Waterloo is best known for its teaching and research in computer science and some fields of engineering, but there are high-quality programs in all major fields of study. The university is organized into six faculties: Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, and Science. There is also an Independent Studies program at the undergraduate level. There are graduate (master's and PhD) programs in various disciplines within all six faculties. Waterloo does not have a law or medical school. Professional programs are offered in accountancy, architecture, optometry, and urban and regional planning, as well as engineering.
UW is co-educational and non-denominational, and offers North America's largest co-operative education program that operates year-round, as well as the more traditional regular program of two consecutive four-month school terms.
Waterloo is proud of its reputation for combining excellence in academics with relevance to society. It is dedicated not only to the pursuit of knowledge and truth through teaching and research, but also to service in the community through outreach programs, technology transfer and advanced training offered by its co-op programs. It seeks not just to train but to educate its students, to prepare them not just to embark on careers but to become contributing citizens who can help make the world a better place.
Classes began in July, 1957; in 1959 a private bill in the Ontario legislature incorporated the University of Waterloo as a degree-granting institution offering undergraduate and graduate courses.
The University colours are: gold, black and white. Its Motto is "Concordia Cum Veritate" -- "In harmony with truth".
The university campus consists of 1000 acres of land with 45 teaching and research buildings. It is located in the City of Waterloo in Southwestern Ontario approximately 100 kilometres west of Toronto. The Waterloo Region, with a population in excess of 300,000, is a highly diversified business and industrial community. Numerous spin-off companies, many formed as a result of the support for technology transfer at UW, have made the Kitchener-Waterloo area one of Canada's most prosperous urban areas and an emerging force in Canada's "new economy" founded on high technology and information-based innovations.
The University has a bicameral (two-tier) system of government as laid down by the provincial statute in the University of Waterloo Act 1972. A 36-member Board of Governors presides over the government, conduct, management and control of the university and its property. An 89-member Senate sets academic policies, including admission standards, qualifications of faculty and course curricula.
University of Waterloo has a total of 3,256 faculty and staff. Consisting of 899 full-time faculty, 108 part-time faculty, 2050 full-time staff, and 199 part-time staff. In 1995 there were 15,077 full-time undergraduate students and 1,618 full-time graduate students with 6,378 part-time undergraduate students and 347 part-time graduate students. Waterloo's full-time enrolment is fifth largest in Ontario and 13th largest in Canada. Over 90,000 people have successfully completed studies at UW. These alumni use their experience and acquired knowledge to help communities world wide.
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