Maclean’s ranks computer science at Waterloo number one nationally for fourth year in a row

Friday, October 13, 2023

The Cheriton School of Computer Science has been ranked number one nationally for the fourth year in a row, according to the Maclean’s 2024 university rankings released yesterday. Based on program reputation in computer science, Waterloo shared the podium for first place with the University of Toronto, and based on research reputation, shared the podium for first with the University of Toronto and UBC.

“I am extremely pleased to see that computer science at Waterloo is again in the top spot nationally,” said Raouf Boutaba, Professor and Director of the Cheriton School of Computer Science. “We are extremely fortunate to have a virtuous circle of talent in play in which our reputation in computer science attracts the best students and faculty to study and work at the Cheriton School of Computer Science, and the excellence of our students and faculty is precisely why our School has this reputation.”

photo of the Davis Centre and bridge from MC

The Cheriton School of Computer Science brings together more than 100 professorial, emeritus and lecturer faculty members, 60 administrative, instructional and technical professionals, with more than 4,000 undergraduate students and 480 graduate students.

The Cheriton School of Computer Science is home to nine Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, eight Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery, and seven 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.

This year marks Maclean’s 33rd 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 meets their needs.

The results of the Maclean’s 2024 university rankings were released on October 12, 2023. 

Maclean’s ranks institutions in five broad areas based on 12 performance indicators, allocating a weight to each indicator. Figures for the ranked universities include data from their federated and affiliated institutions. The rankings use the most recent and publicly available data. Find out more about Maclean’s university program ranking methodology for 2024.

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