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University of Waterloo 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.

Maclean's 2017 rankings of Canadian universities

1stmost innovative university in Canada
2ndbest overall university in the country
3rdhighest quality
3rdbest source of leaders of tomorrow


#1 in the world for partnerships with employers

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 put your learning into action.

In Maclean's 2017 rankings of Canadian universities, Waterloo ranked #1 for hands-on learning among Canada's comprehensive universities.​

Among the top 180 universities in the world

Times Higher Education 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 

One of only 18 universities in the world to earn 5+ stars for research, teaching, employability, facilities, and innovation

QS Stars World University Ratings

QS World University Rankings 2017

13th in the world for hospitality and leisure management studies
Top 35in the world for computer science and math
Top 100for Architecture, Environmental Sciences and Geography, Materials Science, Psychology
Top 100for Chemical, Civil, and Electrical Engineering; Statistics and Operational Research
152ndoverall in the world

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.