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University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo | Waterloo, Ont. | Founded 1957

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Student design teams work on various vehicles for upcoming competitions at the Engineering 5 building at the University of Waterloo.

The University of Waterloo is a research mecca. The Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre opened in 2012, as did a campus in Stratford, Ont., dedicated to digital media and information technology. The Science Teaching Complex opened in January 2016, and Engineering 7, slated to open in 2018, will be home to growing biomedical and mechatronics engineering programs, as well as research on disruptive technologies, including machine intelligence. There’s also the Balsillie School of International Affairs, a collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University. Research leads to entrepreneurship, and that includes Velocity Garage, the world’s largest free start-up incubator. Waterloo also has the largest post-secondary co-op program in the world. “The University of Waterloo’s world-leading co-op program, outstanding academic programming and highly relevant research equip our students with the experience, skills and knowledge they need to help solve the challenges of today’s changing world,” says president Feridun Hamdullahpur. The main campus is mostly low- and mid-rise buildings enclosed by a ring road, while the southwest campus is home to Laurel Creek and the small Laurel Lake. The Stratford campus features an ultra-modern building with open-concept classrooms near the downtown core.

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Standout Programs

Kinesiology: This science-based program offers optional specializations in pre-health professions, ergonomics and human nutrition, with the opportunity to gain real-world experience through co-op education.

Knowledge Integration: Allows students to explore interests in both arts and science, developing core skills in problem solving and effective communication to make a difference in a changing and complex world.

Nanotechnology Engineering: This multidisciplinary program, drawing on fields such as chemistry, physics and engineering, aims to provide practical training in nanotechnology; emphasis is placed on using modern instrumentation techniques.

Cool Courses

Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Knowledge Requirements: This course gives students the hands-on experience and all the training needed to become licensed drone operators.

Foundations of a Healthy Lifestyle: Introduces student to the basics of health, wellness and disease, with an emphasis on assessing the student’s own lifestyle and health risks.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 88%
Arts: 80%
Science: 80%
Commerce: 80% to 92%
$7,050 Undergraduates: 31,383
Graduates: 5,274
6,863 (5,548 reserved for first years) Graduation: 79%
Retention: 93.2%

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