Students in MacDonald hall studying.

First-Year Seminars

Guelph’s First-Year Seminars (FYS) are fun, small-group seminars open to every first year student. Limited to 18 students per seminar, and with fascinating subjects like social justice, baseball, improv, or growing food on Mars, they're a great way to meet fellow Gryphons and sharpen your thinking and communication skills. 

Seminar topics have included:

  • Guns, Germs, Steel and the Great Escape
  • Baseball by the Numbers: Learning How to Analyse Baseball Data
  • Feeding 9 Billion Ideas Congress

Here’s what some students have said about their seminar experience:

  • “Warm and comfortable environment – everyone is free to express their opinion.”
  • “I now feel much better prepared to take on more challenging courses.”
  • “Open-ended, in-depth, flexible style.”
  • “The course opened my mind to new perspectives and ways of thinking.”
  • “I learned to be critical of resources, ideas and thoughts.”
  • “I’ve already started to get higher marks on my essays in other classes because of what I’ve learned in this course.”
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1