Tips Tuesdays - Episode 3: Get to Know Guelph's Scholarships!

Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 16:16

For this week's Tips Tuesday, we thought we’d give you one BIG tip – get to know Guelph’s scholarships!

We know studying at university can be a major expense for many students and their families, which is why scholarships are important to you.

Tip #1: Remember that you're automatically assessed for entrance scholarships.

These awards range from $2,000 for students with an admission average of 85.0% - 89.9%, to $3,000 for students with an admission average of 90% or higher.

International student? You're scholarships range between $2,000-$8,500. You also have Entrance Bursaries worth between $1,000-$5,000 if you fill out the application by March 1. 

Tip #2: Lookout for 12 scholarships with $40,000 each!

Do you expect your entrance average to be 90% or higher? Cool! We have some additional scholarships just for you. But you’ll need to act fast – the application deadline is January 25, 2017! That's in ONE week.

The President’s Scholarships

  • 8 scholarships that recognize students who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities

Chancellor’s Scholarships

  • 2 scholarships that recognize students who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities
  • You must also have demonstrated an interest in arts and culture, or international relations and development

The Lincoln Alexander Scholarships 

  • 2 scholarships that recognize students who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities
  • You must be Aboriginal; or a person with a disability; or a member of a racial minority

Tip #3: Study hard for the Board of Governor's Scholarships 

Our Board of Governor's Scholarships recognize students with outstanding academic excellence. 25 students will receive awards of $20,000, payable over four years! No application required, friends. 

Tip #4: Research ALL of U of G's Scholarships 

Visit our awards webpage for a complete list of all of the scholarships and bursaries on offer at U of Guelph (hint: many of these are program and/or major specific!)

Fact Fridays - Episode 6: Science at Guelph

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 - 09:15

Think you know Science at U of G? 

1. Our Bachelor of Science program is made up of 28 majors.

We offer everything from Neuroscience, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Human Kinetics, Theoretical Physics, Zoology, Mathematical Science, Food Science, Environmental Geoscience and Geomatics, Bio-Medical Science, and more!

2. 10 of the majors within the Bachelor of Science program offer the chance to do Co-op!

These include: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biological and Medical Physics, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience, Physics, Biomedical Toxicology, and Food Science! Phew – that’s quite a list!

3. All students in our Science program take a common first year.

This means that, while class sizes in first year will be bigger than in subsequent years of the program, all of our students will start their studies with a common base of knowledge that will ensure you’re prepared for success as you move through the program.

4. Switching majors is (usually) a straightforward process.

This is because of that “common base of knowledge” that we just talked about in point #3. All you need to do is have your Program Counsellor sign some paperwork and then take your forms to the Registrar’s Office for processing. Easy as pie (or pi?)!

5. Minors are definitely an option!

You may want to keep your minor within the sciences. Or, you may want to focus some of your studies on the arts or social science offerings at U of G. Either way, it’s all good, and totally do-able! Most students don’t actually declare a minor until their third of fourth year, and it can be done at any time. All that’s required to declare a minor is your Program Counsellor’s signature.

6. Hands-on learning is definitely “a thing” in the sciences at Guelph

The hands-on learning starts early in the science programs at Guelph. From first year onwards, you’ll be participating in labs, seminars, research, and even field trips for certain courses!


Welcome Back!

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 14:08

Now that school’s back in session, we know you’ve got a lot on your mind. Aside from the studying and loose ends you may be tying up for your second last semester of high school (eek!), there are some important things you need to keep on your radar if you’re hoping to make Guelph a part of your 2017.

1. Early application deadline is TODAY!

If you’re hoping to be considered for admission to one of our programs in our early round (appearing in mailboxes in late January), you’ll need to ensure your application is submitted through OUAC today!

Right now.The regular application deadline is March 1, so if you aren’t able to apply today, you do still have time. Just keep in mind you won’t be hearing from us until later in March, at the earliest.

For a full explanation of when offers go out, what grades are used when, and what the cut-offs will be, check out our Admission Plan

2. Scholarship applications are due soon.

We’ll be publishing more info about some of our great scholarship opportunities in the coming days, but for now, feel free to visit the Student Financial Services Step-by-Step Undergraduate Entrance Award Instructions to learn more about the incredible entrance scholarships you could qualify for!
Cash, yo.Please note that a special application is required for some of the larger scholarships, like the President’s Scholarships.

3. The Student Profile Form (SPF) is available online now.

The is a great opportunity for you to tell Admission Services more about yourself. The good, the bad, the exciting – it’s up to you what you want to include! Check out the article we posted last week about the SPF for more details.

4. Chat with us!

Join us for one of our upcoming online or Snapchat chats! We’ve got a bunch of general and themed chats lined up for the coming weeks and months and lots of helpful staff and student volunteers just itching to answer your questions! Visit our Online Chat page for a full list of dates and login information.

5. Visit us!

Chatting with us is fun, but visiting us is even better!

Do more than just picture yourself at Guelph – come and check us out on one of our fun-filled Campus Tours, starting back up on January 16! We offer up to 11 tours each week – that’s two each weekday and one tour most Saturdays!
Man dancing.Our tours are led by a dedicated group of current students, and include visits to student residences, lecture halls, the library, the athletic facilities, the main administration building, and several general academic areas. Visit our Campus Tours page to sign up for one of our upcoming tours!

Fact Fridays - Episode 5: Five Reasons to Apply to U of Guelph THIS Weekend!

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2017 - 14:37

Five Reasons to Apply to the U of Guelph THIS Weekend!

1. We think you'll be really happy to be here!

Guelph is #2 in Canada for Overall Student Satisfaction, according to the 2017 Maclean’s University Rankings!

2. Guelph offers amazing scholarship opportunities!

Last year we handed out over $18.9 million in awards to our students. Apply to U of G now so that you can focus on applying to our scholarships later!

3. We received more research funding over the past 15 years than any other Canadian comprehensive university! 

Who else can say that? Nobody! That’s who!

4. U of G has impact!

We offer you a ton of really awesome opportunities and experiences like co-op, amazing extra-curriculars, and adventurous study abroad programs. Get involved in our research and humanitarian initiatives and you’ll impact communities and individuals all over the world!

5. Wait for it… you know what it is! The food!!

It’s no secret that U of G has the best food of any Canadian university campus. Don’t believe us? Feel free to pop by any time to find out for yourself!

There you have it – the top 5 reasons why YOU should apply to U of Guelph ASAP!

Student Profile Form (SPF)

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 13:46

Have you completed your application to the University of Guelph, but now want to make your application stand out? The Student Profile Form (SPF) is your opportunity to tell Admission Services more about yourself. 

Use the SPF to tell us about an awesome leadership experience you’ve had, your volunteer involvement, or community or school initiatives you've been a part of.  

The SPF is also the best way to let us know about factors that may have negatively impacted your academic performance, such as illness or extenuating circumstances.
Keep in mind, though, that you can only submit the SPF once, and the deadline for submission is May 1.
Completed SPFs will only be reviewed during the final round of admission offers in May, and only if your average falls within a discretionary range of the final cut-off (up to 5%).
Once your form has been submitted, a message will appear on your screen saying “Your SPF has been successfully sent”. Please note that you will not receive an email or any further confirmation of receipt.
Check out our SPF page for more details!

Apply to the University of Guelph!

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 14:33

Apply to the University of Guelph! 

With the holiday season in full swing, we know you’re looking ahead to making 2017 your best year yet, and applying NOW to U of G will ensure you're off to a great start!

Once you’ve nailed down the program (or programs!) you're applying to, you’ll need to head on over to the OUAC website and submit your application.

Need some help?  Check out the FAQS tab, then scroll down to Undergrad (101) [for high school applicants] or Undergrad (105) [for transfer applicants] for resources to help makes sense of it all! 

Good luck, and we sincerely hope UofG will be a part of your 2017. 

U of G Will Be Closed Until January 3

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 14:26

The University of Guelph will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 22, at 4:30 pm EST. We will reopen on Tuesday January 3.  Coverage on our social media channels will be sporadic throughout the holidays but we will try to maintain coverage as best we can.

We wish all of our prospective students the best of the holiday season and safe and happy new year!


Early Admission Offers

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:46

The University of Guelph has released an early round of admission offers to a small number of applicants for the 2017 year.

The offers extended in this early round were to students who presented complete grade data and whose averages were significantly higher than the estimated cut-off ranges.

We will continue to re-assess all applicants throughout the cycle as we receive additional grade data.

We anticipate that the next round of offers will be made as scheduled, in late January and into February. For more information on our offer schedule how we calculate your admission average, please see our Admission Plan.

Applicants can check their OUAC account for the status of their application.

Facts Friday – Episode 4: So You Think You Know Business @ Guelph?

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2016 - 07:00

Fact #1: NEW Digs

If you haven't heard, Business @ Guelph has a new home! Macdonald Hall, formerly our all-girls residence, was transformed, modernized, updated, converted, renovated, revolutionized...whatever you want to call it, into the College of Business and Economics

It's got some pretty cool features, including:

  • Transformational and modern classrooms
  • Dozens of small "break out" rooms for study sessions and presenations
  • Tons of work and collaboration space (teamwork to make the dreamwork)
  • Snack stand with Fair Trade coffee (cure the hanger)
Welcome home future #uofgbusiness gryphons! 

Han Solo saying to Chewie "Chewie, we're home."

Fact #2: One Degree, 9 Majors to Choose From

  • Accounting
  • Food and Agricultural Business
  • Management Economics and Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Real Estate and Housing
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Management
  • Public Management
  • Undeclared
We. Got. It. All. 
A woman yelling "make good choices."

Fact #3: Co-op is Definitely an Option!   

Co-op is offered in all of our programs except Leadership and Organizational Management. Get a degree, gain relevant work experience, get paid and build professional networks all within your time here at Guelph!

Betty White dancing.

Learn more about Co-op from this article we posted a few weeks ago. 

Fact #4: We’ve Got It All Mapped Out For You, With a Bit of Flexibility!

We take a unique approach to business education.

You’ll learn the essential skills and knowledge of business management in your first year, giving you a solid foundation for your years ahead. In your second year, you’ll start to specialize within your chosen major.

In years 3 and 4, you will diversify your studies through electives, certificates and minors. You'll even network with professionals who are currently working within your industry. The end result? A seamless transition into the workforce.
A man and woman high fiving.

Fact #5: CBaSE – Centre for Business and Student Enterprise

Want to take control of your education? Gain rich work experience? Learn new skills? CBaSE will help you do all that and then some! CBaSE empowers students to become a new generation of business leaders.

Apply your business knowledge to a real business (and earn credit for it). Start your own business with our resources, advice and support. Or apply for funding to attend or host industry related competitions, conferences and events.

Whatever it is, let CBaSE show you how to make your business education work for you.
A man clenching his fist in excitement.

#tourguidethoughts: Jessie

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 13:43

Jessica Kennedy.

Name:  Jessie Kennedy

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science, Major: Child, Youth and Family Studies, Minor: Psychology

Tour Guide Year: 1st

Coolest thing about your program?

One of the greatest aspects about my program is having the opportunity to complete two placements. It provides you with the opportunity to apply what you are learning in class to a real life setting.

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

I am extremely passionate about the University of Guelph and wanted the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience about the school to prospective students.

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide?

The best thing that I have experienced while being a tour guide is having a student tell me that I convinced them that Guelph was the school for them! Knowing that I played a part in a student’s decision to attend Guelph is a great feeling!

BEST spot on campus? Why?

Johnston Green during the Fall season! Perfect spot to study between classes and admire all of the colours on the leaves.

Why should students come for a tour?

Being on a campus tour gives you the best preview of the University of Guelph and lets you see students in action between classes.

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

Come visit us at the University of Guelph to receive a handbook and come on a tour! Ask lots of questions on how to get the best experience at Guelph.


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