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Explore Canada’s innovation university by the numbers

BEYOND Convention

  • The University of Waterloo has 40,000 full and part-time students cumulatively between undergraduate and graduate programs (Fall 2018)
  • 85% are undergraduate and 15% are graduate students
  • 45,600 enrolments per year in online undergraduate & graduate courses (2017/18)
  • 1000-acre main campus, 100+ buildings with six faculties
  • 1957: University of Waterloo opens with 74 students, with engineering and co-operative education as cornerstones

61%students have an entrance average 90+ per centFall 2018
#1in Canada for computer science and #2 for engineering2018
27years as Canada's most innovative universityMaclean's 2019

Nobel Prize in Physics

Donna Strickland

Donna Strickland

On October 2, 2018, Physics and Astronomy professor Donna Strickland was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, making her the third woman in history to receive the prestigious honour.

Dr. Strickland was recgonized for her breakthrough work on chirped pulse amplification in lasers, allowing for the development technology used for eye-laser surgery, within laser printers, and scanners sold in retail stores.

Strickland conducted her Nobel-winning research while a PhD student under French laser physicist Gérard Mourou in 1989 while attending the University of Rochester in New York.


BEYOND Boundaries

Waterloo's international community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and partners understand that shared success makes us all stronger.

  • 20% undergraduate and 40% graduate students are international
  • 9,565 donors in 25 countries donated $52.4M to Waterloo in 2017/18
  • 2.6 billion per year in economic impact in Ontario (2013 Economic Impact Report)
  • 63 joint international academic partnerships (2017/18)
  • 40+ international delegations hosted (ambassadors, heads of state, university presidents) (2017/2018)

97.8%international student employment rateJobmine/Waterloo Works
3,900+international student experiences2017/18
203,000+alumni in 152 countries2018

BEYOND Experienced

World-class scholarship deepens with work-based learning in the world's leading co-operative education program.

  • Graduate with up to 2 years of paid work experience
  • $261+ million reported earnings by Waterloo co-op students (2017/18)
  • 96% of co-op grads employed 6 months after graduation worked in positions related to skills they acquired at Waterloo compared to 79% of Ontario graduates

20,700+work terms in 60+ countries with 7,050 active employers2017/18
71%of incoming students choose Waterloo because of co-op2017
#1in Canada for career preparationMaclean's 2018

BEYOND Disruptive

Risk takers with bold ideas make Waterloo a celebrated source of talent and new ventures.

  • #1 school in Canada for venture-backed capital enterprises (Pitchbook 2018)
  • Velocity is Canada's most productive startup incubator, with a company five-year survival rate of 69%
  • 2,300+ jobs created by Velocity companies since 2008
  • 35+ for-credit support programs spanning the entrepreneurial spectrum
  • 34% of Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) graduates start a business one month after graduation compared to 7% of MBA grads from the Top 7 elite U.S. schools

$7.4 billionraised by 408 University of Waterloo entrepreneursPitchbook 2018
$815+ millionraised by Velocity companiesSince 2008
3 out of 5Greenhouse startup founders are women2017/18

BEYOND Disciplines

Changing the world begins with a passion for discovery, broad research intensity and focus on frontier disciplines.

  • Creator-owned intellectual property (IP) rights policy
  • 30+ senate-approved research centres and institutes with world-leading expertise in:
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Automotive
    • Cybersecurity and privacy
    • Energy
    • Global governance
    • Nanotechnology
    • Population health
    • Quantum information
    • Water
  • 65 Canada Research Chairs and 2 Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureates
  • 89 Waterloo students received NSERC graduate awards
  • 4 Killam prize winners

100+ fundedresearch chairs2017/18
$224 millionin research funding from public and private sources2017/18
33%of Waterloo’s research funding is a result of corporate collaborations2017/18

BEYOND the Status Quo

We're committed to addressing the deep structural challenges to gender equity in higher education and in society.

  • 1 of 10 global universities invited to lead the UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative
  • Lead institute in new transgender application form for Ontario universities
  • 31% of first-year students in engineering disciplines are women (Fall 2018)
  • 48% of undergraduate and 44% of graduate students are female
  • Home of the Glow Centre — Canada's oldest student LGBTQ organization

6 Faculties

12 faculty-based schools

Accounting and FinanceArts

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Architecture Engineering

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Balsillie School of International AffairsArts

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David Cheriton School of Computer ScienceMath

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Environment, Enterprise and Development Environment

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Environment, Resources and SustainabilityEnvironment

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Public Health and Health Systems Applied Health Sciences

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Social WorkRenison

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Stratford School of Interaction Design and BusinessArts

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4 affiliated and federated institutions

Conrad Grebel University College

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Renison University College

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St. Jerome’s University

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St. Paul’s University College

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