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The Undergraduate Studies Calendar

Calendar Academic Year

Calendar Academic Year

You are viewing University of Waterloo's 2021-2022 Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar.

  • The effective date of the Calendar runs for the academic year (fall/winter/spring): September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.
  • Tuition and fees information applies (except as otherwise indicated) to the 2021-2022 fiscal year of the University commencing May 1, 2021.
  • The most up-to-date regulations and course information are always located in the most recent publication of the Calendar.

About the Calendar

The Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar (the "Calendar") is the primary contractual document between undergraduate students and the University of Waterloo. Students are advised that in addition to the Calendar, students’ relationships with the University are governed by University Policies, guidelines, and academic regulations that are established by the University under its governing bodies. 

The Calendar provides official information about admissions, courses, programs and plans, related Policies, guidelines, and academic regulations for both students and applicants, as well as general information about the University. By the act of registration each student becomes bound by the University Policies, guidelines, and academic regulations established by the University's governing bodies. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the Policies, guidelines, and academic regulations, general information, and specific requirements contained in the Calendar. 

The University of Waterloo Act, SO 1972, c. 200, s.11 ("Act") establishes two governing bodies for the University: the Board of Governors and the Senate. The Act further defines the membership of the two governing bodies to include representatives who are administrators, faculty members, graduate students, staff, and undergraduate students. The Act identifies the inclusion of these representatives "to achieve more fully the objects of the University" and to "broaden the representation on the said governing bodies."

The University's effective governance is predicated on the engagement of its stakeholders in decision-making affecting University operations. That notwithstanding, from time to time it may be necessary to implement changes to University operations, including those governed by this Calendar, in timelines and through processes that are atypical but still subject to the authority of Senate or its delegate bodies or, where appropriate, the Board of Governors.

The University is also bound, in all of its activities, by the Ontario Human Rights Code, RSO 1990, c H.19.

The University reserves the right to change without notice any information contained in this Calendar, including but not limited to that related to tuition and other fees, standards of admission, course delivery or format, continuation of study, and the offering or requirements for the granting of degrees, diplomas, or certificates in any or all of its programs.

In these instances, the University of Waterloo shall make reasonable efforts to notify students of such changes as soon as practical.  


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Which Calendar to Follow for Requirements?

Academic program and/or plan requirements listed in this Calendar apply to those students commencing their studies in their chosen academic plan during the 2021-2022 academic year. Students are normally governed by the requirements current for their plan at the time they commence studies in that plan, except when plan selection is required only after a specified period of registration (e.g., declaring a major at the end of first year). Students who select a plan within the time limits specified by the faculty will be governed by the requirements current in the term in which they entered the faculty.

When academic program and/or plan requirements change, a student may continue to be governed by the set of requirements as specified in the preceding paragraph or can elect to be governed by the new set of requirements, unless the faculty specifies otherwise when the change is introduced.

Prospective students or new registrants are advised to consult the most current information available from the University and its various faculties in printed or electronic form, as well as the Schedule of Classes and academic advisors before making decisions on registration, programs/plans, or courses.


Inquiries concerning the contents of this Calendar may be directed to the Registrar.

Office of the Registrar
University of Waterloo
Ira G. Needles Hall
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1