Posted: Friday, May 13, 2016 - 11:38
If you haven't already heard, the 25,000 sq.ft. expansion of the University of Guelph's athletic center is well underway! We are determined to "create the healthiest campus in Canada, develop the most active community in the country and build a place for health and wellness programs to prosper." Simply because we want to be recognized as a global leader in the promotion of healthy living...and because we're PRETTY great.
Virutally tour the new fitness equipment below! Keep in mind that this is just a rendering, it won't look exactly the same when completed. But hey! We like what we see.
Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 14:15
1. You want to be in a program as unique as your interests.
Flexibility? We got that down.
2. You REALLY. LOVE. FOOD.
3. You’re always willing to hold the door.
Or smile at someone holding one for you.
4. You like to take part in tradition.
5. Coffee is your friend.
6. You like to get involved.
7. You’re an active person.
8. You LOVE animals.
9. You’re one to express your school spirit.
10. You enjoy open space.
11. You’re riding the sustainability train and NEVER go anywhere without a reusable water bottle or mug.
12. You catch yourself daydreaming about personalizing your res-room.
13. You have a GREAT sense of humour.
We’re hilarious, we know. BUT, the squirrels are also hilarious as they sneak around your feet.
14. You’re always stoked about meeting new people.
15. You’re willing to accept that “once a gryphon, #foreveragryphon”.
Posted: Friday, May 6, 2016 - 12:16
Congratulations #futuregryphons! Here are just a few of the MANY reasons why you should accept your offer to U of G and #BeAGryphon!
Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 09:12
Have you received an offer of admission from us? Are you thinking you want to #BeAGrypyhon? Then you NEED to register for U of G’s Spring Academic Open House!
This event is run over four days, with each day focusing on a specific degree program (or group of programs). And you won’t just dive into the program you’ve been accepted to, but also tour athletics, the library, residences and attend information sessions on some cool topics (i.e. co-op, study abroad, career options)!
In all honesty, you really do not want to miss this. Register at the link above!
Listen to Raya! She just knows. See you next week #futuregryphons!
Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 14:12
Tip #1: Don’t lean on the cannon!
Tip #2: Keep to J-Greens’ Path
The newly constructed path that cuts across Johnston Green is a work of genius. So if you want to keep your feet planted, feet DRY and body bruise-free in the winter, stick to the path, friends. Stick. To. The. Path.
When the snow and ice clears, though, feel free to gallop over every INCH of J-Green!
Tip #3: (Floor) Plan Ahead
U of G housings’ floor plans detail the exact layout of the room you are given. Before diving into some first-year shopping, be sure to check them out to see just what extra furniture or accent pieces will suit the room, and you.
Tip #4: Avoid Coffee Peak Times
We argue that ‘coffee’ is one of those forgotten superheroes. You know, the ones that Hollywood doesn’t think deserve a movie so they get overshadowed by the Superman’s and the Batman’s of the comic world. But in reality, coffee saves lives every day – and this doesn’t go unnoticed.
Tip #5: Keep a Blanket/Cushion in Your Room for Impromptu Outdoor Study Sessions
It’s exam season, but everyone is STILL smiling. Why? Because the temperature is finally above freezing and the sun is warming our skin. When this happens, you won’t want to be stuck inside studying.
Tip #6: Get the Residence Living Essentials
A few things you DO NOT want to forget when moving into residence:
- Laundry backpack for carrying your clothes to and from the laundry room. THIS IS NEEDED.
- A clothes drying rack if you’re not one to use the dryer.
- Slippers! When roaming around the building, barefoot just shouldn’t happen and shoes are overrated.
- Some space organizers. These are the KEY to fitting everything, while still keeping your room tidy.
- Wall Adhesive! There’s no getting a nail or staple into the walls, so if you want to put up some photos, posters or wall-art, grab some of this.
Tip #7: Take Your Backpack Off when On the Bus
If you’re standing on the bus, this is a courtesy to other students! And if you’re sitting, this will make your ride a little more comfortable.
Sidenote! Guelph Transit operates special Late Night Service routes that provide transit once the regular transit service has ended for the day (i.e. after 7:00pm on Sundays!). Guelph’s got your back.
Tip #8: Stroll through the Arboretum
Explore the arboretum in your first year! FACT: stepping outside, breathing fresh air and exploring nature helps the soul. And we have it all right on campus!
Tip #8: Drink from Reusable Bottles/Mugs
Tip #9: Step Off Campus
The city of Guelph is such a cool place, and has so many unique areas, shops, restaurants and historic sites to explore. Do this in your first year, so that when you move off campus you’ll know how to navigate like a boss.
Tip #10: Plan Your Meals!
Did you know that Hospitality Services posts weekly menus for each cafeteria/restaurant to their website? You can find out what’s going to be cooking throughout the week so you know where you need to be and when to get your favourites!
Tip #11: Rent a Room for the Crew
Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:20
Fact #1: We Cater to Who YOU Are
In order to be matched with a compatible roommate, your Residence Application will try to get to ‘know’ you. You will answer questions like, “Are you a morning or night person?”, “Where do you like to study?”, or “Does your room need to be tidy?”. The questions might not be the exact same as those, but will seek the same type of information.
In addition, you can also request special consideration based on medical, mental health issues or disabilities by filling out the Special Consideration Form on the housing website.
Fact #2: We Do Our Absolute Best To Give You What YOU Want!
UofG assigns housing based on a lottery system. Therefore, everyone who applies and submits their deposit by the deadline (June 1) will have an equal opportunity to get their preferred room and building. You can take a deep breath now!
Fact #3: Living Learning Communities Are Open to Anyone
There are six Living Learning Communities, made up of 25-50 students with common interests. And what is the best thing EVER about these? You don’t have to be registered in a related academic program to apply. You just have to be interested in the theme!
Is volunteering in your blood? Leadership House is for YOU. Or, are you one to dive into different cultures around the world? You should checkout International House.
Fact #4: We’ve Got Your Clusters!
These are small groups of students who are enrolled in the same academic program! Each cluster will have a Cluster Leader who helps organize study groups and activities to support learning and living. They are located throughout South residence, Johnston Hall (North) and Lennox-Addington Halls (North).
Never fear! They are adjacent to other clusters/non-cluster sections of the residence, so you will still have the opportunity to meet people from other programs.
Fact #5: Residence Learning Communities Are Where YOU Want to Be
Students who decide to live in a Residence Learning Community, whether it be a Living Learning Community, an Academic Cluster or a Themed Learning Community (i.e. study intensive or alcohol free), perform on average 3% higher academically. The communities bring students together, through events and experiences, which helps in the transition from high school to university.
Fact #6: You Can Live With Your Best Pal
Fact #7: What You Need is Always in Reach in South Residence
Laundry? Check. Food? Double check. Service desk? YEP. If you live in South Residence, you have access to all of these essentials without EVER having to leave the building. Take that winter!
Fact #8: Always Check Your @mail.uoguelph.ca Account, Especially in July!
If you apply and submit your deposit by the deadline (again, June 1), you will receive your residence assignments mid-July. Keep an eye out on your UofG email account!
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:41
Fact #1: UofG Gives FREE money for academic Achievement!
If you have an entrance average between %85 and %90, you will receive $2,000. AND, if you average is %90+, you will receive $3,000.
Fact #2: If you’re in need, we got your back.
If you fill out the Financial Needs Assessment form by April 15 (that’s NEXT FRIDAY), you will be considered for entrance bursaries ranging in value from $500 to $30,000.
Fact #3: Putting in the effort can seriously ‘pay’ off.
Get it? ‘Pay’ off? We’re hilarious…
Okay. In addition to filling out the Financial Needs Assessment form, you’re encouraged to utilize the awards search to seek out any and ALL entrance awards that require an additional application. There are quite a few – so jump on it!
Fact #4: OSAP is your friend.
Applications for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) open in May! You must have your 2015 taxes filed in order to apply.
If you’re not eligible for OSAP, you can still check out (and apply for) the 30% off tuition grant that you will receive each semester throughout your studies!
Fact #5: We got JOBS!
UofG offers a work-study program that caters to those in financial need. If you’re eligible for OSAP, you can apply to this program which will place you in a position on-campus! You could be: an office assistant, event manager, lifeguard, research assistant and MORE!
In addition to this program, the university also encourages students to apply for part-time jobs (on or off-campus). You do not need to demonstrate financial need to apply for a part-time position. This is for anyone! On-campus positions can be for hospitality services, the athletic centre, the library or in a research field.
Because the university is centralized in the city of Guelph and our transit system is UNBEATABLE, there are a large variety of places you can apply to!
FUN FACT #6: In 2014-2015, UofG awarded $26.7 million in merit- and needs-based awards to eligible undergraduate students!
Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:47
When you ask a student what they love most about the University of Guelph, you will continuously hear this word “community”. The vibe around campus is that everyone feels cared for, welcome and appreciated. We’re family.
UG Stress Busters is an example of the campus community coming together! Every semester throughout exam time, the library puts on stress-buster events to support all students. From milk & cookies to hugs from Gryph, they’re bound to put a smile on your face.
New this semester was the Take a Paws event where students could register to cuddle St. John Ambulance Therapy puppies! WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT? We managed to sneak a few photos and videos in amongst our hearts melting and getting licked in the face…Best. Buster. Ever.
Book your spring campus tour today (Spring Tours begin May 2) and see for yourself what a special place this is!
Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 15:56
1. Talk to People in Your Program of Interest
The Academic Resource Fair is FULL of people to talk to! Professors and staff are on hand to answer all of your questions, and current students will be available to chat to about anything and everything!
2. Visit Program Facilities and Labs
There are drop-in and guided tours of our program facilities, from the human anatomy lab (you don't want to miss THAT!) to the performance arts, to the science complex. Check the schedule to plan your day!
3. Attend a Presentation
There are presentations throughout the day that either connect to a facility tour, or are separate. Included in this are our Academic and Student Services information sessions, which are VERY popular. They are only offered once or twice during the day, so don't miss them kids.
4. Hop on a Tour
There are drop-in tours, residence tours, lab tours, building tours, campus tours… so bring your walking shoes.
5. Fill Your Belly
We’re proud to hold the title for Best Campus Food in CANADA for the 11th YEAR! Don’t believe the hype? Have lunch at one of our on campus eateries like Creelman or our cruising food truck, the Gryph’n Grille! Your taste buds will thank you...
6. Snap a Picture
We’ll be Snap-chatting the day (uofgadmssion - follow us!) and you should too! Send us your pictures and don’t forget to add one of UofG's filters!
7. Find Your Future Home
Visit one residence or visit them all. Drop-in residence tours are guided by current students, so the choice is YOURS!
8. Rep UofG
Want to show your love for UofG? The Bookstore is offering you 15% off your Guelph swag purchase when you show them your Open House booklet. CHA-CHING!
9. Get a Sneak Peek
If you happen to notice a lot of construction around campus, that’s because we’re getting two new buildings ready for September...just for YOU! We're building a brand new Athletics facility just past the current Athletics Centre. AND, we’re renovating the former all-girls residence, MacDonald Hall, into the new business home.
10. Get a Selfie with a Statue from the #StationaryCrew
@TheBeggingBear, @OldJeremiah, and @GryphonStatue...they’re all statues with big personalities on Twitter! Oh, and they love taking selfies.
...we love science puns.
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 13:19
You pose the question; we have the answer!
A reminder that the Student Profile Form (SPF) is a supplemental form that allows you to highlight your life beyond academics, specifically, those extra-curriculars or life events that may have negatively affected your academic performance.
Well, if your average falls within 5% of the estimated cut-off for your program, the SPF is where you highlight why you are below the cut-off. The SPFs will then be reviewed in May before the final round of offers; so put it any and all extenuating factors you can think of in it.
- Are you bending-it-like-Beckham in soccer and training takes up a chunk of your time? Put it in the SPF!
- Are you a natural-born leader and thrive off being involved in EVERYTHING? Put it in the SPF!
- Were you sick this past year, which disrupted your studies? Put it in the SPF!
Note: if you have already received an alternate offer (congratulations #futuregryphon!), the SPF will not be used to consider you for your first choice, including co-op. But GET excited, you’re coming to Guelph!
If you haven’t received an offer of admission as of yet, we highly recommend that you fill out an SPF before May 1, 2016. Don’t wait, be ahead of the game kids!