University of Waterloo

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2023
World Reputation Rankings 2023
University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada

About University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada was established in 1957. Originally hosting 74 engineering students, the university wanted to create an environment of co-operative education. Now it hosts more than 42,000 students each year, with approximately 30,000 international students from 120 countries worldwide.

There are six faculties at the university including arts, engineering, environment, health, mathematics and science. Within these faculties students can choose to study any of the 100+ programmes available including biotechnology, data science, digital arts, health, robotics and sustainability under the umbrella of the business or environmental programmes. Students can also study multiple subjects by adding minors to their degree.

The university offers undergraduate and graduate courses as well as alternative ways to learn including professional courses, part-time studies and exchange programmes.

The university has four libraries, with more than one million books between them.

There are over 200 accredited student clubs, as well as three student newspapers.

With a global network of 220,000 alumni across 151 countries, the University of Waterloo offers opportunities with over 7,000 co-op employers to students.

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Key statistics

  • 24.2
    No. of students per staff
  • 23%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 47 : 53
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 39%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 36,904
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings

Subjects taught at University of Waterloo

  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Physical sciences

    • Chemistry
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Engineering & technology

    • General Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
  • Business & economics

    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Business & Management
  • Social sciences

    • Sociology
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Geography
    • Communication & Media Studies
  • Arts & humanities

    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Architecture
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Life sciences

    • Sport Science
    • Biological Sciences
  • Psychology

    • Psychology