Admission FAQs - Canadian High School students
For detailed information about our admission procedures, please visit our Admission Information webpage.
Can I apply to more than one program at the University of Guelph?
If you are applying to the University of Guelph directly from high school, you will be considered for all programs to which you apply. 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! It’s important to note that you can only accept one offer of admission to the U of G.
What was the "exact" cut-off average last year?
It is not our practice to release admission averages. You can find estimated cut-off ranges within the viewbook and on our website. Admission averages are determined every cycle by the quality and quantity of applicants in that year's pool as well as availability in individual programs.
What are the cut-offs?
Estimated cut-off averages vary by program. The "estimated 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. Admission to the U of G can be competitive. Having an admission average within the estimated range does not guarantee an offer of admission.
How do you calculate my admission average?
I’m a high school applicant and I just decided I want to apply to Guelph! Can I still apply?
Yes! We will continue to accept and process all applications received by April 15, 2021. All students who apply by April 15th are guaranteed to receive full and equal consideration throughout the remainder of the admission cycle.
- The exception is BLA where the application deadline is March 1, 2021.
- If you are currently attending or have previously attended a college or university and are applying to transfer to the U of G, application deadlines vary by entry point.
How do I apply?
If you are currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school, apply using the 101 application available online at the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). You will receive instructions from your school about how to use the 101 application.
All other applicants will apply using the 105 application available online at the OUAC.
What if I want to change the programs I applied to on my application?
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, 2021.
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. Throughout the application process you will need your Student ID if you choose to submit the optional Student Profile Form (SPF). It’s also 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.
How do I submit my documents?
If you are currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school and are applying using the OUAC 101 application, your school will submit grade data directly to the OUAC on your behalf. The deadline for grades to be submitted by your school to the OUAC is April 22, 2021.
If you are currently enrolled in secondary 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. For currently enrolled course work, have your guidance counsellor or school administrator e-mail an official transcript that includes all in-progress and completed grades to firstname.lastname@example.org. All course and grade information must be sent to Admission Services at the University of Guelph as soon as possible, but no later than April 15, 2021.
Starting March 2021, British Columbia schools will submit grade data electronically to the OUAC. We will automatically receive grade data from the OUAC on an ongoing basis. Please note that we will not receive electronic grade data via the OUAC in time to be considered for early offers of admission. Please review additional information below*.
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. An official transcript is one that is submitted in a sealed envelope from the originating institution and directly to Admission Services at the U of G.
*I am an applicant from British Columbia and want to be considered for early offers of admission. How do I submit my grade data?
If you want to be considered for early offers of admission there are two options:
- Submit unofficial grade data through the OUAC Document Upload (Grade 11 finals and Grade 12 finals and/or midterms).
- Have your Guidance Counsellor submit grade data to Admission Services on your behalf (email@example.com).
Can I submit documents through the OUAC Document Upload?
For the 2021 application cycle 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.
Please note that unofficial secondary 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).
Where can I send my official documents?
Remember: 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
Official transcripts can also be submitted from the issuing institution via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any Supplemental Application Forms?
OPTIONAL: All high school applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the Student Profile Form (SPF). The SPF is your opportunity to tell Admission Services about activities in which you have been involved that have helped you develop leadership and citizenship qualities. Factors beyond your control that have negatively affected your academic performance, such as illness or extenuating circumstances, will also be considered. If your admission average in May does not meet the cut-off for the program(s) to which you’ve applied, your SPF will be considered if your average falls within a discretionary range of the final cutoff (up to 5%). If you choose to submit the SPF it is due May 1, 2021.
If you believe that your admission average does not reflect your true academic ability as a result of a disability, you are also encouraged to complete the Supplementary Information Form for Students with Disabilities (SIF-D). This form is considered along with your marks in determining admission. If you choose to submit the SPF it is due May 1, 2021. The online form is made available in November.
MANDATORY: The following programs have mandatory supplementary documentation:
- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- Diploma in Turfgrass Management
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 2021 admission cycle, we recognize that curriculum delivery models will vary among school boards (e.g. quadmesters, full-year courses), and some of your grade 12 midterm and/or final grades may not be available in time for our third and final round of offers. Throughout the admission cycle, we use your top six completed 4U/M (or equivalent) courses, including required subjects, to calculate your admission average. Where not available, we will use a combination of the top six completed or in-progress 4U/M and completed 3U/M courses, including required subjects. In other words, for the 2021 admission cycle, we will continue to use grade 11 courses to supplement your required courses as needed, in the final round of offers.
*In order to fulfill the conditions of your offer of admission you will need to complete six Grade 12 and/or 4U/M courses, including required subjects, or equivalent. Conditions will be outlined in your offer letter.
I'm currently registered in an Alberta high school and due to COVID-19, diploma exams for the 2020/2021 school year are now optional. What grade will you use for admission purposes?
As Alberta diploma exams are now optional for the 2020/2021 school year, we will accept the school grade for the subjects completed during this time.
What if I repeat high school courses?
For the 2021 admission cycle, the U of G will be using the highest grade reported for any repeated course.
When will I receive an admission decision?
If you are currently enrolled full-time in an Ontario secondary school and you meet the minimum admission requirements, you will be considered for admission on an ongoing basis beginning January, 2021. Some offers may be extended in December to a limited number of programs. In most cases, early offers will be sent to applicants whose admission average exceeds the estimated cut-offs. Review our detailed admission plan.
If you are not currently enrolled full-time in an Ontario secondary school, and you meet the minimum admission requirements, you will be considered for admission on an ongoing basis as soon as all required documentation is received. All documents must be received no later than April 15, 2021.
All high school applicants who submited their application by January 15th can expect to receive an admission decision by May 27, 2021.
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 also receive a congratulations package 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.
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.
What if I’m not admissible to the program to which I apply?
If you are not admissible to the program to which you’ve applied, there are a few programs where we will consider you automatically for an alternate program. These include:
1) Applicants not admitted to a co-op program based on their admission average are automatically considered for admission to the regular program.
2) Applicants who do not possess the admission average for Criminal Justice and Public Policy will automatically be considered for Bachelor of Arts, Sociology.
3) Applicants who do not possess the admission average for Bachelor of Science, Animal Biology, Bio-Medical Science, or Human Kinetics will automatically be considered for Bachelor of Science, Biological Science.
You can find more information about alternate offers here.
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.
I’ve been admitted to all the programs I applied to at the University of Guelph. Can I accept multiple offers?
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!
I applied to multiple programs at the University of Guelph. 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?
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 anytime. 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 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).
How do I defer my 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. 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 form by July 30, 2021. Note: 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.
Note: Normally, the University charges an $80 deferral fee. In light of COVID-related circumstances, we are waiving this fee for 2021.
Visit our website for more information.
My grades are higher than the estimated cut off range. Why haven’t I received an offer of admission?
Remember that 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 you submitted one. Please note that no program will fill before the third round of offers.
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?
Yes. 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?
Please see below for specific contacts:
- Currently enrolled and graduated Ontario high school students can email Admission Services at email@example.com.
- High school students from provinces outside of Ontario can connect with Lauren Dietrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students studying outside of Canada can email our International Admission team at email@example.com.
- Students wishing to transfer from college or university to the University of Guelph can email our transfer admission team at firstname.lastname@example.org. From there, we can put you in touch with the appropriate Admission Counsellor.
Admission FAQs - Transfer Applicants (OUAC 105)
I want to transfer to the University of Guelph. What are the application deadlines?
If you are currently attending or have previously attended a college or university and are applying to transfer to the U of G, application deadlines vary by entry point.
How can I check the status of my application?
If you applied on the OUAC 105 application, you can monitor the status of your application through your OUAC and WebAdvisor accounts. Upon admission, transfer applicants will receive their offer of admission via e-mail.
What if I am unable to get official documents sent to the University of Guelph?
Applicants should submit official transcripts where possible, and are reminded that transcripts for Ontario high schools, colleges and universities, as well as some out-of-province institutions, can be requested through the OUAC. Applicants who are having difficulties requesting and obtaining official transcripts can submit unofficial transcripts for the 2021 application cycle. Please submit documents using the OUAC 105 Document Upload.
Note: Unofficial documents will be used for initial review and admission decision purposes. If you are granted a conditional offer of admission and decide to accept that offer, we will require final, official transcripts by the deadline specified in your offer of admission.
What can I submit as my unofficial transcript(s)?
Please review the following requirements to ensure the unofficial documents you provide are acceptable:
- Provide a pdf download or screenshot of your academic record from your student portal
- Ensure the student name and institution are clearly identified
- Ensure all final grades and currently enrolled courses are included
- Current academic standing must be included where available (e.g. eligible to continue in studies)
Unofficial documents that meet all requirements noted above can be submitted through the OUAC 105 Document Upload.
Note: Self-reported grades without supporting documentation from a student portal will not be accepted for admission purposes.