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University of Waterloo


In the heart of Waterloo Region, at the forefront of innovation, the University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. At the hub of a growing network of global partnerships, Waterloo will shape the future by building bridges with industry and between disciplines, institutions and communities.Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, health, environment, arts and social sciences. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology and health sciences research, Waterloo brings ideas and brilliant minds together, inspiring innovations with real impact today and in the future.

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. It was the age of the Cold War and the space race, when a single computer filled a room. Discoveries in science, medicine and engineering were coming fast and furious. Industry leaders in Kitchener-Waterloo knew moving forward meant more than just training people in the technology of the day.

Famous graduates and faculty members

  • 4 Killam Prize winners (Mark Zanna, Ming Li, Bill Tutte and Paul Thagard)
  • 3 faculty awarded fellowships with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Nobel Laureate Sir Anthony Leggett, (Physics, 2003), summer lecturer at Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing
  • 2 of 19 Canada Excellence Research Chairs (David Cory, Quantum Information Processing and Philippe VanCappellen, Ecohydrology)
  • 62 Canada Research Chairs allocated to the University of Waterloo
  • 70 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
  • 4 faculty have won the Canada Council Prix de Rome in Architecture
  • Year established
  • Registered students

Academic specialism

The University of Waterloo has earned the title, proving repeatedly that the institution belongs in the upper echelon of higher education. Waterloo is national and international leader in engineering, in finance, in quantum information and psychology. It stands out among its peers for optometry and kinesiology. Waterloo has blazed the trail in co-operative education, setting a standard for experiential learning emulated by many. Waterloo is leading the way.

  • Largest faculty of engineering in Canada
  • Largest actuarial science program in North America
  • One of the largest concentrations of quantum information scientists in the world
  • #1 psychology department in Canada, by citations
  • World’s first kinesiology department
  • Canada’s only English-language School of Optometry
  • Largest post-secondary co-operative education program of its kind in the world

6 Faculties: Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Math, Science.

10 faculty-based schools: Accounting and Finance (Arts), Architecture (Engineering), Balsillie School of International Affairs (Arts), David Cheriton School of Computer Science (Mathematics), Optometry (Science), Pharmacy (Science), Planning (Environment), School of Public Health and Health Systems (Applied Health Sciences), School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (Environment), Social Work (Renison).

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University of Waterloo
200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
ON N2L 3G1
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The University has 1,000-acre main campus in Waterloo + 3 satellite campuses:

  • Cambridge
  • Kitchener
  • Stratford

Waterloo's main campus is located in the City of Waterloo, about 110 km west of Toronto. The area is home to 2 universities and a community college, so there are plenty of student-oriented businesses and activities to keep you busy.