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How to Apply for Full-Time Studies

Because Renison students are University of Waterloo students too, our admissions process is the same as the University of Waterloo’s.

If you will be a full-time on-campus student, you will apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Center (OUAC). For more information on how to apply through OUAC, including application tips, check out the University of Waterloo's How to apply guidelines.

To find out the specific requirements for you, check out the University of Waterloo’s Admissions Requirements for all programs.

Interested in Part-Time, Online, or Other Study Schedules?

Are you looking to weave your studies seamlessly into your daily life, perhaps through online, part-time, or non-degree studies? Maybe you’re interested in a degree program at Renison, but need to complete a few last prerequisites through post-degree studies before you can apply. Or maybe you’re interested in finding out more about the readmission process, so that you can finish a degree you started previously.

If you are interested in online, part-time, post-degree, non-degree studies, or readmission, the process may be different from the full-time process described above. More information can be found below and on the University of Waterloo's Part-time and online studies page.

    Make Renison Your Home Campus

    Students who choose Renison as their home campus gain access to all of our on-campus services and resources, including our Registrar's Office, in addition to those available at the University of Waterloo.

    See program-specific instructions below for how to choose Renison as your home campus!

    Application Deadlines

    Application deadlines vary depending on which term your program will begin. While most full-time on-campus students begin in the fall, there are additional options depending on your program. 

    Renison offers winter and spring intakes for post-degree, part-time (on-campus and online), and full-time online programs.

    Renison follows Waterloo’s application deadline timeline. View application deadlines on Waterloo's website for prospective students.

    Applying for Co-op

    Co-op gives you an opportunity to gain real life job experience while you are still a University of Waterloo student. It alternates 4 months of study with 4 months of work. This provides a huge number of benefits to you, including: earning income while you're a student, the chance to try out up to 6 different jobs, the potential for employment upon your graduation, and resume building. The University of Waterloo has the largest co-op program in the world, and is connected to over 4500 employers worldwide! Learn more about co-op across the University of Waterloo. 

    Admission Information Form

    The Admission Information Form (AIF) is a document that gives you the opportunity to tell us a bit more about yourself and your extracurricular activities. It also gives you a chance to brag about yourself!

    How the AIF is considered in your application varies depending on the program. Some programs require it, some recommend it, and some leave it up to you! We recommend checking your specific program admission requirements for details on how the AIF will factor into your application.

    Further Questions

    If you have a question about any of our programs or the admissions process, feel free to contact our general admissions email:

    For questions specific to SDS, Honours Arts, and Honours Arts & Business Admissions, please contact Margaret Girodat at or 519.884.4404 ext. 28638.