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.
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?
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). The application becomes available on October 1, 2020 and 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 is the deadline to apply?
If you are a high-school-type applicant and wish to be considered for early admission, you should apply by January 15, 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 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 email@example.com. 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.
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).
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. 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.
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.
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, November 2020 diploma exams are now optional. What grade will you use for admission purposes?
As Alberta diploma exams are now optional for November 2020, we will accept the school grade for the subjects taken during the November exam period.
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.
Are there any Supplemental Application Forms?
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. The online form is made available in November.
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.
The following programs have mandatory supplementary documentation:
- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- Diploma in Turfgrass Management
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 submit their application by January 15th can expect to receive an admission decision by May 27, 2021.
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:
- Applicants not admitted to a co-op program based on their admission average are automatically considered for admission to the regular program.
- Applicants who do not possess the admission average for Criminal Justice and Public Policy will automatically be considered for Bachelor of Arts, Sociology.
- 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 on our webpage.
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 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)
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.