CECA Annual Report 2016

70% of  incoming undergraduate students choose Waterloo because of co-op, university of waterloo incoming undergraduate Student survey 2015

Co-operative education is synonymous with the University of Waterloo. It’s the innovation the University was founded on nearly 60 years ago. Today, our incomparable co-operative education program is the reason 70% of incoming undergraduate students choose Waterloo.


 Fall 2011 - Fall 2015; More than twice as many co-op students than the next 2 largest Canadian university co-op programs, combined.

The interactive chart below breaks down University of Waterloo enrolment across multiple data points.

For details about this chart and more information on enrolment levels, please visit the Institutional Analysis & Planning website.

At Waterloo, I’ve seen firsthand how co-op students are more demanding and curious, pushing their peers and professors to look for fresh insights and to think more broadly and creatively about problems.

Dave McKay 
President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada
(via The ​Globe and Mail)


University graduate survey data shows that Waterloo co-op grads enjoy better career success than graduates from other Ontario universities.

91% are employed after 6 months compared to 87% of Ontario graduates; 79% were earning $50,000+ 2 years after graduation compared to 38% of Ontario graduates. 2013 Ontario University Graduate Survey OUGS

A sextuple-decker club sandwich, piled high and stuffed with fillings.

Times Higher Education


CECA helps prepare students for success on both their work terms and after graduation with career advising sessions, workshops, professional development courses and employer information sessions.  

2,900+ students attended individual career advising sessions; 4,800+ students accessed drop-in career or co-op consultation services.18,400+ online workshops completed; 352 Employer Information Sessions attended by over 23,000 students.

The University of Waterloo has become a magnet for recruiters.

Wall Street Journal


18,700+ work terms; 59,000+ interviews and 1,425 in a single day; 2,600+ international work terms in 60+ countries
average co-op earnings of $16,200 per work term

The calibre of these students is exceptional...My colleagues continuously commend them for their outstanding achievements in the field of radiation oncology.

Dr. Edward Chow
Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Photo of Rachel McDonald; winner of the national, provincial and faculty Co-op Student of the Year awards.

The talent here is insane…After four years in the co-op program, you know more about starting a company than most people.

Ted Livingston
Founder and CEO, Kik Interactive


120+ accredited co-op perograms; 37,000+ interactions with students, employers and staff by our Information Centre staff.bar

WatCASE examines the world's largest co-op data set to understand and further motivate the co-op model.


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Photo of Peggy Jarvie; Message from our Executive Director

Highlights from the 2015/16 fiscal year:

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