Quick Admissions Update

A few final round admission offers have now made it out from our university but be assured that many more will be processed over the next week.  It is my understanding that many staff members are working throughout the weekend to expedite the process.  I expect that all offers will be communicated by the end of next week at the latest.

We have been working around the clock to make admission decisions and to communicate them.  The image below is an image of the parking lot when I left the university last night at 12:47 am.  It was the first time I have every seen an empty parking lot on campus and I have worked many late nights over my career at the University of Waterloo.

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Usually, we manage to get out engineering admission offers to all Ontario Secondary School students by the 2nd Friday in May but we ran into some issues that delayed processing.  Please be patient with our staff.  They are doing the best they can under very difficult circumstances.  It is a huge effort to code and communicate all of the admission offers for our university.

My best advice is to try to focus on your studies and other activities.  Knowing the answer as soon as it appears on Quest will not change the outcome.  Knowing the answer a few days earlier shouldn’t change your decision.  I suspect most applicants already know what decision they will make if they get accepted and what decision they will make if they get denied.

Of course, if you are still on the fence, we will have an event on campus called You@Waterloo Day that will give admitted students another opportunity to visit the campus with their families and learn more about university life.  You will hear more about You@Waterloo Day after receiving admission to the university.  I am scheduled to be on campus for the entire event to help answer questions.  I look forward to meeting with you.

32 thoughts on “Quick Admissions Update”

    1. All faculties get indirectly affected when one is delayed. It is my understanding that engineering was delaying the entire process, unfortunately. It is not at all clear when everything will appear on Quest. I encourage every applicant to be patient.

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      1. Hi Professor Bishop!

        I am wondering if all entrance scholarships are mentioned in the letter of offer or if a separate email is sent later? Thank you in advance!

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    1. Applicants will likely know when decisions have been released before I do. I am not part of the coding process so I cannot say exactly when offers of admission and rejection letters will appear. I heard that admission offers were being received through multiple posts on Reddit, much the same way that most applicants find out. Be patient and hope for the best.

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    1. I cannot answer this question but remember that we do not have a “cutoff” average for our programs. We do individual selection. Please be patient. I expect decisions to continue to roll out over the next couple of weeks.

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  1. A lot of people from my school have been accepted into engineering except for me and I was wondering if that meant I was rejected. Also, I was wondering the approximate amount of spots available for syde this year considering the number of applicants significantly increased last year and einfo says the enrollment is just 90.

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  2. Hi Professor Bishop,
    Apparently the scholarship for engineering in may round has been sent, but not for those who received an offer in march. So I was wondering approximately when they will receive the scholarships? Thanks!

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    1. Scholarships eventually appear on your Quest account. There is a good discussion on Reddit about where to find your scholarship information on Quest. For brevity, I will not repeat it here.

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  3. Hi professor Bishop! I was just wondering whether there is a particular order in which acceptances are given out. Thank you!

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  4. Hello sir, do you know if Software Engineering gives deferrals to second engineering program choices such as Computer Engineering?

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  5. I recently got an offer of admission for Mechanical engineering. I was wondering, how hard is it to transfer to Mechatronics?

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  6. Hi Professor William Bishop!
    I was wondering if all of the rejections would also be out by the end of this week. Also, how would one know if they got waitlisted? Are admissions rolling for this week or will they come out as one big wave as they did on Friday?

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  7. Hey Professor,
    I am wondering if the Suncor Emerging Leaders scholarship has been announced yet. If not when can we expect it.

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    1. I believe all scholarship decisions should now appear on Quest. We had a very large number of highly-qualified students apply for the Suncor Emerging Leaders scholarship this year.

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    1. Some deflections have already been made and others are likely still in the queue. It is my understanding that rejections only come out once all admission offers have been made. Some offers still need to go out tomorrow for sure.

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  8. Hi Professor Bishop,
    I applied to Software Engineering and still haven’t herd back. How much of a role does sports and part time employment play into admissions?

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    1. Part-time employment can play a small role for applicants applying from a jurisdiction where employment is possible. We understand that applicants from certain countries are ineligible for employment due to local laws. Sports can play a small role if there is a significant time commitment and some demonstration of excellence.

      Software engineering applicants are most commonly refused for having insufficient software development experience. This year, I would say the average successful software engineering applicant had at least 2 years of significant programming experience. A single programming course in high school was insufficient without additional evidence of programming experience. Software engineering applicants were sometimes deflected to computer engineering if they had exceptional grades and some programming experience. However, we tried to avoid deflecting too many applicants from one program to another.

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    1. I believe so. There were many more software engineering applicants that could have been deflected to other programs. We limited the number of deflections from one program to another program. Some truly exceptional software engineering applicants did not receive offers of admission this year simply due to the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

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  9. Hi you mentioned a few days ago that there are a few offers left to be sent out. Is that still the case or are you preparing to send out rejections at this point?

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