University of Waterloo

Who we are

The University of Waterloo is Canada’s top innovation university. With more than 36,000 students, we are home to North America’s largest co-op system. Our unmatched entrepreneurial culture, combined with an intense focus on research, powers 1 of the top innovation hubs in the world. Find out more at

Why Waterloo?

  • Canada’s most innovative university for 25 years in a row (Maclean’s magazine reputational rankings).
  • More than 100 programs to choose from – many that are unique to Waterloo.
  • Through Waterloo's co-op program, you have access to 6,700 employers worldwide, including companies such as the Government of Canada, Google, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Facebook.
  • Co-op combines academic studies with paid work experience, providing up to 2 years’ paid work experience and potential total co-op earnings of $45,000 to $85,000.
  • 2 years after graduating, 88% of Waterloo co-op students work in a field related to their degree compared to 75% of all Ontario university grads.
  • With more than 300 start-up companies connected to the university, Waterloo is 1 of the country’s leading universities for encouraging student entrepreneurs to turn their creative ideas into businesses.
  • Located 110 km west of Toronto in a clean, safe, mid-sized city.

Campus life

  • 300+ clubs, including Canada's oldest university LGBTQ organization
  • 1 of the country's largest campus recreation programs with dozens of intramural sports, tournaments, and clubs, including soccer, ice hockey, volleyball and flag football
  • Welcome Week happens at the beginning of each term to welcome students
  • The Bombshelter Pub runs special events throughout the term from Beyoncé night to Trivia Thursday
  • Beautiful outdoor study spots
  • Popular humans vs. zombies competition every fall and winter term