University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo | Waterloo, Ont. | Founded 1957

University of Waterloo student working on an equation on a whiteboard

PhD student Cathy Wang works on math problems in the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) building at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario on Friday, October 13, 2017. (Photograph by Hannah Yoon)

The University of Waterloo is a research mecca. It’s home to the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, the Science Teaching Complex and the Balsillie School of International Affairs—a collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University. A second campus in Stratford, Ont., is dedicated to digital media and information technology. Engineering 7 is home to growing biomedical and mechatronics engineering programs, as well as research on disruptive technologies.

Research leads to entrepreneurship, and that includes Velocity, the world’s largest free start-up incubator. A recent study by Deloitte Canada found that the school’s entrepreneurship programs have generated more than $2 billion in revenue and approximately 7,500 jobs over a decade. Looking to the future, the school recently announced plans to create the first 5G smart campus in central Canada and launched its Quantum Alliance program to advance the application of quantum technologies.

“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 near the downtown.

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Standout Programs
Science and Business: Students can choose to specialize in one of four scientific disciplines while also studying business plans, case studies and market analysis.
Geography and Aviation: Students graduate with a bachelor of environmental studies and a commercial pilot licence and learn about landforms, weather patterns and remote sensing while logging 200-plus flight hours.
Geological Engineering: Grads are in high demand. Their knowledge can be applied to ensure the safety of dams and pipelines, remove hazardous waste from groundwater, develop robotic technologies to improve safety in mines, and more.

Cool Courses
Math for Good and Evil: Consider how math and computer science factor into democracy, health and the environment.
Skeletons: Sex, Disease and Death: Examine how human remains have been used to reconstruct and understand life and death in ancient society.

$6,607 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 80% · Science: 80% · Commerce: 80-92% · Engineering: 88%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 32,644 · Part-time: 1,358
Graduates: Full-time: 4,728 · Part-time: 1,264
International Students: First-year: 20.3% ·
Graduate: 43.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 52 to 48
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 6,683 (5,675 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $10,783 to $11,583 · Single room with meals: $11,457 to $12,257 · Double room without meals: $5,879 · Single room without meals: $6,553 · Apartment-style: $6,174 to $7,069

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