Rankings and reputation

Year after year, international and Canadian rankings place Waterloo among the best universities in the world.

1stin Canada for most innovative universityMaclean's 2023 university rankings
2ndfor best overall university in the countryMaclean's 2023 university rankings
3rdin Canada for highest qualityMaclean's 2023 university rankings

#2 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 2022

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.

 

Top 5in Canada for mathematicsAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2022
Top 5in Canada for geographyAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2022
2ndin Canada for physicsAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2022
2ndin Canada for water resources researchAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2022
2ndin Canada for transportation science & technologyAcademic Ranking of World Universities 2022

#1 in Canada for graduate employment rateQS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022

Canada's #1 comprehensive research university for the past 14 years

Research Infosource 2022

#1 in Canada for hands-on, experiential learning

Maclean's Student Voices Survey 2022
 

#2 in Canada for engineeringUS News Global University Rankings 2021
#2 in Canada for nanoscienceUS News Global University Rankings 2021

3rdin Canada for computer scienceQS World University Rankings 2022
3rdin Canada for electrical engineeringQS World University Rankings 2022
4thin Canada for environmental sciencesQS World University Rankings 2022
4thin Canada for physics and astronomyQS World University Rankings 2022
4thin Canada for geographyQS World University Rankings 2022

globe iconTop 10 in the worldfor research on ending poverty and hungerTimes Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings 2023
skyline iconTop 50 in the worldfor sustainable cities and communitiesTimes Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings 2023

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 2023

globe icon7th overall in Canada The rankings chart the top 1,300 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.