Important dates 2015 - 2016

(September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016)

Terms and deadlines Fall 2015 Winter 2016 Spring 2016
Course selection week (formerly known as pre-enrolment course selection week)
 

Returning Waterloo students:
March 4 - 10


New Waterloo students:
July 7 - 13

All students:
July 30 - Aug 7

All students:
Jan 22 - Feb 1
 

WatCard ID cards for new students will be available for pickup during regular business hours starting July 17 and onwards at the WatCard service desk in Campus Tech, Student Life Centre. Save time and upload your photo in advance. See WatCard website for details.

July 17

Not applicable Not applicable
 

Drop/add period begins

View appointment time for the beginning of drop/add.

New Waterloo students:
July 23


Returning Waterloo students:
July 27

Nov. 23 Mar 28
Co-operative work term begins - Actual dates may vary depending on employer or student requirements Aug. 31 Jan. 4 May 2
Fees due date: If you are not Fees Arranged, your access to LEARN may be affected. Aug. 27 Dec. 10, 2015 Apr. 25
Late fees begin Aug. 28 Dec. 11, 2015 Apr. 26

Students enrolling for the first time and arriving on campus can obtain their WatCard ID card from the WatCard service desk in Campus Tech, Student Life Centre. Extended hours during Sept. 6 - 11. See WatCard website for details.

Sept. 6 - 11

Not applicable Not applicable
Orientation week for students enrolling for the first time at Waterloo Sept. 6 - 12 Jan. 3 - 8 May 1 - 6
University holiday: Labour Day Sept. 7

Not applicable

Not applicable
English Language Proficiency Exam Dates (ELPE) See the Writing Centre website

Fall 2015
ELPE for new Waterloo Science students: Sept. 25
ELPE for new Waterloo Engineering students: Sept. 26
ELPE for new Waterloo Arts students in programs from these departments GBDA, AFM, and CFM: Sept. 26
ELPE for new Waterloo Applied Health Sciences students and remaining eligible students: Dec. 7

Winter 2016
ELPE for new Waterloo Science students: January 15
ELPE for remaining eligible students: April 7
See dates below See dates below Not applicable
University holiday: New Year's Day Not applicable Jan. 1 Not applicable
Lectures or classes begin at Laurier Sept. 10 Jan. 4 May 2
Lectures or classes begin at UWaterloo Sept. 14 Jan. 4 May 2
(Social Work dates may differ - see Renison dates (pdf))
Last day to select examination centres for online courses on Quest Sept. 20 Jan. 17 May 15

Add period ends

Sept. 25 Jan. 15 May 13
Drop, no penalty period ends
Deadline to withdraw from courses with 100% tuition refund
Oct. 2 Jan. 22 May 20
Drop, penalty 1 period begins: WD (Withdrew, no credit granted) grade assigned for course(s) dropped during this period Oct. 3 Jan. 23 May 21
University holiday: Victoria Day Not applicable Not applicable May 23
University holiday: Thanksgiving Day Oct. 12 Not applicable Not applicable
On-campus final exam schedule posted Oct. 21 Feb. 11 June 8
Online exam schedule released. Online students can view their exam schedule on Quest to verify that details are correct. See "How do I view my online course exam schedule?"

Oct. 21
 

Feb. 11 June 8
Opportunity to adjust online course exam location Oct. 21 - Nov. 2 Feb. 11 - Feb. 29 June 8 - 27
University holiday: Family Day Not applicable Feb. 15 Not applicable
Reading week: Co-operative employment interviews may continue during this period. Not applicable Feb. 15-19 Not applicable
Spring 2016 convocation Not applicable Not applicable June 14 - 18
Deadline for 50% tuition refund Oct. 30 Feb. 19 June 17
Fall 2015 convocation Oct. 23, 24 Not applicable Not applicable
Petition to the Registrar to Register Late form required to become fees arranged after these dates Oct. 31 Jan. 31 June 30
University holiday: Canada Day Not applicable Not applicable July 1
Last day for online students to change their examination location. Nov. 2 Feb. 29 June 27

Drop, penalty 1 period ends: WD (Withdrew, no credit granted) grade assigned for course(s) dropped

Nov. 20 Mar. 18 July 8

Drop, penalty 2 period begins: WF (Withdrew/Failure, no credit granted, value 32) grade assigned for course(s) dropped (Engineering students: Visit course load and withdrawal in the calendar for specific regulations.)

Nov. 21 Mar. 19 July 9
Make-up day in fall term: The loss of a Monday class on Thanksgiving Day (October 12) will be made up by following a Monday schedule on Saturday, November 21.

Nov. 21

Monday schedule used

Not applicable Not applicable
University holiday: Good Friday Not applicable Mar. 25 Not applicable
Make-up day in winter term: The loss of a Friday class on Good Friday (March 25) will be made up by following a Friday schedule on Monday, April 4. Not applicable Apr. 4

Friday schedule used
Not applicable

Make-up day in spring term: The loss of a Monday class on Victoria Day (May 23) will be made up by following a Monday schedule on Monday, July 25.

Not applicable Not applicable July 25

Monday schedule used
Make-up day in spring term: The loss of a Friday class on Canada Day (July 1) will be made up by following a Friday schedule on Tuesday, July 26. Not applicable Not applicable July 26

Friday schedule used
Lectures or classes end Dec. 4 Apr. 4 July 26
Grades due Dec. 8 - Jan. 3, 2016 Apr. 8 - May 1 July 27 - Aug 29
Pre-examination study days Dec. 5, 6, 7 Apr. 5, 6, 7 July 27 - Aug. 1
University holiday: Civic Holiday Not applicable Not applicable Aug. 1
Drop, penalty 2 period ends: WF (Withdrew/Failure, no credit granted, value 32) grade assigned for course(s) dropped; last day to drop a course without a petition Dec. 7 Apr. 7 Aug. 1
On-campus examinations begin Dec. 8 Apr. 8 Aug. 2
Online class examination days Dec. 11, 12 Apr. 8, 9 Aug. 5, 6
On-campus examinations end Dec. 22 Apr. 23 Aug. 13
Co-operative Work Term ends:  Actual dates may vary depending on employer or student requirements Dec. 18 Apr. 29 Aug. 26

Unofficial Grades begin to appear in Quest: Beginning this date, registered students can view their unofficial term grades in Quest (this means not all grades may appear)

Dec. 23 Apr. 25 Aug. 15
University holidays: Closure for the holiday season Dec. 24-31 Not applicable Not applicable
Standings and official grades are available in Quest (fully graded date). Beginning this date, registered students can view their official term grades in Quest. This is the date when official and complete term grades will appear along with academic standings and when official transcripts that have been ordered will be released. Averages do not appear on the official transcript. Jan. 22, 2016 May 20 Sept 21

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