Are you ready to apply? Here's what you need to know to take the next steps in the application process.
How to apply
If you would like to join any of our math programs, including computer science, you will need to submit an application for consideration. You can apply to 3 programs at Waterloo. As our programs are competitive and we cannot guarantee alternate offers. We recommend reviewing all of our programs before you apply.
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Get your application started: It's easy as 1, 2, 3!
STEP 1: Submit your application
You'll apply through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Once your application is complete on OUAC, it may take up to 2 weeks to hear from us. Apply to all of the math programs that you'd like to be considered for. You can apply to up to 3 programs at Waterloo.
After we receive your information, we'll send you an acknowledgement email with instructions to access Quest (Waterloo's student information system) and our Admission Information Form (AIF). The AIF is required for admissions. Read through the information to make sure that you are following all of the steps. Your application is not complete until you finish all of the steps listed in our acknowlegement email.
STEP 2: Upload your documents
Our acknowlegement email will provide you with your 8-digit Waterloo ID. Once you've received your Waterloo ID, you can upload your transcripts using Quest. As part of your application, we will require your Admission Information Form (AIF), transcripts, and English Language test score (if applicable).
Depending on your on your Canadian province, country, or system of study, you may need to send your documents directly to us. Learn how we receive your documents. Please note that we cannot receive transcripts via email.
STEP 3: Write a math and/or computer science contest
Contest participation is NOT required for admission, but we strongly encourage you to participate in the Euclid Mathematics Contest and/or Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest (CSMC) as they can be an asset to your application (learn more).
The Euclid and/or the CSMC contest is required to be considered for our Math Entrance Scholarships.
Students applying to a computer science program are encouraged to participate in the Canadian Computing Competition (CCC).
How we assess students for admissions
We consider each applicant individually. We read and score your AIF, we calculate your overall admission average, and we look at individual course marks, such as your math and English marks. It's with this information that we determine which students are admissible. Each year, the quality and quantity of applicants changes and because of this, we're unable to share cut off information.
In some cases, we will use your score on the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and/or the Euclid Contest to help increase your chances of an offer (learn more).
Repeated courses and non-day school courses
If you repeat any Grade 12 course or take a course outside of your regular day school, you may jeopardize your chances of being admitted to the Faculty of Mathematics.
You should take all your courses in regular day school and do well in your first attempt.
If you're pursuing your high school studies fully online through your school or school board, you will not be penalized. If you take individual online courses through your school or school board, you will not be penalized. We will review all other online courses on a case-by-case basis. Find more information on our repeat and non-day school course policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I expect to hear back about my application?
We'll begin to review your application and make decisions as soon as we receive all of your required documentation, and your Admission Information Form (AIF) has been scored. For the majority of applicants, this will be in mid-May.
We have competitive programs and we receive a number of qualified applications. To select the right students using the most up-to-date grade information, we wait as long as possible. Most of the grade information that we need to make our decisions is not available to us until April and May.
There are few "early offers" that we send students. The majority of our offers are conditional based on the information that we have from your in-progress grades.
The Euclid Mathematics Contest and the Canadian Senior Math Competition (CSMC) are administered by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), an outreach affiliate of the Faculty of Mathematics. The results of these contests are used to make math scholarship decisions for students who have applied to programs in the Faculty of Mathematics, including computer science.
While the contests are used primarily to award scholarships, a strong score can be an asset to your application. For students whose grades and Admission Information Form scores are on the borderline of receiving admissions, a good score could result in them receiving an offer. A missing score or bad score will not be used. Participation in the contests will not hurt your chances of admissions as they are NOT required for consideration.
Contests need to be written in the year that you are applying to Waterloo for the results to be applicable for scholarships and possibly admissions. Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 are welcome to write the contests as preparation for grade 12.
Should I participate in one or both contest(s)?
It is recommended that you participate in both the Euclid Mathematics Contest and the Canadian Senior Math Competition (CSMC). If that's not possible, participating in at least one contest is beneficial. If you're applying to one of our computer science programs, you're also encouraged to participate in our Canadian Computing Competition (CCC). See all of our contests.
If you are applying as a transfer student, you do not need to participate in our contests as transfer students are not eligible to receive our math entrance scholarships. They are designed for high school applicants.
How can I prepare for the contest(s)?
You can practice for our contests by trying out questions from past contests, using our problem generator, and/or working through our Courseware. All of these resources are free for you to use!
How do I participate in the contest(s)?
Your school will need to register on your behalf to participate. Registration details, contest dates and and other FAQS are online.
What if I don't satisfy the English language requirements?
If your grades and Admission Information Form (AIF) are eligible for admissions but your English language test scores fall below our requirements, you may receive an offer to participate in Math/Bridge to Academic Success in English (Math/BASE). The program is designed to allow students to improve their English before beginning in their mathematics program. Students cannot apply directly to Math/BASE.
Do you offer a waitlist?
It is competitive to receive admissions to programs in the Faculty of Mathematics, including computer science.
Our most competitive programs are direct entry from the time of admissions. If you do not receive admission to your program of interest, we do not offer a waitlist for later consideration. Knowing that not every offer that we make will be accepted, we make a sufficient number of offers to fill every program.
While not impossible to transfer, it can be very hard to transfer programs in the Faculty of Mathematics. Students should not accept an offer of admissions with the expectation of transferring to the program that they were not originally admitted to, if they become a Waterloo student.
Have you studied at a college or university and considering applying to a program in the Faculty of Mathematics? There is a lot to consider. Here is what you need to know:
Competition for a spot:
Admission into upper year (transferring into a program) is extremely competitive in our Faculty, with very few spaces available for students who are currently studying at another college or university.
Should you decide to apply, you can view college/university transfer admission requirements here. You'll notice we require strong grades in mathematics courses and an overall high GPA. Even with meeting those benchmarks, there is no guarantee of admission as we don't often have many spaces for new students in upper years. Both domestic and international students can apply, but admission is extremely competitive with very few spaces for incoming transfer students. If you have already completed more than two years in any post-secondary institution (university, college), we will be unable to consider your application.
If you are admitted and receive more than 6.5 transfer credits, you will not be eligible to take part in our co-op option and we only be able to be a part of the regular stream. See here to read more.
Ineligible programs for transfer:
Due to sequencing and scheduling issues, we do not accept transfer applications for the following programs:
- Business Administration (Laurier) and Computer Science (Waterloo) Double Degree
- Business Administration (Laurier) and Mathematics (Waterloo) Double Degree
- Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accounting
- Computing and Financial Management
Already have a Math, CS or Engineering degree?
Applicants who have previously completed or are in the final stages of completing a Mathematics or Computer Science degree at another institution are not eligible to enter a second BMath or BCS at Waterloo due to the structure of the curriculum and overlap in subject matter. For these students, we'd recommend exploring our many graduate programs through the Graduate Studies office.
Contests & Scholarships
We do not encourage post-secondary applicants to participate in the Euclid Contest because it is geared towards Grade 12-level Math. As a post-secondary applicant, you are ineligible for entrance scholarships at Waterloo. There are upper year financing options available here.
Timing of decisions:
We don't make any admission decisions until the end of May/beginning of June for external transfer applicants. We need to wait for the final winter term grades to make a decision on your application. Because of this, we are unable to give earlier decisions.