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How To Apply - New Applicants to Degree Studies

System Upgrade: The application system will be unavailable from October 2 at 11:15 p.m. until October 6, 2016 for system upgrading.

If you do not complete and submit your application, with payment, before October 2nd you will need to begin the process again (“Create a New” account) once the applications re-open on October 6, 2016. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Application and Document Deadline Periods for New Students
Applications Accepted Starting
Application Deadline
Documents Deadline
Winter 2017
July 4, 2016
November 4, 2016
December 2, 2016
Spring 2017 July 4, 2016 March 3, 2017 March 31, 2017
Fall 2017
October 6, 2016
June 30, 2017
August 4, 2017

The following information is for applicants wishing to pursue a degree at the University of Waterloo.

Documents Required for Applicants to Degree Studies
Documents When Required
Online Application Always
Admission Information Form (online) Always
Official* high school transcripts (including high school courses you have taken after high school graduation) Always (even if you have not completed your high school diploma)
Official* transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended (colleges and universities) If you have taken any courses from a college or university

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions attended to the Registrar's Office. Please allow 4-6 weeks for their delivery.

The Application Cost:

There is a non-refundable processing fee of $85.00 CAD for each application. There may also be additional costs for students applying from outside of Canada and for transcripts that are ordered at the time of application. Payment can be made by VISA, MasterCard, Internet or telephone banking (Canadian banks only), cheque, or money order. Your application will not be forwarded to the University of Waterloo until all required fees have been received, therefore paying by cheque or money order will delay receipt of your application at the University of Waterloo.

The Application Process:

Before completing the Online Application, please review the following:

  1. You must apply and access the application using the link in step 4 below. All applications are processed through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). You will receive a confirmation email from OUAC immediately after applying. Subsequently your application will be sent to the University of Waterloo, providing full payment has been received. You cannot access the online Degree Program Application by going directly to the OUAC website.

  2. Official transcripts from most universities and colleges in Ontario can be ordered while completing your Online Application. You will need to arrange for all other official transcripts to be sent to the address below. This can take up to 6 weeks. Please ensure that your OUAC number is attached to all information.

    Office of the Registrar
    University of Waterloo
    200 University Ave. W
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1

  3. Within two weeks of submitting your Online Application and payment, you will receive your Waterloo Student Identification Number by email. This will include information about completing your Admission Information Form (AIF), which is your chance to tell us more about yourself and what you have done beyond the classroom. The AIF can also explain any special circumstances that may have affected your grades and/or which you would like taken into consideration during the admissions process.

  4. You are now ready to complete Application.
    NOTE: this system will be unavailable from Oct 2 - 6, 2016 for upgrades.

If you need assistance, please contact the Waterloo Registrar's Office at 519-888-4567, ext. 33548 or by email.


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