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6 More Weeks of Winter? UofG Says No Problem!

Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 13:47

Winter tends to be everyone’s least favorite season, but we at UofG embrace it! We’ve got so many things to keep you warm & to help you love winter on campus.

1. Join a Club, Organization or Intramural Team

From our Student Government, the Rubik’s Cube Club and the Universities Fighting World Hunger organization, to playing on an Innertube Waterpolo team. Guelph is known for student involvement, volunteering and its intramural program; and the snow does not stop us!

2. Winter Stroll through the Arboretum

You can get your blood flowing by taking a nice long nature-walk through the Arboretum, which is beautiful in any season!
Arboretum in the winter.Photo by Owen Bjorgan, Arboretum Work Study Student

3. Warm-up at Creelman

Your stomach is your central heating system, no? We like to think so. Whenever UofG students need to beat the cold, they’re likely at Creelman ordering a stone-oven cooked pizza, or a home-cooked meal at Mom’s kitchen.

4. Activities in the UC

Aside from the delicious food cooking in the kitchen, there’s always something happening in the University Centre: local vendors selling merchandise or promoting an organization, students fundraising for a cause (and usually selling baked goods), free noon hour concerts, career fairs, poster sales and the list continues. You’re bound to see a lot of ‘life’ in this place.

5. Attend at Guest Lecture or Workshop

UofG invites a lot of cool people to come onto campus to talk about cool things. Isn’t that cool? These take place throughout every semester, not just the Winter! Just monitor Guelph’s schedule of events to see what interests you!

6. Cheer on the Gryphons

Our Gryphon Basketball, Hockey and Volleyball teams are out in full force during the winter months! You can definitely keep warm by catching some of the sweat on the sidelines, all while showing your red, black and gold spirit. It’s a win-win scenario!

7. Sunday Cinema: See a Movie at War Memorial

Each Sunday, UofG airs newly released films in the comfort of War Memorial Hall. Students can attend for just $3.00! Say what? Grab some friends, some treats and cozy up in the seats of one of the oldest, and most beautiful, buildings on campus.

8. Grab a Warm Beverage and Chill

So, while we often emphasize the tastiness that is Creelman Hall; the truth is, there are plenty of places on campus that surpass standards. Whether you’re grabbing a bite, needing a place to study, wanting to lounge or in desperate need of a hand-warmer (a.k.a. a latte), UofG will definitely have you saying “6 more weeks of winter? Who cares!”

Oh! And be sure to grab a sled of some sort, we hear the hill behind Lennox-Addington will help you get your ‘fix’ of tobogganing!
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9 Things to do While Waiting for Your Offer from UofG

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2016 - 13:11

1. Research Your Future Home

Some things you #futuregryphons should be looking into NOW:

  • Residence: decide on which building/location/room-type you want, make note of it, then when you’re accepted – APPLY!
  • Clubs/Organizations: UofG has so many opportunities for you be involved on campus; from Student Councils to a Games Club to becoming a Peer Helper. Check out our Central Students’ Association to see what piques your interests.
  • Athletics: did you know that UofG has been awarded the most outstanding intramural program for the past 7 years? Read up on all of the sports offered on the Gryphons homepage, along with gathering some information on varsity sports, our NEW athletic facilities (coming Fall 2016), and any fitness clubs/classes you could become a part of.
  • City of Guelph: this is key! Even though the majority of your time will be spent on campus, the city of Guelph has SO much to offer

2. Take a Stroll Through Campus

Why not take a tour, or spend some time getting to know UofG? You’ll be spending the next 3-5 years of your life here; come and give the campus some love.

3. Apply to Scholarships

While entrance scholarships are given based on your average, there are other bursaries and scholarships that require applications. Look in your community or dive into some research about what scholarships beyond UofG you might be eligible for.

4. Warm-Up Your Tastebuds

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It’s true that your mouth and stomach are going to be very happy when you come to UofG. So, while you’re visiting, check out what all of the hype is about at one of our many places to eat on campus.

5. Participate in a UofG Chat

Program chats are underway! Review the 2016 Chat Schedule to see when your programs’ chat is, or when the next General chat is taking place. We got your back!

6. Fill Out the SPF

Though it isn’t mandatory, the Student Profile Form is an excellent tool for you to highlight any extra-curriculars or other circumstances that may have impacted your grades. Step ahead of the game and fill it out!

7. Focus on Your Studies

We KNOW that university acceptances are super exciting, we’ve been there! But, it’s also so important to keep your head in the books and rock your final semester courses. You’re almost at the finish line, keep trekking!

8. Laugh a Little

You’ve applied to universities, first semester’s exams are done and you’re almost through your 4 years of high school; you deserve to smile! Watch a funny movie, get together with your funniest pal, or simply, do something that gives you good vibes. Be proud of yourself, kids!

9. Review our Admissions Plan

In all seriousness, memorizing UofG’s Admissions Plan is what all of you need to be doing!

Don’t be like this guy…
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UofG has 3 Rounds of Offers!

Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 12:00

February (shipping out THIS week!)

The First Round is for you if:

  • You have Grade 11 finals and completed Grade 12 finals that make up your TOP SIX REQUIRED courses
  • Note: we will not use Fall 2015 semester finals… we won’t have them yet!
  • Your average exceeds the estimated cut-off range (this varies by program)

Second Round: March

The Second Round is for you if:

  • You have completed Grade 12 finals from the Fall 2015 semester (these will be supplemented, if necessary, with Grade 11 Finals) that make up your TOP SIX REQUIRED courses
  • If you don’t receive an offer in this second round, MAKE SURE you complete a Student Profile Form by May 1

Third Round: May

The Third Round is for you if:

  • You have completed Grade 12 finals from the Fall 2015 semester, and completed Grade 12 midterms from the Winter 2016 semester that make up your TOP SIX REQUIRED courses
  • We will consider your application and review your SPF in May if your average is below the estimated cut-off (within 5% but over 75%)

Some things to keep in mind:

  1. Estimated cut-off ranges are based on the admission averages from the previous three years of admitted students and are just point of reference!
  2. We will look at the cumulative average of the 6 courses to make up your admission average.
  3. You may get an Alternate Offer in rounds 1 or 2. An Alternate Offer is when you don't meet the requirements to your program of choice, and are offered admission into an alternative (different) program. For example, if you don’t meet the cut-off for Bio-Medical Science, we will offer you entry into the general Biological Sciences program.

We're so excited!

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Tips Tuesday, Episode 2: Program Chats

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 16:06

Just when you thought UofG couldn’t get any better – we’re throwing out program-specific chats! In contrast to the previous ‘general’ chats, these are designed with you in mind and to focus on one program per chat. The individuals within the chat room will be staff, faculty & students from that program, all excited to personally interact with each of you.

The program chats start on Thursday, with Bachelor of Science being lucky number one! Check out the chat schedule to see when your program of interests’ chat is taking place.

The following tips should help you gear up for your chat!

Tip #1: Prepare a List of Questions

There’s nothing worse than showing up to a chatroom and drawing a blank on what questions you want answers to - and then remembering what you wanted to ask after the chat has closed. Preparation is key kids! Sit down with your writing instrument of choice (pen, pencil, crayon, chalk, feather & ink…) and make a list of 3-5 things you’re curious about with regards to your program.

Tip#2: Remember, Cutoffs Are Still Unknown!

Even though this chat is specific to the program you applied (or are going to apply) to, the questions regarding cutoffs for each major, or likelihood of acceptance, can’t be answered. It’s like showing us your archery skills and asking us whether you’ll be the next Katniss Everdeen or Drake when you bust some stellar ‘Hotline Bling’ dance moves…it’s possible, but we can only make assumptions.

Tip #3: Inquire About MORE Than Just Academics

Sure, asking about specific courses, projects, professors, labs and in-class experiences are definite good-to-knows, but what about clubs, program-buildings, extracurriculars, volunteer opportunities and student life? You’re going to be chatting with students directly involved in your program! This is your opportunity to really ‘get to know’ UofG and learn about those things not in the handbook or on our website; the things that are unique to those Guelph students in Science, Commerce, Art, Engineering and so forth. They’re the experts!

See you in the chatroom!
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Telethoners: The Real MVPs

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016 - 09:30

It’s less than a week until UofG’s annual telethon kicks into gear. AND, it’s Friday!

What is this “telethon” we speak of? A student from the program you applied to will be calling to speak to you one-on-one about program and campus information, and to give you the opportunity to ask any & all questions that you haven’t found an answer for.  

Jimmy Fallon talking on the phone during a Telethon skit.Just the same as UofG makes their offers, we go old school to personalize the application process by calling, YES calling (not texting, tweeting, facebooking, tumblr’ing, snapping, insta-ing, or youtube-ing), to open up that line of personal communication for our applicants.

The telethoners will be calling beginning next Thursday, January 28th from 5:00-9:00pm, Monday to Thursday. They will also be calling Saturdays & Sundays from 11:00am-5:00pm. Don't expect your phone to ring on Fridays, or on UofG's reading week which is from February 15th-19th.

To help you prepare and to avoid you being caught off-guard while you’re deep into Netflix…uh, we mean studying…here are some example questions to get you thinking about what to ask your telethoner!

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? 

Remember that our telethoners cannot answer admission specific questions (i.e. whether you'll be accepted, if your marks are good enough, when you'll hear from us, and so forth).

Sidenote: be sure to thank that telethoner who put in their time to help you feel more confident about this next phase of your life! As the title says – they are true MVPs, and represent the entire, empathetic community here at Guelph. We know – we’re kind of a big deal.
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Tips-Tuesday

Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:29

We answered some ‘super important’ questions for you last week, but we also know you have more pending questions as you apply & wait for that offer! Therefore, instead of Taco Tuesday, we’re throwing out ‘Tips-Tuesday’. Don’t worry – you can eat a taco while you read.

Tip #1: Remember that Cut-Offs are Estimates

The admission averages in the handbook are not exact! They are the average over the past 3 years, therefore, we can’t accurately tell you whether your current cumulative average will guarantee you acceptance. All you can do is strive to achieve the highest grades in the 6 pre-requisites required for your program of interest. Hard work. Dedication.

Tip #2: Be Confident in Your Choices

When applying through OUAC, ensure that you’ve ranked your program choices at UofG in order of preference! We only send out one offer. So, if you qualify for your first-choice, you will only be accepted into this program. You can change your mind, but we recommend doing that now before acceptances are sent out! Just to make life easy, you know?

Tip #3: Memorize the Schedule of Offers

UofG has 3 rounds of offers: late February (early acceptance), mid-March, and May. So, sit tight until February and don’t fret until May! We look at Grade 11 and any completed pre-requisite course grades in February, and Grade 12 first semester and mid-term grades in March & May. And remember, March 1 is the absolute deadline to apply! Don’t miss it!

Tip #4: We Can’t Predict the # of Students Accepted

We get a lot of questions asking us how many students are admitted into each program. This statistic differs, and varies, depending on the year and specific circumstances. UofG doesn’t have a firm ‘cap’ on its programs. It just…depends! Untie those knots in your stomach and finish eating that taco – we have room for you!

Tip #5: Apply to Scholarships

Though UofG gives out entrance scholarships that don’t require an application, others (that are worth a lot of money!) have an application deadline of January 25th. That’s NEXT week! Jump on it.

Tip #6: Stop Refreshing Your Email

UofG reps it old school and sends acceptances in a mail truck. Sure, you can spoil the surprise by checking OUAC – but wouldn’t it be more exciting to rip open an envelope while jumping on your bed like you’re four? NO ARGUMENT.

Happy Tips (we mean Taco) Tuesday!

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3 Answers To Super Important FAQs

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 08:57

After our chat on Tuesday, we wanted to compile for you the 3 more reocurring questions that were asked. Enjoy!

1. What makes UofG different from other universities?

Well tbh, we can’t speak about other schools since we really don’t know enough about them & the fact that most of our admission counsellors are UofG grads! What we can say is that Guelph is an incredibly special place. We’re proud of our supportive and caring community of students, professors, and staff and it’s this community that makes it feel like home! Also, the food. It really is that good...we can't stress it enough!

A little girl eating spaghetti.2. What is the SPF? When is it due? Is it required?

The SPF or Student Profile Form is a supplementary form to your application that allows you to list all of your work experience, extra curricular activities, volunteering, academic considerations, references, and so forth, allowing us to consider more than just your grades in admission. Though not required, we recommend all students fill one out just for extra supprt - you know? We only review it in our 3rd round of offers & only if your cumulative average is below the cut-off by a few percentage points. And chill, it isn't due until May 1st, so you got plenty-o-time. See the news article we posted a few weeks back for more Supplementary Forms that you might need to send in!

3. When can I expect an offer?

Whether you applied the first day of November or exactly on January 13, everyone will be considered for the first round of offers which goes out in February. And even though we're past the first deadline, keep applying kids! Our second round of offers goes out in late March, and then a final round in mid-May. Please keep cruising to OUAC for account updates as we don't send emails...we're old school. You'll receive a big 'CongratsPak' in the mail like it's 1999.

Chat With Me, Maybe?

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 15:10

If you were unaware, we in Admission Services have been running periodic online chats the past couple of months. These chats are an opportunity for YOU to get any & all of your questions regarding the admission process, degree programs and life at UofG answered.

With the application deadline being tomorrow for those wanting to be considered for early admission, we, being the natural boss’s we are, scheduled one for tonight! Just in the ‘nick-of-time’ to resolve any of your final concerns before you send off that application. AND, as incentive, we’re pretty fun to chat with…
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Tonight’s chat will be the last ‘General’ chat until March! Starting in two weeks, the chats will be program-specific, so be sure to check the schedule to see when your programs’ date is. In these ones, you will chat to students & staff within your program of interest and get all the specific nitty-gritty information. Please note that not all program dates have been confirmed yet, so keep checking back!

If you need some caffeine-inspired motivation to get you through the process (or the chat), watching this video might just do the trick without having to drink any.

Come on! HOW CUTE IS THAT? #stealingyourheartwithonecappaccino

You know this kid is going to be applying for early admission when it’s time for him to venture off to University; you should too!

“Thanks for stopping by!”

LOOKOUT! 2016 Has Arrived.

Posted: Friday, January 8, 2016 - 13:59

We’re back to it kids.

The application and document deadline, if you want to be considered for early admission, is next Wednesday, January 13th! We forgive you if you got caught up in the joy of the season and didn’t apply over the holidays – but this weekend is the perfect time to make UofG part of your 2016.

The first-round of offers will be shipping out mid-February, with a second round at the end of March and a final round in mid-May! So, if your mail box remains empty in February, keep smiling as we’re still sending acceptances for two more months.

Also, you might want to peek back at our article posted before the holidays on supplemental forms and documentation. Just so you don’t miss anything! 

AND, while you’re waiting for that big, beautiful CongratsPak to arrive, we suggest you checkout some of the unique places the city of Guelph has to offer! We highlighted a couple on our Tumblr page. Who wouldn’t want to throw axes or PET A DONKEY for… fun? You’d be crazy not to.

We hope everyone had an incredible holiday season, filled with love, laughter and…chocolate!

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U of G will be closed until January 4

Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 01:00

The University of Guelph will be closed for the holidays. We will reopen on Monday January 4.  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!

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