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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.

Canada's most innovative university for 25 years in a row

In Maclean's 2017 rankings of Canadian universities, Waterloo ranked:

  • 1st for most innovative
  • 2nd for best overall
  • 3rd for source of leaders of tomorrow
  • 3rd for highest quality

#1 for experiential learning

At Waterloo, your learning extends way beyond the classroom: co-op work terms, hands-on courses, and student leadership opportunities enable you to apply what you learn in class. Among Canada's comprehensive universities (schools with a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs), Waterloo ranked:

  • 1st for experiential learning
  • 1st for the percentage of operating budget dedicated to student scholarships and bursaries
  • 3rd in student satisfaction

#1 for career preparation

In the Globe and Mail University Report and the Maclean's University Rankings, Waterloo ranked:

  • #1 for career preparation among Canada's large universities
  • A+ for reputation among employers
  • A for co-op/internships
  • A- for quality of teaching and learning

#1 in the world for partnerships with employers

As part of the 2017 Graduate Employability Rankings conducted by global ranking firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Waterloo ranked:

  • #1 in the world for partnerships with employers (ahead of schools such as MIT and Stanford)
  • #22 in the world for overall graduate employability
  • #51 in the world and #3 in Canada for alumni outcomes

The rankings are based on reputation among employers, partnerships with employers, alumni outcomes, employer/student connections (employers present on campus for networking events), and graduate employment rate.

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

Among the best programs in Canada

In 2017, Maclean's also ranked university programs (mostly in the sciences).

  • 2nd in for engineering 
  • 3rd for mathematics
  • 2nd for computer science (tie)
  • 3rd for environmental science
  • 4th for psychology 

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016

  • Top 180 in the world

QS World University Rankings 2016

  • Waterloo is 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 for Computer Science
  • 29th for Mathematics
  • 45th for Geography
  • 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

U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities 2017

  • 1st in Canada for computer science
  • 1st in Canada for engineering

Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) 2016

  • Top 75 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
  • Ranking of Engineering disciplines (2016)
    • 1st in Canada for Energy Science and Engineering
    • 2nd in Canada for Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Materials Science, and Mechanical Engineering

#1 comprehensive research university 9 years in a row

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

For 9 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 focused 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.