Student Experience Survey (SES)

The Student Experience Survey is administered by the Survey Research Centre (SRC), in collaboration with the University of Waterloo Institutional Analysis and Planning (IAP) department, Associate Vice President, Academic, the Associate Vice President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, the Keep Learning Team, and the Student Success Office (SSO). 

The survey is sent to a sample of University of Waterloo undergraduate students and course-based master's students every term to understand students' perceptions of their academic and non-academic learning environment and experience at Waterloo. Topics covered include:

  • student perceptions of general well-being, feelings of belonging and inclusion on campus, student support systems;
  • student perceptions of campus life, and overall engagement in non-academic activities and recreation; and
  • student perceptions of various learning experiences and supports

The first survey was piloted in Spring 2022. Results from past surveys are available below.

For general inquiries about this survey, please email


Quick Facts


  • FTE (Full-time equivalent) Enrolment (2021/22): 38,166

  • International Mix (2021/22):

    • Graduate: 40%

    • Undergraduate: 21%

  • Degrees Granted (2021): 9,430

Co-operative Education

  • Co-op work terms (2021/22): 24,045

Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty Members (2021): 1,352
  • Number of Staff (2021): 2,691


  • Tri-Agency Research Awards 2021/22): $98.3M
  • Total Sponsored Research Awards (2021/22): $231.2M


  • $39.5M raised (2021/22)

Source: Performance Indicators

Submit a request to IAP for additional data

Staff or faculty? more data available