U of Ottawa offered me free ride for Chem Eng. The only person I knew in High school who went there for Engineering didn't even take enough U-level courses to go to most places and told me they drank 5 days a week and no one actually worked. I'm not sure what the ranks are based on and I'm not saying that this is definitely all that happens there, but still 'lol'
UW doesn't have a law school or a medical school. We're also in a relatively small urban area when compared to Toronto or Vancouver or Montreal, sites of the other Canadian schools mentioned in the article. We'll likely do better next year when the labs in the QNC are n full swing.
^ Very true. My friend in Boston is completing her MBA for business at Harvard, I asked her if she knew about Waterloo. Her reply was no. I asked if her friends at MIT heard of Waterloo. Her reply was no.
@14: "Weeell, if you ignore the good programs at Waterloo then no one cares about it." I'm not sure what you're trying to prove here.
You guys should also realize that your diploma is kind of useless in most situations. It's good for bragging, hanging on walls and maybe getting your first job. Maybe. I think I could remove the education section from my resume entirely and still get about the same number of interviews.
These rankings are primarily based on research statistics, endowment funding, and statistics like size of library collections. A typical university at the top of the list has a medical and law school and varied graduate programs, as well as a rich tradition and large endowments.
Waterloo is a relatively young, industry-focused university, exactly the type of university most penalized by the rankings. Though our undergraduate programs are very good, our research funding and findings, despite improving, aren't at the same level as a top-100 university. For instance, I believe no professor here is a Nobel Laureate (Stephen Hawking is PI, not IQC).
In order to gain a higher ranking, Waterloo would need to attract the top tier of researchers and professors and associated research funding, especially in areas which are not as strong (i.e. arts). We would need, for instance, more Canada Research Chairs, Nobel Laureates, etc.
^ How about my nearly 2 years of development experience and multiple projects that I've delivered during my work terms? I'd say that could lead to some "transferable" skills. Just fyi, my education by itself (apart from my algorithms courses maybe) hasn't given me much that I've used at work directly.
^ Yes, that is true, you need *some* university degree in most cases (although if I self-taught everything and did a bunch of open-source work I'd still be able to get into many companies). My point is that the diploma itself is pretty much useless, especially if you've already worked somewhere.
@21: qft. @14,15: I know people from top-tier private high schools in California who are seriously considering Waterloo for Engineering and CS, right alongside MIT and UC. On top of that, their school's robotics team has placed first internationally, is directly funded by NASA, and one of their coaches is a Waterloo grad.
I wouldn't expect people doing an MBA or their friends to have heard of Waterloo anyway; it's a completely different field, and I'm pretty sure you could probably find people at Schulich who haven't heard of Waterloo.
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