We are approaching the June 1 2015 (midnight) deadline to accept the offers we have sent out this cycle. Quite a few have already accepted, but others are maybe still weighing their options. A couple of years ago I posted a decision matrix method that is sometimes used by engineers and others to compare options in a somewhat objective way. Might be worth a look.
Probably the most difficult decision scenario is for those who got an offer to an alternative program, or whose interests have recently changed to another program. Perhaps they are thinking about accepting the offer, then going for a transfer to the program of more interest. Our general advice: do not accept your Waterloo Engineering offer if you do not think that you will be happy with that program!! You cannot count on a transfer happening, due to a variety of issues including lack of space. It’s impossible to say for certain, but here are some projections for transfers between programs based on recent years and space availability.
Very unlikely: transfers into Software, Biomedical, Systems Design, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology. Space is tight, and a lot of people want to transfer to these.
Might be possible: transfers into Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, but depends from year to year on space.
Often possible: transfers into Civil, Environmental, Geological, Management. These have a little bit more flexibility for space.
For those who have already inquired about switching programs, we will start looking at that in mid-June once we can see what the exact space situation is like.