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March 1 - Application Deadline

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 10:56

This is it!

If you’re hoping to be a #futuregryphon and join us at the U of G in September 2017, your application is due by next Wednesday, March 1!

All you need to do is visit the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website and complete the online application. There are two types of applicants – 101 and 105. To learn more about each type of applicant and determine which category you fall under, we recommend visiting OUAC’s Undergrad Criteria page

Have last-minute questions about the application process?

Join us for a Snapchat chat this Thursday, February 23 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST, and we’ll set everything straight for you!

Beat the ‘Winter Blahs’ at UofG!

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017 - 15:16

Ever wonder how our Gryphon’s beat the 'winter blahs' on campus? While it may seem like winter is the season that just won’t end, check out all the fun ways to make the most of all our campus has to offer, regardless of the weather!

1. Get Moving

Skating, swimming and rock climbing are always on the menu at UofG, thanks to our amazing athletic facilities available to all of our students! If you’re more of the competitive type, you could join one of the 17 intramural sports available on campus. Rather focus on your own fitness goals? Join us in our brand spanking new Athletic Centre, equipped with all of the most up-to-date equipment and technology!

2. Jump in the Ring

Students in the Bull Ring

The Bull Ring, that is! The cozy atmosphere, the yummy food – what’s not to love about campus’s hippest coffee shop and eatery? With live music nearly every afternoon, and open mic night every Wednesday, The ‘Ring is bound to become one of your favourite campus hangs!

3. Go Green

No time or money for a tropical getaway? UofG’s greenhouses provide the ultimate winter respite from cold, dreary days. Spend some time relaxing, reading or studying in either the Conservatory Greenhouse (located next to the University Centre), or grab something yummy at the Greenhouse Café in the Bovey Building and then wander over to the Bovey Greenhouse to admire some of the beautiful tropical plants.

4. Take a Hike

With 165 hectares (over 400 acres!) of forested area – complete with several km’s of walking trails, a hike through UofG’s Arboretum will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland scene straight out of a story book.

5. Have a Cuppa

Coffee, tea, hot cocoa – our various campus coffee houses have all this and more, plus some really cosy nooks to curl up in. Sometimes, the best way to deal with the frigid temps and blustery weather is just to ignore it completely for a little while. Cuddle up, #futuregryphons!

 

 

U of G Students Try the Campus Bakery Co.

Posted: Monday, February 13, 2017 - 11:10

U of G's Campus Bakery Co.

Straight from the source: 

"Campus Bakery Co. doesn't just want to think outside the box, but throw it away completely! We are dedicated to providing freshly baked, made-from-scratch goods for our campus community available for convenient pick-up at The Brass Taps Campus Pub or delivery to any University Centre Meeting Room location.

We love creating custom themed baked goods and will work with all baking requests. To top it all off, many of our baked goods can be prepared to accommodate vegan and gluten-free dietary considerations."

You should also checkout their freshly baked menu to start daydreaming about what you can order. As you saw in the video, we highly recommend it ALL. 

Follow them on twitter and instagram for some "sweet" photos and updates. 

International Student Application Deadline - February 15

Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 15:00

Are you an International student interested in applying to U of G for Fall 2017?

Please note that Wednesday, February 15 is the application deadline for International high school students. Applications received after February 15 will be processed on a rolling basis.

We will continue to accept applications until May 1, 2017; however, we cannot guarantee space in programs. Please note that there will be no exceptions or extensions for applications to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program (BLA).

Information on the application process for International students can be found on our website.

Make the most of the wait!

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 15:47

We get it – playing the ‘waiting game’ is nobody’s idea of fun. But there are some constructive (and even fun) ways to spend your time if you’re still waiting to hear form us about the status of your application for Fall 2017.

Visit Us!

Take a road trip to Guelph and take advantage of our daily campus tours! Even if you’ve been here before, visiting our campus will help you get to know us even better, and we’re sure you don’t need an excuse to enjoy some of our awesome campus food and hospitality!

Make a Mental Picture of Your Life @ Guelph

Whether you’re passionate about athletics, dedicated to extracurricular clubs and activities, or committed to volunteering your time to worthy causes, there’s more to university life than just academics! Now’s your chance to really find out about all of the wonderful ways you could become involved on campus – and beyond – at Guelph. Make a mental picture, and get ready to live it!

Chat Us Up!

Our online and Snapchat Chats continue throughout the next fewl months, so make sure you chat us up! Be sure to check out the chat schedule for full details!

Fill out the Student Profle Form (SPF)

Even if you’re pretty confident about your grades, we still encourage all applicants who haven’t received an offer of admission to fill out the SPF before the May 1 deadline. It only takes a few minutes to complete, and you might just be happy you did!

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work!

We know you know how important it is to keep working hard at school, but we think it bears repeating. We’ll be using your top six completed grade 12 marks PLUS mid-term grades from your current semester (including required subjects) to calculate your admission average. Check out more info on our Admission Plan and keep working hard, #futuregryphons!

Fact Fridays - Episode 8: Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2017 - 14:08

We get it. Deciding between studying, say, International Development and Microbiology might be a no-brainer for many future Gryphons, but for others, choosing between the Arts and the Sciences is HARD.

Fortunately, UofG makes it easy with our Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAS) degree program. That’s right – no need to choose just one favourite discipline to focus your studies on, because you can do BOTH!! Here’s what you need to know.

Fact #1 – 2 Minors and No Majors

All BAS students choose two Minors – one in science, and one in the arts or social sciences. Each minor will be made up of a minimum of 5.00 credits, or approximately 10 courses. You don’t even need to know what your minors will be just yet – those don’t need to be declared until the end of your second semester at the latest.

Fact #2 – Integrated Core Courses Will Set You Apart, and Bring You Together

We’ll challenge you to consider contemporary and historical issues from different perspectives across the arts, science and social sciences. Throughout all four years of the program, students will come together in a series of “ASCI” (Arts and Sciences) courses, where interdisciplinary work will challenge traditional academic boundaries.

Fact #3 – Independent Study = Independent Thinking

BAS students will work with a faculty advisor of their choice to design their own course combining both the arts and science/social sciences. Everything from course work requirements, course outline, due dates, assignment weights, etc. are agreed upon between the student, advisor, and Program Counselling Office.

The BEST part? YOU decide what the requirements are – maybe that includes work and/or volunteer experience or even conducting research.

Fact #4 – The World Is the BAS Grad’s Oyster

Worried that you won’t have access to the same post-grad opportunities as students who study only Science OR Arts? Fear not. BAS grads go on to accomplish pretty much anything that students from other programs do.

This includes (but is not limited to) medical school, teacher’s college, and vet school, just to name a few. Students in this program can complete all of the specific subject requirements for professional school without having to enroll in additional semesters.

Program Chats Have Started!

Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 11:52

We know you've likely still got questions about our academic programs, their highlights, course loads, and supports. That's why we're so pleased to continue to offer online chats specific to individual programs!

Where can you find out more about the chat, our schedule, and how to join in? Why, our Online Chat page, of course!

Each week for the next few months, we'll be hosting many more program chats, featuring faculty and current U of G students who would LOVE to help answer your questions! 

Not sure what to ask? No biggie! You are always welcome to log in to the chat and observe what your fellow #futuregryphons are asking. 

Most of our online chats run between the hours of 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST, with a few exceptions. For full details, check out our schedule!

Campus tours are BACK!

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 16:37

Have you visited us yet? If not, now’s the perfect time to sign up for a campus tour!

You may be asking, “What will I see on a Campus Tour at Guelph?”

Our campus tours showcase some of our student residences, lecture halls, dining facilities, the library, athletic facilities, the main administration building, and several general academic areas.

Plus, our Tour Guides are all current U of G students, so you can rest assured that you’ll be learning all the in's and out's about U of G straight from the best source!

We offer tours at 10:00am and 1:30pm Monday through Friday, and at 1:30pm most Saturdays. Each tour runs approximately two hours, and visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather.

See you soon!

Tips Tuesdays – Episode 4: U of G Calling!

Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 14:24

When your phone rings, will you know what to ask?

Tip #1 – Answer the phone!

Starting this week, our dedicated army of student ambassadors, who we refer to at this time of year as “Telethoners”, will be calling YOU (yes – on the phone!) to speak one-on-one about the program(s) you’ve applied to, our campus, and student life. The best part? You’ll be able to ask any questions you may still have about our programs and what life at Guelph is really like!

Tip #2 – Be prepared with questions

Curious about what kinds of questions area frequently asked during our “Telethon”? We’ve compiled a list that you can use for inspiration for your own questions (or you can just use these if you’d like).

Admissions

  • What is the Student Profile Form and how do I submit it?
  • When will offers be sent out?

Residence

  • What residence did you live in? What was it like?
  • If I decide to commute or live off campus, how can I make friends?
  • What kinds of activities are organized in residence?
  • How are residence rooms decided? What about roommates?

Student Life

  • Are there any clubs in [insert your interests here] that I can be a part of?
  • Can I go on exchange to another country?
  • What student support services are there on campus?

Campus

  • How long will it take me to get from one class to another?
  • What kinds of events happen on campus?
  • What is there to do in the city of Guelph?

Academics

  • What is the program like?
  • What has been your favourite class?
  • What kinds of co-op jobs are available for my program?
  • Where can I go if I need help with a class?
  • Do you have any recommendations?

Tip #3 – Know when we might call

Starting this Thursday, January 26, our Telethon callers will be making calls from 5 pm – 9 pm every Monday to Thursday, and from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays for the next few weeks. If we’re not able to reach you, we’ll leave you a message and try again at a later date.

Tip #4 – If you found your Teletohon caller helpful, let them know!

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but we appreciate your feedback, and we know our callers do too!

Tip #5 – Know that we’re always here for you

We strive to keep you as informed and supported as possible during this stressful application process! From our ongoing online chats, to our social media platforms, and email and phone support, we’re always here to take your questions!

 

Fact Fridays - Episode 7: Think you know Engineering at Guelph?

Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 15:35

Fact #1: We are unique

No other Canadian university does Engineering quite like we do. That’s because all of our seven majors combine engineering principles with practical, hands-on design based learning tools and courses.

Fact #2: We’ve got your back

Success is so much easier to achieve when you’ve got the right support systems, and we’ve got you covered.

From academic clusters in residence, to Peer Counselling services, Engineering Peer Helpers, and services offered in The Learning Commons and through the Supported Learning Groups (SLG’s) in the Library, help is always here when you need it. The School of Engineering also offers program counselling by a small but mighty army of program counsellors and leaders who can help you navigate course selection, program changes, and more!

Fact #3: Yes, we’re small – but that’s not a bad thing

Our student-centered approach not only provides you, the learner, with top-notch education and learning opportunities, but also creates an atmosphere of cooperation and approachability. From day one, you’ll feel right at home with your fellow students and our dedicated staff and faculty.

Fact #4: We want you to WORK it

Every one of our majors within Engineering offers the chance to do Co-op. What could be better than gaining valuable paid work experience and developing great contacts before you graduate? Just be sure that if Co-op is something you think you might want to be a part of, that you apply for the Co-op option through OUAC. It’s much easier to get into the Co-op program this way!

Fact #5: Our roots run deep

Our foundations in engineering education go back to 1874, when the Ontario Agricultural College, or OAC, introduced courses in physics such as mechanics, hydrostatics, and electricity. When the U of G was created in 1964, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering was added, and the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario accredited the program. And the rest, as they say, is history!

Want to learn more about Engineering at Guelph? Join us Monday, January 23 from 7 - 9 PM EST for an online Engineering chat!

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