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If you’ve ever used a smartphone, worn contact lenses, or been turned off by a tobacco warning, the University of Waterloo has already changed your life. As Canada’s leading innovation university, Waterloo equips you with the resources and expertise to bring ideas to life.

Our global reputation works for you
•    Ranked Canada’s most innovative university for 25 years in a row — Maclean’s news magazine
•    #1 in Canada for computer science and engineering — U.S. News & World Report
•    One of 14 universities worldwide to earn 5+ stars for outstanding performance — QS Stars Rating
•    “One of the world’s best technology schools” — The New York Times

Our graduates are in demand
Waterloo is #1 for career preparation among the country’s mid-sized and large universities (Maclean’s University Rankings 2016). This preparation makes you a valuable asset for any organization.

Google Canada’s Steven Woods cites Waterloo as one of the “top three recruiting universities for Google as a whole, worldwide.”

If you’re interested in forging your own path, Waterloo offers a strong entrepreneurial community. The University of Waterloo has trained more than 1,200 students through entrepreneurship programs. As of 2016 these Waterloo entrepreneurs have raised $2.6 billion (PitchBook).

Work for top companies as part of your degree
Waterloo students are prepared to step directly into the workplace, thanks to the world’s largest co-op program. As a co-op student you can:
• Alternate between four-month work and study terms;
• Include up to two years of relevant experience as part of your degree;
• Grow your professional network and networking skills; and
• Help pay for your tuition: $45,000–$85,000 (CAD) potential earnings by graduation.

Waterloo co-op students currently work at Twitter, Apple, Ernst & Young, Bloomberg, Facebook, and The Hospital for Sick Children.



Waterloo’s main campus is located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It’s about 110 kilometers/68 miles from Toronto, Ontario, and 390 kilometers/240 miles from Detroit, Michigan. A diverse, mid-sized city, Waterloo is an affordable place to live and is student focused—home to two universities and a community college.


Type of school: Ranked as one of Canada’s top three overall universities, Waterloo is a publicly funded, coeducational university with more than 100 undergraduate and 190 graduate programs.

Size of Campus: Our 1,000-acre main campus was designed with you in mind—it’s safe, park like, and pedestrian friendly. Waterloo also has health sciences, architecture, and digital media campuses located in the nearby cities of Kitchener, Cambridge, and Stratford.

Number of Students: 31,000 undergraduate and 5,200 graduate students

Number of Faculty: 1,174; student-faculty ratio: 31:1

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: All of our programs are offered through the following faculties and schools: Faculty of Applied Health Sciences; Faculty of Arts; Faculty of Engineering; Faculty of Environment; Faculty of Mathematics; Faculty of Science; School of Accounting and Finance; School of Architecture; David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science; School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development; School of Optometry; School of Pharmacy; School of Planning; School of Social Work

Geographic Diversity: Waterloo students come from over 132 countries. Currently more than 5,500 international students study at Waterloo.

International Student Services: Our Student Success Office (SSO) is a full-service resource center for international students. You’ll find answers to your academic, social, cultural, legal, and financial questions. The SSO also leads an orientation session, offers programs to help you meet other international students, provides help to improve your English skills, and organizes on- and off-campus activities.

International Student Budget: (two terms)
Undergraduate Tuition        $  18,900–$25,800 USD ($24,800–$36,800 CAD)
Graduate Tuition        $   9,800–$12,200 USD ($12,900–16,000 CAD)
Room and Board        $ 4,600–$8,500 USD ($6,000–$11,200 CAD)

Financial Aid: Our scholarships are based on academic achievement. You are automatically considered for most scholarships; only a few require an application. Entrance scholarships range from $375–$60,000 USD ($500–$80,000 CAD).      

Test Score Requirements: High school diploma with prerequisite courses completed at the AP level and/or grade 12 senior academic level. Applicants to Engineering programs are required to submit SAT scores or ACT results. If your first language is not English, view our English language requirements at uwaterloo.ca/fom/elr.

Application Deadlines and Fees: The application deadline to begin your studies in fall 2017 is March 31, 2017, for most programs. There are, however, some exceptions. The application fee is $156 CAD and lets you apply to three separate programs. There is a $50 fee for each additional program to which you apply.