200 University Avenue W
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
The University of Waterloo has long been recognized as one of Canada’s most innovative universities.
Founded in 1957 in the heart of southwestern Ontario, uWaterloo is an outward-looking university, aware of and responsive to the needs of society. It is differentiated by a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, nurtured in part through a unique creator-owned intellectual property policy and programs like VeloCity, an on-campus commercialization incubator for student entrepreneurs. It is also a trailblazer in the development and implementation of technology-enabled learning, with more than 300 courses and more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate degrees offered online.
The University of Waterloo fulfills its commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship in six Faculties: Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics, and Science, and in our federated university and affiliated colleges: St. Jerome’s University, Conrad Grebel University College, Renison University College and St. Paul’s University College.
The Faculties are also home to ten professional Schools: Accounting and Finance; Architecture; David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science; Environment, Enterprise and Development; Balsillie School of International Affairs; Optometry and Vision Science; Pharmacy; Planning; Public Health and Health Systems; and Social Work.
In addition to the main uWaterloo campus, the university has satellite campuses in the nearby cities of Cambridge (architecture), Kitchener (pharmacy) and Stratford (digital media). The University of Waterloo also has a strong international presence, with more than 350 partnerships in 60 countries around the world.
The University of Waterloo has the world’s largest postsecondary cooperative education program, with more than 60 percent of its undergraduates engaged in work/study programs. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills and practical experience required to solve today’s most complex and pressing problems and to embrace future challenges.
A research-intensive university, uWaterloo’s 1,096 full-time faculty members, and 35,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students are committed to discovering new knowledge and finding ways to use that knowledge for the benefit of all. The university is a national leader in the transfer of ideas and technology to the private sector and an engine of societal change.
Strategic planning at the University of Waterloo is guided by six foundational pillars: academic excellence, research excellence and impact, cooperative education, graduate studies, internationalization, and entrepreneurship.
Canadian student fees 2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $5,628 - $6,954
Graduate tuition fees: $4,684 - $10,610
International student fees 2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $19,214 - $21,088
Graduate tuition fees: $11,452 - $12,202
* Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities.
Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.
2012 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 28,000
Full-time (graduates): 3,900
Part-time (undergraduates): 1,400
Part-time (graduates): 1,250
* Source: Council of Ontario Universities (including St. Jerome's University)