Now that the holiday season is drawing to a close and the Winter term has started, I thought it might be worthwhile to give everyone a brief update on our application process. The application deadline for Waterloo Engineering is fast approaching.
As indicated in our engineering brochure, interested applicants should apply to Waterloo Engineering on the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) site by Friday, January 31st. Applicants have an additional four weeks to submit all supporting documentation for their application. Supporting documentation includes the AIF (Admission Information Form) and the optional Online Interview. All supporting documentation must be completed by Friday, February 28th.
The AIF (Admission Information Form) is a required component of the application process. If it is not completed and submitted by the deadline, you will not receive an offer of admission. Last year, there were a few applicants who missed the deadline due to a combination of procrastination and computer problems. My suggestion is that applicants complete the AIF (Admission Information Form) well in advance of the deadline to ensure that they do not miss out on their applications being fully considered.
We have currently received over 9,100 applications to Waterloo Engineering programs, excluding Architecture. This is approximately 1.8% lower than last year. Some programs have more applicants and others have fewer applicants. To answer the inevitable question, I cannot disclose more specific application numbers at this time. The application numbers change rapidly and without context, they are largely meaningless.
However, I can say that we have seen a few general trends. There has been a slight increase in domestic applications for many engineering programs and a slight decrease in visa applications for almost all engineering programs. These trends have been consistent for the past month as I have been tracking the application numbers periodically. In approximately 4 weeks, I should have the final application numbers for the 2019/2020 admission cycle. I expect our total number of applications to approach 11,000 by the application deadline.
I wish to thank those applicants who have already submitted their AIFs and Online Interviews. We have already begun assessing interviews that have been completed by applicants. We expect to complete our assessments of all AIFs and Online Interviews by the end of March in preparation for our first round of admission offers. It greatly helps our Admissions Office to receive supporting documentation early.
As you can probably imagine, we are very busy at this time of the year. While our Admissions Office will do our best to answer your questions in a timely manner, please keep in mind that we are very busy at this time of the year. We are experiencing a high volume of inquiries.