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Through North America's largest co-op/internship program, you can test out careers before you graduate so you know where to take your career upon graduating. In co-op, you'll alternate between school and co-op work terms, graduating with nearly 2 years of work experience and earning $42,000 to $90,000. Most of our programs are also offered as non-co-op programs.

Waterloo has ranked as Canada's most innovative university for 28 years in a row — and ranks #1 in Canada for career preparation (Maclean's university rankings). With more than 100 programs to choose from, a Waterloo education goes beyond the classroom. We have more than 250 clubs and teams, one of Canada's largest campus recreation programs, and guaranteed residence for first-year and transfer students.

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 social sciences, the environment, and business with 17 business-related programs available.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:4,900 bedsLowest: $5,879Highest: $12,552

First-year and transfer students are guaranteed residence.

Off Campus Housing

Find more information on the website:

Incoming Students


Each faculty and residence has many programs to enhance the first year experience and help you make the transition to university life. Some of the services on campus include academic advice, personal counseling, and computer support.

The International Student Experience team also provides support to international students studying at Waterloo including orientation, English conversation classes, and social activities that help you learn about Waterloo. More information is available at

Career Planning

Our Centre for Career Action department provides opportunities to help you prepare for your future. Resumé writing workshops, career fairs, and grad school information are just a few of the resources available. Through North America's largest co-op/internship program, you can try out 4 to 6 different career areas and earn $42,000 to $90,000 by the time you graduate. Co-op is offered in nearly all programs — more than 100 areas of study to choose from — and over half of our undergraduate students are enrolled in the co-op system of study.


Learn about intramural sports and campus recreation opportunities at


Spend a co-op term working for one of the world's top employers. Be part of the team designing the next generation of solar car. Study with classmates who might be from across town or across the globe. Consistently ranked as one of Canada's best overall universities, Waterloo will provide you with an outstanding education and a rewarding student experience.


Joining one of our 250+ student clubs is the perfect way to find something you love and surround yourself with others who share that same passion. We have clubs that cater to all kinds of interests and if there isn't a club already that matches your interests, you can gather a group of friends and start your own with the help of our student government.

Information Technology

Details about computing services for Waterloo students is available on the Information Systems & Technology department website.


A large fine arts area and studio, architecture studios, 4 museums, an art gallery, an observatory, a rare book collection, student clubs, and many social activities and special events.

Special Services

Centre for Career Action, chaplains, counselling services, health services, international student office, Indigenous student centre, mature student services, off-campus dons, office for persons with disabilities, sexual harassment counsellor, and women's centre. Detailed information is available on our website.

Affiliated Institutions

Students can register for academic programs through Renison and St. Jerome's, and all 4 institutions offer specialized programs and residence facilities in the atmosphere of smaller colleges within the university setting.

International Involvement

  • Dozens of cultural groups are active on campus
  • 140 exchange and study abroad programs
  • Over 1,000 students have an international co-op work term each year.

Campus Tour

Tours are available Monday through Saturday most weeks. Book online today!

Modified on September 25, 2020

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