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Locations: Ontario, Canada
Delivery Type: Blended, On Campus, Online
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  • Art & Design
  • Computer Science
  • Social Policy
  • Philosophy
  • Accounting & Finance

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  • Ontario, Canada

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  • Psychology with ...
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    It's a scam

    As a student you are just paying for the degree which ends you getting a job. Otherwise it’s not as good as it seems and is competitive for no reason. If you are someone who wants to enjoy their student life and have a good experience this place is not for you.

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    Programme: Psychology with Education
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Ontario
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  • Biology
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    Kickstart Your Career and Hone in on Your Program!

    The University of Waterloo is an innovative and intellectually challenging institution to study at. With a strong emphasis on STEM, it is known for its Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate programs, as well as its co-op work/study options. Unlike other institutions where achieving a well-rounded education is the goal, I’d say the University of Waterloo focuses more on a specialized education preparing students for careers in their field through academic instruction, networking, and skill development. It does offer blended programs such as arts and business, science and business, and some more specific options (ex. GBDA/biotechnology), as well as general science and arts. These blended programs are great for people looking to diversify their interests, but I would stay away from the ultra-specific program as they are much more rigorous and narrow your academic/career options in the long run.

    I would also urge you to take my review with a grain of salt as am a STEM student whose experiences may differ from those in arts or business programs. I study biology and, overall, I believe my program is well-balanced and has a diverse range of courses perfect for a general education on the topic or specialization in certain streams (ex. molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics). The “faculty culture” at UW is strong and many students tend to associate with people in their own faculties due to limited cross-over in their courses. The same could also be said for individual programs as there is a strong sense of community in general and many extracurricular opportunities to connect with peers. The co-op program is also highly recommended as it has helped me develop workplace experience, transferrable and applied skills, network, and narrow down my academic interests even further. I think co-op is what truly sets the University of Waterloo apart from other academic institutions of its level as it is incredibly useful and incredibly fulfilling, while also providing students the option to earn money as they study.

    The only area of improvement I’d like to call out in this review is that while support is available in the form of academic advisors, course guidance, health services, and counselling services, due to the sheer abundance of students the university can sometimes fall behind in adequately providing these services. However, there is help available if you know where to look and forming professional relationships with professors and faculty members is highly recommended. There are also some great health resources in the city of Waterloo outside of just the school itself, which they often provide to you.

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    Programme: Biology
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Ontario
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  • BA (hons) ...
    Psychology
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    Good school

    University of Waterloo is a good school with a variety of programs to pick from. They pride themselves by providing too quality education. I am proud to be an alumni. I studied psychology and my courses were very detailed and planned out well. Although the course work for the university of Waterloo is generally a lot compared to other schools, it is still a distinguished school.

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    Programme: BA (hons) Psychology
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2020
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Ontario
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  • Mechanical Engineering
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    Industrial Applicability

    My program being MEng, i.e. a coursework-based program, I expected it to be more industry-oriented wherein the students would have hands-on knowledge about some systems/technologies. That aspect was completely missing from the program.

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    Programme: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Ontario
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  • Electrical and ...
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    worst place on earth, a living hell

    I want to give it infinitely negative stars for my experience as an international engineering student there if I can. This place almost killed me, twice.
    The atmosphere is overwhelmingly negative thanks to its unreasonably competitive co-ops, hostile classmates and useless mental health systems. The teaching quality is mediocre and some of the professors are the worst individuals I’ve seen. I hate this place. Comparing to UWaterloo, my current grad school feels like a normal uni experience it should be: I’m here to learn and grow, not to suffer, not to surrender my soul to the stupid program. I recall nearly zero positive experience for my time back there. Avoid this school at all cost.

    The one-star is only for the engineering clubs and Lazeez.

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    Programme: Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2021
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Ontario
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  • global business ...
    and digital arts
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    New Journey

    University of Waterloo is a very nice and quiet place to study. There are a lot of resources to help students, especially international students, to feel welcomed and settle down. What I disliked about the university is that there is no way to travel to campuses after 1st year. Since I’m in the Stratford campus it’s a struggle to commute there. So I would recommend providing travel facilities.

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    Programme: global business and digital arts
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2025
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Ontario
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  • Arts and ...
    Business
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    Guided Student Success

    My university experience so far has been a very positive one. Despite the fact that the global pandemic changed my schooling to online, I found that the guidance councillors and advisors made an effort to ensure they were a prominent resource for the students. From weekly reminders and prompts to reach out if help was needed, to rapid responses in stressful situations, the academic advisors displayed their active presence. They have assisted me countless times, most recently with a study abroad term that required many steps and signatures. These faculty members have made my university experience and swift one. I am also very much enjoying my program as the classes that I am required to take teach me skills that I never thought I needed throughout my studies and my life. I am learning communication skills, business and leadership skills, as well as collaboration and independence. What I enjoy so much about my program is the diversity of skills that are taught, and the promotion of breadth. As an Honours Art and Business student, I am required to take a number of business courses, art courses devoted to my major and minor as well as breadth course which range from cultural studies to biology courses. My program does their best to ensure my success in becoming a well-rounded individual.

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    Programme: Arts and Business
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2026
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: Ontario
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  • Arts
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    Diversity at university

    I like that the university is very eh diverse not only in terms of community but also in academic choices and opportunities. Truly a very unique university structure! The coop program is available to all students and it’s very useful. The community is supportive and it is a very friendly atmosphere!

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    Programme: Arts
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2025
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Ontario
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