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#20995

OMG: Why are people getting upset for not being accepted into UW? In the long run I would have preferred that avenue rather than attending, finding out how poorly my program was run, and how incompetent administration is. It would have saved me a lot of time and effort.

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  1. I dunno. Perhaps because, in spite of your own personal frustrations with your time here, this is still a good university with a pretty damn solid reputation? Solid enough, in fact, that depending on your program it's basically become one of the toughest universities in Canada to get in to? That might be what has people disappointed.

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    1. I would have to disagree on the solid reputation. UW isn't very well known outside of the CS/Math/Engineering realm. Plus, trying to state that admissions somehow reflects the standards of the university is flawed considering UW puts most of its resources into attracting foreign students while cutting back domestic spots, resulting in a need for higher marks to get in.

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    2. Meh, all of the "top tier" research intensive universities put most of their resources into attracting foreign students... it's a big reputation booster (big enough to outweigh the fact that the Ontario government now charges the universities $800 per foreign head, which kind of sucks).

      But yes, CS/Math/Engineering is where Waterloo's reputation is the strongest - it's also the hardest to get in to. But, for a grade 12 student trying to get in, a little bit of research is all it takes to identify a handful of non-STEM departments we have that are among the top ranked in the country (the psych department is the top ranked outside U of T, polisci is... fifth in Canada I believe?).

      Outside of lists like the various university rankings that high school students look at, and the areas where the school's reputation is strongest, AND admission requirements (this one's a matter of perception, since for an applicant "tough to get in" = "really high standards"), the goodness or badness of a particular school is highly relative.

      The uncomfortable truth is that a lot of it (really, most of it) comes down to how much you personally put in to/work to get out of your own university life. I came to Waterloo because there was an enormous variety of work being done across multiple fields, and a lot of the focuses were in areas that interested me.

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  2. Also, speaking as someone who has attended several different universities, issues with administration are hardly unique to UW.

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    1. +1

      Sadly, poor administration and poorly run programs are not a product of one post-secondary institution. After attending a couple of programs at Algonquin and Conestoga College, there were a number of poor quality profs and courses in those colleges, too.

      You can't just blame uWaterloo for poor quality education, OP. That issue is universal to all post-secondary institutions, and even then, it's all a matter of opinion. One student may say their program is great, while another says it's crap.

      You do get what you pay for, after all...

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  3. I think it's important to remember that a lot of people choose to come here because of co-op. Usually these are people who will be relying on co-op to pay for their education and other life needs. Getting rejected from that can be a big deal.

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  4. d'awwww but you still care enough to come to this site.

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  5. lotz of ppl come to this site lol

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  6. My parents are profs at Guelph, they say the administration is horrible there too.

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  7. OP is one of those people who complain and never do anything to change anything

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  8. fuck actuarial science

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