WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday, Nov. 1, 2010) - The University of Waterloo will offer an in-depth look at the university and campus life for prospective students and their families at an all-day event on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Close to 5,000 visitors are expected at the University of Waterloo's fall open house - mostly on the main campus, with some at Waterloo's school of architecture in Cambridge and school of pharmacy in Kitchener. The event is held as students are making up their minds about which universities best suit their needs.

"This on-campus event gives future students and their families the opportunity to participate in activities that will increase their interest and level of commitment to the University of Waterloo," said Kim McKee, manager of Waterloo's visitors centre. "The day showcases the university's academic strengths, world-leading co-op program, student life and leadership opportunities. Visitors can take a walking tour of the campus and speak with our student ambassadors about their personal Waterloo community experience."

The open house runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with tours starting from the Student Life Centre (SLC). Information booths will be open all day long. More detailed academic presentations will be offered by the various faculties.

Parents can stop by the parents' corner in the SLC for tips on how to help with the process of applying to universities.

The day includes residence tours and visits to the colleges. The future students are invited to eat in the the SCL's food services outlets and browse in the bookstore and the University of Waterloo shop. Free parking is offered all day in half a dozen main campus lots.

Students who favour the University of Waterloo and decide to apply will be encouraged to attend the March break open house, an event aimed at those who have applied for admission in September 2011.

For further details on this week's open house, visit www.findoutmore.uwaterloo.ca/visitus/fallopenhouse.php.

About Waterloo

The University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, is one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities. Waterloo is home to 30,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated to making the future better and brighter. Waterloo, known for the largest post- secondary co-operative education program in the world, supports enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. For more information about Waterloo, visit www.uwaterloo.ca.


Kim McKee, manager, visitors centre, 519-888-4567 ext. 35732;

Julie Kalbfleisch, marketing and undergraduate recruitment,
519-888-4567 ext. 35447

John Morris, Waterloo media relations, 519-888-4435 or jmorris@uwaterloo.ca

Waterloo news release no. 85

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