The University of Waterloo – Canada’s innovation university – offers the opportunity to earn and learn in the world’s leading cooperative education program, a research-rich environment, and a broad-based entrepreneurial culture, creating higher education unparalleled in a depth of learning and breadth of experience.

In 2016, more than 20,000 co-op students earned in excess of $240 million with 6,900 employers in over 60 countries. Two years after graduation, Waterloo students are more likely to be employed and earn more than Ontario peers.

With world-class research institutes in quantum information, water, health, energy, information technology and transportation, Waterloo is committed to utilizing new knowledge for the benefit of all. Waterloo has been named Canada’s top comprehensive research university by Research Infosource for ten years. Waterloo is the academic and talent engine of one of the world’s top 25 start-up ecosystems and a leader in the transfer of ideas to the private sector. In 2016, 30 percent of Waterloo’s $183 million in sponsored research funding originated with industry. Creator-owns intellectual property policy allows faculty and students to commercialize research, creating new companies, industries and jobs. More than 30 student-entrepreneurship supports to create a magnetic draw for the entrepreneurially minded.

Waterloo’s success is grounded in excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, residing in each of its six faculties: Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics and Science. Waterloo’s dedication to education begins with equity-focused initiatives that open doors to education for all learners and extend around the world.


Full-time (undergraduates)

Full-time (graduates)

Part-time (undergraduates)

Part-time (graduates)

Source: Council of Ontario Universities (includes colleges) (2017 rounded preliminary fall enrolment)




Undergraduate tuition fees:
$6,612 – $8,058

Graduate tuition fees:


Undergraduate tuition fees:
$26,072 – $28,386

Graduate tuition fees:
$13,144 – $13,276

Academic Programs

Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities (2017-18).

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.