University COVID-19 update

The University of Waterloo is constantly updating our most Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions about buildings and services? Visit the list of Modified Services.

Please note: The University of Waterloo is closed for all events until further notice.


Are you ready to join us? Here's what you need to know to take the next step!

Step 1: Select your entry program (or programs) and review our admission criteria

We have nine different entry programs available for incoming students. Take some time to review our programs and find the one (or more) that interest you. 

It's also a good time to review our admissions requirements

Step 2: Submit your application

You'll apply to the University of Waterloo through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). After you submit your application through the OUAC website, they'll send us your information. We'll send you an email acknowledging your application, usually within three weeks of receiving it.

It is important that we have your current email address, so be sure to provide it when you apply! After you have applied, you may confirm or change your email address on Quest. To ensure that our emails don't get caught in your spam filter, please add us to your address book.

Step 3: Be sure to submit your documents

After you apply, we'll still need some important documents from you. 

English language test scores

You are also 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 Bridge to Academic Success in English (formerly ELAS) program.

Step 4: Consider a contest

Contest participation is not a requirement for admission, but we strongly encourage you to participate in the Euclid Mathematics Contest and/or Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest (CSMC). Participation in the Canadian Computing Competition is also recommended for students applying to Computer Science programs.

Your Euclid and/or CSMC results will be used in combination with other admissions information for scholarship decisions.    

Step 5: Bringing Waterloo Math to you!

To keep everyone safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, we can't welcome you to campus. However, we can bring many aspects of the campus to you. Discover everything we have to offer with Bringing Waterloo Math to you!

Step 6: Offer 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 each applicant 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 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 University of Waterloo's Offers of Admission page

Take the next step 

You're in! Visit Waterloo's welcome page to learn about everything from accepting your offer, to paying your fees, to residences.