Why choose Waterloo?

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Waterloo offers an experience that goes far beyond traditional classroom learning. With long-standing industry partnerships, a focus on real-world solutions, and our relentless spirit of entrepreneurship, Waterloo is ready to empower you to make your mark on the world.

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Earn a highly respected degree

Year after year, international and Canadian rankings place Waterloo among the best universities in Canada – and in the world for many of our programs. A degree from Waterloo can open doors for your career or further education.


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North America's largest co-op program

Gain valuable work experience and earn money through Waterloo’s co-op (paid internship) program. With more than 7,500 employers, Waterloo gives you access to more co-op jobs than any other university in North America.


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Engaging student life

University is not just about academics; it's also about personal growth. With 200+ clubs, dozens of student associations, and 250 fitness programs at Waterloo, you're bound to have fun and make unforgettable memories.


Warrior iconFirst-year Waterloo students are much more likely to join extracurriculars than students at other universities (71% vs 57%).

National Survey of Student Engagement

briefcase iconExplore careers before you graduate! Waterloo is ranked #2 in Canada for connecting students with employers.

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022

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#1 in Canada for graduate employment rate

Waterloo is ranked #1 in Canada for graduate employment rate (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). With our connections to business and industry, co-op experience, research opportunities, and career support, you’ll graduate ready to succeed.


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84% graduation rate

Our graduation rate (83.8%) is significantly higher than the Ontario average (77.5%, March 2023). And Waterloo students are better at paying off their student loans, with a default rate that's one-third of the Ontario average (0.6% vs 1.8%, July 2023).


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Study your interests

Many of our programs allow you to include minors and certificates that add expertise to your degree and make you more marketable upon graduation.


Choosing a university is a big decision, and it's important to consider your own interests and goals. Waterloo offers a supportive community, outstanding academic programs, and numerous opportunities for personal and professional development. We hope that you'll join us!