University of Waterloo rankings and reputation

Here are the latest university rankings for the University of Waterloo, including international and Canadian rankings where Waterloo consistently places among the best universities in the world.

Maclean's 2019 university rankings

27 yearsin a row as Canada's most innovative university
2ndfor best overall university in the country
2ndin Canada for leaders of tomorrow

Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland

Nobel Prize in Physics

Physics and Astronomy professor Donna Strickland won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, only the third woman in history to do so.

Dr. Strickland won for her breakthrough work on chirped pulse amplification in lasers which helped develop technology such as eye surgery, laser printers, and scanners you see in retail stores.


#1 in Canada for career preparationMaclean's survey of 24,000 university students

#2 in Canada for graduate employabilityQS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018

6thin the world for telecommunications
23rdfor hospitality and tourism management
32ndfor computer science and engineering

Canada's #1 comprehensive research university for the past 11 years

Research Infosource 2019

#1 in Canada for hands-on, experiential learning

Maclean's rankings of Canadian comprehensive universities

#2 in Canada for engineeringUS News & World Report Best Global Universities 2019

QS World University Rankings 2019

22ndin the world for computer science
32ndin the world for hospitality and leisure management studies
Top 100in the world for environmental studies

globe icon13th in the worldfor social and economic impact based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.Times Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings 2019

Waterloo... has long been one of our top 3 recruiting universities for Google as a whole, worldwide.

Steven Woods, Senior Engineering Director, Google

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.

What’s happening here in Waterloo is truly special, from theory to experiment and beyond.

Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist