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University of Waterloo

4.6 out of 5 (19 ratings / 14 reviews) Waterloo, Canada
Waterloo goes beyond the classroom, to a place where experience is the teacher. Beyond problems to solutions that address social, technical and economic needs. Beyond the laboratory, to the research that propels industries, organizations and society.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Medicine & Health (5)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)

About

History

In 1957, innovation and entrepreneurship brought University of Waterloo into being, as a group of business leaders imagined a new university built to tackle some of the world’s most daunting challenges.

Education

Community and Professional Education (CAPE) is a collective of institutes, schools, and programs at Renison University College offering non-credit/non-degree programs, courses, and events in the areas of language, culture, and spirituality.

Research

The Office of Research is the university's central point connecting scientists on campus or those associated with Waterloo to opportunities for funding and a variety of services, including commercialization. Office of Research staff support researchers through the many phases of research including ethics review and managing funds.

Research is an integral and intensive area at Waterloo. In 2017-2018, Waterloo attracted more than $224 million from public and private sources to fund research across a spectrum of challenges. Waterloo's strength in research excellence is supported by partnerships with industry, creating opportunities that generate new knowledge and further Canada's economy.

Career

Career Advisors help all students, postdocs, alumni and employees learn about career management techniques, graduate/professional school preparation, work search methods and how to set meaningful and achievable goals, through:

  • One-on-one appointments
  • Drop-ins and co-op consults
  • Workshops and events

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
151
2018
151 50
2017
201
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
173 -10
2019
163 -11
2018
152
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
201
2019
201
2018
201
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
217 -2
2019
215 15
2018
230
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The Student Success Offices provides academic and personal development services, resources for international students, as well as study abroad and exchange support. We work closely with campus partners to create a vibrant experience for students from their first days at Waterloo, right to convocation. 

Housing services

The SLC provides a casual atmosphere of recreation and relaxation for students, staff and faculty of the University of Waterloo. Come in, relax and take a break. It is the place to study, relax, do some banking, eat, visit Tim Hortons or just hang out with friends.

Library services

The University of Waterloo Library contributes to the achievement of the University's goals by collaborating with the community in teaching, learning, research and service.

The Library is committed to the values of:

  • lifelong learning
  • equitable access
  • intellectual freedom
  • confidentiality
  • communication and cooperation
  • continuous improvement

ICT services

In Information Systems & Technology (IST) we strive to provide effective information systems, technology and services in support of learning, teaching, research and administrative needs.

Medical services

Health Services aims to provide convenient, confidential and comprehensive medical care to registered students at Waterloo. We work in coordination with other health-related services on campus and in the Kitchener-Waterloo community.

Student Life

Campus life

Campus Wellness is here to help all students at the University of Waterloo. Our professionals provide primary medical care and mental health services using an inclusive, connected, and collaborative approach.

Sports facilities

If you're looking for a great way to keep in shape and have fun, join a Warrior recreation program or a varsity team. It's also a great way to make new friends, get involved on campus, and simply enjoy yourself.

Waterloo has 2 main athletic facilities on campus as well as gyms and recreational spaces in some residences. 

Student clubs

The Associate Provost, Students is responsible for the effective direction and leadership of student services at Waterloo, including:

  • Housing and Residences
  • Student Success Office
  • Campus Wellness
  • Print + Retail Solutions
  • Athletics and Recreational Services
  • Food Services
  • Student government:  Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, Graduate Student Association
  • Velocity

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Studying in the University of Waterloo is fantastic. The school clearly has an identity that makes it unique -technology and innovation actors best. The courses available are not entirely what I would like to read for my. Program. But overall I'm happy to be here

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The quality of education is really good. Of course there are a fee classes that are boring and bland, but you have to take them. The University itself is really ugly, a lot of classes and buildings are old and need to be renovated. The support for students isn't really great, you really have to fend for yourself.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My study experience has been pretty good, but with a lot of ups and downs. I had a lot of great opportunities to conduct research during my undergrad, which led to me attending grad school. It has been a stressful experience, and everyday is a balancing act of responsibilities, but I think it will be worth it in the end. I definitely enjoy my current program and look...

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