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The University of Waterloo (Canada)

Students who got into UW:

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May 18 2014Accounting
Extracurricular involvement and high grades will help land you a place at Waterloo. My entering average was 95% and I had over 500 hours of volunteer work.

Assuming that anyone would want to go (though in my experience, this seems laudable!), just know that for the next few years of your youth, you will not have a social life as there are few others at Waterloo who desire a social life. You will spend your Friday nights drinking with one buddy from not your program (if you are in AFM), and the rest of your weekend cramming like hell, because something is always due, and you will fall behind even if you have a strong work ethic. Also, expect the libraries to smell like unwashed human bodies during exam season, and expect to see Asians & East Indians everywhere. There is a reason that DC "stands for" Downtown China, and MC is Mainland China.

Female
Apr 15 2014Accounting
I applied originally as an international student (from the US). If you still want to go to Waterloo, my advice is to take AP classes for math and physics (Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, CS). You won't be able to use AP credits, but Canadian universities prefer you to be overqualified than underqualified.
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Mar 14 2014Computer Science
I got in with a 95% average, which is pretty much a guaranteed acceptance to any Canadian University (also accepted to McGill, UBC, UofT). Don't bother working your ass off to get into this school because it is not worth it. DO NOT GO TO UW FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE
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Sep 21 2013Mechanical Engineering
I applied out of high school based entirely (as far as I know)on high school grades.
Female
Aug 14 2013Computer Engineering
If you want to come to this University, reconsider your decision.
Male
Jun 22 2012Political Science
I was a bright student and so I got admitted into the school. They scammed students by bribing McLeans magazine to rate them as the no1 school in Canada. It is not an International student friendly school. When I was there, they made it difficult for international students to get Bursaries they applied for. They "request" your tuition before the semester starts.

If you are an international student and you know you will take a while to pay your tuition, I advise you avoid UW because you will get deenrolled from your classes during the semester.

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