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SE Calculator

SE Calculator is a single page app designed to help University of Waterloo Software Engineering students estimate their potential financial situation during their university careers. Engineering students (and CS students, too) often find themselves in a position to graduate with little to no debt - and this tool is designed to help calculate how much debt or profit you'll leave school with.

See it live at


git clone

#   If you use Pow for local dev servers, this
#   will link up the project to
ln -s `pwd`/secalculator ~/.pow/secalculator

Building & Developing

SE Calculator uses a Gulp-based build system and includes a Makefile for convenience. The resulting static HTML is placed in public/. The frontend is an Angular.js app, with a custom graphing directive to interface with D3.js.

make # to build (downloads deps as required)
make watch # to build every time you change a file

bin/gulp build # if you feel like calling gulp yourself

#   Gulp sub-tasks you can run manually if you want
bin/gulp js
bin/gulp styles
bin/gulp haml


Data is generated based on a bunch of generator functions in src/js/data.js. Modify functions in there to change the default values, add more presets, change dropdown options or whatever you'd like.

Legal Disclaimer

This calculator is not a financial advisor.

The information on this website is provided for education and informational purposes only, without any express or implied warranty of any kind, including warranties of accuracy, completeness, or fitness for any particular purpose.

Technical Disclaimer

I wrote this late at night with little concern for best practises, instead trying to get something out before Frosh Week was over so that the 2019 frosh could use this tool. If you're reading the code, my apologies for its quality.

Having said that, please feel free to jump in and make changes! I'll gladly review pull requests and fix issues.


A handy financial calculator to estimate the cost of a Waterloo Software Engineering degree.







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