Why come to Waterloo?

The University of Waterloo ranks among the top institutions in the world. As home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada, embraces its connections to the world. We encourage enterprising partnerships in learning, research and commercialization. With campuses and education centres on four continents and academic partnerships spanning the globe, Waterloo is shaping the future of the planet.

Ideas start here 

For more than 25 years in a row, Waterloo has been named Canada's Most Innovative University in the Maclean's reputational survey of Canadian universities.

National university rankings

  • Ranked #1 "most innovative" for 2019 
  • Ranked #2 "best overall university reputation" for 2019 
  • Ranked #2 "leaders of tomorrow" for 2019 
  • Ranked #3 "highest quality" for 2019 
  • Ranked #3 "best overall" for 2019 

Source: Maclean's Canadian University Rankings 2019

Global university rankings

  • Waterloo ranks among the top 275 in the world out of 16,000 universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
  • Waterloo has the 10th best water research institution in the world and is the only Canadian institute in the top 10 (Lux Research Inc.)
  • Top 50 for engineering (Academic Rankings of World Universities)

2018/2019 QS World University Rankings

  • 19th in the world for Hospitality and Leisure Studies
  • 31st in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems
  • 39th in the world for Mathematics
  • Top 75 for Engineering and Technology
  • Top 100 for Civil/Structural/Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geography, Materials Sciences
  • Top 150 for Accounting and Finance, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Psychology, Physics and Astronomy, Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Top 200 for Chemistry, Politics, Physics and Astronomy

Source: QS Top Universities

Part of a dynamic community

The University of Waterloo is known as an internationally-minded institution, however it is also an integral part of the surrounding local community. 

See the Community Impact Report to learn how the university has contributed to economic, philanthropic and environmental initiatives across the Kitchener-Waterloo community.

Find out more about Waterloo.

Find out more about who we are, what we stand for, and our campuses, research and teaching. 

Student Spotlights

Amina Aziz.

Australian exchange student Amina Aziz fulfilled her childhood dream of a Canadian education by coming to Waterloo's Faculty of Arts.

Sarah Ali.

Sarah Ali, a health studies student from the United Arab Emirates with Somalian roots, is adapting to Canadian culture while earning her undergraduate degree at Waterloo.

Sarb Majumdar.

Sarb Majumdar was born in India, but has spent most of his life in Singapore. He now studies management engineering at Waterloo.

Gabriel Bhering.

Gabriel Bhering left his native Brazil to study computer science at Waterloo.

David Ramon Prados.

Originally from Spain, David Ramon Prados studies systems design engineering at Waterloo and plays for the men’s basketball team.

Sofie Persson.

Swedish exchange student Sofie Persson was inspired to study civil engineering at Waterloo after visiting the campus while her sister studied here. She also plays for the women’s basketball team.