resources including
- co-op advisors to support you through your co-op journey;
- career advisors to help your prepare for your career;
- an international team to support students working abroad;
- career fairs, employer information sessions, and other events to help you network with employers;
- free professional development and digital skills courses to help you prepare for your first work term;
- online groups to help you meet other students while on a work term; and
- specialized mental health, accessibility, harassment, and international student resources.
Did the pandemic affect how many students were able to find work?
Despite the impacts of the pandemic, more than 23,000 students secured co-op work terms in 2021. Strong relationships with our global network of over 7,100 employers and alumni helped us to find more opportunities in organizations that already hire students as well as with new employers.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have adjusted our processes and provided innovative new offerings to help you navigate the changes. This means continued use of resources, many of which are funded through the co-op fee, to develop new job opportunities for students, streamline processes, and establish additional supports and resources for students with the help of our campus partners.
What does the future of work look like for co-op students in a post-pandemic economy?
Although it is impossible to know exactly what the future of work will look like, our Work-Learn Institute is continuously conducting research to understand the future of work. We can expect that jobs and career paths as we understand them today are going to fundamentally change in ways that have not been imagined or even created yet.
Research makes it clear that an adaptable and resilient workforce is key to economic recovery – just as adaptable and resilient students and co-op programs have been key to keeping students employed during the pandemic.
How will entrance scholarships be determined if I’m not taking some required courses until the third or fourth term of a quadmester system? (Ontario high school students only)
We’ll automatically award most entrance scholarships, including the President’s and Merit Scholarships, based on your admission average. Your admission average consists of your best six Grade 12 U or M courses (or equivalent depending on your system of study), including all of the required courses for the program you applied to.
We normally award these scholarships in mid-May based on the grades available at that time. If you're enrolled in a quadmester secondary school in Ontario, we may not we may not have the right number or combination of grades in May to determine an admission average for scholarship purposes.
If we’re unable to calculate an admission average, we’ll wait until your school sends grades for the rest of your Grade 12 courses. We’ll then assign the highest scholarship that you’re eligible for. We’ll email you once this happens and you’ll also be able to view details in Quest. Select the Admissions tile, click on the name of your program, then look for the Entrance Awards tab beside the applicable program.
Still have questions? Just email our Visitors Centre and we'd be happy to help!