Second Round of Offers FAQs

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018

Okay Future Gryhons, we are nearing the end of our second round of offers. We thought we should give you the lowdown on some of your most-asked questions. Sit tight – we’re diving deep into the nitty-gritty...

Q –  What was the "exact" cut-off average last year and what is it this year?

A – It is not our practice to release exact admission averages. If your admission average met the required average, your application will be fully considered. During the 3rd round of offers in May, we also consider other factors, including the Student Profile Form and as a result, the averages of admitted students do vary.


Q – Why have I not been admitted? My grades are higher than the estimated cut off average?

A – The "estimated range" is just that – an estimate. The range that is published in the 2018 Admissions Viewbook is based on the admission averages from previous years and is provided solely as a point of reference. Admission averages are determined by the number and quality of applicants, as well as space availability within the program.


Q – How many people are admitted to (for example) - the Bachelor of Applied Science - Applied Human Nutrition?

A – Simply, if your admission average falls within our range, your application will be fully considered. The number of students admitted into each program, each year, depends on the year.


Q – If I take summer school can I still be admitted?

A – That will depend on whether or not your program choice at U of G fills and closes. In mid-June, the OUAC will list which Ontario universities still have open programs.

NOTE: In the past, most of our programs fill and close prior to the summer so students should not count on being able to take a summer school course for admission.


Q – I’m a high school student and I just figured out I want to apply to Guelph. Can I still apply?

A – Yes, you can still apply! We are continuing to accept and process all applications which will receive full and equal admission consideration throughout the remaining admission cycle.

NOTE: The exception is our Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program for which we are no longer accepting applications.


Q – Can I accept an offer from another university?

A – Yes, you can accept an offer from another university, but know that no Ontario university can require you to make that decision before the June 1st common response deadline. If, after accepting another university’s offer, you receive and want to accept a Guelph offer, you may do so through the OUAC but that will void your previous acceptance.

NOTE: You can have only one accepted offer through the OUAC and you should do so by the June 1st deadline.


Q – How do I accept my offer?

A – You accept your offer through the OUAC. There is also a tutorial offered through the OUAC that students can access for support and assistance.


Q – How do I defer my admission?

A – You can apply to defer your admission by emailing your request to our Admissions office at You are not required to accept your offer in order to defer. The deadline for completion of this process is August 10, 2018 and it is a firm deadline. The cost of the deferral is $80.

NOTE: Only high school applicants can defer. Students admitted to BLA cannot defer.


Q – Guelph is really my only choice, is there anything more I can do to be considered for admission in the third round of offers?

A – First and foremost, continue to study hard as grades are the first and main factor considered for admission. As well, in our Third Round of offers, we will also consider your Student Profile Form if you submitted one. The deadline for submission of the SPF is May 1, 2018 and we encourage you to fill it out if you have not yet received an offer of admission.


Q – I applied to co-op, but I was admitted to the regular program. How do I get co-op?

A – Your application for Co-op will be considered again in the May round of offers. However, if at that point in time, we are still unable to offer you admission to Co-op and you accept admission to the regular stream of the program, you will have another opportunity to apply for Co-op when you are in your first year of studies at Guelph. You will want to contact Co-operative Education & Career Services for more information.


Q – I’ve already gained admission but didn’t get an entrance scholarship. Will my most recent grades be considered again for entrance scholarship eligibility?

A – Yes, for entrance scholarships, we will automatically consider semester two, mid-term grades as well as your final June grades and final grades received for courses taken during the summer. You will be notified of changes to scholarship eligibility by Student Financial Services.


Q – I've heard there are big changes to governmental financial support (i.e. OSAP) this fall. How do I learn more?

A – Yes, you're right! If you are a new student, applying to the University of Guelph for Fall 2018, the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) will provide a link to OSAP after you submit your application. The 2018-19 OSAP application is now available. Student Financial Services has a step-by-step guide on ‘How to Apply for OSAP’ for full-time students, part-time students, and summer students, available on the Student Financial Services Website.

There you have it Future Gryphons. If you don't have an offer yet just keep working hard, maintain those grades, and fill out that Student Profile Form! 

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