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Why engineering?

Waterloo Engineering's undergraduate program is:

  • Canada's Largest and Best - We're home to about 6,800 exceptional undergraduate students.
  • Recognized Internationally for Co-op - 100% undergraduate student participation in co-op giving you skills to start early on a successful career path.
  • Successful - 94% of our graduates are employed within 6 months after graduation.
  • Entrepreneurial - with over 500 startups to date linking back to Waterloo Engineering, and a liberal Waterloo Engineering Students and the Dean, Pearl Sullivanintellectual property (IP) policy.
  • Involved - We have two of the most active student societies in Canada: the Waterloo Engineering Society (EngSoc) and the Waterloo Architecture Student Association (WASA).
  • Global - Offering international exchange opportunities to over 26 different countries with over 600 students on co-op outside of Canada each year.
  • Home to 14 undergraduate programs - Waterloo Engineering offers a large range of professional undergraduate engineering programs, as well as a world-renowned school of architecture. All of our programs are direct-entry.

Our Students...

  • are bright, active, involved leaders. 
  • have swept away all other North American engineering schools in a contest to build a greener SUV.
  • made the Guinness Book of World Records for distance raced by a solar car.
  • built award-winning flying robots and concrete toboggans.
  • start their own businesses - while they're still students.
  • pitched theme park ideas to Disney.
  • have been named the best co-op students in the region, the province and the nation.

What is Engineering?

Engineers are involved with every aspect of today's world. You might build a sustainable building, improve a transit system, reorganize a corporation or design robots for dangerous jobs.  Some of our students move on to law or medicine, or a business career.  Some take postgraduate degrees to become professors, senior researchers or consultants. 

Ask yourself, what do I touch that’s not engineered? Engineering develops and delivers consumer goods -- builds networks of highways, air and rail travel, and the internet – mass produces antibiotics, creates artificial heart valves, builds lasers – offers wonders like imaging technology and conveniences like microwave ovens and compact disks.  In short, engineering makes modern life possible. 

William A. Wulf 
President of the National Academy of Engineering