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University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo | Waterloo, Ont. | Founded 1957

University of Waterloo

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, 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. 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
• Biomedical Engineering: Responds to the growing need for engineers who can apply new technologies to health-related problems; combines fields such as biochemistry, anatomy, molecular biology and physiology with engineering principles.
• Global Business and Digital Arts: Combines creative design, technology and business, offering hands-on projects with industry partners and paid internships. First year takes place in Waterloo; the final three years are conducted at the Stratford campus.
• 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.

Cool Courses
The Devil: Looks at music, film, literature and visual arts to analyze demonic figures in Russian and Slavic cultural traditions.
• Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and Myth: From The Godfather to The Sopranos, this course focuses on the visual representation of the Mafia in North America and the glorified lifestyle that is often portrayed.

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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