Important Dates 2016 - 2017

(September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017)

This chart was last updated on May 31, 2017.

Terms and deadlines Fall 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2017
Course selection period
 

Returning Waterloo students:
May 20-30

New Waterloo students:
July 5-11

Sept. 21-27, 2016

Jan. 24-31

WatCard ID Cards

WatCard ID cards for new students will be available for pick up during regular business hours starting July 14 and onwards at the WatCard service desk in Campus Tech, Student Life Centre. Save time and upload your photo in advance. View the WatCard website for details.

July 14

Not applicable Not applicable
 

Drop/add period begins

View appointment time for the beginning of drop/add.

New Waterloo students:
July 21


Returning Waterloo students:
July 25

Nov. 21, 2016

Mar. 27

Fees due date

If you are not "Fees Arranged", your access to LEARN may be affected. View more information.

Aug. 24 Dec. 13, 2016 Apr. 24

Late fees begin

View more information.

Aug. 25 Dec. 14, 2016 Apr. 25

Co-operative work term begins

Actual dates may vary depending on employer or student requirements.

Aug. 29 Jan. 2 May 1

WatCard Services

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. Open extended hours during Labour Day weekend. View the WatCard website for details.

Sept. 3-5

Not applicable Not applicable

Orientation week

View Orientation website for students enrolling for the first time at Waterloo

Sept. 4-10

Jan. 2-6

Apr. 30 to May 5

Labour Day

University holiday

Sept. 5

Not applicable

Not applicable

New Year's Day (January 1 Observance)

University holiday

Not applicable Jan. 2 Not applicable
Lectures or classes begin at Laurier Sept. 8 Jan. 3 May 1
Lectures or classes begin at UWaterloo

Sept. 8

Thursday schedule

Jan. 3 May 1

Social Work dates may differ.

New Waterloo students WINTER term English Language Proficiency exam date

View the Writing and Communication Centre website

Not applicable Jan. 13 Not applicable

Last day to select examination centres for online courses.

View in Quest.

Sept. 18 Jan. 15 May 14

Add period ends

Sept. 21 Jan. 16 May 12

New Waterloo Science students FALL term English Language Proficiency exam dates

View the Writing and Communication Centre website

Sept. 23-24 Not applicable Not applicable

New Waterloo Engineering students FALL term English Language Proficiency exam date

View the Writing and Communication Centre website

Sept. 24 Not applicable Not applicable

New Waterloo Arts students in programs from GBDA, AFM, and CFM departments, FALL term English Language Proficiency exam date

View the Writing and Communication Centre website

Sept. 24 Not applicable Not applicable

Drop, no penalty period ends

Deadline to withdraw from courses with 100% tuition refund.

Sept. 28 Jan. 23 May 19

Drop, penalty 1 period begins

WD (Withdrew, no credit granted) grade assigned for course(s) dropped during this period

Sept. 29 Jan. 24 May 20

Thanksgiving Day

University holiday

Oct. 10 Not applicable Not applicable

Study Days

Co-operative employment interviews may continue during this period.

*Fall term study days also known as “Fall Break”

*Winter term study days also known as “Reading Week”

Oct. 11-12 Feb. 20-24 Not applicable

Make-up day for October 11

The loss of a Tuesday class on October 11 (study day) will be made up by following a Tuesday schedule on October 13.

Oct. 13

Tuesday schedule used
Not applicable Not applicable

Make-up day for October 12

The loss of a Wednesday class on October 12 (study day) will be made up by following a Wednesday schedule on October 14.

Oct. 14

Wednesday schedule used
Not applicable Not applicable

Victoria Day

University holiday

Not applicable Not applicable May 22

Make-up day for one holiday Monday in the spring term

To balance the days, the loss of one holiday Monday class during the spring term will be made up by following a Monday schedule on May 23.

Not applicable Not applicable

May 23

Monday schedule used

Final exam schedules released

View on-campus and online schedules.

Oct. 19 Feb. 8 May 31

Opportunity to adjust your online course exam location

View "How do I view my online course exam schedule?"

Oct. 19-24 Feb 8-20 May 31-June 12

Fall 2016 Convocation

View the Convocation web page.

Oct. 21-22 Not applicable Not applicable

Spring 2017 Convocation

View the Convocation web page.

Not applicable Not applicable June 13-17
Last day for online students to change their examination location. Oct. 24 Feb. 20 June 12

Family Day

University holiday

Not applicable Feb. 20 Not applicable

Deadline for 50% tuition refund

View  Student Financial Services  website

Oct. 26 Feb. 21 June 16

Fee arrangement deadline

A "Late Fees Arrangement" form required to become fees arranged after these dates.

Oct. 31 Jan. 31 June 30

Canada Day

University holiday

Not applicable Not applicable July 3

Drop, penalty 1 period ends

WD (Withdrew, no credit granted) grade assigned for course(s) dropped

Nov. 18 Mar. 17 July 7

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. 19 Mar. 18 July 8
Lectures or classes end Dec. 5 Apr. 3 July 25

Make-up day for October 10

The loss of a Monday class on October 10 (Thanksgiving Day) will be made up by following a Monday schedule on December 5.

Dec. 5

Monday schedule used

Not applicable Not applicable
Pre-examination study days Dec. 6-7 Apr. 4-6 July 26-27

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. 6 July 27

Remaining eligible students FALL and WINTER terms English Language Proficiency exam dates

View the Writing and Communication Centre website

Dec. 7 Apr. 6 Not applicable
On-campus examinations begin Dec. 8 Apr. 7 July 28
Grades due Dec. 8 to Jan. 3, 2017 Apr. 7 to May 2 July 28 to Aug. 29
Online course examination days Dec. 9-10 Apr. 7-8 July 28-29

Good Friday

University holiday

Not applicable Apr. 14 Not applicable

Civic Day

University holiday

Not applicable Not applicable Aug. 7

Co-operative work term ends

Actual dates may vary depending on employer or student requirements

Dec. 16 Apr. 28 Aug. 25
On-campus examinations end Dec. 22 Apr. 25 Aug. 11

Unofficial grades begin to appear in Quest.

Beginning this date, registered students can view their unofficial term grades in Quest. (Not all grades will appear.)

Dec. 23 Apr. 26 Aug. 14

University holiday closure

University holidays

Dec. 24-31 Jan. 1-2 Not applicable

Standings and official grades are available in Quest.

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. 20, 2017 May 19 Sept. 22

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