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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)

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

QS 2018 Graduate Employability Rankings

4th in the world for employer partnerships

24th in the world for graduate employability


Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018

Top 25in the world for computer science
Top 80in the world for engineering
Top 100for chemistry, physics, and math

Top 50 in the world for global connections

Times Higher Education Most International Universities 2017

#1 in Canada for hands-on learning

Maclean's rankings of comprehensive university

1st in Canada for computer science and for engineering

US News & World Report Best Global Universities 2018

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

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

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

For the last 10 year, 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.

Waterloo is in the 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