Waterloo ranked as top engineering school in Canada

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Waterloo Engineering is the top engineering school in Canada for 2021 according to an influential annual ranking program.

In results released today, Maclean’s magazine placed Waterloo in a first-place tie with engineering at the University of Toronto based on program and research reputation.

That moves Waterloo up two spots from the Maclean’s rankings for the previous two years. Those ratings also included bibliometric data on research publications.

Rounding out the top five engineering schools behind Waterloo and Toronto for 2021 were the University of British Columbia, McGill University and the University of Alberta.

Waterloo 'has built a world-class reputation'

“Year in and year out, Waterloo Engineering has built a world-class reputation for engineering education and research,” said Mary Wells, dean of engineering. “Our students are in high demand for co-op jobs around the globe and our graduates are working in leading industries that are building better futures for generations to come. We are proud of our rankings. We are prouder of our students and alumni.”

The computer science and mathematics programs at the University of Waterloo also finished in first-place ties. The magazine ranked universities in 10 program areas.

Reputation scores were based on survey responses from 1,000 faculty members and senior administrators across Canada.

Maclean’s has been rating and ranking universities in various categories for 30 years. Program areas have been evaluated for the last five years.