Successfully passed Math/ELAS
You have achieved at least 70% in all English language courses and achieved a final grade of at least 60% in your UWaterloo Mathematics course.
Congratulations! You are eligible to continue and proceed into the next academic term, in full-time degree status, in a regular plan within the Faculty of Mathematics (includes Cheriton School of Computer Science). Check and verify the plan that would have been included on your (alternative) offer of admission.
Note: Due to the popularity of some of our Mathematics plans, and many exceptionally strong applicants, you may have been deflected from the plan that you had originally applied to.
You can obtain a Conestoga College ELAS certificate by contacting Heike Bernhardt - be sure to provide your Full Name, along with your CC ID# and UW ID# and term completed ELAS. Your student achievement form with your final ELAS grades will be submitted electronically to uWaterloo's Registrar's Office for academic records.
The top ELAS students will automatically be considered for the $1,000 Math/ELAS Scholarship. Awards will be made based on your mathematics grade and grades in English language courses. Exception: students with previous post-secondary studies or with transfer credits.
Completed the Math/ELAS program with conditions
If you passed all but one course, in either the English language program or your mathematics course, you would be allowed to continue into full-time "non-degree" studies with conditions. These conditions are recorded as a transcript text on your unofficial transcript.
Note: 50% is a pass in your mathematics course, 70% is a pass in each ELAS course.
- Failed writing or/reading portion of the English language program, you will be required to register for the ELAS/Math Bridging Program in Writing or/Reading, during the next term of registration and must successfully complete and attend the 10-week bridging program, to be eligible for continuation in the Faculty.
- Mathematics grade between 50 - 59%, which is a pass, you may be allowed to continue in a non-degree term (Math/ELASCOND). You cannot proceed to the next required math course unless grade is at least 60%. You will be required to retake the mathematics course to maintain a 'Good Standing' in the Faculty of Mathematics. You must raise your cumulative major average to 60%. You must achieve a term grade average of 60% and a minimum grade of 60% in each of the mathematics courses.
- Failed UWaterloo mathematics course (below 50%), but passed the English language program, you may be allowed, at the discretion of the associate dean, to continue in a non-degree term (Math/ELASCOND). You must retake the mathematics course and must take a minimum of three courses (1.5 units). You must raise your cumulative major average to 60%. You must achieve a term grade average of 60% and a minimum grade of 60% in each of the mathematics courses.
If you fail to satisfy these conditions after one full-time academic term, you will not be permitted to continue and will be required to withdraw (not eligible to proceed), in the Faculty of Mathematics.
ELAS/Math Bridging Program
If you failed one of the English (ELAS) language courses, typically writing or reading, but passed the mathematics course, you will be given the opportunity to take the remedial ELAS/Math Bridging Program. This program is sponsored by Conestoga College (writing or reading bridging program) and an instructor will come to UWaterloo campus.
The Bridging Program will consist of:
- Extra individual tutoring and lectures,
- 10 weeks during the term, two hours per week,
- No fees or charges to you for this program,
- Sessions for the ELAS/Math Bridging Program will be arranged around your term's class schedule,
- You must successfully "Pass" and attend sessions to complete the ELAS/Math Bridging Program in order to meet and satisfy our English language admission requirement.
Note: If you do not successfully complete the ELAS/Math Bridging Program during the specified academic term, your plan of study at the University of Waterloo will be re-evaluated. If you do not attend the sessions, you will be required to withdraw from all your courses and will not be able to continue in the Faculty of Mathematics.
Repeat ELAS options
If you failed two or more English language courses but passed your MATH course (final grade at least 60%), at the discretion of the associate dean, you may be allowed to repeat the English language program.
- Repeat Math/ELAS level IV program. The Math/ELAS program is available during the winter (January) or fall (September) terms. You will be required to repeat all English language courses and must obtain a least 70% in each. You will be allowed to take the next required mathematics course (i.e. MATH 138 or MATH 135) for credit towards your BMath or BCS degree.
- Retake the level IV English Language Studies (ELS) at the Conestoga College's Doon campus, on your own. Start dates available September, January and May. If interested in studying English Language Studies only, you will need to contact Conestoga College's Doon campus international office. The Doon campus is located at 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4M4. Phone: 519-748-5220.
- Take Summer Intensive English Language for Academic Studies (IELAS) - eight-week intensive level IV English program. IELAS is the same program that students in our level IV Math/English Language for Academic Studies (Math/ELAS) take, but you would only be studying the English courses, at Waterloo-Conestoga College (no UWaterloo mathematics course is taken).
This program starts at the beginning of July and runs for eight weeks until the end of August. A separate application and fees is required for the eight-week summer IELAS program, payable to Conestoga College. Registration and the application details must be arranged through the Math/ELAS program coordinator at the University of Waterloo.
- Improve English on your own and submit an official English language test score (i.e. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), etc.) that meets our minimum English language admission requirements for direct entry into a full-time regular plan, within the Faculty of Mathematics. Subject for approval and providing official documents and/or completing the necessary Application for Readmission form, as required by the specified timelines.
Not eligible to continue
Failed ELAS and mathematics course: If you obtained grades of less than 70% in two or more English language courses (ELAS), and a final grade below 50% in your mathematics course - you would not have passed or successfully completed the Math/ELAS program. You will not be allowed to proceed, and are no longer eligible for any subsequent degree studies in the Faculty of Mathematics.
Courses for next term enrolment will be dropped/removed and future enrolment will not be permitted - as you have not met the admission requirements and conditions as outlined in your offer of admission. You will not be permitted to reapply for admission at UWaterloo.
Required to withdraw: You may be required to withdraw from the Faculty of Mathematics, if in the opinion of the associate dean, or as appropriate, you are unlikely to profit from further study in the Faculty or you are not making satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements.
- If you wish to be considered for admission to another faculty at the University of Waterloo, you may apply for a non-degree term while taking non-math courses. You will need to seek an academic advisor in the faculty that you are seeking admission, to determine their;
- English Language Requirements,
- Admission criteria and
- Courses that are needed while in that non-degree term.
- You will be required to sit out one term. Please do your research as to future faculty and plan of interest, as forms must be received at least one month prior to the beginning of the proposed non-degree term by the Registrar's Office, to ensure sufficient time to process your request.
- If you want to continue in post-secondary level, you need to apply to other universities or colleges. You will need to find out admission requirements at other institutions, and what programs are available.
- For other universities, apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.
- For colleges in Ontario, apply though the Ontario Colleges website.
A final decision is temporary delayed pending additional information or results, or at the discretion of the associate dean, or as appropriate.
Transfer from regular to co-op
If you are in 'good standing' you may be eligible to apply for admission to co-op within the Faculty of Mathematics. There is generally considerable competition for the limited spaces, that can vary from year-to-year. Decisions are based on your academic performance, grades (greater than 80%), while here at UWaterloo during your 1A and 1B terms, and on the quality of your personal resumé.
Visit Co-op FAQs
Communication Skills courses
A communications course will be required in your 1A (first full-time) term for consideration when applying to a co-op program. (i.e. EMLS/ESL 101R/102R)
Co-op information sessions are held once per term, so students in the regular program may explore the possibility of switching to the co-op option. Notices of theses information sessions are posted by the Mathematics Undergraduate Office (MUO) in March/July/November. All interested students should attend the next schedule information session to clarify their personal circumstances, as well as any questions about the process. Learn more about transfer from regular to co-op.
Who can I contact for more information?
If you have been given 'options' you will need to let us know your intentions in writing, so that details can be passed along to the Registrar's Office. Our Registrar's Office will hold onto your file, and/or make the appropriate adjustment to your records.
Contact Program Coordinator Ms. Judy Reidt of the Mathematics/ELAS program.
Questions or concerns relating to your academic record/file, contact the Office of the Registrar's Assistant Registrar Donna Lutz.