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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.

2019 university rankings in Canada (Maclean's reputational survey)

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.


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

#6in the world for telecommunications
#23for hospitality and tourism management
#32for computer science and engineering

Canada's #1 comprehensive research university for the past 10 years

Research Infosource Inc.

#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 2018

#19in the world for hospitality and leisure management studies
#31in the world for computer science
Top 70in the world for engineering and technology
Top 100in the world for environmental studies

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