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Applying

Entry programs

Apply to one or more of nine entry programs in the Faculty of Mathematics.

Apply through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC)

You'll apply to the University of Waterloo through the OUAC website. The Centre sends your information to the University of Waterloo. The Faculty of Mathematics will send you an email* acknowledging receipt of your application, usually within three weeks of receiving your application.

* It is important that we have your current email address. Provide your email address when you apply. After you have applied, you may confirm or change your email address on Quest. To ensure that email we send you isn't spam filtered, please add us to your address book.

After you have applied

English language test scores

You are required to provide an English proficiency test score if:

  • your first language is not English, and
  • your four most recent years of full-time education have not been in an English-language school system.

Get information about English language test scores and our English Language for Academic Studies (ELAS) program.

Write the Euclid Mathematics Contest, participate in the Canadian Computing Competition

Though the Euclid Mathematics Contest and the Canadian Computing Competition are not required for admission, we strongly encourage you to participate in them. The Euclid Mathematics Contest results will be used in combination with other admissions information for scholarship decisions.

Professor Ian VanderBurgh shared his slides from the Euclid Mathematics Contest preparation session (PDF) at March Open House on March 1, 2014.

Repeated courses and courses taken outside day school

Your overall admission score may be adjusted for each grade 12 course that is repeated. The admission average for all programs will be calculated using the highest Grade 12 U or M mark in a repeated subject. On your AIF, you'll be asked to comment on repeated courses. We'll provide you with instructions about the AIF once you've applied to the University of Waterloo.

Residence in first-year is guaranteed: Consider your choices

First-year students are guaranteed residence in UWaterloo residences (Columbia Lake Village-South, Mackenzie King, Ron Eydt Village, UW Place, and Village 1), Renison, St. Jerome’s, and St. Paul’s.

Come for a visit

See campus for yourself. Take a student-guided tour, meet with a program advisor, check out the facilities, and talk with current students.

Offers of admission

Though many offers will be made between February and May, all of our offers will be made by about the middle of May.

In the Faculty of Mathematics, we consider applicants individually. We need time to read and score your AIF, to tabulate your admission average using your marks in the required grade 12 courses, then to tabulate your admission score (a combination of your average plus your AIF score), and, in some cases, to consult your Euclid Mathematics Contest results. As a result, we make few early offers of admission.

For more information about offers of admission, alternate offers of admission, and deferring your offer of admission, visit the offer of admission on the Find Out More website.

After your offer of admission

Read the next steps for admitted students about how to accept your offer of admission, selecting your classes, paying your tuition fees, getting your WatCard, Student Life 101, checking into residence, Orientation Week, the first day of classes, etc.