Software Engineering (co-op only)
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- University of Waterloo
- Bachelor of Software Engineering, BSE
- OUAC Program Code
- Grade Range
- Individual selection from the mid 90s.
- Experiential Learning
- Co-op program
- Instruction Language
A final grade of at least 70% is required for:
- 1 additional 4U/M course
- Recommended: ICS3U is highly recommended; ICS4U would be an asset
An online video interview is strongly recommended.
Additional Admission Criteria
Admission Information Form (AIF) required. Instructions are sent with acknowledgement of application from Waterloo.
Experience in developing well-structured, modular programs is required, as demonstrated by at least 1 of the following: strong performance in a programming course such as ICS3U, ICS4U, or equivalent; strong performance in a programming contest; significant work experience; other (must be explained on the Admission Information Form).
Also considered: Involvement in extracurricular activities in school and/or community; interest in software engineering; additional Grade 12 courses; and participation in mathematics, science, engineering or programming competitions. You are strongly encouraged to write the Euclid Mathematics Contest. The Canadian Computing Competition is recommended.
To be exempt from these requirements, you must have studied full time in an English-language school system for the 4 most recent years preceding the beginning of your studies at the University of Waterloo.
The requirements are separate from, and in addition to, the requirement to present Ontario 4U English (or equivalent), if it is listed as a specific requirement for a program. A 4U English is required for most programs.
If you do not meet the requirements, you will be considered for entry into an English-language pathway program.
- For the Faculty of Mathematics: the English Language for Academic Studies (ELAS)
- For all other faculties: the Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE)
Offers of Admission for Ontario High School Students
Basic Requirements for Admission
All conditional offers of admission are contingent on the completion of all high school diploma requirements, including a minimum final admission average of 80%. Some programs may specify other conditions, including higher final admission averages.
Basic requirements: At least six 4U/M courses, including all required courses, as specified for each program. EAE4U will be treated as equivalent to ENG4U.
If your first language is not English and you have not studied in an English-language school system for the 4 years immediately before beginning your studies at Waterloo, you will be required to meet our English language requirements.
Failed and Repeated Courses, Courses other than Day School
Timing and Process for Admission Decisions
We anticipate making a limited number of offers of admission in December and continuing with a large number of offers of admission on a rolling basis beginning in February.
In highly competitive programs, such as Engineering and Mathematics, most decisions will be made in mid-May. Admissions committees for these programs require more information, including updated grades and contest results, to make fair and equitable decisions.
Residence and scholarship information accompany the offers of admission. Scholarship decisions are made in May.
All offers of admission and scholarships will be made by May 29, 2018, and students will have until June 1, 2018, to respond. If you know that Waterloo is the university that you wish to attend, we encourage you to accept your offer as soon as you receive it.
Alternative offers of admission
If you are not admitted to the program you applied to, you may be considered for admission to an alternative program in the same faculty, provided you meet the minimum admission requirements, and places are available.
For Engineering, you must specify on your Admission Information Form an alternative Engineering program you would like to be considered for.
If a program is available in both co-op and regular and you are not admitted to the co-op program, you will be automatically considered for either the corresponding regular program or another related program, provided places are available. In some programs, limited admission to co-op is also available in second year.
High school applicants who are offered admission and who wish to take a year off to work or travel may request a 1-year deferral of admission. You will not be granted a deferral if you study at another postsecondary institution during the year.
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