Five things you didn’t know about U of G

Posted on Thursday, May 27th, 2021

A group of students visits next to the Gryphon statue on the University campus.
Five things you didn't know about the U of G

Did you make it to last night’s online Future Gryphons Game Night? If you did, chances are you likely learned a LOT of interesting trivia about U of G! (And if your name is Caroline and you’re a future Theatre Studies student, you even walked away with $100 gift card to The Bookstore!)

In case you weren’t able to join us for last night’s fun online trivia event, here’s five fun facts about U of G that you may not know!

U of G was officially established in 1964

While the history of post-secondary studies on our campus goes back much further – all the way to 1874 when the province opened an agricultural college on a 500 acre farm in Guelph – the University of Guelph wasn’t officially formed until the amalgamation of three colleges in 1964. In case you’re wondering, those colleges were the Ontario Agricultural College, the Ontario Veterinary College, and Wellington College, which administered degrees in the arts and sciences.

Since then our grads have gone on to invent the Yukon Gold potato, the Lucky Iron Fish, compostable Keurig pods and more!

The University of Guelph Athletic Centre is HUGE. Massive, even!

The newly renovated Athletic Centre opened to students in late 2016 with a whopping 25,000 square feet of space! The AC features a suspended running track, varsity basketball and volleyball courts, a climbing wall, and numerous multi-purpose rooms for fitness and recreation activities. It also includes a 2,200 seat events centre where you can experience everything from home basketball games, to intramural activities, to convocation!

The iconic Gryphon statue is only seven years old

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U of G, the Gryphon statue was unveiled during Alumni Weekend in June, 2014. The $300,000 project was funded entirely from donations, primarily by alumni and student groups!

How many undergraduate students call U of G ‘home’?

26,741!

There are lots of running tracks on campus! How many? 

Three! They’re located in Alumni Stadium, the Fieldhouse, and the suspended track mentioned earlier is in the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.

Ready to learn even more about the University of Guelph? Be sure to accept your offer of admission online by the deadline (June 1 for Canadian secondary students) and let the learning begin!

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