Are you a senior high school student who is interested in one or more of the Faculty of Mathematics programs of study? Have you already visited campus but now want to learn more about life as an undergraduate? Or do you simply want to experience campus as a student to help you decide if Waterloo is for you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are a great candidate for our Shadow Program. In this program, the University of Waterloo opens its doors to you. You'll spend a day on campus with a current first-year student; and you'll join them to attend their classes, club meetings, extracurricular activities, etc., while you see campus up close.
If you are unable to attend the on-campus program, check out the MathChat program, where you can talk with a current student about life on campus.
The Math Faculty Shadow Program runs in the fall and winter. Register to participate on the day of your choice.
Program details - FAQs to get you started
When is the program available?
Weekdays: Monday to Thursday
Fall: October 23 - November 23
Winter: January 8 - March 30
Requests for a shadow day outside of the dates listed above will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the Math Shadow Program Coordinator.
Who is the program for?
The Shadow Program is geared to students in Grades 11 and 12. Exceptions will be made for students in earlier grades who are working ahead in their math classes. To make special arrangements, contact the Math Shadow Program Coordinator.
How does it work?
Step 1: Review the Math Faculty programs of study.
For the purpose of your shadow day visit to campus, think of yourself as focusing on either Mathematics or on Computer Science. This choice may guide you in selecting in the best day(s) to come to campus.
If you're interested in a Computer Science program (including the BBA/BCS Double Degree, and Computing and Financial Management,) then you'll want to come to campus on a Tuesday or Thursday because that's when first-year CS courses take place. Math classes take place Monday through Friday each week.
Step 2: Complete the Shadow Program registration form (available in August). Your mentor, a first-year Math Faculty student, will contact you within a week to confirm a date.
Step 3: Together you and your mentor will plan your visit to campus. Your mentor will share their schedule, including course names, times, and locations; and you'll be invited to participate in any of the clubs or extracurricular activities your mentor usually does on the day you will visit campus. You will exchange contact information, agree on a meeting place on campus, and discuss "what if's" - see the section "What if something goes wrong?" below.
Step 4: On the day of your visit, you will arrive on campus 15 minutes before your arranged meeting time to park your car or be dropped off - both of which may require walking some distance across campus. NOTE: Please dress for the weather as you will be both in- and outdoors. You will meet your mentor at the predetermined location on campus. Then you will spend the day together as discussed: experiencing a day-in-the-life of a Math or CS student at Waterloo!
Step 5: After your visit, you will receive a form asking for feedback about your campus experience: the communication your received, your mentor, the day's activities, etc. We value your comments and will use them to improve our Shadow Program for future visitors!
What does a typical Shadow Day include?
A typical visit includes attending a first-year algebra, calculus, and/or computer science class; meeting Math/CS professors and first-year Math Faculty students; having lunch in residence or another Waterloo cafeteria; and getting answers to your questions about admissions, co-op, scholarships, life on campus, etc.
Your visit may also include a general campus tour, a residence tour, a tour of the Math Faculty buildings, as well as participation in extracurricular activities that your mentor normally enjoys, such as attending club meetings, going to the gym, hanging out with friends, etc.
If you're interested in a campus tour, a residence tour, and/or a Math Faculty tour, please let your mentor know so that arrangements can be made to book these activities. Or you may contact the Math Shadow Program Coordinator directly.
Can parents participate in a Shadow Day?
The Shadow Program is for high school students only. Parents are welcome to drop off their child(ren) and then spend the day elsewhere on campus visiting various buildings and sites, such as our libraries and museums. An alternative is to visit Waterloo Region: we'll give you a local map with directions to sites of interest such as Uptown Waterloo, St. Jacobs, Elora, museums, shopping malls, great restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops, etc.
What if something goes wrong?
If you have a change of mind, become ill, get lost, or get stuck in traffic before or on the day your Shadow Day:
1. Please send your mentor a text message to let them know, that way they won't miss their classes waiting for you. They will follow up to see about making alternate arrangements with you.
2. Please contact the Math Shadow Program Coordinator as well to ensure that we are aware and won't send out Campus Police looking for you.
NOTE: The Math Faculty Shadow Program is made possible by outstanding senior student volunteers in the Math Faculty Ambassador program and by adventurous and outgoing first-year student volunteers!
Any questions or comments can be directed to the Math Shadow Program Coordinator.