Conestoga College

From our humble early beginnings as a community college in 1967, Conestoga has risen to become one of Canada's premier polytechnic institutes. We offer advanced applied education, and research leading to the commercialization of innovation in southwestern Ontario. For nine of the last eleven years independent research has named Conestoga as the number one publicly funded college in Ontario!

Our largest campus (Doon) in Kitchener is located right next to highway 401 on 138 acres of land and offers a full range of programming. Our Waterloo campus is a centre of excellence for skilled trades and culinary. Our Guelph campus has emerged as a provincial leader in motive power trades. We also have smaller campuses in Stratford and Cambridge offering academic upgrading and career focused programs.

We are also adding a brand new campus just south of the 401 across from our Doon campus. This exciting new campus will eventually add another 1,000,000 square feet of learning space and house most of our Engineering Technology programs. The first phase will open in the fall of 2011 and has been supported by all levels of government.

Conestoga, established in 1967, has been the number one rated College in Ontario for nine of the last eleven years

  • Our graduate job placement rate is an amazing 94.2% six months after graduation.
  • Conestoga is an outstanding polytechnical institute and a founding member of Polytechnics Canada
  • Full-time Students: 8,500
  • Apprenticeship Students: 4,000
  • Part-time Students: 38,000
  • 40% of all adults in Waterloo Region have taken at least one course at Conestoga.
  • Our graduates annually pump $1.4 billion into the local economy.
  • We offer 120 full-time programs, 37 apprenticeship related programs, 7 four-year bachelor degree programs, 3 collaborative degrees, 25 post-graduate certificates and over 100 part-time programs.
  • Conestoga has six campuses: Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo, Guelph, Stratford, Cambridge and Ingersoll.
  • Conestoga's loan default rate is the lowest in the province at 6.8%. We attribute this, at least partially, to the fact so many of our students get excellent jobs after graduation! Last year Conestoga handed out $20 million in student loans.
  • College President, Dr. John Tibbits, joined Conestoga in 1987.
  • The Doon campus features a beautiful forest in the middle of the campus.


Ranked the Number #1 College in Ontario, Canada for 9 out of the past 11 years, Conestoga is the fastest growing College in the Province. It is located in Waterloo Region – Canada's Innovation Hub – which is 100 kilometers west of Toronto and 150 kilometers from Niagara Falls.

Conestoga College offers over 110 full-time programs for International Students, including 10 bachelor degree programs and over 35 co-op programs. The College is well-recognized for its career-oriented Degree, Diploma, Certificate and Post-Graduation programs in Business, Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Community Services, and Media and Design. Conestoga College is dedicated to creating exciting and flexible degree completion opportunities for its current and prospective students.

In February 2003, Conestoga College was one of three colleges to be granted the ITAL designation ~ Institute of Training and Advanced Learning, earning it the right to offer more applied degree programs than other colleges.

Conestoga's support staff and faculty members are devoted to student satisfaction and their overall development. Their efforts have made Conestoga College the # 1 College in Employment rate among all Ontario colleges, three years in a row. Conestoga College the # 1 College in Employment rate among all Ontario colleges, three years in a row.

Over 410 international students participate in over forty-six Conestoga College programs, which have brought culture, experience and diversity into the Conestoga College classrooms. The interaction between Canadian and international students results in life-long cross-cultural friendships built upon mutual understanding. The International Department organizes activities and social events on a regular basis to help our international students enjoy their time at Conestoga College and Canada.