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.

2ndin Canada for most innovative universityMaclean's 2021 university rankings
3rdfor best overall university in the countryMaclean's 2021 university rankings
4thin Canada for highest qualityMaclean's 2021 university rankings

Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland smiling at camera

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 connecting students with employersMeet employers and explore careers before you graduate through co-op work terms, career fairs, job search workshops, and one-on-one support.QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020

1stin Canada for hospitality and tourism managementAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2020
Top 3in Canada for physicsAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2020
Top 4in Canada for geographyAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2020
Top 5in Canada for psychologyAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2020
2ndin Canada for water resources researchAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2020
Top 5in Canada for chemistryAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2020

25th in the world for graduate employabilityQS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020

Canada's #1 comprehensive research university for the past 12 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 Global University Rankings 2020
#2 in Canada for nanoscienceUS News Global University Rankings 2020

24thin the world for computer scienceQS World University Rankings 2020
32ndin the world for hospitality and leisure management studiesQS World University Rankings 2020
41stin the world for engineering and technologyQS World University Rankings 2020
4thin Canada for environmental studiesQS World University Rankings 2020

globe icon16th in the worldfor social and economic impact based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.Times Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings 2020
skyline icon22nd in the worldfor research on sustainable cities and communities.Times Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings 2020

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

Steven Woods, Senior Engineering Director, Google

QS World University Rankings 2021

Waterloo ranks among the top 175 in the worldThe rankings chart the top 1,000 universities, based on academic reputation, reputation with employers, professor/student ratio, citations per professor, ratio of international professors and students.

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