University of Waterloo


Established in 1957, the University of Waterloo (UW) is a public research university in Ontario, Canada. The University operates on one main campus in Waterloo along with three satellite campuses. It consists of six main faculties and offers more than 100 programs to study in.

Research Performance of the University of Waterloo has been noted in several bibliometric rankings in academic publications. Research Infosource ranked UW 12th in their list of top 50 research universities in Canada. It is a member of U15 Universities, a 15 Canadian research universities group. In 2017 Waterloo had sponsored research income of around 189 million USD.

The alumni of the University include many intellectuals, world leaders and government officials. These former students of the family belong to over 150 countries.


In 2020, the University enrolled roughly 36,000 undergraduate and 6,200 postgraduate students, making it a co-educational school. The institution has the world's largest paid internship program, with 7,000 firms from all over the world hiring students for four-month paid work terms during their studies.

This institute has a department for student governance named Student Life Center. It also directs cultural, social, and recreational activities. This centre contains several student organizations, including WUSA (Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association). UW has three major on-campus student publications, the official student newspaper, mathNews (Math Society Newspaper), and the Iron Warrior (Engineering Society Newspaper).

The athletics programs at the University of Waterloo date to 1957. UW sports teams participate in the OUA (Ontario University Athletics Conference) for most varsity sports. The university's varsity teams are baseball, badminton, cross country, basketball, field hockey, curling, figure skating, golf, rugby, squash, swimming, volleyball, and tennis. All the institute's varsity sports and recreational activities are managed by the Department of Athletics and Recreational Activity.


The University of Waterloo offers a place to stay, but it provides a place with a sense of belonging. It allows the students to interact with each other and have a better study experience. Most students during their first year prefer living off-campus, but it has been observed that those living on-campus have better grades and CGPA.

It has 8 student residences and many living spaces affiliated with the University. Residents in these spaces are represented by two residential councils, the South Council, which represents UW Place residents, and North Council, which represents the remaining residents. Both these councils have their own budget, meetings, and separate executive.


  • By QS World Ranking, the University of Waterloo ranks 154.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of Waterloo ranks 201-250.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Waterloo at 199.


University of Waterloo
200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada

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