What is an AIF (AIF)

When we make our admissions decisions, we look at other factors in addition to grades. Some examples of what you can include on your AIF are:

  • Talents, interests, and hobbies
  • Dreams, goals, and aspirations
  • Volunteer and work experience
  • Favourite book, film, movie, etc.
  • Membership in any clubs or associations
  • Portfolio of personal projects (e.g. mobile apps, website, game development)
  • Level of proficiency in programming languages
  • Participation in computing, math, or other competitions
  • Awards and accomplishments
  • Special circumstances you want considered during the admissions process


If you've applied to Deadline
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Business Administration
  • Computing and Financial Management
  • Software Engineering
March, 2019


  • If you submit your AIF before the deadline, you may be eligible to receive early admission
  • The AIF is required for admission for programs in the Faculty of Mathematics.

How to submit your AIF

  • Your AIF is available on Quest – Waterloo's online student information form
  • Note: If you've already viewed your application on Quest, then log in to Quest and begin at Step 3.
Steps What you will need to do
1: WatIAM

Before you can log in to Quest, you need to create your user ID and password by activating your account on WatIAM.

To activate your account, you’ll need the following information:

  • Your last name/family name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your Waterloo ID number, which was included in your acknowledgment e-mail that was sent after we received your application (Subject line is "Thank you for applying to Waterloo")

To activate your account, select "Need to activate your account?" on the WatIAM login page. Enter the information requested and follow the steps to obtain your user ID and password.

Important: You will need your user ID and password in order to log into Quest to complete your AIF and check the status of your application. Be sure to keep this information in a safe and accessible place.

2: Log in to Quest

Once you’ve activated your user ID and password, you’ll be able to log in to Quest and submit your Admission Information Form or check your application status.

  • Select Applicants (in the left-hand menu)
  • Select Quest login (from the drop-down menu)
  • Enter your user ID and password

Note: To log into Quest, you will need your user ID – not your Waterloo ID number. Your user ID will be up to 8 characters and will be a combination of your first and last name. Your Waterloo ID number is an 8-digit number that starts with a 2 and that was sent to you in the email acknowledging your application to Waterloo.

3: Student center

In Quest – view your application and access the AIF link.

  • Select Admissions from the listings in the centre of the page.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the Admission Information Form link.

View How do I fill out my AIF? instructions.

4: AIF Begin completing and submitting your answers to the AIF questions by the deadline.

Using Quest

Frequently Asked Questions

You may find the answers to your questions about completing your AIF on the list of common questions on our common questions about the AIF webpage.

Information to help with questions related to references for the Faculty of Mathematics programs are available on our admission information form webpage.

Contact us

If you experience technical difficulties or have questions about your AIF, contact our Registrar's Office:

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