Alternate Offers

Did you receive an alternate offer? This page is for you!

What is an alternate offer?

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 as well as any other program choices in our subsequent rounds of offers (they continue until May!). 

What programs have alternate offers?

  1. If you applied to Bachelor of Science, Animal Biology Biomedical Science or Human Kinetics and are not admissible, you may receive an alternate offer to the Biological Science major.
  2. If you applied to Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice and Public Policy and are not admissible, you may receive an alternate offer to Bachelor of Arts, Sociology.
  3. If you applied to Co-op and are not admissible to Co-op, you may receive an alternate offer to the regular stream of the program you applied to (e.g. non-Co-op program).

For more information about options within the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs, keep reading!

1. You applied to Bachelor of Science, Animal Biology, Biomedical Science or Human Kinetics and received an alternate offer...

One of your options is to accept the alternate offer now, and then work with your program counsellor in the fall when you are a U of G student, and choose a new major with the Bachelor of Science program.

Bachelor of Science, Biological Science majors to choose from:

  • Animal Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biodiversity
  • Biomedical Toxicology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Food Science
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences
  • Plant Sciences
  • Wildlife Biology and Conservation
  • Zoology

Bachelor of Science, Physical Science majors to choose from:

  • Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Biological and Medical Physics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Geomatics
  • Mathematical Science
  • Nanoscience
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Theoretical Physics

Visit our alphabetical list of majors to learn more about Bachelor of Science majors.

*If you choose a physical science major and lack calculus at the grade 12 level, you may have to take a replacement course in your first semester at U of G.

2. You applied to Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice and Public Policy and received an alternate offer...

One of your options is to accept the alternate offer now, and then work with your program counsellor in the fall when you are a U of G student, and choose a new major with the Bachelor of Arts program.

Bachelor of Arts majors to choose from:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Classical Studies
  • Culture and Technology Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Governance
  • European Studies
  • Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • French Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Development Studies
  • Justice and Legal Studies
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Mathematical Science
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Studies

Visit our alphabetical list of majors to learn more about arts majors.

What are my options?

  1. You can wait for the subsequent rounds of offers and see if you get admitted to your first choice program.  Remember, the deadline to accept your offer of admission through the OUAC is June 1stNote: You can only accept one offer of admission to the U of G.
  2. You can accept your current offer of admission to the alternate program, knowing that we will continue to consider you for admission to your first choice program and any 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.  It’s important to 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).
  3. You can work with your program counsellor once you are a student here (in the fall) to switch to another major within your degree program (see options above).

* Don’t worry, changing your major in the fall will not affect how you choose your courses this summer as most programs have a common first year – this means students across all majors within a degree program are taking very similar courses in first year allowing for lots of flexibility!