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Shadow Program

Experience a day-in-the-life of a Math or Computer Science student

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.  


Shadow Days are available weekly throughout the Fall (September-December) and Winter (January-April) terms when classes are in session. 

Additional events may be available in the Spring term (May-August). Please check back in early June for details.


The Shadow Day 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.

Parents, though Shadow days are for students only, you are important to us too. You're welcome to drop off your son/daughter 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, etc.

Questions and comments are welcome. Please contact the Shadow Program Coordinator, Faculty of Mathematics.

Print a copy of the Shadow Program poster (PDF).

Current student giving visitor a tour of DC Library

    Shadow Program Dates

    Shadow days take place each week in the Fall and Winter terms on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Additional opportunities and events will be available in the Spring term. Please check back in early June for details.

    Things you can do
    on campus with your Shadow Host:

    • Attend a first-year algebra, calculus, and/or computer science class - depends on your host's schedule
    • Attend a lecture for an elective course that your host is studying 
    • Have lunch in residence or another Waterloo cafeteria
    • Meet Math/CS professors and other first-year Math Faculty students
    • Participate in extra-curricular activities that your host normally attends, such as club meetings, going to the gym, hanging out with friends, etc.
    • Get your questions about admissions, co-op, scholarships, life on campus, etc. answered