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University of Waterloo rankings and reputation

Employers and educators recognize the value of a Waterloo degree. In university rankings, Waterloo consistently is among the best universities in the world.

2018 national rankings (Maclean's magazine)

26 yearsas Canada's most innovative university
2ndbest overall university in the country
2ndin Canada for highest quality

QS 2018 Graduate Employability Rankings

#4 in the world for employer partnerships

#24 in the world for graduate employability


#1 in Canada for career preparation in a Maclean's magazine national survey of 24,000 students.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018

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

#34 in the world for global connections

Times Higher Education Most International Universities 2017

#1 in Canada for hands-on, experiential learning

Maclean's rankings of comprehensive university

#1 in Canada for engineering

US News & World Report Best Global Universities 2018

QS World University Rankings 2017

19th in the world for hospitality and leisure management studies
Top 40in the world for computer science and math
Top 100for environmental sciences and geography; materials science
Top 100for chemical, civil, and electrical engineering; statistics and operational research
152ndoverall in the world

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

Steven Woods, Senior Engineering Director, Google

10 years as Canada's #1 comprehensive research university

Research Infosource Inc.

Top 1% of 27,000 degree-granting institutions in the world

Center for World University Rankings 2018

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