Cheriton School of Computer Science top ranked CS program in Canada for second year

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Waterloo’s Cheriton School of Computer Science has again been ranked first in Canada according to the Maclean’s 2022 university rankings just released. Based on program and research reputation, computer science at Waterloo shared the podium for first place with the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia.

photograph of the Davis Centre

The Cheriton School of Computer Science is the largest academic concentration of computer science researchers in Canada. We have more than 100 faculty members, 60 administrative, instructional and technical staff, 4,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students.

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. Our faculty have received many other awards and honours from prestigious national and international research societies and associations.

“It’s gratifying to see the Cheriton School of Computer Science in the top spot nationally once again,” said Raouf Boutaba, Professor and Director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science.

“Our undergrad and graduate students are truly exceptional and they excel both in their computer science studies and in their extracurricular activities, including entrepreneurial pursuits that lead to innovative start-ups and top placements at international programming contests. As well, each year our faculty receive many prestigious honours, awards and recognitions — from international fellowships, accolades and lifetime achievement awards to early career researcher awards to numerous best paper awards.”

The University of Waterloo continues to excel overall. Waterloo was ranked number one by Maclean’s in the innovation category, thanks to its tech start-up culture and the ongoing work of researchers in computer science who break new ground across a range of research areas. The university also remained number one for experiential education, spurred on by the co-operative education and internship model embedded as fundamental components of degree programs.

The results of the Maclean’s 2022 university rankings were released on October 7, 2021. Find out more about Maclean’s university rankings methodology for 2022.

Read more about the university’s ranking in the article on Waterloo News.

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