Why Fill Out the Student Profile Form?

Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019


If you’re preparing your application to the University of Guelph (hurray!), you may have heard about the optional – yet highly recommended – Student Profile Form or SPF.  But what is a Student Profile Form, why should you submit one, and how do you write a great one?  Read on, Future Gryphons!


What is a Student Profile Form and why should I submit one?

  • As a currently registered high school student, the Student Profile Form (SPF) is your opportunity to tell the Admission Committee about activities that you have been involved in and that have helped you develop leadership and citizenship qualities.  We will also consider factors beyond your control that have negatively affected your academic performance, such as illness or personal circumstances.
  • The SPF form is optional.  If your admission average in May does not meet the cut-off for the program, your SPF will be considered if your average falls within a discretionary range of the final cut-off (up to 5%). 
  • Your SPF is used solely for admission consideration and all information and documentation submitted will be held in strict confidence.


Where do I find the SPF and when/how do I submit it?

The SPF is completed online and you can find it on our website.  You submit your SPF after you submit your application through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and before May 1st, 2020 at 11:59 PM.  After you submit your application to OUAC, you will receive a 7 digit University of Guelph ID number and a 10 digit OUAC reference number.  When submitting your SPF, the webpage will prompt you to enter these numbers to ensure your completed form is associated with your application.


How To Write An Excellent SPF Form

  1. Write in full sentences rather than point form.  Writing in full sentences gives you the best opportunity to highlight your strengths, describe your interest in your chosen program, showcase your community involvement, and explain poor academic performances.
  2. Write your answers by yourself.  It is expected that you will fill in this form on your own so that it best reflects you and your experiences.  There is no better person to reflect on what you can bring to the table than yourself!
  3. When discussing poor performance in a course, be honest about past shortcomings or decisions and identify ways you will improve.  Everyone makes mistakes.  The Admissions team wants to know what you learned from those mistakes and what strategies you will take to do better in the future.
  4. Find two references.  Great people to ask to be references would be teachers, counsellors, or school administrators who know you well.  Your other reference could be someone from your community such as a group leader, coach or individual who is aware of your personal situation. (Referees will not be required to submit a reference letter.)


More Tips

  1. Write in a separate word processing application, then copy and paste your answers into the webpage’s answer boxes when ready to submit.  The webpage is automatically refreshed every hour, so you risk losing all of your work if you write there.
  2. Ensure there are no spelling or grammar errors.  You can only submit the form once, so make sure to proofread before submission!
  3. Ensure your answers fit within the space allotted.  The answer boxes on the webpage will not hold more than 250/350 words depending on the question, so use the Word Count tool on your word processor or an online word counter to make sure you’re under the limit!


We hope those tips helped you, Future Gryphons!  Best of luck with writing your SPF and with your application to the U of G.  As always, feel free to reach out to us at admission@uoguelph.ca or DM us on our Instagram or Snapchat (@uofgadmission) with any questions!



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