Things continue to be extremely busy, so many of my planned posts are postponed. Here are a few random comments that might be of interest.
- In late March we sent out a couple of hundred more offers to applicants from outside of Ontario. By our estimates, most programs have now committed 40 to 50% of the available spaces. We will give these remaining spaces away in the final round in early May.
- Currently, we’re waiting for the Ontario schools’ second semester mid-term grades to be uploaded. And we’re frantically working through the remaining document submissions from the non-Ontario applicants. Everything should be done by late April so we can do the early May offers.
- As soon as the early May offers are finalized, we will also make the scholarship decisions for all the offer holders (including those from the earlier rounds).
- Final application numbers are in, and it looks like we had a record number of applicants again this year. Over 10,000 in total, for about 1,600 available spots.
- While scanning through some data, I noticed that one applicant had ranked Waterloo Engineering as #31 on OUAC (this might be a record in my experience). As I have posted in the past, we don’t really care what ranking an applicant puts us as; if the grades are competitive we will make an offer. But I have to wonder about people who are applying to so many programs (and spending so much money for the applications!). And this is not an isolated case; there are a bunch that rank us in the 20s. Surely they could be a bit more strategic and selective about their applications? When I was in high school (a long time ago, admittedly), we were only allowed to apply to a maximum of 3 programs.
- The AIF reading and scoring is pretty much done now. Every year there are a bunch of applicants who didn’t press “Submit” for every part of the AIF (in spite of email reminders), so it doesn’t get read and scored because it’s not fully completed. Unfortunately they won’t get any significant AIF bonus.
- We’re starting to finalize plans for our open house on May 24 for admitted students. Hopefully the weather will be nicer by then!
- New this year, some of our 4th year design groups submitted 90 second videos to describe their “capstone” projects. These can be viewed on our Youtube channel. I haven’t had time to look at them all, but there are some very interesting ones, and they give a nice flavour of what some students do.
- Various other interesting items appear on our Facebook page. I highly recommend it for exploring Waterloo Engineering activities and news, since it covers much more than I have time to look at.
That’s all for now. More later, when I finish up some of the more pressing items.