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Is it impossible to get admitted into waterloo engineering and CS?

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I hear all these stories from students with 95+ averages that get rejected to waterloo engineering and computer science. I did not believe it until I saw it for myself. These students also had some decent ec's as well. Prof Bill Anderson on his blog even stated that for the last admission cycle 3,000 students with 90+ average were rejected (https://profbillanderson.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/synopsis). So the question is, how do I even get admitted to waterloo? Chances look bleak, even with high grades.
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Unfortunately those stats are pretty accurate and I do know people who have not gotten in with some pretty high averages from engineering. That shouldn't discourage you though, since the AIF and interview are also significant.

The best advice is to know your chances. Don't apply to SE or BME with like a 93 because you probably won't get in. If you apply to SYDE, your chances are better. Keep in mind that they only reserve 15% of seats for second choice, so just because a second choice is 'safe', there might not be any room left because other stronger applicants have already gotten placed there as a backup.

Also, take your time with the AIF and do the interview! They're looking for more than just a list of stuff you did and want to see your goals, your thought process, your communication skills, etc. I know some people who half-assed the AIF and didn't get in even with good grades, so please try your best.

As for CS,  it's harder to stand out there. It does seem like 95% is the new norm but good ECs can help boost your chances.

Give it your all this year and hope for the best. 
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What are safe choices for a low to mid 90s student with average ECs?
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Use the charts here: https://profbillanderson.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/chances-for-2018/ to determine your chances.
Nothing is guaranteed but you should have a good chance at getting in to like half of the engineering programs offered here. 
If you have the time, always try to join more clubs or volunteer to strengthen your AIF
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3,000 students with 90+ average were rejected

I would be shocked if 3000 students with 90+ averages were rejected from professional school programs like medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, law, etc.

For undergrad, considering high school grade inflation and how almost anybody with average to above average intelligence can get a 90+ average in their top 6 average this comes as less of a shock. 

What do you expect? There are a limited number of spots. Obviously, they can't just admit every high schooler with some decent ECs and a 90+ average. 
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What's the deal with mark inflation? Do teachers give students free marks just because they ask for it? I thought this only happens at private schools where you pay $500 per course.
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I applied to Waterloo CS and got deferred to math non co op with a 94% average. It does seem like you need like a 97 average for that. Ended up going to UofT
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For CS?
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Yes, went into CS.
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Which campus?
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Mississauga since I live 10 minutes away and prefer the smaller campus. I miss out on all the prestige but I don't think it matters too much. I didn't apply to St. George so I can't say if I would've gotten in or not.
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Instead of getting random anecdotal evidence from people online, just look directly to the school for these statistics. 

https://uwaterloo.ca/institutional-analysis-planning/university-data-and-statistics/common-university-data-ontario-cudo-0/common-university-data-ontario-cudo-2015/section-b-common-university-data-ontario-2015

Admitted class of 2015 - Engineering overall average 92.6%

33.7% had 95+, 46.5% had 90-94, 17.6% 85-89

Of course, some engineering disciplines are more competitive to get into than others, but the fact remains that nearly 70% of Waterloo's entire engineering class gets in with below a 95% average. 

I find admissions stats especially on this forum inflated, and a lot of high schoolers lie about their grades. Sources like cudo are more accurate than deferring to anons on the internet. 
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Yeah, but this is from 2015. Things have changed a lot.
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One thing I dislike about CUDO is that these are the FINAL averages that are being reported. For example, I know someone a couple years ago who got into BME at UW with about a 95, but by the time they finished second semester their average was ~89. This is sure to happen (good ol' senioritis) and will skew the results for things like CUDO down, giving perhaps a false view of the level of competition.
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How often is CUDO updated? Its 2017 and they still only have results from 2015 available. When will 2016 results be published?
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