Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC)

The Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) is a group of Canadian universities that works together to survey students to gain a better understanding of the Canadian undergraduate student population. The surveys provide comparative information on student characteristics and experiences. Each survey targets a specific undergraduate sub-sample based on a three-year cycle that alternates between:

  • first-year students
  • middle years (Prior to 2013, all undergraduates)
  • graduating-year students

The surveys establish a profile of undergraduate students and cover a range of topics, including:

  • student demographics
  • involvement in academic activities
  • extra-curricular activities
  • skill growth and development
  • student satisfaction with their university
  • education financing and debt
  • future education and employment

Waterloo has participated in CUSC first-year and graduating student surveys only since 1998. The results of the 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015 surveys are available below.

Survey of First-Year Students


2010 First-year Survey Instrument (PDF)

2010 First-year - Executive Summary of Results (PDF)


2013 First-year Survey Instrument (PDF)

2013 First-year - Executive Summary of Results (PDF)


2016 First-year Survey Instrument (PDF)

Survey of Graduating Year Students


2012 Graduating Student Survey Instrument (PDF)

2012 Graduating Student  - Executive Summary of Results (PDF)


2015 Graduating Student Survey instrument (PDF)

2015 Graduating Student - Executive Summary of Results (PDF)

Quick Facts


  • FTE (Full-time equivalent) Enrolment (2015/16): 33,200

  • International Mix (2015/16):

    • Graduate: 37%

    • Undergraduate: 17%

  • Degrees Granted (2016): 7,679

Co-operative Education

  • Co-op work terms (2015/16): 18,730

Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty Members (2015): 1,211
  • Number of Staff (2015): 2,325


  • Tri-Agency Research Awards (2015/16): $48.3M


  • $59.7M raised (2015/16)

Source: Performance Indicators

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