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, opened last year, is home to growing biomedical and mechatronics engineering programs, as well as research on disruptive technologies, including machine intelligence.

Research leads to entrepreneurship, and that includes Velocity Garage, the world’s largest free startup incubator. Outside class, students can head to the math department for a game of Loop on North America’s first-ever elliptical pool table. Waterloo 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.

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Standout Programs
• Arts and Business: Choose from among 23 arts majors and add on business classes for the practical skills employers look for.
• Geomatics: Learn to use tools such as GIS and remote sensing to analyze geographical and spatial data; option to specialize in climate change and environment, earth systems science, or economy and society.
• Therapeutic Recreation: Students prepare for work in recreation therapy by learning how to plan leisure activities for people of varying age and ability.

Cool Courses
Changing Form and Structure of Metropolitan Canada: The Millennial City: Examines how millennials differ from previous generations and the impact this has on cities when it comes to transit, housing, labour and other issues.
Science of Forensics and Criminalistics: An introduction to the methods used to gather scientific evidence from crime scenes and the investigation of objects associated with illegal activity.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 80% · Science: 80% · Commerce: 80-92% · Engineering: 88%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 31,917 · Part-time: 1,321
Graduates: Full-time: 4,611 · Part-time: 1,249
International Students: First-year: 20% ·
Graduate: 44.8%
Male-Female Ratio: 53 to 47
Residence Spaces
6,681 (5,675 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $10,525 to $11,325 · Single room with meals: $11,187 to $11,987 · Double room without meals: $5,775 · Single room without meals: $6,437 · Apartment-style: $6,065 to $7,684

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