University of Waterloo: Statistics

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#108 of 14,131 In the World
#65 of 2,597 In North America
#5 of 101 In Canada
#2 of 24 In Ontario
#1 of 2 In Waterloo
#11 of 2,198 For Blockchain and Cryptography
Top100 For 89 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate53%
Admissions RequirementsOntario Secondary school Diploma or recognized Canadian or foreign equivalent
Academic CalendarSeptember to August (September - December; January-April; May-August)
Full time employee1,139
Student:staff ratio32:1

We've calculated the 53% acceptance rate for University of Waterloo based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

University of Waterloo is a world-class research university with 108,701 scientific papers published and 2,698,742 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Quantum and Particle physics, Environmental Science, Materials Science, and Mathematics.


University of Waterloo majors

by publication & citation count

66,490 / 1,699,482
60,052 / 1,557,245
Computer Science
52,944 / 1,279,535
46,471 / 1,268,698
45,586 / 1,281,287
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
43,620 / 969,889
Quantum and Particle physics
43,149 / 1,170,431
Environmental Science
41,699 / 1,076,504
Materials Science
29,370 / 771,145
28,800 / 665,633
27,196 / 758,420
Organic Chemistry
24,963 / 764,939
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
24,801 / 556,375
23,427 / 503,284
22,615 / 600,375
Geography and Cartography
21,878 / 515,791
21,055 / 491,036
20,760 / 463,077
20,281 / 628,108
Political Science
19,104 / 405,888
17,921 / 392,406
17,269 / 488,273
17,197 / 526,610
Electrical Engineering
16,904 / 394,328
Optical Engineering
16,242 / 360,479
14,611 / 438,763
13,479 / 292,164
13,005 / 281,468
12,821 / 257,165
12,182 / 259,629
Computer Networking
12,069 / 289,663
12,000 / 324,142
11,856 / 272,909
Machine Learning
11,776 / 268,729
11,371 / 243,392
Mechanical Engineering
11,076 / 239,148
10,896 / 250,275
10,455 / 294,200
Metallurgical Engineering
10,010 / 295,671
Computer Vision
9,554 / 218,907

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 968 8343
1991 1070 8922
1992 1205 10269
1993 1173 10532
1994 1141 11574
1995 1173 12480
1996 1257 13768
1997 1154 14741
1998 1234 15914
1999 1208 17469
2000 1399 19805
2001 1399 20866
2002 1596 24487
2003 1753 27812
2004 1915 31620
2005 2236 37950
2006 2524 43635
2007 2853 49879
2008 3136 58404
2009 3211 66342
2010 3373 73501
2011 3553 85061
2012 3779 96738
2013 4009 109589
2014 4284 121998
2015 4415 131058
2016 4403 136989
2017 4874 149382
2018 4769 160507
2019 5513 190985
2020 5942 223344
2021 6652 280650
2022 5175 248372
Academic rankings


The tuition table for University of Waterloo gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Domestic Tuition (CAD) International Tuition (CAD)
Undergraduate $7,580 - $11,600 $44,600 - $50,600
Graduate $7,580 - $11,600 $44,600 - $50,600

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by University of Waterloo.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes TBD
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes TBD
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes TBD
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes TBD
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine No No No
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes TBD

University of Waterloo alumni

  1. Kevin O'Leary

    Kevin O'Leary
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1954-.. (age 69)
    television personalityfinancierjournalistwinegrowertelevision producer

    Terence Thomas Kevin O'Leary, also known as Mr. Wonderful and Maple Man, is a Canadian businessman, investor, journalist, and television personality. From 2004 to 2014, he appeared on various Canadian television shows. These include the business news programmes SqueezePlay and The Lang and O'Leary Exchange, as well as the reality television shows Dragons' Den and Redemption Inc. In 2008, he appeared on Discovery Channel's Project Earth. Since 2009, he has appeared on Shark Tank, the American version of Dragons' Den.

  2. Vitalik Buterin

    Vitalik Buterin
    Born in
    Russia Flag Russia
    1994-.. (age 29)
    philanthropistcomputer scientistprogrammer

    Vitaly Dmitrievich Buterin, better known as Vitalik Buterin (Russian: Вита́лик Буте́рин, born 31 January 1994), is a Russian-Canadian computer programmer, and founder of Ethereum. Buterin became involved with cryptocurrency early in its inception, co-founding Bitcoin Magazine in 2011. In 2014, Buterin deployed the Ethereum blockchain with Dimitry Buterin, Gavin Wood, Charles Hoskinson, Anthony Di Iorio, and Joseph Lubin.

  3. Chamath Palihapitiya

    Chamath Palihapitiya
    Born in
    Sri Lanka Flag Sri Lanka
    1976-.. (age 47)
    engineerbusinesspersonventure capitalist

    Chamath Palihapitiya is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian and American venture capitalist, engineer, SPAC sponsor, founder and CEO of Social Capital. Palihapitiya was an early senior executive at Facebook, working at the company from 2007 to 2011. Following his departure from Facebook, Palihapitiya started his fund, The Social+Capital Partnership, through which he invested in several companies, including Yammer and Slack. The Social+Capital Partnership changed its name to Social Capital in 2015. He is a co-host of the technology podcast All In.

  4. Chris Hadfield

    Chris Hadfield
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1959-.. (age 64)
    Enrolled in the University of Waterloo
    1982-1983 graduated with Master of Engineering in mechanical engineering
    camera operatorsongwritersingeraircraft pilotastronaut

    Chris Austin Hadfield is a Canadian retired astronaut, engineer, fighter pilot, and musician. The first Canadian to perform extravehicular activity in outer space, he has flown two Space Shuttle missions and also served as commander of the International Space Station (ISS). Prior to his career as an astronaut, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 25 years as an Air Command fighter pilot.

All 100 notable alumni

University of Waterloo faculties and divisions

Centre : Accounting Research and Education Accountancy
Centre : Advanced Materials Joining Materials Engineering
Centre : Advanced Studies in Finance Finance
Centre : Advancement of Co-operative Education Education
Centre : Advancement of Trenchless Technologies at Waterloo Technology
Centre : Applied Cryptographic Research Mathematics and Computer Science
Centre : Arts and Technology Arts and Humanities, Technology
Centre : Atmospheric Sciences Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies
Centre : Automotive Research Automotive Engineering
Centre : Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Business Administration, Management, Technology
Centre : Computational Mathematics in Industry and Commerce Business Computing, Mathematics and Computer Science
Centre : Contact Lens Research Optical Technology
Centre : Control of Emerging Contaminants Environmental Studies
Centre : Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation Ecology, Environmental Management
Centre : Education in Mathematics and Computing Computer Education, Mathematics Education
Centre : German Studies German, Germanic Studies
Centre : Heritage Resource Heritage Preservation
Centre : Mental Health Research Psychiatry and Mental Health
Centre : Pavement and Transportation Technology Transport Engineering
Centre : Survey Research Actuarial Science, Statistics
Centre : Teaching Excellence Teacher Training
Centre : Theoretical Neuroscience Neurosciences
College : Conrad Grebel University Arts and Humanities, Bible, Christian Religious Studies, English, Fine Arts, History, Music, New Testament, Peace and Disarmament, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theology
College : Renison University Asian Studies, Chinese, Development Studies, Japanese, Korean, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology
College : St. Jerome's University Accountancy, Anthropology, Business Administration, Catholic Theology, Christian Religious Studies, Classical Languages, Cognitive Sciences, Communication Studies, Criminology, Development Studies, East Asian Studies, Eastern European Studies, Economics, English, Family Studies, Finance, Fine Arts, French Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, German, Greek (Classical), History, Human Resources, Insurance, International Studies, Italian, Jewish Studies, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Medieval Studies, Music, Peace and Disarmament, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Religious Music, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Studies, Theatre, Women's Studies
College : St. Paul's University Canadian Studies, Development Studies, English, Indigenous Studies, International Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology
Faculty : Applied Health Sciences Gerontology, Health Sciences, Leisure Studies, Parks and Recreation, Physical Therapy, Public Health
Faculty : Arts Accountancy, Acting, Ancient Civilizations, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Art Management, Ceramic Art, Chinese, Classical Languages, Communication Studies, Criminology, Development Studies, Dutch, East Asian Studies, Eastern European Studies, Economics, English, Family Studies, Film, Finance, Fine Arts, French, French Studies, Gender Studies, German, Germanic Languages, Germanic Studies, Government, Greek (Classical), History, International Economics, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Leadership, Literature, Media Studies, Medieval Studies, Music, Painting and Drawing, Peace and Disarmament, Philosophy, Polish, Political Sciences, Psychology, Religious Music, Religious Studies, Russian, Slavic Languages, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Studies, Taxation, Theatre, Women's Studies, Writing
Faculty : Engineering Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Fire Science, Geological Engineering, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Microwaves, Nanotechnology, Safety Engineering, Software Engineering
Faculty : Environment Design, Development Studies, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Geography, Natural Resources, Political Sciences, Regional Planning, Sociology, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping, Tourism, Town Planning, Waste Management, Water Management
Faculty : Mathematics Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Finance, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Software Engineering, Statistics
Faculty : Science Astronomy and Space Science, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Genetics, Geochemistry, Geological Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematical Physics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Optics, Optometry, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physics, Physiology, Toxicology
Institute : Advanced Information Technology Information Technology
Institute : Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
Institute : Computer Research Computer Science
Institute : Groundwater Research Water Science
Institute : Innovation Research Management, Technology
Institute : Insurance and Pension Research Insurance
Institute : Nanotechnology Nanotechnology
Institute : Polymer Research Polymer and Plastics Technology
Institute : Quantum Computing Computer Science
Institute : Risk Research Insurance
Institute : Sustainable Energy Energy Engineering
Institute : Water Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Geography, Hydraulic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Resources, Statistics, Water Science
Research Division : Aging Gerontology
Research Division : Insurance, Securities and Quantitative Finance Finance, Insurance

General information

Alternative names UW
Founded 1957
Accreditation Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; Ontario Council of Graduate Studies
Motto Concordia cum veritate
Colors gold, black, white

Location and contacts

Address 200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1
City population 105,000

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