University of Waterloo

Who We Are

You’re getting ready to embark on your biggest adventure yet. And you’re looking for the right place to make it happen. A place where your curiosity meets world-class professors. Where learning takes place through classes and labs, clubs and teams and co-op work terms. And where a community supports your limitless potential.

Our unmatched entrepreneurial culture, intense focus on research and broad range of programs make us one of the country's top ranked universities. Find out more at our future student website. We hope you’ll join us.

Why Waterloo?

  • Join a community that celebrates diversity, passion and purpose – and that’s consistently ranked among Canada’s best and most innovative universities. 
  • More than 100 programs to choose from – many that are unique to Waterloo and are ranked among the top in the world. 
  • Most of our programs are offered through co-op and through the regular system of study, which follows the traditional September to April school year. 
  • Explore careers and earn money through North America’s largest network of co-op employers. With 4 to 6 co-op terms, you’ll graduate with up to 2 years of valuable work experience and be ready to launch your career.
  • Waterloo's students are successful; they have some of the highest graduation and degree completion rates in Ontario. 
  • With more than 1,000 start-up companies, Waterloo is a leader in helping student entrepreneurs turn their creative ideas into businesses.
  • Located 110 km west of Toronto in a clean, safe, mid-sized city that's home to 2 universities and a college. 

Campus Life

  • On-campus residence is guaranteed for first-year and transfer students. More than just a place to live, Waterloo’s residences provide connections that can last a lifetime while living in the heart of our campus.
  • Stay active through one of the country's largest campus recreation programs. Choose from dozens of intramural sports and clubs, including soccer, basketball, kickboxing and yoga. 
  • More than 250 student clubs, including Canada's oldest university LGBTQ+ organization.
  • Enjoy a new athletics field house for year-round intramural and varsity sports and an expanded student life centre opening this year.