"Waterloo is a university you may never have heard of, but if you talk to anyone in Silicon Valley they’ll probably tell you the university is a source of some of the best employees and entrepreneurs. The president of Y Combinator, one of the most influential backers of new tech companies, traces the roots of eight successful startups to Waterloo.
Waterloo operates the largest co-op education program in the world, meaning almost half of its 30,000 students alternate between four-month periods on campus and in the workplace. Because of co-ops, Waterloo students are accustomed to toggling between long stretches in the classroom and the work world while constantly refining and reflecting on what they learned in both places." - Washington Post
The University of Waterloo's co-operative program offers a sustainable method for students to pay for their education. Not only do students earn an average of $37,000 to $77,000 over the course of their education, but graduates from the co-operative program have relevant work-experiences that will increase their chances of finding employment after graduation and repaying their student loans.
University of Waterloo - Co-operative Education
University of Waterloo - Paying for your education
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