Admission requirements

Required Courses

  • Grade 12 U English (at least 75% normally required) 

Admissions Average: Low 80s

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Courses for Success
These courses will help you succeed in your studies at Waterloo but do not affect admissions:

  • Grade 12 U or M courses from Canadian and World Studies
  • Mathematics
  • and/or Science, preferably Biology or Earth and Space Science

How to apply

All applicants must apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). Visit our Find Out More website for application deadlines.


If you're a full-time high school student in Ontario or British Columbia, your marks will be sent to us automatically. All other applicants should submit high school and college/university transcripts (if applicable) by early March. Transcripts should be sent to:

Office of the Registrar
Needles Hall
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo ON N2L 3G1

Transfer students

In Planning, a student can generally transfer up to a year's worth of university-level courses (if the student has taken most of Planning's first-year core courses). Please note that transfer credits are awarded only after the student has been admitted to the University of Waterloo.