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University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo Undergraduate Admissions Webpage

minimum admission requirements

  • High School diploma with 4 academic courses at the Grade 12 level.
  • Provincial exams are not required, except for Grade 12 English.
  • If you write a provincial exam, your better grade – either your in-class school grade or your final grade (blended school and exam mark) – will be used for admission and scholarship decisions.
  • For Grade 12 English, your final grade (blended school and exam mark) will be used.
  • Courses such as Law 12, Comparative Civilizations 12, and Social Justice 12 are acceptable academic courses for admission consideration.

repeated courses

  • For all programs, repeated courses may be reviewed during the admissions process.
  • The admission average for all programs will be calculated using the highest Grade 12 U or M mark in a repeated subject.
  • On your Admissions Information Form (AIF), you’ll be asked to comment on repeated courses. We’ll provide you with instructions about the AIF once you’ve applied to the University of Waterloo.
  • For Faculty of Engineering programs, including Software Engineering and excluding Architecture, you may have 3 to 5 percentage marks (3% – 5%) deducted from your total overall admission average, and you might not be considered for Faculty of Engineering Entrance Scholarships.
  • For Faculty of Mathematics programs, your overall admission score may be adjusted for each Grade 12 course that is repeated.
  • For all other faculties and programs, including Architecture, each case will be given individual consideration when the admission decision is made.