Application process  

Applications for September 2023 admission are now available July 13 - Sept 30, 2022. 

Please note that the on-line application will NOT be available from September 7 - 15, 2022 (inclusive).  It will re-open on September 16 to  September 30, 2022.

The earliest you can apply is the summer between second and third year.  You would apply the year before you would begin (e.g. in July 2022 to start in September 2023). 

The first step of a formal application to the Optometry program is to apply online using the University of Waterloo/Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) application Select Programs | OUAC | University of Waterloo - School of Optometry

You will apply on-line in the year before you wish to enter the Optometry program.

For entry to the program in September of a given year, the on-line application and payment must be submitted before the application deadline in the preceding year, however, apply early. Dates for the current year are posted on the important dates page.

In the academic background section, you need to enter the date of your undergraduate degree or last term.  If you will be in school in winter 2023, then enter April 2023. 

In the section for transcripts, only universities in Ontario can be ordered here.  If you attend(ed) university outside Ontario, you must order the transcript from your school. Please see our section on transcripts for more information.

The online system will collect

  • Program Choice: September 2023 entry in to Optometry
  • Personal Information: Basic identification, citizenship, OAT status etc.
  • Postal and E-mail Addresses
  • Post-secondary Academic Background
  • Transcripts: If you are attending an Ontario university:
    • You must use the on-line system to request your current university transcripts. There is an extra fee.
    • See the transcripts requirements page for more details.

Application fee

The non-refundable application fee, $215, is paid when completing the on-line application. If applicable, there is an extra fee for requesting Ontario university transcripts.

Please note that the on-line application will NOT be available from September 7 - 15, 2022 (inclusive).  It will re-open on September 16 to  September 30, 2022.

After you submit online

Once you have submitted the on-line application and the fee, within a week you will receive an email from the OUAC. This email will confirm your on-line application.

Then within two weeks you will receive an email from Waterloo regarding the second step with your Waterloo ID# and information on how to access and complete the Admission Information Form (AIF).  The AIF form is where you will indicate the names and emails of your references.