College Profile / Stats
As one of only nine Polytechnic Institutes in Canada, we offer a full range of academic programs - from upgrading through to our innovative degree programs. This means there are clear pathways for students to follow if they choose to continue their education. Many of our students wish to obtain a university degree upon graduation and that is entirely possible with the hundreds of articulation agreements that Conestoga has secured.
Established in 1967, Conestoga is consistently ranked among the very best Colleges in Ontario for the quality of its programs and services, as well as student, graduate and employer satisfaction.
Waterloo Region provides a safe, affordable student-friendly environment and also boasts one of the highest postsecondary student populations in the province with a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. This economically diverse region is known as the Technology Triangle and offers tremendous employment opportunities for students and graduates.
- Full-time Students: 9,300
- Apprenticeship Students: 4,000
- Part-time Students: 35,000
- Alumni: 84,000
- Almost half of the Waterloo Region population (47%) have participated in training and education activities at Conestoga.
- Approximately 87% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.
- Conestoga graduates contribute more than $1 billion to the local economy each year.
- 53% of all healthcare professionals (excluding physicians) in Waterloo Region have been trained by Conestoga.
- Conestoga offers more than 120 full-time diploma programs, 26 apprenticeship programs, 9 four-year bachelor degree programs as well as 2 collaborative degrees, 23 graduate certificate programs and more than 130 part-time programs.
- Conestoga has campuses in Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford, Cambridge, Brantford and Ingersoll.
- The Student Loan default rate of Conestoga’s students is the lowest in the province at 8.4%. We attribute this, at least partially, to the fact so many of our students get excellent jobs after graduation.
- Dr. John Tibbits, who joined Conestoga in 1987, is the longest serving President in the Ontario college system.