I thought I would give you a quick update from my new admissions office in my basement. My computer desk can be seen in the photograph below. The curious diagram behind my monitor was a 4th year project in VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) design that my team built when I was a student of Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. The schematic implements a 4 bit ALU (Arithmetic and Logic Unit) in CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) technology.
Our early round of admission is nearly completed. Despite some very challenging circumstances, we managed to successfully select many outstanding applicants to receive admission offers to Waterloo Engineering for Fall 2020.
Offers are first communicated on Quest. Official offer letters with conditions will be communicated as soon as possible. Applicants may also be contacted by individual departments. Please be patient. I know all applicants are anxious to find out more. We are doing the best that we can. It has been incredibly difficult for our team to focus on their work given all of the extraordinary events that have been occurring throughout the world. I really wish to thank everyone involved in assessing applicants and communicating offers to applicants. In particular, I must thank Mirjana and Leigh for their hard work. I know they worked long hours through the weekends to meet our deadlines.
If you have not yet received an offer of admission, do not give up hope. There are still some early round offers that I expect to be processed this week. Also, we still have many admission offers to give out to ALL of our Waterloo Engineering programs. We still have room for many great students in our programs. Quite a few applicants will receive good news in early May when we complete our final round of admissions.
One other thing to keep in mind is that we finalize all of our scholarship decisions in May when we complete our final round of admissions. If you have received an offer of admission in the early round, you will only know the grid scholarship (Merit Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, or President’s Scholarship of Distinction) that you have been selected to receive at this time. If your grades improve between now and May, your grid scholarship may be upgraded. In addition to a grid scholarship, students may also be selected for a named scholarship in early May.
Finally, for those who like to ask theoretical questions, your grid scholarship will not be downgraded if your grades decrease for any reason. Once you have been offered a grid scholarship, it is never downgraded. However, if your grades fall too much, you may run the risk of having your admission offer revoked. You still have to meet the conditions on your offer letter.