University of Waterloo: Statistics



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#112 of 14,131 In the World
#67 of 2,597 In North America
#5 of 101 In Canada
#2 of 24 In Ontario
#1 of 2 In Waterloo
#11 of 1,019 For Database Administration
Top100 For 85 other topics
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Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* The University of Waterloo is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

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

Research profile

University of Waterloo is a world-class research university with 121,550 scientific papers published and 3,087,762 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

75,760 / 2,016,931
68,950 / 1,884,330
Computer Science
61,012 / 1,543,386
53,335 / 1,508,059
53,030 / 1,557,967
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
50,421 / 1,185,591
Quantum and Particle physics
50,384 / 1,450,696
Environmental Science
48,460 / 1,320,545
Materials Science
33,563 / 918,662
33,441 / 827,049
31,156 / 899,919
Organic Chemistry
29,142 / 927,982
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
28,299 / 672,163
27,095 / 621,214
26,414 / 739,996
Geography and Cartography
25,719 / 650,827
24,750 / 617,006
24,130 / 574,606
23,182 / 727,407
Political Science
22,426 / 505,379
21,287 / 492,359
20,512 / 632,507
19,943 / 638,616
Electrical Engineering
19,701 / 511,381
Optical Engineering
19,155 / 471,327
16,876 / 530,976
15,750 / 359,142
15,007 / 345,325
14,881 / 328,811
14,573 / 334,403
14,270 / 405,717
Machine Learning
13,864 / 348,113
Computer Networking
13,744 / 346,434
13,714 / 335,804
13,177 / 294,447
Mechanical Engineering
13,177 / 312,644
13,013 / 319,901
12,127 / 350,382
Metallurgical Engineering
11,793 / 368,540
Computer Vision
11,124 / 277,801

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 1129 9811
1992 1293 11205
1993 1227 11380
1994 1170 12803
1995 1204 13765
1996 1293 14740
1997 1151 15635
1998 1214 17087
1999 1208 18728
2000 1381 21264
2001 1396 22125
2002 2610 31609
2003 2131 31957
2004 2177 35210
2005 2568 42858
2006 2903 48058
2007 3141 54481
2008 3344 62535
2009 3469 71019
2010 3636 79887
2011 3852 92220
2012 4053 105047
2013 4328 118905
2014 4555 131123
2015 4623 139824
2016 4800 147141
2017 5198 157100
2018 5216 178580
2019 5785 204178
2020 6250 236210
2021 6192 268498
2022 5908 268805
2023 5700 273184
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 70)
    financiertelevision personalityphotographerbusinesspersontelevision producer

    Terrence 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 programs SqueezePlay and The Lang and O'Leary Exchange, as well as the Canadian 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 30)
    programmercomputer scientistphilanthropist

    Vitaly Dmitrievich Buterin, better known as Vitalik Buterin (Russian: Вита́лик Буте́рин, born 31 January 1994), is a Russian-Canadian computer programmer, and co-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 Gavin Wood, Charles Hoskinson, Anthony Di Iorio, and Joseph Lubin.

  3. Chamath Palihapitiya

    Chamath Palihapitiya
    Born in
    Sri Lanka Flag Sri Lanka
    1976-.. (age 48)
    venture capitalistengineerpodcasterbusinessperson

    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 The Social+Capital Partnership, through which he invested in several companies, including Yammer and Slack. He is a co-host of a technology podcast, All In, along with David Sacks, Jason Calacanis, and David Friedberg.

  4. Chris Hadfield

    Chris Hadfield
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1959-.. (age 65)
    Enrolled in the University of Waterloo
    1982-1983 graduated with Master of Engineering in mechanical engineering
    camera operatorexecutive producerguitaristastronautaircraft pilot

    Chris Austin Hadfield is a Canadian retired astronaut, engineer, fighter pilot, musician, and writer. 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 121,000

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