It has been quite some time since I last posted to my blog. The Fall 2019 admission cycle came to a close at the end of August and we have now started the Fall 2020 admission cycle. I thought I should start off the Fall 2020 admission cycle with a post specifically for students studying south of the border since the application process has already opened for out-of-province students.
For U.S. high school students potentially interested in applying to Waterloo Engineering, here are a few important things to remember:
Why Should I Consider Waterloo Engineering?
Waterloo Engineering has a strong international reputation. We are known for our innovative co-op program which requires engineering students to complete paid internships at companies around the world. Our students obtain 2 years of practical work experience while completing their academic studies. Many of our co-op students and alumni are employed in the U.S.. Our campus is modern and our facilities are state-of-the-art. Our university ranks as one of the top undergraduate engineering schools in Canada.
Does Waterloo Engineering Attend U.S. College Fairs?
Waterloo Engineering does participate in a limited number of U.S. College Fairs. This year, we plan on attending four U.S. college fairs in the following cities:
- Santa Clara, California (October 6th),
- Lawrenceville, New Jersey (October 12th),
- New York, New York (October 13th), and
- Seattle, Washington (November 1st and November 2nd).
How Do Students Educated in the U.S. Apply?
The University of Waterloo is not listed on the Common Application used by many U.S. colleges and universities and a few Canadian universities. Our applications are processed by a province-wide application centre known as the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). Students with Canadian citizenship (including Canadians who have lived in the U.S. their entire lives) apply using Form 105 Domestic (105D). Such students compete directly with Canadian students educated in Canada for spaces reserved for Canadian students. Students with non-Canadian citizenship apply using Form 105 International (105F). Such students compete directly with international students for spaces reserved for international students.
When Can U.S. Students Apply?
The application process is now open. U.S. students may complete their application anytime between now and January, 31, 2020. All supporting documents must be received no later than February 28, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
How Will I Be Assessed?
All applicants are requested to provide transcripts and SAT / ACT scores. In addition, applicants are required to complete an Admission Information Form (AIF) and applicants are invited to complete an online video interview. Our Engineering Admissions Team examines all information provided to make an informed assessment about each applicant. We individually select applicants to ensure fit within our engineering programs.
When Are Acceptance Letters Sent Out?
Waterloo Engineering typically sends out its final round of acceptance letters in the middle of May, shortly after 2nd semester midterm grades have been processed. This year, it is our goal to ensure that students applying from the U.S. receive an admission decision by the end of March, if possible. We recognize that students applying to U.S. colleges and universities often have much earlier deadlines for acceptance. We will attempt to provide U.S. students with an admission decision so that they make an informed decision about their future.
Will I Pay International Tuition Fees or Domestic Tuition Fees?
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you pay domestic tuition fees. International students are eligible to pay domestic tuition fees if they are dependent upon a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. In other words, if your parents hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in Canada, you pay domestic tuition fees even if you are a U.S. citizen or an international student. All other students are required to pay international tuition fees.
Can 529 Plans Be Used By Students?
The University of Waterloo is a FAFSA eligible school. However, some restrictions apply to the use of U.S. federal student aid. Students may use 529 plans to pay tuition and other eligible expenses incurred at the University of Waterloo. For those with 529 plans, our OPE ID is 00852600.