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students dancing secret science dance

As a symbol of Science student pride, every first-year class learns their own, unique Secret Science Dance during Orientation Week in September.

Get involved. Have fun. Do it your way.

As a Waterloo student you'll have the chance to get involved and have fun in a variety of different ways. Whatever you're looking for, there are like-minded people who share your interests.


What's the first thing you'll do when you get to campus? ORIENTATION! This is the best opportunity for you to meet new friends, get involved, and just show off your mad scientastic team-building skills. Get ready for a week of fun, dancing, winning trophies, and laughter. We can't wait to see you in the Fall!


Access study spaces, labs, and more

science students in teaching complex Starbucks

The Starbucks in the Science Teaching Complex is a common meeting place for students and faculty members.

Located in the heart of campus, our new 5-storey Science Teaching Complex will feel like home, with classrooms, learning laboratories, social and study spaces, a coffee shop, and more. This is just one of 9 Science-affiliated buildings that will be yours to explore. 

Get empowered for success

The Student Success Office believes that success looks different to everyone and there isn’t one right answer. Through offerings such as the writing centre, success coaching, workshops and programs for first year students, international students as well as a strong support for student innovation, the Student Success Office is here to help you find your way.