Admission Requirements

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Students applying to Fall 2022 may apply on a rolling basis using the University of Guelph Application Form.

Students educated in a language other than English should reference our English Proficiency Requirements .

If you are an international applicant who has previously attended College or University and will receive more than 2.00 credits upon admission, please consult our International Transfer Students Admission Requirements .

For information on course lists and course descriptions within your degree program of choice, check out the Undergraduate Calendar. The Undergraduate Calendar website is also where you will find info on general university policies. 


The secondary school graduation certificate which would admit a student to an internationally recognized university in his or her home country is normally acceptable for admission to the University of Guelph.

For admission requirements by curriculum, please expand the option below.

Afghanistan

Baccalauria, with a minimum B in all subjects.

Argentina

Bachillerato with a minimum of 8.

Austria

Reifegprufung (Matura).

Azerbaijan

Attestat - Certificate of (Completed) Secondary Education with a minimum combination of 4 and 5.

Baharin

See Middle East.

Bahamas

12 years schooling, a combination of British GCSE examinations and SAT I and II subject tests. See also: Home Schooled Students for details by degree area/Freshman Year College of the Bahamas. See also GCE and IB.

Bangladesh

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with first division pass (60-100). See also IB and GCE.

Barbados

See Caribbean.

Bermuda

Bermuda Secondary School Certificate with excellent grades; 12 years schooling, a combination of British (B)GCSE examinations and SAT I and II subject tests upon request. See also IB, GCE and American Patterned Education.

Bolivia

Excellent results (5.5/7 or 75/100).

Botswana

See British Patterned Education.

Brazil

Brazil Certificado de Conclusao de Ensino Medio (minimum 7.5) + Vestibular (University Entrance Exam) or Middle Education National or SAT I and SAT II subject tests.

Bulgaria

Diploma Za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie (School Leaving Diploma) with grades of 5 or better.

Burkina Faso

See France or French Baccalaureate or IB.

Cameroon

See IB, GCE or French Baccalaureate.

Caribbean

See Caribbean Information Page.

Students must complete the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Diploma with a minimum of 6 individual subjects with at least two 2-Unit courses at the CAPE Level. Other subjects may be presented at the CSEC (CXC) Level. Predicted CAPE Level grades of 1 or 2 are required for admission consideration. Students going into Science or Engineering are encouraged to take a minimum of two 2-Unit CAPE Level subjects in Science and/or Mathematics. 

Transfer credit may be granted for 2-Unit courses at the Advanced Level with grades of 1, 2, or 3. Please note that Caribbean Studies and Communications Studies can not be used for admission.

(See also IB, GCE and American Patterned Education)

Chile

Licencia de Educación Media and the Prueba de Aptitud Académica (PAA).

China

See our Chinese Curriculum webpage

1. Students progressing through Upper Middle School: the Academic Proficiency Test (APT)/HuiKao from CHESICC-Parchment Portal Service with a minimum of 5 relevant required subjects for the degree and major, along with school documents for grades 10, 11, and first semester Grade 12 are required. Final official Upper Middle School Graduation Certificate will be required in August from the CHESICC-Parchment Portal Service.

2. Students who finished high school in a previous year are required to submit the Upper Middle School Graduation Certificate and the Chinese National University Entrance Examinations (NCEE) including a minimum of 5 relevant required subjects. All documents and English translations must be sent directly to Admission Services through CHESICC-Parchment Portal Service. In the absence of NCEE, SAT I and SAT II subject tests including all required subjects specific to your degree and major may be submitted for admission consideration.

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(See also Canadian Curriculum, American Patterned Education, GCE and IB)

Colombia

Excellent Bachillerato results (9/10). Bachillerato en Ciencias academically focused on sciences and humanities. 

Costa Rica

Bachillerato along with successful completion of first year at an accredited institution of higher learning is typically required.

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Dominican Republic

See Caribbean Information Page.

Ecuador

Bachillerato with excellent results. (See also American Patterned Education and IB).

Egypt

Thanaweya Amma - General Secondary Education Certificate or IB, American Patterned or French Baccalaureate with excellent results.

El Savador

Bachiller Academico with a minimum approximately 8 out of 10.

England

See United Kingdom.

Ethiopia

Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination. Minimum average required for consideration begins at 78-80%. See also European Baccalaureate.

France

Baccalaureate/Baccalaureate General/ Diplome de Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degre/Option Internationale du Baccalaureat with good results overall and in required subjects.

Germany

Reifezeugnis / Abitur / Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife.

Ghana

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exam results, with a minimum B3 on predicted grades and a scratch card for confirmation required for finals.

Greece

Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate), with a minimum of 16.1.

Guatemala

First year completed at a recognized university.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with a combination of 4 and 5. Predicted school marks must be presented on a 5 point scale.

Haiti

See Caribbean Information Page.

India

See our India information page

Completion of a Class 12 State Board Certificate in the required academic stream with strong First Division standing.

For example:

  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) OR Indian School Certificate (ISC)
  • Higher Secondary Certificate (ISC) OR
  • Punjab School Education Board (PSEB)

For early admission decisions, students may submit verified 10th standard board results accompanied by anticipated Class 12 grades listed by subject from the school, with a minimum aver-age of 80%. Completion of Class 12 Board Exam Certificate with strong First Division standing is required in May/June. All information required by the board to verify your Class 10 and 12 certificates. Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Commerce who do not have 12th Standard Math please register and complete an www.ilc.org MHF4U Math for Biological Science or Commerce and MCV4U Math for Physical Science degrees with a minimum 75-80% depending on degree/major. Final Indian curriculum graduating documents must be submitted to Admission Services from the corresponding board. When possible, Admission Services will verify scanned finals online that can be emailed to intdocs@uoguelph.ca.

For students in India, you may contact our University of Guelph In-Country Representative at india@uoguelph.ca for information about applying, subject-specific requirements and scholarships.

Indonesia

Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar Sekolah Menengah Umum Tingkat Atas (STTB SMA) or Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School with good/very good marks + EBTANAS.

Iran

Diploma Metevaseth/National High School Diploma (after 12 years) or Pre-university year + Diploma Metevaseth with a minimum of 16.

Iraq

Sixth Form Baccalaureat, with a minimum 8.

Ireland

Ardteistimeireacht (Irish Leaving Certificate - ILC).

Italy

Diploma De Esame Di Stato. (See IB and American Patterned Education )

Japan

Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho).

Jamaica

See Caribbean Information Page.

Jordan

See Middle East.

Kazakhstan

Diploma of Completed Secondary Education with a minimum combination of 4 and 5.

Kenya

Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with grades of A and B.

Korea (South)

Immumgye Kodung Hakkyo Choeupchang (Academic Upper Secondary School Certificate) + College Scholastic Ability Test.

Kuwait

See Middle East.

Latvia

Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu with excellent results.

Lebanon

See American Patterned Education, British Patterned Education (GCE), French Baccalaureate and IB.

Libya

High School Leaving Certificate.

Malaysia

See our Malaysian Admission webpage.

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (Malaysian Higher School Certificate) or Unified Examination Certificate (UEC). See also IBGCE and American Patterned Education.

Mauritius

See GCEFrench Baccalaureate and IB.

Mexico

Bachillerato with very good / excellent results including required subjects.

Middle East

See Middle East information page.

Applicants from Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen must present the National Secondary School Education/Leaving Certificate (Tawjihiyah) with very good/excellent results overall and in appropriate subjects.

Students from Kuwait should present the Shahad-al-thanawia-al-a-a'ama (General Secondary School Certificate) with excellent results and those from UAE, the Secondary School Certificate (Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma). See UAE for more details. Documents must be official and come from the school, Ministry or the appropriate Cultural Bureau.

Netherlands

VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs) Diploma with a minimum 7/10.

New Zealand

National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 and University Entrance Standard inclusive of approved subjects. Grades required for admission will vary by program, but based on the New Zealand grading scale, the minimum level for admission consideration is “Merit.”

Nigeria

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exam results. Minimum B3 on predicted grades and a scratch card for confirmation required for finals. (See also British Patterned Education (GCE))

Norway

Vitnemal Fra den Videregaende Skole/Certificate of Secondary Education.

Oman

See Middle East.

Pakistan

Intermediate and Higher Secondary School Certificate with strong excellent to outstanding grades.

Palestine

See Middle East.

Panama

Bachillerato with excellent result. (See also IB or American Patterned Education)

Peru

Successful completion of one year of post-secondary studies at a recognized university and a Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa.

Philippines

High School Diploma. Candidates must graduate from a 12-year high school education system. Students graduating from the former 11-year system are required to submit one year of post-secondary studies.

Poland

Świadectwo Dojrzałości Liceum Ogólnokształcącego with a minimum average of  approximately 4.5 out of 6 to start admission consideration.

Portugal

Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários within the good (bom) category with scores of 16-15 out of 20.

Qatar

See Middle East.

Russia

Attestat o Srednam (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovani - Certificate of (Completed) Secondary Education with good grades.

Saudia Arabia

See Middle East.

Singapore

Singapore/Cambridge GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level Examinations. See also GCE requirements.

South Africa

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum high Meritorious to Outstanding for admission consideration.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Certificate of Education including Ordinary Levels and at least 3 Advanced Level subjects with a minimum B average.

Sweden

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg from Gymnasieskolan

Switzerland

Federal School Leaving Certificate – Maturité/Maturität/Maturità with a minimum 5 out of 6 or 8 out of 10.

Syria

See Middle East.

Taiwan

Senior High School Certificate of Graduation + Joint College Entrance Exam.

Tanzania

Certificate of Secondary Education and Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education.

Thailand

First-year standing in a recognized university is normally required, however, applicants holding the Mattayom 6 with superior academic standing (3.0 to 4.0 in all required core courses) may be considered.

Trinidad

See Caribbean.

Turkey

See our Turkey information page.

Lise Diploması with very good/ excellent results. Submission of a school profile is expected. 

UAE

Secondary School Certificate (Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma) with a minimum B+ overall and in required subjects. (See also: British Patterned Education (GCE), India (above), American Patterned EducationCanadian Curriculum, and IB)

Uganda

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education. Five academic subjects: English, with at least 3 academic A Levels of a minimum B to begin admission consideration. (See also: British Patterned Education (GCE))

Ukraine

Atestat pro Povnu Zagal’nu Seredniu Osvitu (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education) with a minimum of approximately 9 out of 12 to begin consideration.

United States of America

You must have a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 - 3.9/ 4.0 (varies by program/major) from a regionally accredited high school.

In response to the pandemic, University of Guelph is going SAT/ACT optional for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. We will consider the results (if submitted), if they benefit the student and make their application stronger however students who do not submit a score will not be penalized.

We are looking for prerequisite courses at the senior level and they should include specific subjects that are required for admission to your degree program and major of choice. Your school profile with grading scale should be included with documents, and all sent through Parchment/Naviance/Docufide whenever possible, or emailed directly by the school to intdocs@uoguelph.ca

Possessing the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.

If you wish to include a Personal Statement, please use our Student Profile Form.

If you are an American curriculum applicant who has previously attended college or university and will receive more than 2.00 credits upon admission, please consult our International Transfer Students Admission Requirements.

United Kingdom

See our United Kingdom information page.

Uzbekistan

See Russia.

Venezuela

Successful completion of the first year at an accredited institution of higher learning is typically required. See also USA.

Vietnam

Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) with a minimum of 8.

Yemen

See Middle East.

Zambia

Successful completion of the first year at an accredited institution of higher learning is typically required. Applicants with excellent results in the Zambian School Certificate (3+).

Zimbabwe

General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (ZGCE O-Level) and Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (ZGCE A-Level) with a minimum B to begin admission consideration. (See also: British Patterned Education (GCE))

For admission requirements by country, please expand the option above.