On July 1, 1960, it affiliated with the University of Waterloo with the right to offer courses and undergraduate programmes in Arts and the Social Sciences for credit towards the Bachelor of Arts degree of the University. It has also developed programs in East Asian Studies, Studies in Islam and a post-B.A. Bachelor of Social Work program as well as a new Master of Social Work degree offered on-line with an emphasis on health. It has an English Language Institute, a Renison Institute of Ministry, and is home to the University of Waterloo's Confucius Institute.
The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. Renison University College scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Sundance Aboriginal Student Award.