University of Waterloo Homeschooled Admissions

This page last updated: 2018-07-09

Home-schooled students

Applications from home-schooled students will be considered individually by the appropriate admission committees.

Required documentation

Evidence that studies have been completed at an academic level equivalent to the minimum standard required for your programs(s) of application. This evidence may include an overview of the curriculum used in home-based education: textbooks used, learning objectives, grading scale, detailed course descriptions, grades given (either as a percentage or a letter grade), supporting letters of recommendation, and a letter from the educator confirming what grade level has been achieved.

Home-schooled students are welcome to apply with a combination of the following:

  • Required courses at the grade 12/senior high school level taken through an approved institution. Please email our office for suggested courses.
  • Results from Advanced Placement (AP) examinations or challenge examinations.
  • Official transcripts from an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Test scores such as the SATs, ACTs, SAT subject tests, and provincial or state college entrance examinations will better enable the admission committees to assess your background.
  • You are strongly encouraged to present test scores in related high school prerequisite subjects such as Waterloo’s Euclid Mathematics Contest or the Sir Isaac Newton Exam. Participation in these contests may require you to register through a local high school in your area.
  • If students take Grade 12 U/M courses to qualify for admission, they must be completed through a school that is accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education or equivalent.
  • An Admission Information Form is required.
  • If your first language is not English, see Waterloo’s English language requirements.

Please note that the presence of supporting test scores and other documentation does not guarantee admission.