Student 2: What are you going to do, work as a gym teacher? University of Waterloo is where it's at!
Jake: Being a nerd doesn't mean you're intelligent Kevin!
Waterloo kids constantly remind anyone who will listen that the school enjoys a healthy relationship with microsoft as a "secret recruiting ground" because that ancient fact is essentially it's only claim to fame.
Students of the school also enjoy making reference to a horribly overdrawn exaggeration in that the school is "The MIT of the North", possibly because they are really stupid enough to believe so, or because they have been shut off from the outside world because of the school's horrendously unfavourable location.
In reality, among Canadian universities, the school sits comfortably in the middle of the pack.
friend 2: I was accepted at Waterloo for math, so I'm definitely going there. It's a Canadian Ivy!
friend 1: Sometimes I can't believe we're even friends.
The accolades in ranking for UW speak for themselves:
-> 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranking: UW ranked 2nd in Canada and 43rd in the world (for the field of engineering, technology and computer sciences)
-> 2012 Business Insider rankings: UW ranked 1st in Canada and 29th in the world (in the list of top engineering schools)
-> 2013-2014 Times Higher Education rankings: UW ranked 4th in Canada and 67th in the world (for the field of technology and engineering)
-> 2013 QS World University rankings: UW ranked 2nd in Canada and 46th in the world (for the field of engineering)
-> 2013 QS World University rankings: UW ranked 2nd in Canada and 27th in the world (in the specific field of computer science and information systems)
U of T student to U of W student: "Transcendentals? I made out with one accidentally at the bar once, I was wasted."