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#23855

OMG: Oh UW. Why are you so arrogant when you're, at best, rated seventh nationally, but act as if you're first internationally. Why? You claim style but lack substance. You're as meretricious as your graduates.

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  1. yeh but your mother.

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  2. Waterloo is number 1 in some areas, number three in others, and number 40 in some more. The zass you perceive is then different in different faculties. The only faculty that seems to act with more pride than warranted is engineering. Sadly, as large, and rich as that faculty is, it's not yet number one in Canada.

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    1. UW is not #1 in any area. It's usually U of T or McGill.

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    2. #1 in diversity!
      Shoutout to Justin Trudeau

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    3. diverse? wut? uw is 40% chinese, 45% indian, 0.0000001% Canadian, and the rest is "other."

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    4. lolol asians can be canadian too

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    5. Depending on which ranking you're looking at, Waterloo is rated #1 in several areas. Specifically, a few rankings place UW Engineering #1 in Canada, UW Psychology #1 in Canada, UW Computer Science #1 in Canada... and a few others make the top 5. Our co-op program is the largest in the world, period, and acknowledged by virtually every ranking to be nigh on unmatched.

      We're also the most difficult school in Ontario to get into, with the highest admissions average overall province-wide.

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    6. ^lol what rankings? Maclean's? Co-op, is that good for a university? Maybe a polytechnic or college. Averages? Again, lol. UW has the highest tuition in Ontario I'll give you that.

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    7. completely agree with 2f

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    8. Great! You guys cracked it, everything is terrible here and nothing is worth it. What does that make you for going here though?

      Take some pride in what you're doing and where. At the end of the day all that matters is enjoying your time and being able to sell it to people once you're out and looking for work. I found UW was great for both.

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    9. ^I left after realizing how truly awful it was at UW. Now I couldn't be happier.

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    10. yea i just wish i realized earlier so i could have saved thousands of dollars

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  3. especially afm kids ... so full of it

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    1. I agree! AFM kids are on par with Eng kids thinking they're better than everyone else

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    2. Accounting at UW is ranked pretty low internationally and within Canada. Yet students enrolled in AFM think they're the shit because the tuition is fantastically high. They're paying for a Mercedes and receiving a Tata.

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  4. I've been saying this... I tell people everyone at my school is super full of it and just arrogant as hell.

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  5. It's funny how some people have to convince themselves that they are not attending a good university. Must have something to do with their loserhood identity.

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    1. Or that it isn't a good university and we don't gloss over that fact trying to deceive ourselves. Nah. Easier to insult right?

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  6. Except that there is such a thing as works wide rankings, and Waterloo ranks reasonably well in all of them, so that explanation is out.

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    1. where can one find this/these ratings? out of curiosity.

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    2. Yup, QS has us something like 152nd overall in the world, and 6 or 7th Canada. Not bad for lacking med/law/business schools.
      Queen's and Western are down around 200, Guelph in the 500's, and Laurier doesn't make the list.

      Another thing to note is that while our academic reputation isn't rather pedestrian outside of a couple flagship departments the employer reputation is quite high. So unless you're part of the small minority looking to become a lifer in academia there's not much to worry about.http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2016

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    3. Is the "employer reputation" statement beneficial? Businesses love TFWs and other temp visas. It depends on context.

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  7. The original rankings were QS and THE. Search for those. They are British based. Alternatively you have the Shanghai rankings.

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    1. Yes. They are THE standards for rankings. Top three are always U of T, McGill, and UBC in various combinations for within Canada. UW may sneak into fourth for one, at most two, programs.

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  8. Sure, I wouldn't claim UW is #1 in Canada. However there's a lot of room between not being number one and not being a good university at all. There are over 50 universities in Canada. Number 4 or 5 is still good.

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    1. That's a realistic attitude. Nothing wrong with that. It all depends on why one is studying at a specific institution. Claiming bragging rights to support a strange sense of arrogance doesn't make sense.

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    2. I haven't noticed a whole lot of arrogance about the school on here, I think 8's opinion is fairly indicative. I have noticed that those that just want to shit on the school are avoiding any discussion of the actual quality of the school in a broader context.

      The QS and THE rankings have been posted in the thread, in both we're top 1/4 of the 800 ranked schools. The US has over 4000 degree granting institutions alone, even if there weren't another unranked school in the entire world that still leaves UW sitting pretty in the 95th percentile. If people's heads are too big to be pulled out of their asses and be happy with this school for what it is rather than be mad that it's not Oxford then that is their problem. The fact of the matter is that if you have the drive and the talent a UW education is the furthest thing from a barrier to success.

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  9. It's not important which uni is "the best," because it's so subjective (as you can tell from the comments). There are different pros and cons for going to different universities.

    While I had the choice to go to UofT or UW, I chose UW because of their policy on intellectual property. Anything you make here is yours. You don't get that at UofT.

    There is no sympathy for those who complain. If you don't like where you are, go somewhere else. Simple as that.

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    1. Definitely. If one wants the best education they'll seek it somewhere other than UW. But if they want to develop an arbitrary app they'll attend UW.

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    2. ^millions of dollars for an idea while other industries bleed jobs. What a drag.

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  10. Couldn't care less about rankings. I came to Waterloo because the outcomes for graduates are good in the program I wanted.

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  11. Well, we are number 1 in fire protection...

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  12. #1 in abstinence!
    Shoutout to Jesus!

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  13. Do pple still care about rankings? Besides, it's so subject. To me it's #1, that's my ranking. =P

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  14. Meh. To each their own. I attended a number of years ago with various ideas and visions which were mocked or ignored. Compounded with being discriminated against I found little reason staying within the ranks of UW as there seems to be more push towards purchasing skills rather than developing them. Upon looking back I did find there was a toxic atmosphere within my program of choice (Double Degree), so I think I made the right choice seeking education elsewhere. Arrogance isn't intelligence, it's too bad so many of these "geniuses" don't realize such.

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  15. I regret coming to UW. Honestly it is the worst choice I've ever made.

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  16. I agree with a lot of people in these comments. If you don't like UW either stay and actually do something about it to change it for the better or gtfo. There are cheaper options. You do not need to attend this school. You chose to!

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    1. We have different definitions for "a lot."

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  17. There are so many better options out there. Why limit yourself to mediocrity?

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    1. Lol realistically there are what, two in province and five in country?

      Not Ivey League/ Oxford doesn't equal mediocre. Top 200 in the world is still very well respected.

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    2. If one wants to attend a degree factory UW is a good fit.

      BTW it's Ivy League. Ivey is the business school in Western.

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  18. Oh no! A typo!

    Still, you didn't address being top 3 in province and 6-7 in country, and 200 in the world (~150 QS, ~180 THE).

    If you were good enough for MIT or one of the small percentage of schools in the world that can "look down" on UW you'd have gone there and never discovered this site. The misplaced arrogance OP talks about seems to be coming more from the entitled shits that think they're better than a place they couldn't do better than, not the people that are proud of a fine education at a world class (not world leading) institution.

    Piss off.

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    1. A typo is by accident. Using the wrong word completely is ignorance. You fit under the latter.

      Your assumptions are amusing. Perhaps think about the larger scope rather than your limited view. Do you know the reasons if someone was to pass up another opportunity? Or is it easier to assume and develop heuristics which require little to no thought?

      Insecurity is a bitch.

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    2. uw tuition is 1/5th of the tuition of MIT and other "better" schools. You guys know the rankings have to do with the academia published by the institution right? No, Waterloo is not well ranked DUH! they're only 60 years old that's virtually nothing compared to most schools. We don't have medical, law or business (no shitty afm doesn't count - mba) without those it's a miracle we're in the top 200 world wide. Go wherever makes you happy and has a good teaching environment from your program.

      It's not like when you go to get a job they pay graduates from different schools different amount. They don't take 5% off a laurier grad for the same job and they don't add 5% to a u of t grad.

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    3. ^That last bit of 18b's response is the real clincher. One you're out in the world NO ONE CARES. Your personal ability and past work experience are all that matters.

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    4. ^Not really. If you're applying to some menial job nobody cares of course, you have a degree and are a warm body. But if you desire to work for the best, the cream of the crop, then it definitely will. Otherwise you will have an uphill battle to distinguish yourself with the explaination why you've chosen the path taken.

      But for these careers the employer will seek you out... at least in my experience.

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    5. Fair enough 18d, just realize that between the highest-echelon super-jobs right out of university and menial space-filling jobs there is the other 90% of the job market. In that space your university might not be irrelevant but it definitely doesn't decide your eligibility for anything.

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