Transfer from College or University

This section provides all the information you need to apply as a transfer student. 

We welcome you to explore the application process, our programs and our campus, and we would like to help you set the stage for a truly exceptional education!

I should review this section if...

  • I am currently or was previously registered at a college; or
  • I am currently or was previously registered at a university

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Transferring from a College

Applicants who have completed a minimum of one year of study in an appropriate two or three-year College diploma will be considered for admission. In addition to presenting the minimum cumulative average from college, applicants must also present the high school subject requirements (or equivalent) for their program of interest.

Transferring from a University

Applicants who have completed a minimum of 2.0 credits (one semester) of study will be considered for admission. Those with less than 2.0 completed credits are typically considered for fall entry only.  In addition to presenting the minimum cumulative average from university, applicants must also present the high school subject requirements (or equivalent) for their program of interest.

Note: Transfer students are not eligible for direct entry into co-op. Those who apply for co-op will be considered for the regular program. Once you are a student at the U of G you can connect with your Program Counsellor to determine whether you are eligible for co-op. For more information, visit  Co-operative Education and Career Services.

2023 Application Deadlines
I want to apply for: Submit your application by: Submit your documents by:
Winter entry November 1 December 1
Summer entry March 1 April 1
Fall entry May 1 June 1

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application and all required documents well in advance of published deadlines.

Admission requirements vary by program. In addition to presenting the minimum cumulative average from previous post-secondary studies, applicants must present the specific subject requirements, or equivalents, for their program of interest.

Note: Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Space in some programs is limited and admission is dependent on the quantity and quality of applications received as well as space availability.

Majors

  • Applied Human Nutrition
  • Child Studies
  • Family Studies and Human Development

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • Applied Human Nutrition: 75%
  • Child Studies: 70%
  • Family Studies and Human Development: 70%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • Applied Human Nutrition: 80%
  • Child Studies and Family Studies and Human Development: 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • Applied Human Nutrition: 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry, 4U English, and any 4U Mathematics (or equivalent)
  • Child Studies and Family Studies and Human Development: one of 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry, or 4U Kinesiology, 4U English and any 4U Mathematics (or equivalent)

Entry Points

  • Fall

Supplementary Documentation:

Applied Science Personal Letter: To assist the Bachelor of Applied Science Admission Committee in selecting the most qualified applicants, you are encouraged to submit a support letter. The committee is interested in learning about your background and motivation as it pertains to the study of applied science. After your application has been submitted, please e-mail your personal letter to Admission Services at applicant@uoguelph.ca

Majors

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Classical Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • 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
  • Sexualities, Genders and Social Change
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Studies

There is no direct entry for transfer students to Criminal Justice and Public Policy. 

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 65%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 70%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U English (or equivalent)

Entry Points

  • Justice and Legal Studies: Fall and Winter entry
  • All other majors: Fall, Winter, and Summer entry

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 70% or two consecutive semesters of full-time studies immediately prior to the semester applied for with a minimum average of 70% in each semester
  • All courses attempted in mathematics, engineering and science subjects (see list of approved electives) must have minimum averages of 60%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U Advanced Functions, two of 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry, and 4U Physics, and 4U English (or equivalent)

Entry Points

  • Fall, Winter, and Summer

Majors

  • Environmental Management
  • Equine Management
  • Food Industry Management

Transfer students are not eligible for direct entry into co-op. Those who apply for co-op will be considered for the regular program.

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 65%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • Environmental Management: 4U Biology and 4U English (or equivalent)
  • Equine Management: one 4U Math, 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry and 4U English (or equivalent)
  • Food Industry Management: 4U Advanced Functions, 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry, and 4U English (or equivalent)

Entry Point

  • Fall Only

Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: May 1, Document Submission Deadline: June 1

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application and all required documents well in advance of published deadlines.

Majors

  • Accounting
  • Food and Agricultural Business
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management*
  • Management
  • Management Economics and Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Government, Economics and Management
  • Real Estate
  • Sport and Event Management

Transfer students are not eligible for direct entry into co-op. Those who apply for co-op will be considered for the regular program.

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 70%, or two consecutive semesters of full-time studies immediately prior to the semester applied for, with a minimum average of 70% in each semester

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management and Government, Economics and Management: 4U Advanced Functions and 4U English (or equivalent)
  • All other Commerce majors: 4U Advanced Functions, 4U English, and an additional 4U mathematics course (or equivalent)

Entry Points

  • Sport and Event Management: Fall
  • All other majors: Fall, Winter, and Summer

Admission to this program is competitive.

Majors

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering

Transfer students are not eligible for direct entry into co-op. Those who apply for co-op will be considered for the regular program.

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 70%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U Calculus and 4U English (or equivalent)

Entry Point

  • Fall Only

Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: May 1, Document Submission Deadline: June 1

Admission to this program is competitive.

Majors

  • Biological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Systems and Computing
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Transfer students are not eligible for direct entry into co-op. Those who apply for co-op will be considered for the regular program.

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 65%
  • Courses attempted in the disciplines of mathematics, engineering and sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) must have a minimum average of 70%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U Advanced Functions, 4U Calculus and Vectors, 4U Chemistry, and 4U Physics

Entry Points

  • Fall

Supplementary Documentation

Engineering Personal Letter: To assist the School of Engineering Admissions Committee in selecting the most qualified applicants, you are encouraged to submit a support letter. The committee is interested in learning more about your background and motivation as it pertains to the study of engineering. After your application has been submitted, please email your personal letter to Admission Services at applicant@uoguelph.ca.

Transfer students are not eligible for direct entry into co-op. Those who apply for co-op will be considered for the regular program.

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 70%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U Advanced Functions, 4U Biology, and 4U Chemistry

Entry Point

  • Fall

Admission to this program is competitive.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are considered based on academic performance and an evaluation of a Background Information Form (BIF)

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U English (or equivalent)

Entry Point

  • Fall

Supplementary Documentation

The BLA Background Information Form is required for all applicants to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program.

Deadline: May 1

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 70%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U Advanced Functions, two of 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry, and 4U Physics, and 4U English (or equivalent)

Entry Points

  • Fall

Majors

Biological Sciences

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

Physical Sciences

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

There is no direct entry for transfer students to the Biomedical Science major.  Those who apply will be considered for Bachelor of Science, Biological Science.

Transfer students are not eligible for direct entry into co-op. Those who apply for co-op will be considered for the regular program.

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 70%
  • A minimum overall final average of 75% in the 4U level pre-requisite subjects
  • A minimum overall final average of 70% is required in all math/science courses at the university level

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%
  • A minimum overall final average of 75% in the 4U level pre-requisite subjects

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • Biological Sciences majors: 4U Advanced Functions, two of 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry, and 4U Physics (or equivalent)
  • Physical Sciences majors: 4U Calculus, two of 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry, and 4U Physics (or equivalent)

Entry Points

  • Fall, Winter, and Summer

Majors

  • Animal Science
  • Crop Science
  • Honours Agriculture
  • Horticulture

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 65%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U Advanced Functions, two of 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry, and 4U Physics (or equivalent) (Biology and Chemistry are preferred)

Entry Points

  • Fall, Winter, and Summer

Majors

  • Ecology
  • Environment and Resource Management
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences

Transfer students are not eligible for direct entry into co-op. Those who apply for co-op will be considered for the regular program.

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 70%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U Advanced Functions, two of 4U Biology, 4U Chemistry, and 4U Physics (or equivalent). Biology and Chemistry are recommended.

Entry Point

  • Fall

Admission to this program is competitive.

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For detailed information on the academic and non-academic requirements needed, please visit the Ontario Veterinary College website.

Entry Point

  • Fall

Application Deadlines – Canadian Students

  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Background Information Form (BIF) Deadline: February 1
  • References/Transcript Deadline: March 1
  • Casper Score Deadline: March 1

Application Deadlines – International Students/VMCAS Applicants

  • Application Deadline: September 15
  • Document Submission Deadline (BIF, References, Casper Score, Transcripts): November 1

Note: International students currently attending the U of G should contact Admission Services at admdvm@uoguelph.ca for application instructions.

Note: The Casper CSP-10201 Canadian Professional Health Sciences test is required for admission consideration

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application and all required documents well in advance of published deadlines.

Supplementary Documentation

The DVM Background Information Form is required for all applicants to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Available: December

 Deadline: February 1

Minimum Admission Requirements

Applicants are advised to contact Admission Services directly for admission criteria.

Entry Point

  • Fall Only

Supplementary Documentation

The DTM Background Information Form is required for all applicants to the Diploma in Turfgrass Management.

Recommended Deadline: February 17. Forms and other required documents received after February 17th will be considered, space permitting.

Transfer credits are assessed upon admission and are typically outlined in an offer letter. Transfer credit assignments will vary depending on the degree program and specialization you are admitted into.

  • College Transfer Students: Normally, applicants who have completed a two-year college diploma can receive up to 5.0 credits (1 year), while applicants who have completed a three-year college diploma program can receive up to 10.0 credits (2 years).
  • University Transfer Students: Normally, applicants will be eligible to receive transfer credit for each successfully completed degree-level course. A maximum of 10.0 credits (2 years) can be transferred from a previously completed degree program.

To view external courses that previously been reviewed and approved for transfer credit, please view Course Equivalencies.

Understanding your transfer credits: 

There are two types of transfer credit: specified and generic. A specified credit is granted when a course you’ve taken at another post-secondary institution is comparable or equivalent to a course that we offer at the University of Guelph. A generic credit is granted when you're eligible for degree-level credit, but the content of the course you’ve taken doesn't align with a University of Guelph course. Generic credits are electives and may or may not count towards the graduation requirements for the degree program you’re entering. 

To help you understand your transfer credit assessment, it’s important to know what course numbers mean and where to find course descriptions. Each course is identified by a two-part code. The first part of the code refers to the subject area, the second to the level of the course. Courses in the 1000 series are mainly for first year students, those in the 2000 series are mainly for second year students, and those in the 3000 series are for third year students. Course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar. 

Course numbers beginning with 9 (e.g. PSYC*9110, ENGL*9210) are generic credits. To understand exactly how your transfer credits will apply to degree requirements, you should contact a Program Counsellor as soon as you accept your offer of admission.

If you have previously attended a college or university you will apply using the 105 Application available through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

Note: if you want to make changes to your application after it's been submitted, please use the "Account" option via the OUAC website to amend your application. All changes must be made by the appropriate application deadline.

If you are a full-time permanent employee of the U of G, or a senior citizen (65+), please contact us at admission@uoguelph.ca to request a separate application form.  The same application and document deadlines apply.

  • Once your application has been received, Admission Services will send an acknowledgment e-mail to your personal e-mail account.
  • You will receive a second email with your Central Login information. You will use this username and password to access your @uoguelph.ca account and WebAdvisor.  
  • Next steps outlining how to complete the application process (e.g. how to submit required documents and important deadlines) will be sent to your @uoguelph email account.

Email Account

We will use your @uoguelph email account as our primary method of communicating with you throughout the application process. Please ensure you check this email account regularly. 

WebAdvisor

WebAdvisor is the University's online registration system and a tool that will allow you to monitor the status of your application. Check WebAdvisor regularly to keep track of all required documents and your application status.

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Admission Committees for most programs review transfer applications and extend offers of admission on a continuing, rolling basis. Some programs, such as those with limited enrollment, only review applications after the published application deadlines.

You can monitor the status of your application on WebAdvisor.

  • Application Received: Your application has been received but isn’t complete quite yet. Check the Documents section of your WebAdvisor account to see which document requests are outstanding.
  • Forwarded for Decision: Documents and transcripts required for preliminary review of your application have been received, and your file has been forwarded to an Admission Counsellor for review. Additional information may be requested.
  • Decision Pending Final Grades: The Admission Committee needs final grades from your in-progress courses to make an admission decision.
  • Further Information Required: The Admission Committee requires additional information to consider your application. They might need additional documents, transcripts, forms, or a personal support letter. Check the Documents section of your WebAdvisor account to see what information has been requested.
  • Committee Decision: Your application will be reviewed by the full Admission Committee at the next Committee meeting.
  • Admitted Conditionally: You’ve been admitted, but there are conditions you need to meet. Conditions and the deadline date that you need to meet them by will be outlined in your offer of admission letter. Usually, conditions are to maintain a certain average or to submit final transcripts from in-progress courses once they are completed.
  • Admitted: You’ve been admitted! An offer of admission letter explaining next steps is on its way to you.
  • Refused, External and Refused (Requirements): We are not able to offer you admission because you are not currently meeting the minimum admission requirements
  • Refused (No Space): Although you meet minimum admission requirements, we are unable to offer you admission. Space in some programs may be limited.

You must submit official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended (examples below).

  • high school (including summer school)
  • university
  • college
  • night school
  • online courses taken at a provincially approved high school or learning centre 
  • an accredited private school or organization officially recognized or authorized as an institution of learning. 

A transcript is considered official if it is produced by and bears the seal of the issuing institution. Official transcripts must be sent from the issuing institution directly to Admission Services.

Transcript Requests through OUAC: The OUAC provides an electronic transcript service for applicants who have attended High School, College, or University in Ontario. When completing the 105 application, you can pay the OUAC to contact your former school(s) and request electronic transcripts from the issuing institution to be sent directly to Admission Services at the University of Guelph. This is recommended. 

If your former high school, University, or College is not one of the schools that the OUAC can contact on your behalf, you will have to contact each institution to arrange to have your transcript(s) sent to Admission Services. 

Transcript Requests through the Institution: If you are submitting transcripts or other official documents in a language other than English you must also submit notarized legal literal translations of these documents in English. 

Contact information:

Undergraduate Admission Services
50 Stone Road, East
Level 3, University Centre
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON
N1G 2W1

applicant@uoguelph.ca

Applicants who are having difficulties requesting and obtaining official transcripts can submit unofficial transcripts for the 2023 application cycle. Please submit documents using the OUAC 105 Document Upload. 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.

You can view required documents under the 'Documents' section of your WebAdvisor account. If you see a document request, we must receive all required documents before further reviewing your application.

  • Education Declaration Form: This form is requested when our application processing team notices a gap in your educational background and we are unsure of your activities (working, traveling, studying, etc.) during that time. The form is required to confirm that you have not enrolled at any other schools/institutions other than what you have indicated on your application. If required, the Education Declaration Form will appear in the Documents section of your WebAdvisor account. You can complete and submit it directly through your WebAdvisor account.
  • Supplementary Information Form for Post-Degree Applications: If you hold a degree and have applied to pursue additional studies, this form is required to confirm the intent of your future studies: Supplementary Information Form for Post-Degree Applications
  • Support Letter: In some cases, the Admission Committee may request a support letter. A support letter is your opportunity to tell Admission Services more about why you want to transfer to the University of Guelph. If your average is below the minimum admission requirements, your support letter should address your previous academic performance and explain the steps you've taken to ensure future academic success.

If you're currently enrolled in your first semester at university (i.e.: fall) and are applying to transfer for the winter entry point, we will require unofficial midterm grades. Transfer applicants with courses in progress will be considered for a conditional offer of admission based on available grade data.

You will be required to submit a final official transcript when your final grades are available.

A support letter is your opportunity to tell Admission Services more about why you want to transfer to the University of Guelph. If your average is below the minimum admission requirements, your support letter should address your previous academic performance and explain the steps you’ve taken to ensure future academic success.

Support letters can be e-mailed directly to Admission Services at applicant@uoguelph.ca

Note: Submitting a support letter does not guarantee admission.

It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received in Admission Services by the document deadline. Prompt and early submission of documents is highly recommended. Space in some programs is limited and individual programs may fill and close earlier, depending on the quality and quantity of applications, as well as space available.

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Transfer Thursdays

These drop-in meetings happen every Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. EST. and provide Transfer Applicants with the opportunity to ask quick questions ranging from admission topics to programs specific inquiries.
Our host will admit you into the meeting and you will have the option to unmute and chat with a representative. Please note that there may be a short wait time depending on how many students are dropping in to chat with us. We look forward to answering all of your questions. See you soon!

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Watch our previously recorded transfer presentations below:

Transfer Admission Webinar - October 2021

Transfer Webinar for Prospective Students - February 9, 2022

Transfer Students Webinar - November 9, 2020

Transfer Applicants Webinar - November 9, 2020

Visit our FAQ page to review the answers to some frequently asked questions.