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Rankings and reputation

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 in the world for partnerships with employers

  • #1 in the world for partnerships with employers
  • #22 in the world for graduate employability
  • #51 in the world and #3 in Canada for alumni outcomes

The QS 2017 Graduate Employability Rankings are based on reputation among employers, partnerships with employers, alumni outcomes, employer/student connections, and graduate employment rate.

    Top 50 in the world for strongest global connections

    Times Higher Education Most International Universities 2017

    #1 for hands-on learning

    Co-op work terms, student design teams, hands-on courses, and student leadership opportunities enable you to apply what you learn in class. Among Canada's comprehensive universities, Waterloo ranked

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

    Source: Maclean's 2017 rankings of Canadian universities

    One of only 14 universities in the world to earn 5+ stars for research, teaching, employability, facilities, and innovation

    QS World University Rankings 2016

    Among the best programs in Canada

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

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

    Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016

    • Among the top 180 universities in the world

    QS World University Rankings 2016

    • 152nd overall in the world
    • 26th for Computer Science and 29th for Mathematics
    • 45th for Geography
    • Top 100 for
      • Architecture
      • Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering 
      • Environmental Sciences
      • Materials Science
      • Development Studies
      • Statistics and Operational Research

    1st in Canada for computer science and for engineering

    US News & World Report Best Global Universities 2017

    Academic Ranking of World Universities 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
      • 1st in Canada for Energy Science and Engineering
      • 2nd in Canada for Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Materials Science, and Mechanical Engineering

    Waterloo... has long been one of our top three recruiting universities for Google as a whole, worldwide.

    Steven Woods, Senior Engineering Director, Google

    #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.