The COVID-19 pandemic has made several items listed below subject to change. We’ll be updating this page as soon as new information becomes available.

Helpful links: University of Waterloo Information on COVID-19Required CoursesStudent Success Online Learning (STEM), Getting Ready to Learn Online, and Centre for Extended Learning - Learn Online.

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to the Faculty of Science! Congratulations on your admission and decision to attend the University of Waterloo. We want to provide you with information and connect you with resources to be successful as you begin studies this Fall.  

Grab your beakers and buckle your seat belts because you're about to start an amazing journey! 

Timeline and Checklist (Exact dates are subject to change)


 Apply for residenceEarly May, 2020

 Prepare to Apply for Residence (suggested)

Submit your Residence Community Ranking Form and deposit by June 1, 2020 to guarantee a room in an on-campus residence.


Waterloo ReadyJune 8, 2020

Get Waterloo Ready! 

Waterloo Ready is a new program to help you prepare for becoming a Waterloo Warrior! You’ll get to connect with other students, prepare academically, and learn about what to expect in your first year.

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June 22, 2020

Activate your UWaterloo Email

Beginning June 22, all messages from the University of Waterloo will be sent to your new Waterloo Email address. After this date, you must activate your UWaterloo email account. Step 1: Change your password through WatIAM, Step 2: Access your Office 365 account.

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Apply for OSAP (suggested; if applicable)

The 2020-2021 applications for full-time students will open in the spring (April to June). Apply early to get an estimate of the amount of grants and loans you can receive. For any questions about OSAP and any other provincial funding, please refer to our Student Awards & Financial Aid homepage. If you are coming from outside of Ontario and within Canada, look up your out of province student aid here.

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Get to Know your Advisors

You will find your first year academic advisors in the Science Undergraduate Office.


Select your coursesJuly 1, 2020

Select your courses

Review your required courses and familiarize yourself with course selection. Course selection is between June 30 and July 9, 2020. The process is not first-come, first-served.

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Review and Accept your Residence Contract (if applicable)

Residence contracts will be sent to your UWaterloo email account starting on July 7 and running until as late as mid-August. You must accept the residence contract by the assigned deadline specified on your contract.

Waterloo Ready Science WebinarJuly 8, 2020

Participate in the Waterloo Ready Science Webinar

Save the date for Wednesday, July 8 to learn more about the academic life of a Science student at Waterloo. You’ll also get to meet some of your classmates virtually and learn from our upper-year students at this event.

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Confirm Your Transfer Credits (suggested and if applicable)

If you have high school transfer credits (e.g. IB (International Baccalaureate), AP (Advanced Placement), A-levels, or CAPE unit 2 courses), now is the time to ensure you have sent your final grades to the Registrar’s Office.

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Your UWaterloo instructors will use LEARN to give you access to some of your course materials, and is a tool for submitting assignments and completing quizzes LEARN is a component of on-campus courses and a platform for exclusively online courses. As a new Science student, you will be added to a community called “SciSpace”. This is where you will get the latest opportunities, reminders, or events related to the Faculty of Science.


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Become Fees Arranged

Fall fees will be posted to your Quest account in late-July. The fee payment deadline is August 25, 2020.

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Explore UWaterloo Portal

UWaterloo Portal is your digital assistant for all the information you need to make life easier on campus. Download the UWaterloo Portal app and customize your experience.

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Complete WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)

All students in the Faculty of Science must complete WHMIS before their first lab. Students can enrol on LEARN through the "Self-Registration" link and selecting the course "Student Safety Orientation / WHMIS 2015". Be sure to print your certificate or proof of completion and bring it to each of your labs!


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Attend Virtual Orientation

Orientation will take place online from September 1 to September 7. We encourage all incoming students to participate in Orientation as it's a great way to get involved with the Faculty of Science community and to meet new friends! An email in mid-August will be sent by the University to invite students to register for virtual Orientation. 

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Blue Goggle Calculator (Fall 2020 Update #2):

For updates about calculator usage and distribution, please visit our Blue Goggle Calculator page.

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September 24 and 25, 2020

WUSA Clubs and Societies Days (suggested)

Looking to get involved? Check out the numerous clubs and societies at the University of Waterloo! There are over 250 clubs offered by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) and you can learn more about many of them at this event, in the Student Life Centre (SLC) Great Hall.

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Select your Winter 2021 Courses

Please monitor the important dates page for updates regarding dates for course selection. Your required courses will already be selected for you. Your academic advisor will provide more details and, let you know if anything else is needed.