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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.  


  1. REGISTER - Complete the registration form and select a date to come to campus. Note: we need 2 weeks notice, so plan ahead.
  2. YOU'LL BE MATCHED - Within one week of registering, we'll match you with a first-year student who is majoring in Computer Science or Mathematics.
  3. YOU'LL BE CONTACTED - Your student match, aka your Shadow Host, will contact you directly to confirm the date you'll come to campus; where you two will meet when you arrive on campus (and when you plan to depart from campus;) what your day on campus will include - classes and activities, what you'll be doing for lunch; and what to bring with you.
  4. SPEND A DAY ON CAMPUS - You'll spend the arranged day on campus shadowing your first-year host.
  5. SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK - After your day on campus, you'll receive an email asking for feedback about your experience, what you liked and didn't like - all comments are welcome.

To get started, fill in the Math Faculty Shadow Program Registration Form.


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.

Friends may request to shadow the same first-year student (limit of 2 shadows per host.)

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 Michael Blair, 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 the following weeks during the 2017 winter term on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays:
      • January 17, 18, 19
      • January 24, 25, 26
      • January 31, February 1, 2
      • February 7, 8, 9
      • Not Feb 14-16 - UW Reading Week
      • February 20, 21, 22
      • February 28, March 1, 2
      • March 7, 8, 9
      • March 21, 22, 23


    Opportunities for you to shadow a first-year student will be expanded during March Break to the full week, Monday through Friday. March Break in Waterloo Region is March 13-17, 2017. 

    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