Cheriton School of Computer Science top CS program in Canada

Friday, October 9, 2020

Waterloo’s Cheriton School of Computer Science has placed first in Canada, according to Maclean’s 2021 university rankings.

Based on program reputation, computer science at Waterloo shared the podium for first with the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia, and based on research reputation, the Cheriton School tied for first with the University of Toronto.

photo of the Cheriton School of Computer Science

The University of Waterloo’s David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science is the largest academic concentration of computer science researchers in Canada. The Cheriton School of Computer Science is home to more than 100 faculty members, 60 administrative, instructional and technical staff, 4,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students.

I’m delighted to see the Cheriton School of Computer Science in the top spot for both program and research reputation,” said Raouf Boutaba, Professor and Director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. ”We consistently attract exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, and each year our students and faculty members are conferred prestigious awards and honours — from test-of-time and best paper awards to international recognitions and accolades from peers, academies, associations and learned societies.”

The mathematics and engineering programs at the University of Waterloo also finished in first place this year according to Maclean’s, with mathematics at Waterloo in a three-way tie for first with the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia, and with engineering tied for first with the University of Toronto.

“This is wonderful news across the board,” said Mark Giesbrecht, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics. “Congratulations to our faculty, staff and students in mathematics and computer science and to our colleagues across the tracks in engineering who have all worked hard to earn this top spot in Maclean’s annual rankings.”

This year marks Maclean’s 30th annual university rankings, continuing a mandate established in 1991 to provide essential information in a comprehensive package to help students choose the university that best suits their needs. Reputation scores were based on survey responses from 1,000 faculty members and senior administrators across Canada.

The results of Maclean’s 2021 university rankings were released on October 8, 2020. Find out more about Maclean’s University Rankings methodology for 2021.

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