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University of Waterloo: Narrative Description


200 University Ave. West
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1
Tel: (519)888-4567; Admissions: (519)888-4567; Fax: (519)746-2882; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Province-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1957. Setting: 900-acre suburban campus with easy access to Toronto. Total enrollment: 24,894. Faculty: 1,436 (787 full-time, 649 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 39,360 applied, 52% were admitted. 100% from top half of their high school class. Full-time: 20,046 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 2,194 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 12 provinces and territories, 103 other countries, 29% live on campus. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; social sciences and history; computer/information sciences. Calendar: trimesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brock University, Queen's University at Kingston, University of Guelph, McMaster University, Conestoga College, Mohawk College, Canadian University Exchange Consortium, members of Regional Academic Mobility Program, members of The Group of Ten Exchange Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations, interview, SAT I or ACT, SAT II: Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/31. Notification: continuous until 7/30.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $95 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Canadian resident tuition: $4194 full-time, $470 per course part-time. Mandatory fees: $491 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program. College room and board: $6500. College room only: $4058. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. International student tuition: $15,326 full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Oktoberfest, Canada Day, homecoming. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 5,770 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Dana Porter Library plus 7 others with 3 million books, an OPAC, and a Web page. 6,000 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The University of Waterloo is located near Toronto in the heart of southern Ontario, Canada's most populous and highly developed province. The University's home community of Kitchner-Waterloo, population 260,000, is ethnically one of the most diverse in Canada. Residents enjoy a high standard of living, safe and clean neighborhoods, and may cultural and recreational attractions, as well as natural parks and protected wilderness areas.

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