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Employers and educators recognize the value of a Waterloo degree. A highly-respected degree can open doors for your career or further education.

Maclean's 2016 national rankings of Canadian universities

1stmost innovative university
4thBest overall university
4thHighest quality university
4thBest source of leaders of tomorrow
1stin Canada for engineering (tie)
1stfor math and computer science (tie)
2ndfor environmental science
2ndfor psychology (tie)
8thfor business


#1 for career preparation

In the Globe and Mail University Report and the Maclean's 2016 University Rankings, Waterloo students ranked us #1 for career preparation among Canada's large universities. Our students also give us a grade of:

  • A+ for reputation among employers
  • A for co-op/internships
  • A- for quality of teaching and learning

Waterloo is different, it’s got this amazing university which has long been one of our top three recruiting universities for Google as a whole, worldwide.
  - Steven Woods, Senior Engineering Director, Google


Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016

  • Overall, Waterloo ranks among the top 180 universities in the world.

QS World University Rankings 2016

  • one of only 14 universities in the world to earn a 5+ star ranking for research, teaching, employability, facilities, and innovation
  • ranked 152nd overall in the world
    • 26th in the world for Computer Science
    • 29th in the world for Mathematics
    • 45th in the world for Geography
  • ranked in the world's top 100 for:
    • Architecture
    • Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering 
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Materials Science (e.g., Materials and Nanosciences)
    • Development Studies (e.g., International Development, Geography and Environmental Management)
    • Statistics and Operational Research

US News and World Report logoU.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities 2016

  • 19th in the world for Computer Science
  • 47th in the world for Engineering
  • 110th in the world for Mathematics
  • 125th for global research reputation

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2015

  • top 50 in the world for Engineering
  • top 100 in the world for Computer Science
  • top 150 in the world for Chemistry
  • top 200 in the world for Mathematics, Economics/Business, and Social Sciences
  • ARWU ranking of Engineering disciplines (2016)
    • first in Canada for Energy Science and Engineering
    • second in Canada for Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Materials Science, and Mechanical Engineering

Canada's top comprehensive research universityLearn about leading-edge discoveries from the people who are making them: your professors

For 8 years in a row, Waterloo has ranked as Canada's #1 comprehensive research university.

This means that your professors will use the latest research in your classes to make sure your education is the best it can be.


What’s happening here in Waterloo is truly special, from theory to experiment and beyond.
  - Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist


A community focussed on education

With more than 50,000 university and college students, one of the youngest populations in Canada, and internationally-recognized think tanks, Waterloo Region is a great place to study and live.