uWaterloo – Visit

Hey all, today I actually got to visit University of Waterloo for their Fall Open House. I’ve always been very interested in them, and after this session, this clinched them as my top choice. Here is a small breakdown:

Who are they?

uWaterloo is a 50 year old University that is famous for their Math and Engineering faculty. If you’re written a math contest, it’s likely written by these guys. (They also do Arts, Architecture, etc)

Where are they?

The town of Waterloo is located about 100 kilometers west of Toronto on the 401. The drive there takes 50-120 minutes without traffic.

Why them?

Best co-op program, hands down. Interchange study and work in 4 month increments. Get some work done, earn some money, make some contacts for the future, enough said. Flexibility can’t be beat.

General Impressions

I’m impressed. Campus looks nice, lot of trees and parking lots (and Rock Garden with Canadian rocks). Buildings are in good shape. I didn’t get to see the residences, but the atmosphere is nice. The place is filled with excessively nice people (robots?). The campus is pretty big, but well organized. Student body is 24 000. Average class size is only 100 people (woot!).

Quickie:

  • #1 University in Innovation
  • Scored all A in Globe and Mail review
  • Had the sexiest booklet at University Fair
  • 3 residence styles
  • Tuition for 5,000-12,000
  • One of the lowest drop out rates, one of the highest employment rates in Canada

Rating?

Can’t give one, but I really want to go here…Far enough to live on residence, close enough to steal my parents food on the weekends.

IMO = 9/10. You don’t get vacations here, if you’re on co op.

-Gosha

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8 Responses to “uWaterloo – Visit”


  1. 1 joshh November 3, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    k well for the residences, you shouldve come cause i found gfarb. Anyhow basically the ones looked at were village(1), REV, and MKV. MKV has suites and stuff while rev and village1 have singles and doubles. The doubles are nice size rooms and you have plenty of room to work. They are going to resolve the issue they had last year with double rooms being filled with 3 people. The caf for rev looks pretty pro with a big screen tv although itll probably be hogged by kids watching gay ass shows all the time(you know the popular ones everyone watches even though theyre complete shit). Anyhow so with the suites, they get inspected, while the rev ones dont so thats good if youre messy. Floors can be coed and generally the students dont have to wait in line for showers and stuff. With regards to internet, you get an ethernet jack and you use something called resnet which is probably like a T3 connection so like 10 MBps or something like that. Although i doubt youll get full speed cause its university and everyone likes to download porn. They also said u have a bandwidth limit which i think was either 500 MB per day or per week(hopefully per day). But you can download music and illegal shit off of something called their DCC plus server(i forgot the name). Downloading off that wont cause you to use up your bandwidth so thats good. Interestingly enough, the only hot girls I saw the whole time I was there was at the rev caf so it looks like rev for me =p.

  2. 2 teengle November 4, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    nice stuff, like I’ve always said if you want to do engineering , waterloo is definitely where you want to be… GO WATERLOO
    and ya the math contests I’ve been doing them since I could remember…
    I went to York’s open house and it wasnt impressive at all… I’m going to write about it…

  3. 3 olgaolgaolga November 4, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    ya well thats cuz york’s just not impressive
    i mean..its friggin york

  4. 4 happyatom November 4, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    You know what they say about York! And forks! Haha! Ha! .. Ha..
    In all seriousness, I went there 2 weeks ago, and the campus was pretty good. Most things looked new. It was just really damn crowded, and the older buildings looked a little beat up.. However, the brand-new lecture hall that we were in was really nice and comfy. Not enough leg room…

  5. 5 Karl November 4, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for the writeup Gosha and Josh. I missed it cuz i’m a lazy SOB, and i wasn’t too happy, but u two summed it up for me. “YOu don’t get no vacation here,” true say, that righ tthere just put me off for a bit, when do i get to see my G’s? Weekends i guess. Oh yeah, it’s good cuz you I don’t gotta search my pretty little ass off to find a summer job. Gosha and Josh, you two are really funny dudes w/ ur reporting.

    Peace love and all that.

  6. 6 joshh November 4, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    True you dont get a vacation but think about it this way, youd be working in the summer anyhow right? When you get a summer job its usually not related to your field either especially if youre going into engineering. Also, one of the 4 year dudes that was speaking at the engineering session said that on one of his co-op jobs he went to singapore. He went up to his employer and asked if he completed the project he was working in 3 months(instead of 4) if he could take a full month off to travel around south east asia and his employer let him.

  7. 7 Teengle not feeling like siging in November 6, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    well not always, I mean some people would like to work for like one half and then travel for the second half or like take a chilaxation break. Coz u gotta keep in mind that ur summer breaks at uni are 4 months so for example what ma cousin does in England, she works 2-3 months she saves up n then she travels for a month or two . You need that break to be able to continue working the next school year. I’m Obviously up for co-op newhere like ive said but then again full-time coop like Waterloo’s could be a downer.However after all it is THEEE BEST co-op around…
    gotta put 2 n 2 together n make some compromises at times…

  8. 8 Sememerrabe December 17, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    I’d prefer reading in my native language, because my knowledge of your languange is no so well. But it was interesting! Look for some my links:


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