University of Waterloo

Fact Sheet

  • 1957
  • University
  • Research Intensive
  • English

What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Small class sizes
  2. Academically challenging; heavy workloads
  3. Largest post-secondary co-op program in the world
  4. Diverse, multicultural student body
  5. Research oriented; strong reputation for engineering, science, mathematics

Courses With Kudos

Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Environmental Studies, Nanotechnology

Student Sound Offs

"Waterloo is a very large school, with tons of world-renowned researchers, but the professors are always helpful and available for you to talk to."

"There are significant amounts of green space and trees on campus, which makes it nice in the summer months. The enclosed campus feel was one major feature that drew me to UW -- it is full of pedestrian walkways rather than being in the middle of busy city streets."

"The co-operative education program ... provides me with excellent, first-hand experience in a field related to my area of study and gives me opportunities to work for companies I would never have applied to otherwise."

"Students for the most part are easy-going, friendly, respectful, and not at all flashy. Everyone's here getting their butts kicked academically, but revelling in it."

"It is an extremely diverse university, with African-American, Caucasian, Asian, and Middle-Eastern ethnicities. There is tolerance and a feeling of acceptance for all cultures and religions."

"Our school spirit is terrible, no one goes to football games and a handful go to basketball and hockey games. It's really sad."

"Undergraduate research opportunities are many and very diverse; most also include financial compensation for the work."

"We are not all geeks in Waterloo. People here are nice and we have more fun because all students live so close and we get more social interaction without putting extra effort into it."

"Our grading system is stricter and more demanding than most universities. We use a percentage grading while many use letter grades."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: University of Waterloo
Institution size classification: Large   (see the methodology)

    Notes
  1. Latest survey update: September 2012
  2. Other data sources: latest available data shown
  3. All letter grade results are student satisfaction data

Legend

Canadian University Report - Student Survey
 

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Overall Student Satisfaction

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Satisfaction B+ B

Quality of Teaching

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning A- B+
Out-of-Class Communication Between Students and Instructors B+ B
Academic Reputation of Faculty Members A B+

Academic Resources

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Ease of Course Registration Process A- B
Number of Courses to Choose From B+ B+

Campus Atmosphere

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Sense of Community on Campus C+ B-
Sense of Community Within Your Faculty B B
Sense of Personal Safety and Security A B+

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size B+ B
Average # of Students in First Year Class N/A 247
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students N/A 9%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students N/A 25%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students N/A 66%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students N/A 27%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students N/A 52%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students N/A 21%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection B+ B-
Availability of Computers On-Campus A- B
Access to Course / Teaching Materials On-Line B+ B+
Labs and Research Equipment B+ B

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls B- B-
Student Residences B+ B
General Attractiveness of Buildings C B
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities B- B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals A- B+
Study Spaces in the Library B- B-
Library Hours of Operation A- A-

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career A- B
Reputation of the University Among Employers A+ B+
Co-op / Internship Opportunities A B-
Career and Employment Services B+ B

Off Campus

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
The City or Town in Which the Institution is Located B+ B+
Quality of Public Transportation B+ B
Variety and Quality of Cultural and Sports Activities and Events B- B+
Affordability and Quality of Places to Hang Out Like Restaurants, Bars, clubs or Coffee Shops B B
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing B C

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services B+ A-
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services 76% 67%

Student Services

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Academic Support Services (e.g. Writing Clinics, Learning and Study Skill Workshops) B B
Academic Counselling and Advising Services B B
Campus Bookstore B B
Services for International Students A- B+