Admission FAQs

General Admission FAQs for Fall 2022 (Round 3)

I’ve been admitted to multiple programs at the University of Guelph.  Can I accept more than one offer?                                                                                                                                             

Applicants can only accept one offer of admission.  If you have received multiple offers of admission but are unsure of which offer you want to accept, you’re encouraged to take your time and gather the information you need to help you make an informed decision.  Remember, you have until June 1st to accept your offer through the OUAC! 


I’ve received one offer of admission but I’m still waiting for decisions on other programs at the U of G.  What should I do?                                                                                                      

You can choose to accept an offer at anytime.  We will continue to consider you for admission to all other program choices through all round of offers.  If you are admitted to another program in a subsequent round of offers, you can still accept that offer.  Please note that by accepting a new offer of admission, you will be declining your original offer (e.g. your first acceptance to the University of Guelph becomes void).


What’s my U of G Student ID and what do I use it for?                                                                          

Once your application has been received you will receive an acknowledgment e-mail from Admission Services. The acknowledgement email provides you with additional information about U of G, important dates, and answers to frequently asked questions.

This email will also have your OUAC ID number and U of G Student ID.  It’s helpful if you reference your Student ID when you communicate with us! Keep this number for future reference because once you accept your offer of admission, this will become your Student ID.


Can I submit documents through the OUAC Document Upload?

We will accept admission-specific unofficial documents through the OUAC Document Upload. Documents accepted vary by applicant-type.  For additional details and to view documents currently accepted, please visit the OUAC website.

Not all documents are mandatory. Do not upload document types that do not apply to your application. Note: if you applied through the OUAC 105 application you can view required documents on your WebAdvisor account.

Note: unofficial high school grade data will only be accepted for the following applicants: college and university transfer, students currently enrolled in a high school outside of Canada (with the exception of OSSD curriculum).


How do I submit my documents?                                                                                                                      

If you are currently enrolled in an Ontario high school and are applying using the OUAC 101 application, your school will submit grade data directly to the OUAC on your behalf.

If you are currently enrolled in high school in a Canadian province or territory outside of Ontario, please have your high school forward official transcripts showing completed Grade 11 and 12 courses, and all in-progress Grade 12 courses, directly to Admission Services on your behalf.

British Columbia schools submit grade data electronically to the OUAC. We will automatically receive grade data from the OUAC on an ongoing basis.

All other high-school-type applicants using the OUAC 105 application must make arrangements to have official transcripts sent directly to Admission Services on their behalf by the document deadline.


Where can I send my official documents?

Remember: for us to consider documents to be official, we must receive them directly from the issuing institution (e.g. your school).  Please make arrangements to have your documents sent to Admission Services on your behalf.  Official transcripts can be submitted electronically from the issuing institution via e-mail to applicant@uoguelph.ca.  Hard copy documents can be mailed to the address below:

Admission Services - Level 3 University Centre
University of Guelph
50 Stone Rd E
Guelph, ON
N1G 2W1


How do you calculate my admission average?                                                                                    

Admission requirements vary by program.  Review our admission plan to learn more about how we calculate your admission average, as well as timing of offers. 


What are the cut-offs?                                                                                                                        

Estimated cut-off ranges vary by program.  The "estimated cut-off range" is based on the admission averages from previous years and is provided solely as a point of reference. Exact cut-offs for the current cycle will be determined by the quantity and quality of applications received, and the number of places available in the program as we move through the admission cycle.  Having an admission average within the estimated range does not guarantee an offer of admission.   


My school is following an alternative curriculum delivery structure (e.g. quadmesters, full-year courses).  Can I still be considered for admission, and how will you calculate my admission average?                            

For the 2022 admission cycle we will use final Grade 11 U/M marks where mid-term or final Grade 12 U/M marks are not available to fulfill required courses.  Note: applicants applying to a program that requires two 4U Maths (e.g. Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering), must present a midterm or final grade in at least one 4U Math course to be considered for admission. 

*In order to fulfill conditions of an offer of admission, you will need to complete six Grade 12 and/or 4U/M courses, including required subjects. Specific conditions will be outlined in your offer letter.


I’m completing Grade 12 in an Ontario high school but was previously enrolled in an international high school.  Do you need a transcript from my previous school?                                          

If some of your grade 12 midterm and/or final grades won’t be available in time for our third and final round of offers, please make arrangements to have your international high school send an official transcript directly to Admission Services on your behalf.  We will use grade 11 courses to supplement your required courses as needed.


How can I check the status of my application?                                                                                               

If you applied on the OUAC 101 application, you can monitor the status of your application through your OUAC account.  If you are admitted, you will be notified via e-mail and will also receive a congratulations package/offer letter in the mail.

If you applied on the OUAC 105 application, you can monitor the status of your application through your OUAC and WebAdvisor accounts.  Upon admission, high school applicants will receive a congratulations package in the mail.  Transfer applicants will receive their offer of admission via e-mail.


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

The "estimated range" is based on the admission averages from previous years and is provided solely as a point of reference. Throughout the admission cycle, admission averages change with each round of offers and are determined by the quantity and quality of applicants, as well as space availability within each program. During our third round of offers (in May), we will also consider your Student Profile Form (if submitted).


When will I receive an admission decision?                                                                                           

All high school applicants can expect to receive an admission decision by May 27, 2022.


What if I’m not admissible to the program to which I apply?                                                                      

There are a few programs where we will automatically consider you for an alternate program. These include: 

  • Not admitted to a co-op program? You’ll automatically be considered for admission to the regular program. 
  • If you don’t possess the admission average for Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice and Public Policy, we’ll automatically consider you for BA, Justice and Legal Studies. 
  • If you don’t possess the admission average for Bachelor of Arts, Honours Psychology, we’ll automatically consider you for BA, Honours Sociology. 
  • If you don’t possess the admission average for Bachelor of Science, Animal Biology or Bio-Medical Science, we’ll automatically consider you for B.Sc. Biological Science. 

You can find more information about alternate offers on our website


I have received an alternate offer, what does this mean and will I still be considered for my original program choice?                                                                                                                        

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. We will continue to consider you for admission to your first choice program in all subsequent rounds of offers.  As a reminder, you have until June 1st to accept your offer!


What if I’m not admitted to Co-op?                                                                                                                  

If you applied to Co-op, you will automatically be considered for the regular stream of the program you applied to.  If you are admitted to the regular stream, you can accept your offer of admission knowing that we will continue to consider your application for Co-op in subsequent rounds of offers (until May).  If, at that point in time, we are still unable to offer you admission to Co-op and you accept your offer to the regular stream of the program, you will have another opportunity to apply for Co-op when you are in your first year of studies at Guelph.  Contact Co-operative Education & Career Services for more information.


How do I accept my offer?

You must accept your offer through the OUAC by the June 1st common response deadline, or as otherwise noted in your offer letter.  You are encouraged to take your time and follow the OUAC instructions as you move through the acceptance process.  For support and assistance, please view this OUAC tutorial.


Will my offer of admission be conditional?                                                                                                     

If you are applying directly from secondary school, any offer of admission that you receive from the University of Guelph is conditional upon the following:

  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent; and
  • Completion of six Grade 12 and/or 4U/M courses, including required subjects, or equivalent; and
  • A minimum final average as outlined in your offer letter.

All other applicants who are admitted conditionally will have offer conditions clearly outlined in their offer letter.  Check out our conditions website for more information.


How do I defer my offer of admission?                                                                                                             

If you were admitted to the University of Guelph directly from high school, you can apply to defer your offer of admission for one academic year.  The deferral application will open on June 1st.  Deferrals are typically for the Fall semester only and will be considered for all programs except for BLA.

To be considered for a deferral you must:

  • Accept your offer of admission on OUAC by the June 1st deadline (or as otherwise instructed in your offer letter);
  • Meet all conditions outlined in your original offer of admission by the date specified in your offer letter;
  • Submit the deferral application by July 29, 2022Note: the online deferral application will be accessible through WebAdvisor in June.
  • Not attend any other post-secondary institution during the deferral period. You may complete additional high school courses.

Visit our website for more information. Note: Normally, the University charges an $80 deferral fee. In light of COVID-related circumstances, we are waiving this fee for 2022.


If I defer my offer of admission can I take a small number of courses next year?

If you defer your offer of admission you can’t register in post-secondary courses during the deferral period.  As an alternative, you may wish to consider studying part-time and take a small number of courses in the fall 2022 semester- it’s a great option!  If you plan to register in at least one course, do not submit a deferral application.  More information about part-time studies can be found on our website.  


If I take summer school can I still be admitted?                                                                                             

NO OFFER YET: That will depend on whether or not your program choice at Guelph fills and closes. In mid-June, the OUAC will list which Ontario universities still have open programs. Please check the AIS Referral Service and if you see the program you’ve applied to, contact us again so we can offer you information and advice including summer school course selection.

OFFER RECEIVED: If you’ve already received an offer from us and are concerned that you may not meet the conditions of the offer, you should contact us as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of taking a summer school course in order to fulfill conditions of your offer. It is your responsibility to ensure your final grades are received in Admission Services by the deadline (August 12th). You’re encouraged to talk to your teacher and/or guidance counsellor to make arrangements as soon as possible. Schools are usually closed shortly after your summer courses may finish, so this is very important to arrange beforehand.


Does the University of Guelph require English language test scores?                                       

You will be required to present evidence of English language proficiency if:

  • Your primary or first language is not English, and
  • You have completed less than four years of full-time secondary or post-secondary school study demonstrating satisfactory academic progress in an English language school system.

The University reserves the right to deny admission to you if you do not demonstrate satisfactory facility in English, regardless of academic qualifications.

Review acceptable English Proficiency tests and required results.


I’ve already received an offer of admission but didn’t get an entrance scholarship. Will my most recent grades be considered again for entrance scholarship eligibility?

Whether a scholarship offer is made with an admission offer or not, all eligible students will be re-considered in May and August and have the opportunity to qualify or better their award.  You will be notified of changes to scholarship eligibility by Student Financial Services.


I have specific questions and want to speak with someone. Who can I contact? 

  • Currently enrolled and graduated Ontario high school students can email Admission Services at admission@uoguelph.ca
  • High school students from provinces outside of Ontario can contact national@uoguelph.ca
  • Students studying outside of Canada can email our International Admission team at intapps@uoguelph.ca
  • Students wishing to transfer from college or university to the University of Guelph can email our transfer admission team at transferinfo@uoguelph.ca. From there, we can put you in touch with the appropriate Admission Counsellor. 
  • All prospective students can chat with a current U of G student here.