With nearly 12k applicants and only 1,699 spots available per year, Waterloo Engineering is one of Canada’s most competitive programs.
With so many students with 95%+ averages, the AIF is a critical way for you to stand out, gain an edge, and show who you are.
Grades can only take you so far. Your AIF and video interview are a huge difference-maker in your application. Doing a high-quality job takes time that you don’t have, given all your other commitments.
Stop scrambling for feedback and answers. Get clear, proven advice from a professional you can trust.
Believe it or not: Waterloo Engineering applicants have a very typical profile: FIRST robotics heads, SHAD fellows, mathletes, etc. Therefore, you need to differentiate.
We assist students in developing extracurriculars that truly stand-out, while selecting the pieces of your life—most of which you might overlook—to create a truly compelling and authentic application.
Waterloo designed their application to reveal a typical engineering student’s weaknesses: interpersonal communication, improvisational skills, influencing abilities, and essay writing skills.
We can help you quickly advance these skills while steering you away from responses and strategies that haven’t worked for us in the past.
Hi, I’m Alex Dorward!
I’m a Top 40 Under 40 tech entrepreneur from Ottawa, incredibly passionate about helping young people get into top engineering programs in Canada.
For 10+ years, I’ve helped numerous students get admitted into Waterloo Engineering with a 90% success rate with my 1-on-1 clients.
Check out my support services leverage the essential insights I’ve gained over the years.
Think of our bootcamps as the masterclass on how to get into Waterloo Engineering: 15 exclusive video modules and downloadable resources.
Our easily digestible videos breakdown the admissions process, dissect essay questions, and optimize your chances of getting in. The best part? It’s available online, anytime.
Beyond the videos, our bootcamp comes with essential resources to support Waterloo Engineering applicants.
This includes actual essay examples from this year’s application and paragraph-by-paragraph essay templates so you’re not starting with a blank page.
To get into Waterloo Engineering, you must first understand the program’s requirements. We give a detailed explanation of grade expectations, the admissions cutoff, key dates and deadlines, OUAC, WatIAM, and the Quest platform.
We reveal exactly how the Waterloo Engineering admissions process works through a simple, yet thorough breakdown. With years of experience and proven results, you will gain more transparency on what goes on behind closed doors.
What does Waterloo Engineering look for? Having worked with hundreds of students and boasting a 90% success rate our his 1-on-1 clients, we have fine-tuned a very specific approach and technique with our students. We'll share our strategies, mistakes to avoid, and case studies with past clients.
Everyone has a uniqueness that differentiates them from the rest of the world. What is it about you that makes you different from other applicants? That’s the purpose of this module. We use a proprietary set of frameworks and tools to help you craft a ‘brand identity’—ultimately allowing you to build a more authentic and memorable application.
Research is a critical skill at university, yet very few students demonstrate it in their applications. In this module, we teach students how to go beyond the call of duty when it comes to conducting (and conveying) good research on Waterloo University and the Engineering program. This module also explains the research that the admissions committee may perform on you as an applicant. We will provide specific tips on what you can do to leave the best impression.
Leadership is one skill that every single top-ranked university program uses to describe their ideal candidate. However, it’s also the one skill that is not well-demonstrated by applicants. In this module, students get exclusive access to several real examples of past student leadership initiatives.
There's a very particular way in which STEM applicants should compose their essays. Unlike the storytelling approach, suitable for business and arts applicants; the STEM approach is much more purposeful, concise, and direct. This method is called the 'answer-first' communication style and it will help you write more successful responses to STEM admissions prompts.
It’s incredible how many students believe they are good at video interviews, until the camera turns on and they don’t know how to act or what to say. The video interview has become the ‘deciding factor’ in admissions decisions, more than any other part of the application. That’s why it’s absolutely critical that you develop your verbal articulation and on-camera presence with our training and exercises.
We provide an overview about the Waterloo Engineering Admissions Information Form (AIF) supplementary application. We'll also go through common confusions and mistakes students make on the application.
We rigorously analyze the questions from the About You - Part A section of the AIF. We provides specific strategies, suggested response structures, and two fully-written examples for question. Please note, this module will only become available when the official 2020/21 application is available.
In this module, you’ll receive specific instructions on how to approach the About You - Part B section of the AIF. We provide our advice on what to include in each area, including if you should fill out the Extraordinary Circumstances section and what to put in the Additional Information section.
In this module, you’ll receive specific instructions on how to approach the Courses section of the AIF. We provide our advice on what to include in each area, including how to list your grades, what to say if you’ve repeated a course, and more.
We rigorously analyze the questions from the Engineering section of the AIF. He provides specific strategies, suggested response structures, and two fully-written examples for question. Please note, this module will only become available when the official 2020/21 application is available.
In this module, you’ll receive a step-by-step guide on how the online video interview works. This includes access to the real questions used in the Waterloo Engineering video interview, real examples on how to answer them, and guidance on how the admissions committee is looking for you to answer them. We will even review one of your recorded video responses and provide personal feedback.
With a completed application, we explain how to go about submitting it successfully on Quest. We'll also provide our insights and advice when you should expect to hear back from Waterloo and what to do if you’ve been waitlisted.
The video interview can be the difference between getting accepted and rejected. We will show you exactly what to expect when it comes to submitting your video interview on Kira Talent, so you can perform your best when it really matters.
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Essay Analysis & Breakdowns
Essay ‘Answer’ Templates
Video Interview Question Bank
Video Interview Answer Guides
Video Interview Example Videos
Candidate Profile Strategy
Topic Brainstorm & Selection
Reflective Thinking Prompts
Essay Outlining & Drafting
Essay Revisions & Feedback
Final Proofing & Polishing
Video Interview Training
Interview Practice & Feedback
Phone & Text Support
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“I was able to finish the Waterloo Eng Bootcamp 1-2 days before the application deadline, and I remember being extremely pressured to do well on my answers with so little time. What I really liked about the bootcamp was the essay templates that were given to help out with my answers. For starters, it alleviates a lot of stress as a student. Instead of trying to concoct an application answer out of thin air, the templates give a lot of inspiration on what to write about...
I also really enjoyed the samples that were shared during the bootcamp... The samples gave me a clear direction on how to perfect my choice of words, as well as what to focus on or omit in my answer. It's also really nice to have someone actually go through all the application questions and exemplars (through the video), as you get a clearer idea on what that student was trying to convey, and why it was good to do so in the question.
I wouldn't say I disliked anything, as the entire bootcamp was very useful.”
“Alex was crucial not only to my first choice, Waterloo Engineering acceptance, but also to the other programs that required supplementary applications. I definitely could not have done it without his advice and great availability.”
"I found that the Waterloo application questions asked a lot but didn’t give enough character space, so the bootcamp helped me in picking the more important answers that best answer all the questions.
I loved the templates. It allowed me to organize my thoughts and write the best answers in the least amount of characters."
“Thanks so much for the support on the Waterloo application and the coaching video interview. It’s been a long process and we couldn’t have been accepted without you”.
"My favourite part of the bootcamp is probably the essay examples. I like how you gave different examples for different engineering streams.
I also liked your essay templates. It made me more organized and it helped me keep track of my character count."
We've been advising students on their applications for ten years and our success rate is around 90% per year, this includes Waterloo Engineering applicants. This bootcamp encompasses everything a prospective applicant needs to know to get admitted.
For our 1-on-1 support, we start working with students starting in Grade 11 to a week before the application is due. The longer we work together, the more impact we can have; but if it is a shorter duration, we can expedite our work to help our clients.
The bootcamp will become available in the early summer and the modules breaking down this year's application are available in the early fall, once this year's application is released.
If you enroll as an advanced access student, you will receive access to the full course when it becomes available, like everyone else enrolled.
Yes! If you have general questions about the bootcamp, the packages, or about working with us 1-on-1, email us directly at [email protected] and we'll get back to you in a few hours.
If you're already enrolled in the Essential or Premium package, we will personally respond to your emails and queries in a timely manner. Essential applicants are eligible for email support and Premium applicants are eligible for email, phone, and text support.
If you have purchased the Starter package (bootcamp only), because it is a digital product and can be duplicated, we ask that you contact us within seven (7) days of purchase in order to receive a refund. Please read my Terms & Conditions for additional information.
With our 1-on-1 coaching services, we've never had someone request a refund, but if you made a purchase by mistake or there is another issue, please contact us and if it's not resolvable, we will give you a refund.
If you purchase a Premium package, you get access to all Admissions Ally bootcamps.
The bootcamp contains several hours of exclusive video footage, plus worksheets, templates, and other resources.
You could complete all of the modules in a couple days; however, we suggest you space it out by taking this bootcamp before (or alongside) writing your essays and applications. We always say starting earlier is better.
We also realize high school can be extremely busy, so we will personally send you email reminders if we notice you haven't taken a module recently.
Yes. This bootcamp applies for high school students and transfer students.