For those students who have applied to one of our engineering programs, remember to submit all required documentation by midnight (EST) on February 28th. Applicants who do not submit their Admission Information Forms will be ineligible for admission. Every year, we have a few applicants who miss the deadline and they are very surprised to find out that we enforce the deadline. Extensions to deadlines at the university level are very rare. We need as much time as possible to assess our applicants thoroughly. We simply cannot afford to delay our admission decisions. Our first full round of admission offers will be sent out on March 31st.
At our latest count, we had 11,066 applications to Waterloo Engineering programs this year. This is fewer applications than we have had in previous years.
As noted previously, we have seen a decline in the number of international applications. At first glance, the decline in international applications does not seem to be attributable to a single factor. Determining why prospective international applicants do not apply to a program can be difficult. We have no easy way of contacting people who considered our programs but did not apply. We could run a survey on our website but this requires people to visit our website and to answer honestly.
If you are still reading my blog and you decided to apply elsewhere instead of Waterloo Engineering, please let me know what factors played a role in your decision by commenting on my blog. If there is something we can do better, it would be useful for us to know. Anecdotal evidence is often better than nothing at all.
Every year we do a survey of applicants that turn down offers of acceptance. For the 2018 / 2019 admission cycle, the most common reasons cited for turning down a Waterloo Engineering offer were the following:
- Campus Life (33.2% of respondents)
- Program Offered (32.9% of respondents)
- Program Cost (30.3% of respondents)
- Campus Location (25.2% of respondents)
- Distance from Home (23.6% of respondents)
We did receive some good news in this admission cycle. Domestic applications to engineering programs remain strong in a highly competitive environment. Some programs did better than others. To answer the question that my readers will no doubt ask, I do not anticipate the probabilities of acceptance to differ significantly from the graphs I posted last September.
If you missed out on applying for a Waterloo Engineering program for Fall 2020, applications for Fall 2021 will open next October. Due to our cohort system where students are part of a class of students that progress through terms of study, we are only able to offer admission to our undergraduate programs starting in Fall terms. Our 1A term courses are not usually offered in the Winter or the Spring terms.