Admission FAQs

Admission FAQs - Canadian High School students

We've answered the most commonly asked questions during our admission cycle below. If your questions has not been answered here, please send an email to

If you have questions about how the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our admission process, please visit our COVID-related FAQ page

Q: I’m an Ontario high school student and I just figured out I want to apply to Guelph. Can I still apply?

A: Applications to undergraduate degree programs are now closed.  The Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management (DTM) program is still open for application through the AIS.

Q: I’ve applied to more than one program at the University of Guelph. Will I be considered for admission to all programs?

A: Yes! If you apply to multiple programs at the University of Guelph, you will be considered for admission to all programs.

NOTE: You can only accept one offer of admission to the U of G.

Q: I received an alternate offer. What does this mean?

A: If you’ve received an alternate offer of admission it means that with the grade information we have to date, we are not able to offer you admission to your first-choice program. You can find more information about alternate offers on our website.

Q: What if I’m not admitted to Co-op?

A: If you applied to Co-op and are not currently admissible, you will automatically be considered for the regular stream of the program you applied to. If you are admitted to the regular stream and choose to accept your offer of admission, you will have another opportunity to apply for Co-op when you are in your first year of studies at U of G. You will want to contact Co-operative Education & Career Services for more information. Ext. 52323.

Q: How do I accept my offer?

A: You must accept your offer through the OUAC. You are encouraged to take your time and follow the OUAC instructions as there are a number of ‘buttons’ to click as you move through the acceptance process. There is also a tutorial offered through the OUAC that students can access for support and assistance. Please see Tutorial # 7 - How to View and Respond to Ontario University Offers of Admission. This video will show you how to check for university offers of admission and how to accept or decline those offers.

NOTE: If you have questions about accepting your offer of admission please contact Admission Services at

Q: I've accepted my offer of admission. What are the next steps?

A: Please take a look at the Registration Guide for New Students created by Registrarial Services. This guide includes details about how to select courses and pay your fees, and who to contact with any questions. 

You may also find these resources helpful:

Q: How do I defer my offer of admission?

A: If you have been admitted to the University of Guelph directly from high school and are unable to begin degree studies in the Fall, you may request to defer your offer of admission for one year. Please note that deferrals are usually considered for the Fall entry point only. In order to request a deferral you must accept your offer of admission to your program of choice. Deferrals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The deferral application is accessible through Web Advisor under the ‘Student’ menu. To access Web Advisor you will need your central login information that will be sent via e-mail from Enrolment Services once you have accepted your offer of admission. The deadline to submit a deferral application is August 14, 2020.

You can find more information about deferrals on our website.

Q: I received a conditional offer of admission. What does that mean?

A: If you were admitted to the U of G directly from high school and received a conditional offer of admission, the following conditions must be fulfilled by August 14, 2020.

  1. Graduate from secondary school (OSSD or equivalent)
  2. Complete the six required courses (or equivalents) for the program you’ve chosen.
  3. Achieve a minimum final admission average of 75%.
  4. If specified in your offer of admission, you must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements as described on our website.

More information can be found here and questions about conditions can be directed to

Q: I’m missing a required course and I’m worried that I won’t fulfill conditions of my offer.

A: The deadline to fulfill all conditions of your offer of admission is August 14, 2020.

If you are not currently meeting conditions you should enroll in summer school to complete them (e.g. complete a required course and/or improve your admission average). If you choose to take an online or summer school course (or are studying outside of Ontario), you will need to make arrangements with your guidance counsellor to have all required documentation sent to Admission Services. Official transcripts can be sent to us directly at

Q: Where can I send my official documents?

A: In order for us to consider documents to be official, we must receive them directly from the issuing institution (e.g. your school).

Please have your documents sent to, or to the address below:

Admission Services - Level 3 University Centre

University of Guelph

50 Stone Rd E

Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Q: My grades are higher than the estimated cut off average. Why haven’t I received an offer of admission?

A: Having an admission average that falls within this range does not guarantee that you will receive an offer of admission. Admission averages are determined each cycle by the quantity and quality of applicants as well as space availability in individual programs. Please rest assured that if your admission average met the required cutoff, your application was/will be fully considered. It is not our practice to release admission averages.


Admission FAQs – Transfer Applicants

Q: I’ve applied to transfer from another college or university. When can I expect an admission decision?

A: Transfer applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis as applications become complete. Please monitor your Web Advisor account to ensure all required documents have been received. We are currently reviewing applications and will continue to do so throughout the summer months.

Q: I submitted my documents to Admission Services but they’re not marked as ‘received’ on Web Advisor. Should I send them again?

A: If you have submitted your documents to Admission Services, please don’t submit duplicates. We are receiving a high volume of documents at this point in the application cycle and are processing them in the order in which they’re received. You will typically see documents ‘received’ on Web Advisor within two weeks of submission but processing times can vary. If Web Advisor does not confirm that documents have been received within three weeks of submission, please contact