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University of Waterloo


About the University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo has long been recognized as the most innovative university in Canada. Like many universities, the University of Waterloo is committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching, research, and scholarship. What sets us apart is how we go about accomplishing our mission.

From the beginning, the University of Waterloo has been an outward-looking university, aware of and responsive to the needs of society. We have the largest co-operative education program in North America, and our students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience required to solve today's complex and pressing problems and to embrace future challenges.

  • MacLean’s, Canada’s leading news magazine, has consistently ranked the University of Waterloo as one of the top rated schools for over 11 years. Over 11,600 opinion leaders surveyed across the country judged the University of Waterloo as the most innovative university in Canada.
  • The University of Waterloo has been built as a vision for technology- 22% of the technology spin-offs from all Canadian universities come from the University of Waterloo.
  • Canada’s pre-eminent educational institution in computer science and mathematics, UW accounts for 10% of engineering graduates and 15% of math and computer science PhD’s in Canada. UW is also home to the world’s largest enrolment in mathematics.
  • University of Waterloo pioneered co-operative education in Canada nearly 50 years ago. We now operate the largest co-op work study program in the world, with 17,600+ students (55% of UW’s full-time undergraduate population) in co-op, 120 co-op programs, and 6,300 active employers. This model has been adopted by more than 100 colleges and universities across Canada.
  • Knowledge spun-off from UW is multi-faceted and far-reaching. Based on the transfer of technological and intellectual resources, over 250 spin-off companies can be attributed to the University.
  • University of Waterloo students have the highest average entering grade among Canadian universities (without medical schools) within 6 months of graduation, nearly 96% of our students are employed.
  • Our student teams have been world champions twice in the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming competition. In 2000, we won the prestigious William Lowell Putnam mathematical competition. In these and other competitions, the University of Waterloo has won over teams from institutions such as Harvard, Stanford and MIT.

University of Waterloo cool facts

  • Oldest building on main campus: Graduate House, originally a farmhouse dating back to the 19th century; on the north campus, Brubacher House, dating from about 1850
  • First building erected for the University of Waterloo: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Building, 1958, now known as the Douglas Wright Engineering Building
  • Newest building on campus: Applied Health Sciences Building Expansion, adjacent to B.C. Matthews Hall
  • Largest gathering space: main gym in the Physical Activities Complex seats 2,176
  • Largest building on campus: Davis Centre, 309,766 square feet
  • Smallest buildings on campus: parking kiosks,179 square feet
  • Number of lecture halls: 15 
  • Classrooms: 130
  • Seminar rooms: 49
  • Laboratories: 328
  • Offices for faculty, grad students, researchers and staff: 3,744

Learn more about UW's President, Feridun Hamdullahpur.

Learn more about the Campus Master Plan.

University Club

Looking for a great place for lunch? The University Club is a great place to enjoy a tasty meal - located within walking distance of all main campus buildings! Become a member today (parking is also available here with your membership card). 

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