Transfer from College or University

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

On This Page:

2024 Application Deadlines
General Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements by Program
Apply Now
Submit your Documents
Transfer Credit Assessment
Waiting for a Decision
Additional Info and Links
 

Before Applying

2024 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 April 1* May 1

*The deadline to apply to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is March 1.

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

General Admission Requirements

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.
 

Admission Requirements and Entry Points by Program

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
  • Classical Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Culture and Technology Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Governance
  • Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • French Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Development Studies
  • Justice and Legal Studies
  • Mathematical Economics
  • 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

  • Economics and Mathematical Economics: 4U Advanced Functions and 4U English
  • All others: 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

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)

Entry Point

  • Fall Only

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

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

Majors

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 70%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

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

Entry Point

  • Fall and winter

Majors

  • Music
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Studies

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 65%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 70%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U English (or equivalent)

Entry Point

  • Fall Only

Majors

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

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.

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

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Admission is determined through a combination of academic grades and the Background Information Form (BIF)

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U English (or equivalent)
  • Sciences, technical drawing and language courses are recommended.

Entry Point

  • Fall

Supplementary Documentation

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

Deadline: March 1

Minimum Admission Requirements - UNIVERSITY

  • 70%

Minimum Admission Requirements - COLLEGE

  • 75%

Pre-requisite Subject Requirements

  • 4U Advanced Functions, 4U Calculus, and 4U English (or equivalent) 

Entry Points

  • Fall

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

  • Winter and Fall

Majors

Biological Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Biomedical Toxicology
  • 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
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • Physics

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

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

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

Please visit our website for admission information.

For detailed information about the academic and non-academic admission requirements, 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 18
  • 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.

Note: Completion of Grade 11 or 12 Math, Biology and Chemistry at the C, U or M level is recommended. Previous experience in the turfgrass industry is considered an asset.

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 16. Forms and other required documents received after this date will be considered, pending space availability.
 

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After You've Applied

Submit your Documents

Applicants applying to the following programs must submit additional information to complete their application: 

Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management

DTM Background Information Form (BIF)

  • Recommended Deadline: February 16, 2024 

Applications and documents received after this date will be considered as space allows.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

BLA Background Information Form (BIF) 

  • Deadline: March 1, 2024

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 your 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 at applicant@uoguelph.ca

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. 

Note: Applicants can also submit unofficial transcripts for initial admission consideration. Please submit documents using the OUAC Document Upload. Unofficial documents will be used for initial review and admission decision purposes only. 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.

Required documents will be listed under the 'Documents' section of your WebAdvisor account. Your application will be reviewed once all required documents have been received.

  • Education Declaration Form: If we’ve requested an Education Declaration, we need to confirm whether or not you have completed additional studies beyond what you declared on your application.  Please complete the PDF form and submit it 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. You can submit your letter directly through your WebAdvisor account.

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.

If a support letter has been requested, you’ll see ‘Support Letter’ listed as a required document in the Documents section of your WebAdvisor account. You can upload your letter directly through your WebAdvisor account.

If a support letter has not been requested but you would like to submit one, please e-mail your letter directly to Admission Services at applicant@uoguelph.ca.

Note: Submitting a support letter does not guarantee admission.
 

Transfer Credit Assessment

Transfer credits are assessed upon admission and are typically outlined in an offer of admission.

  • 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 have previously been reviewed and approved for transfer credit, please view Course Equivalencies.

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.
 

Waiting for a Decision

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.

Already applied? Monitor the status of your application and required documents through your WebAdvisor account.

Application Statuses

  • 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.
     

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