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Conestoga College



Conestoga is one of the premier polytechnic colleges in Canada and prides itself on offering more career focused programs, having been established in 1967. The college hosts over 23,000 registered students who thrive across eight different campuses and training centres. In addition, there are 30,000 part-time learners registering for continuing education across over 200 programs. Conestoga has built its reputation on a unique approach to learning excellence, embodied by its small class sizes and applied, project-focused learning.

Conestoga is a fantastic international community, with over 10,000 international students from 80 countries in attendance. These students are able to pursue a huge variety of programs, courses and certificates to meet their aspirations including bridging programs, university agreements that open up opportunities to secure multiple credentials.

The city of Waterloo and the surrounding region is a bustling hub of innovation and opportunity, just a short journey from the capital city, Toronto. The Waterloo region is widely regarded as Canada's technology capital and is the perfect home for students looking to immerse themselves in cutting-edge education, new ways of thinking, and emerging business.

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What's new

What's new


As the ongoing Covid-19 emergency continues to evolve around the world and within the college community, Conestoga is focused on continued forward planning to ensure the resilience of the college and the safety of students and staff. The college is working closely with the local public health authority, local and federal government, as well as community partners and staff on this issue. Making sure that all students at Conestoga can continue to participate in an outstanding education without compromising on health, safety, or wellness is a top priority.

New Investment

Conestoga College has recently made the exciting investment to purchase a 250,000 square foot facility and 41 acres of accompanying land in the town of Cambridge for over CAD 33 million. The college intends to use this impressive facility to consolidate its variety of professional trade schools into one comprehensive, state-of-the-art learning and training facility.

This has been an ambition of the college for some time, but now the emergence of this site as the perfect location has allowed the college to unite its trade programs and deliver significant added value through the improvement in facilities and services.

Planning for the new campus site has commenced and is expected to be open to students by September 2021. Learners from trade and apprenticeship courses at the Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph campuses will be able to come together in this brand-new building.

This new approach will reduce duplication in program learning, provide excellent new facilities, and further maximize the professional potential of Conestoga's trade students.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Conestoga is a premier polytechnic college. It is a fast-growing college in Ontario, due to its future-focused range of programs and courses, as well as emphasis on career-focused training and applied research. Students at Conestoga can live and study with confidence that they are getting an excellent preparation for success in a fast-changing, competitive knowledge economy.

The faculty of Conestoga college are highly trained professionals in their chosen fields, with years of practical experience and business success under their belts. Students at the college are able to work with staff in small classrooms with lots of face-to-face, personalized learning and collaboration. The college also prides itself on its integration with the surrounding business community. Situated in Ontario's recognized tech capital, there is no shortage of exciting enterprises and established businesses which participate in knowledge exchange with the college.

The college also has a number of unique facilities and programmes including a number of Conestoga-run childcare centres across the Waterloo region that function as lab schools for programs in childcare related courses. Students working at these locations have a chance not only to make a real difference to lives of children, but to access well-equipped labs, project-based courses, applied clinical experience, and applied research opportunities. Students at Conestoga stand head and shoulders above the rest with the opportunity to link theory, research and practice and establish excellent educational foundations.

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Department structure

Department structure

The college offers over 200 programs of study with a clear career focus and supports more degree offerings than any other college outside the Greater Toronto Area. This includes the only fully college-delivered, accredited engineering degrees in the state of Ontario. Across the 200 plus certificates on offer, there are a wide range of diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate programs, including many with co-op options.

The college's wide range of programs are designed to ensure that every kind of student can get the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, with multiple points of entry and learning pathways to ensure that nobody in the community is left out. The college also holds a number of articulation agreements with universities and colleges around the world, ensuring that Conestoga students have direct access to further post-secondary opportunities. The college offers extensive programming in the following fields:

  • School of Applied Computer Science and Information Technology
  • School of Business
  • School of Community Services
  • School of Creative Industries
  • School of Engineering and Technology
  • School of Health and Life Sciences
  • School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Trades and Apprenticeship
  • School of Workforce Development

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry into a program at Conestoga college requires the satisfaction of a number of entry criteria. These include meeting the admission requirements of the specific program being applied for. Applicants should check the admissions requirements page of the course or program they are applying for to note any additional requirements for successful application.

All applicants will need to provide evidence of English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • For a diploma or certificate: 6.0 IELTS (with no band less than 5.5), 80 TOEFL (excluding practical nursing, respiratory therapy, public relations, food processing technician, and journalism diploma programs)
  • For a degree program: 6.5 IELTS (with no band less than 6.0), 88 TOEFL (including practical nursing, respiratory therapy, public relations, food processing technician, and journalism diploma programs)
  • For a graduate certificate: 6.5 IELTS (with no band less than 6.0), 88 TOEFL (some IT and engineering programs may require other scores)

For students who do not meet the English language requirements for direct entry into a full-time program of post-secondary education, they may apply for the college's English for Academic Studies (EAS) course.

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Conestoga college has a fantastic array of facilities for its students, as well as the general public, to make use of. The college is a great place to live and socialize, with a student-run restaurant, childcare centres, a recreation centre, and a bookstore on campus.

The college runs a residence service that provides comfortable living arrangements very close to its campuses, meaning that students can enjoy all the amenities of home and short travel times, including a dedicated shuttle service to the Doon and Cambridge campuses. The facilities offered by all residences include:

  • Kitchenette with microwave
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Television with basic cable
  • Telephone and WiFi access
  • Secure access and 24-hour security
  • Common areas including study lounges
  • Laundry facilities

The college is also proud of its Athletics and Recreation Department, which offers a variety of sports, activities and facilities to help students meet people, get involved in their community, and improve their health and wellbeing.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The college offers a number of scholarships, bursaries or other funding opportunities to its students. Students are automatically considered for entrance and regional scholarships depending on a number of criteria which may include, but are not limited to, program of study, country of origin, or financial circumstances.

Both entrance and regional awards are accessible to new students only. Applicants for these scholarships will be ranked and selected according to their previous academic performance, with the highest scorers being successful. All applicants will need to be full-time students at Conestoga college. In addition, to be eligible, students must continue to pay their deposits and fees by the due dates indicated in their acceptance letters. All international students are eligible for a number of entrance scholarships:

  • Entrance Excellence Scholarship
  • English for Academic Studies to Post-Secondary Studies Scholarship
  • Continuing Canadian Education Scholarship
  • 2nd Program Scholarship

International students are also eligible for regional scholarships:

  • Degree entrance scholarship
  • Diploma entrance scholarship
  • Graduate program entrance scholarship

Each award has its own application criteria which should be understood before applying for an award or scholarship. The college is committed to ensuring that its awards and scholarships are fairly awarded and enhance the learning potential of students, regardless of their background or origin.

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