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 admission@uoguelph.ca

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’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. If you receive an offer of admission to one or more programs but have also applied to other programs at the U of G, we will continue to consider you for admission to all other program choices through each round of offers (until May). This means you could receive offers of admission to more than one program!

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


Q: What was the "exact" cut off average last year?

A: It is not our practice to release admission averages. The ranges we've provided are based on admission averages from previous years and are meant to be used as a guide. Admission averages are determined every cycle by the quality and quantity of applicants in that year’s pool as well as space availability in individual programs.


Q: How many people are admitted to (for example) - the Bachelor of Applied Science - Applied Human Nutrition?

A: Each year we admit more students than we expect to register as we know students apply to a number of programs and have choice in which they accept. If your admission average falls within our estimated range, rest assured your application will be considered.


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

A: The "estimated range" is just that; the range is based on the admission averages from previous years and is provided solely as a point of reference. Accepted 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 (May), we will also consider your Student Profile Form (if you submitted one).


Q: I have applied to the _______ program (insert any example). My average falls within the "estimated range"- do you think I will be admitted?

A: Within our viewbook (see the Admission Requirements Chart), we have listed estimated cut-off ranges for each program. These ranges are based on admission averages from previous years and are meant to be used as a guide. Please note that having an average that falls within this range does not guarantee that you will receive an offer of admission as 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. During the 3rd round of offers in May, we also use other factors, including the Student Profile Form, in our consideration, and as a result, the averages of admitted students do vary.


Q: I’ve been admitted to all of the programs I applied to at the University of Guelph. Can I accept multiple offers?

A: Applicants can only select one offer of admission. If you have received multiple offers of admission but are unsure of the 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!


Q: I have one offer of admission but I’m waiting for decisions on other programs I’ve applied to at the U of G. What should I do?

A: If you receive an offer of admission to one or more programs but have also applied to other programs at the U of G, you can choose to accept an offer at any time. We will continue to consider you for admission to all other program choices through each round of offers (until May). If you are admitted to another program in a later round of offers, you can still accept that offer!

NOTE: 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).


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

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. We will continue to consider your first-choice program in our subsequent rounds of offers (they continue until May). 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 we will continue to consider your application for Co-op in subsequent rounds of offers (until May). However, 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. You will want to contact Co-operative Education & Career Services for more information. Ext. 52323.


Q: What if I want to change the programs I applied to on my application?

A: You can amend your application on the OUAC. The deadline to amend your application in order to be considered equally for all programs is April 15, 2020.


Q: How do I defer my offer of admission?

A: If you were admitted to the University of Guelph directly from high school, you can apply to defer one offer of admission for one academic year. Deferrals are for the Fall semester only (e.g. Fall 2020 offer- defer to Fall 2021 entry point). To request a deferral, please contact Admission Services at admission@uoguelph.ca. You must accept your offer of admission to your program of choice through the OUAC by June 1, 2020 in order to defer. You can find more information about deferrals on our website


Q: When are the third round of offers of admission being released?

A: The third round of offers are sent in late-April to mid-May. By May 27, 2020, all applicants will have received admission decisions for all programs to which they applied (e.g. offer of admission, refusal, or deferred decision pending the receipt of additional information).


Q: How do you calculate my admission average? Do you just look at my top six marks or are required courses included in my admission average? 

A: At the University of Guelph, first round offers go out in late January-late February. During this round we use your top six completed 4U/M (or equivalent) courses, including required subjects. Where not available, we use a combination of the top six completed or in-progress 4U/M and 3U/M courses, including required subjects. Should no 4U/M courses be completed, the top five completed 3U/M courses (including required subjects), will be used.

During Round 2 offers of admission (i.e. early March-mid April), we use the applicant’s top six completed 4U/M courses, including required subjects. Where not available, we use a combination of the top six completed or in-progress 4U/M and completed 3U/M courses, including required subjects.

During the third round of offers (e.g. late April-mid May), we use the specific 4U Ontario high school courses required for your program plus your next best 4U and/or 4M courses, for a total of six 4U/M courses, to form your admission average. We also use the same requirements to confirm admission average conditions have been fulfilled by the deadline (August 14th). (Reminder: this year, students’ final admission average must be 75 %).


Q: If I take summer school can I still be admitted?

A: If you have not received an offer - 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 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. It is important to note that historically, most of our programs fill and close prior to the summer so students should not count on being able to take a summer school course for admission.

A: If you have received an offer -If you’ve already received an offer from us and are concerned that you may not meet the conditions of the offer, you should speak with us as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of taking a summer school course to meet the academic conditions of your offer. However, it is your responsibility to ensure your final grades are received in Admission Services by the deadline (August 14th). 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.


Q: Can I accept an offer from another university?

A: Yes, you can accept an offer from another university but no Ontario university can require you to make that decision before the June 1st common response deadline. If you accept one offer of admission and later decide to accept a different offer instead, your first offer of admission will become void. You can only have one accepted offer through the OUAC. If you’re undecided, gather the information you need to make an informed decision, and remember you have until June 1st to accept one offer!


Q: How do I accept my offer?

A: You must accept your offer through the OUAC by the June 1st common response deadline. June 1st is also the deadline for your Residence application and deposit to be received in Student Housing. These are firm deadlines.

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 on how to apply for Residence or how to pay your residence deposit, please contact Student Housing at ext. 58701.


Q: 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?

A: Yes, for entrance scholarships, we will automatically consider semester two, mid-term grades for scholarship purposes. Should you enrol in a summer or on-line course, will we also include final grades received by August 14, 2020 in your scholarship average. You will be notified of changes to scholarship eligibility by Student Financial Services.


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

A: Yes, you can still apply! We will continue to accept and process all applications received by April 15, 2020 (with the exception of BLA where the application deadline is March 1, 2020). All students who apply by April 15th are guaranteed to receive full and equal consideration throughout the remainder of the admission cycle. High school applicants who are not currently enrolled in high school or who attend a Canadian out-of-province high school are also guaranteed full admission consideration provided they apply and submit all required documents by April 15, 2020.


Q: What happens once I accept my offer? 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. 


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:

Admission Services - Level 3 University Centre, University of Guelph

50 Stone Rd E Guelph, ON N1G 2W1