Welcome to Grebel


Grebel is home to an enthusiastic residence community on the campus of the University of Waterloo. Join this friendly community of people who are dedicated to making Grebel an amazing place to live and grow. Meet some of Grebels current students. Take an in-person or virtual tour. Discover leadership opportunities. Apply now to live in the residence.


Study with and get to know professors in a community-oriented learning environment. Grebel teaches within the Arts faculty at the University of Waterloo, administering the Music and Peace and Conflict Studies departments at Waterloo, and offering additional undergraduate courses in Arts, History, Mennonite Studies, Religious Studies, and Sociology. Grebel also offers two masters level graduate programs in Theological Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies.


Grebel's Master of Theological Studies program is careful to include indigenous perspectives in the curriculum. This is part of the College’s commitment to following Call to Action #60 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that addresses theological schools and “the need to respect Indigenous spirituality in its own right.” In particular, courses like TS 732 - “Theologies of the Global South,” and TS 733 - “Indigenous Theologies and Methods” explore Indigenous theologies with attention to experience, history, the nature of the spiritual, key figures, and important themes. MTS students who have taken these courses reflected on some of their key learnings. 

On May 27, Fiona Li earned the second-place prize at the Map the System Canada competition in Calgary, Alberta. As the winner of the University of Waterloo’s Map the System campus finals, Fiona’s achievement on the national stage not only brought awareness to the over-representation of Indigenous women in Canadian prisons, but it also highlighted how programs like Peace and Conflict Studies are crucial in furthering education on how to research, understand, and present these critical issues. 

Before entering a life of public service and ultimately becoming Canada’s first independent Senator in 2016, Peter Harder (BA 1975) moved from the small town of Vineland, Ontario to the slightly larger city of Waterloo to live at Conrad Grebel College and study Political Science at the University of Waterloo. At Grebel, he practiced leadership skills, and learned to think globally and act ethically. Throughout his career in numerous governmental roles – in Canada and internationally – Peter fostered a deep sense of social responsibility, wrote and enacted policies for a welcoming country, and worked to shape a new vision for the Senate. “I gained insight into the highest table in the sense of global symmetry,” Peter summarized.