University of Waterloo


Imagine a place where you spend your days discussing, challenging, developing, and sharing ideas. Ideas Start Here.

More Canadian high-tech companies have their roots at Waterloo than any other university. Waterloo ranks as Canada’s most innovative university for the 23rd year in a row, the best overall university and best source of "leaders of tomorrow" according to the Maclean’s 2015 university reputational rankings.

What sets Waterloo apart is hands-on learning. Through the world’s largest co-op program, you can alternate 4-month school and co-op work terms – gaining up to 2 years of work experience and earning $37,000 to $77,000. With more than 100 programs to choose from, a Waterloo education goes beyond the classroom. Our Student Success Office provides support for student entrepreneurs through Velocity, which provides workshops, mentors, and even a special residence. And, we have more than 160 clubs and teams.

Our intellectual property policy means that students and professors retain ownership of their ideas. More than 300 start-up companies have been created by Waterloo students, professors, and alumni. Waterloo graduates succeed.

Areas of Expertise

Waterloo is known for excellence in engineering, mathematics, computer science, accounting, architecture, optometry, and pharmacy. In fact, the New York Times calls us “one of the world’s best technology schools.” But we're also recognized for outstanding teaching and research in health, science, the humanities and the environment.

Field of Study
Social and Behavioural Sciences and Law 25%
Humanities and Languages 16%
Physical and Life Sciences and Technologies 12%
Mathematics, Computer and Information Sciences 12%
Business, Management and Public Administration 10%
Architecture, Engineering, and Related Technologies 7%
Health, Parks, Recreation and Fitness 7%
Visual and Performing Arts, and Communications Technologies 6%
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Conservation 3%
Education 1%
Personal, Culinary, Protective and Transportation Services 1%
Other 1%
Personal Improvement and Leisure 0%

Modified on November 20, 2014

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