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Important dates 2015–2016

(September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016)

Terms and deadlinesFall 2015Winter 2016Spring 2016
Returning Waterloo students: Course selection week

formerly known as pre-enrolment course selection week

Mar 4 to Mar 10, 2015

Jul 30 to Aug 7, 2015

Jan 22 to Feb 1, 2016

New Waterloo students: Course selection week

formerly known as pre-enrolment course selection week

Jul 7 to Jul 13, 2015

Jul 30 to Aug 7, 2015

Jan 22 to Feb 1, 2016

WatCard ID cards for new students available

The cards can be picked up 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.

Jul 17, 2015

Not applicableNot applicable
New Waterloo students: Drop/add period beginsJul 23, 2015


Nov 23, 2015


Mar 28, 2016


Returning Waterloo students: Drop/add period beginsJul 27, 2015


Nov 23, 2015


Mar 28, 2016


Fees due date

If you are not Fees Arranged, your access to LEARN may be affected.

Aug 27, 2015

Dec 10, 2015

Apr 25, 2016

Late fees begin

Visit the student accounts page for more information.

Aug 28, 2015

Dec 11, 2015

Apr 26, 2016

University holiday: New Year's Day

For more information, see the Human Resources website.

Not applicableJan 1, 2016

Not applicable
Co-operative work term begins

Actual dates may vary depending on employer or student requirements

Aug 31, 2015

Jan 4, 2016

May 2, 2016

Orientation week

Orientation week for students enrolling for the first time at Waterloo

Sep 6 to Sep 12, 2015

Jan 3 to Jan 8, 2016

May 1 to May 6, 2016

Students enrolling for the first time can obtain their WatCard ID card from the WatCard service desk in CampusTech, Student Life Centre. Extended hours during Sept. 6 - 11.

See WatCard website for details.

Sep 6 to Sep 11, 2015

Not applicableNot applicable
University holiday: Labour DaySep 7, 2015

Not applicableNot applicable
Lectures/classes begin at LaurierSep 10, 2015


Jan 4, 2016


May 2, 2016


Lectures/classes begin at UWaterlooSep 14, 2015


Jan 4, 2016


May 2, 2016

(Social Work dates may differ - see Renison dates)



Last day to select examination centres for online courses

on Quest

Sep 20, 2015

Jan 17, 2016

May 15, 2016

Add period endsSep 25, 2015


Jan 15, 2016


May 13, 2016


ELPE for new Waterloo Science students

See the Writing Centre website for details.

Sep 25, 2015

Jan 15, 2016

Not applicable
ELPE for new Waterloo Arts students in programs from these departments GBDA, AFM, and CFM

See the Writing Centre website for details.

Sep 26, 2015

Not applicableNot applicable
ELPE for new Waterloo Engineering students

See the Writing Centre website for details.

Sep 26, 2015

Not applicableNot applicable
Drop, no penalty period endsOct 2, 2015

Jan 22, 2016

May 20, 2016

Drop, penalty 1 period begins

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

Oct 3, 2015

Jan 23, 2016

May 21, 2016

University holiday: Thanksgiving DayOct 12, 2015

Not applicableNot applicable
University holiday: Victoria DayNot applicableNot applicableMay 23, 2016

On-campus final exam schedule postedOct 21, 2015

Feb 11, 2016

Jun 8, 2016

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, 2015

Feb 11, 2016

Jun 8, 2016

Opportunity to adjust online course exam location

See how to adjust online course exam location here.

Oct 21 to Nov 2, 2015

Feb 11 to Mar 9, 2016

Jun 8 to Jun 27, 2016

Fall 2015 convocation

For more information, visit the Registrar's Office website.

Oct 23 to Oct 24, 2015

Not applicableNot applicable
Reading week

Co-operative employment interviews may continue during this period.

Not applicableFeb 15 to Feb 19, 2016

Not applicable
University holiday: Family DayNot applicableFeb 15, 2016


Not applicable
Spring 2016 convocation

For more information, please visit the Registrar's Office website.

Not applicableNot applicableJun 14 to Jun 18, 2016

Deadline for 50% tuition refund

For more information, visit the Student Accounts website.

Oct 30, 2015

Feb 19, 2016

Jun 17, 2016

Petition to the Registrar to Register Late form required to become fees arranged after these datesOct 31, 2015

Jan 31, 2016

Jun 30, 2016

Last day for online students to change their examination locationNov 2, 2015


Feb 29, 2016


Jun 27, 2016


University holiday: Canada Day

For more information, visit the Human Resources website.

Not applicableNot applicableJul 1, 2016

Drop, penalty 1 period ends

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

Nov 20, 2015

Mar 18, 2016

Jul 8, 2016

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, 2015

Mar 19, 2016

Jul 9, 2016

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, 2015

Not applicableNot applicable
University holiday: Good Friday

For more information, please visit the Human Resources website.

Not applicableMar 25, 2016

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 applicableNot applicableJul 25, 2016

Lectures/classes endDec 4, 2015


Apr 4, 2016


Jul 26, 2016


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 applicableApr 4, 2016

Not applicable
Make-up Day in spring term #2

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 applicableNot applicableJul 26, 2016

Pre-examination study daysDec 5 to Dec 7, 2015


Apr 5 to Apr 7, 2016


Jul 27 to Aug 1, 2016


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, 2015

Apr 7, 2016

Aug 1, 2016

ELPE for new Waterloo Applied Health Sciences students and remaining eligible students

See the Writing Centre website for details.

Dec 7, 2015

Not applicableNot applicable
University holiday: Civic Holiday

For more information, please visit the Human Resources website.

Not applicableNot applicableAug 1, 2016

On-campus examinations beginDec 8, 2015


Apr 8, 2016


Aug 2, 2016


Online class examination daysDec 11 to Dec 12, 2015


Apr 8 to Apr 9, 2016


Aug 5 to Aug 6, 2016


Co-operative Work Term ends

Actual dates may vary depending on employer or student requirements

Dec 18, 2015

Apr 29, 2016

Aug 26, 2016

On-campus examinations endDec 22, 2015


Apr 23, 2016


Aug 13, 2016


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, 2015

Apr 25, 2016

Aug 15, 2016

University holidays: Closure for the holiday season

For more information, please visit the Human Resources website.

Dec 24 to Dec 31, 2015

Not applicableNot applicable
Standings and official grades available in Quest (fully graded date)

Beginning this date, registered students can view their official term grades in Quest; date when official and complete term grades will appear along with academic standings; this is the date when official transcripts that have been ordered will be released. Averages do not appear on the official transcript.

Jan 22, 2016

May 20, 2016

Sep 21, 2016