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Welcome to the entirely unofficial blog of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.
This blog allows us to informally communicate with our students. We will use it to post information about academic matters like course enrollment, job opportunities, upcoming events, student funding opportunities, and other such events. Presence in a post in this blog implies absolutely no endorsement: we have not vetted these opportunities or events or the like.
We are simply passing on things that may be of interest to the computer science community here at Waterloo. If you have an event you'd like us to consider for the blog, please email the information to Sara O'Donnell, sara.odonnell@uwaterloo.ca.

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Course enrollment for Spring 2018

Appointments for course enrollment began on Monday 26 March and open enrollment begins on Wednesday 28 March.

For students trying to add CS courses, we encourage you to review the course selection page.

COURSE ENROLLMENT
In Computer Science,  we drop the enrolment caps by approximately 15% of the total enrolment number for the course to give advisors room to handle special cases. We will return the enrolment caps to their actual size in the second week of classes after we have had time to deal with the special cases. This will occur on Friday, May 4, 2018, (we don't know the precise time) and remaining space will be available on a first-come-first-served basis only if the section isn't already at its enrolment total. WHAT IS A SPECIAL CASE?
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CS/Data Science/Digital Hardware option transfers NOW OPEN

The CS Undergraduate Advising Office has opened applications for CS transfers for Fall 2017. The online application is available at https://oat.uwaterloo.ca/formsand will be open from Tuesday, December 5 until Sunday, December 31, 2017, at 11.59 p.m.

We're accepting applications for:

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