About the Cheriton School of Computer Science

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The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, housed in the University of Waterloo’s Davis Centre, brings together more than 100 faculty members, 60 administrative, instructional and technical staff and 4,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students. The School had its origin as the Department of Applied Analysis and Computer Science, founded in 1967, and has since grown to become the largest academic computer science research centre in Canada.

We are ranked number one nationally based on our program and research reputation according to the Maclean’s 2021 university rankings, and 23rdinternationally according to the 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds worldwide university subject rankings.

The Cheriton School of Computer Science is home to eight Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, seven Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery, and six Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Additionally, we have many winners of awards and honours from other prestigious national and international research societies and associations. Many of our faculty have been recognized for the excellence of their teaching by various awards within the Faculty of Mathematics and by the University of Waterloo.

Learn more about our administrators and governing committees under Administrative Structure
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For staff positions, please visit human resources.