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Campus Services offered at U of G

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 13:23

At the University of Guelph, we know that even the most well-rounded students sometimes need a little support, whether that be academically, physically, mentally, or emotionally. We’ve got a service to meet each of these needs, and some services you may not even know you need!

Student Support Network

The Student Support Network is a community offering non-judgmental drop-in peer support. Our student volunteers are trained to deliver this service. You can drop-in during their hours, or chat with them after-hours via their phone support or crisis line (crisis services: 1-844-437-3247 or Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454).

Connect with SSN:

  • Like SSN on Facebook
  • Follow SSN on Twitter (@SSN_UoGuelph)

Student Wellness

Our student wellness services provide a holistic approach to well-being and academic success. Whether you are a varsity athlete or a student in need of a relaxing massage, these services are available for all Gryphons!

  • Accessibility Services is committed to creating a barrier-free environment so you can thrive at university!
  • Counselling Services is here if you ever need to chat. They offer individual counselling sessions to support you through personal challenges.
  • Health Services is our on-campus clinic offering physician and nursing services to full and part-time students.
  • Health & Performance Centre provides various physical/athletic related services such as:
    • Sports Medicine
    • Nutrition
    • Physiotherapy
    • Chiropractic
    • Massage
    • Osteopathy
    • Pedorthics
    • Athletic Therapy
  • Wellness Education & Promotion offers health and wellbeing programming, resources, and peer-to-peer support

Sexual Assault Support and Information

This service offers resources and support for yourself, or a friend, who might be in need.

Student Life

Students are at the heart of what Student Life does. Their programs, services and spaces are available to everybody and fall into 4 categories:

  1. Information
  2. Guidance
  3. Community
  4. Experiences

Check out their list of programs to see all that Student Life offers students.

Aboriginal Resource Centre

The Aboriginal Resource Centre provides a home away from home for all First Nations, Metis and Inuit students. Think of it as an inclusive community for people from a variety of Indigenous cultures meant to help you connect with each other through Student Advising, an Aboriginal Student Association, student support and STARTAboriginal (meant for first year students).

OUTline

OUTline offers services for the LGBTQ2IA+ community. They are your go-to if you have questions related to sexual orientation and gender identity, or are seeking support.

Diversity & Human Rights

U of G is a diverse and inclusive community. The Office of Diversity and Human Rights helps to promote a study, work and living environment free of harassment and discrimination.

Services they offer include:

  • Training and awareness on inclusion, equity and accessibility
  • Advocating on behalf of diversity concerns
  • Connecting you with human rights personnel
  • Monitoring university’s policies and flagging any that may be discriminatory

Other Clubs and Organizations

In addition to these on-campus services, U of G also houses 250+ clubs and organizations! These span cultural and religious interests, media and arts, sports and academics, community services and student governments.

There are so many ways to get involved, and we’re here to support you throughout your university journey Future Gryphons!

March 1st Deadlines

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:10

ATTN: HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS

The application deadline for undergraduate students is March 1st, 2018. That’s next week!

Why apply? Here are just a few reasons:

  • U of G students are happy here. We’ve been ranked as one of the top universities for student satisfaction.
  • We offer you amazing scholarship opportunities. Last year, we gave out $20.5 million in merit- and needs-based awards.
  • U of G offers you various experiential learning opportunities, including: co-op, extra-curriculars, study abroad programs, independent research, placements, field courses and more.
  • We have been one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities for 15 years. We think that’s pretty IMPORTANT!
  • 91.4% of our grads are employed within 6 months of graduation. We have an impact!

Apply to the University of Guelph today via OUAC.

ATTN: BACHELOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS

The Background Information Form (BIF) is vital for your application to our Landscape Architecture Program. This is where you tell us about yourself, describe your interest in the program and provide other details that help the BLA Admissions Committee make admission decisions.

The deadline for high school students to submit the Background Information Form is March 1st, 2018. Once you complete the form, you must submit it as an attachment to bla-bif@uoguelph.ca, with the subject line: lastname_firstname_BLABIF.

Offers to the BLA program will be made in early May for currently enrolled high school students.

Note: The deadline for Transfer students isn’t until May 1, 2018. Your admission decisions will be made in early June.

Fact Fridays – Episode 11: DVM FAQs

Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 15:34

Happy Friday Future Gryphons! Today we’re answering the most frequently asked questions about our DVM program.

Let’s get started…

Q: What courses should I take in high school?

A: You should take courses that will prepare and admit you to the degree program of your choice. You will need to complete 8 required courses while in this program. Visit the Ontario Veterinary College website for more information on admission requirements.

 

Q: Do you have a better chance of getting into OVC if you do your undergrad at the U of G?

A: Before applying to DVM, you can study at any accredited university or degree program at an accredited College as long as you complete the 8 prerequisite courses and meet the additional admission requirements.

Work to complete the requirements and your application will be of equal value to anyone else, at any other school, in any other program.

 

Q: Do you need to take Animal Biology or an Animal related major to be eligible to apply to DVM?

A: There is no specific program or major required to apply to DVM.

It’s all about getting those prerequisites and admission requirements! Choose a major that allows you to take all of the prerequisites, and you’ll be just fine.

 

Q: What is the minimum amount of animal/clinical experience needed to apply to DVM?

A: Experience is about QUALITY not QUANTITY.

There is no specific number of hours of animal/clinical experience required to be considered for admission. Just make sure your experience gives you solid exposure to the veterinary field, that you develop strong connections and that you feel confident working in the field.

Quality experience = working with different species, under a vet supervisor, in a lab or government setting.

 

Q: I’ve had pets all my life, does this count as animal experience?

A: Pet ownership does not count for experience – sorry! We know, we love our pets, too.

Q: Are grades or experience more important for your admission decisions?

A: BOTH grades and the experience/references listed on your Background Information Form (BIF) are used to determine your eligibility.

Your experience will help you nail that interview, which is 35% of your ranking, and your academic performance will determine the other 65%!

Check out the Future Students section of the Ontario Veterinary College website for a better breakdown on the admission process.

 

Q: Is the MCAT required to apply to DVM at U of G?

A: The MCAT is not required for applicants.

 

Q: When can I apply to DVM?

A: You can apply after you’ve completed 2 years of your undergrad.

Students typically apply in their 3rd year of undergrad. You may choose to complete your full degree or even go on to do a Master’s degree before applying, but this is not required.

 

Q: How competitive is it to get in?

A: Competitive? Yes. Impossible? NO!

In total, 120 students are admitted into DVM each year.

Here is the breakdown:

  • 100 Canadian Undergraduate
  • 15 International Undergraduate
  • 5 Graduate

 

Q: What specializations can I pursue?

A: The DVM program prepares you to work with a diverse range of animals (including exotics!).

You will decide which “stream” you want to pursue in your third year of the DVM program. Stream options include Small Animal, Large Animal, Food Animals and more!

In 4th year you’ll complete clinical rotations, so you can schedule rotations based on your interests.

 

Q: What are my options after I graduate?

A: After graduating, you will write your Licensing Exam which will ‘declare’ you a fully licensed vet, and from there you can pursue a wide variety of options, such as:

  • Clinical Practice
  • The Public Sector
  • Complete a Residency for further specialization
  • Further your education (Master’s, PhD)

 

Q: Are there any clubs or student organizations related to the DVM program?

A: There sure are! Check out the ‘Future Vets Club’ when you get to Guelph! They support and guide undergraduate students intending to apply to vet school by hosting information sessions, helping students find volunteer placements and providing a glimpse into the veterinary profession. Checkout their Facebook page now, #futuregryphons!

 

Q: Are there places in Guelph that students can volunteer at?

A: There are many opportunities to volunteer at the OVC and in the Guelph area during your undergrad and even before you start university! Check out the OVC website for information on current volunteer positions.

 

Q: How many times can I apply?

A: In total, 4 applications for admission to the DVM program will be considered from an individual. This includes applications in either the undergraduate cohort or the graduate cohort.

 

Q: When will I find out if I got an interview?

A: The OVC admissions committee will review the top applicants to verify that they are suitable for interviews. Candidates who are invited for an interview will typically receive an email the last week of April.

 

Q: When will I find out my interview score?

A: All interviewed candidates will be sent their interview score in June. This score is an average score across the 8 stations scored out of 100.

 

Visit the Ontario Veterinary College website for more frequently asked questions and more information on the DVM program.

International Application Deadline

Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 09:40

Attention Future Gryphons: This Thursday, February 15, 2018 is the deadline for students studying outside of Canada to submit an application to the University of Guelph. Visit the Admission Services website for details on how to apply and check our calendar for additional information on upcoming deadlines.

Tips Tuesdays - Episode 5: Beating Winter at U of G

Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 09:33

Sometimes winter feels like the never-ending season. Luckily, our Gryphons have a ton of ways to make the most of it both on- and off-campus! Today, we’re sharing the best ways to experience winter at the U of G and around the city.

1. GET MOVING

Skating, swimming and rock climbing are always on the menu at U of G, thanks to our amazing athletic facilities. Are you more the competitive type? Join one of the many intramural sports available on campus!

If you are itching to do some outdoor skating, head to the Market Square in downtown Guelph. The splash pad outside of city hall doubles as an outdoor rink in the winter.

2. GRAB A WARM DRINK

Coffee, tea, hot cocoa – our various campus coffee houses offer all of these and more, plus some really cozy nooks to curl up in.

If you are looking for a place to hang with friends, study, or warm up off-campus try the Red Brick Café or Planet Bean Coffee downtown.

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!

3. GO GREEN

The U of G greenhouses provide the ultimate escape from the cold. Spend some time relaxing, reading or studying in the Conservatory Greenhouse, or wander over to the Bovey Greenhouse to admire some beautiful tropical plants. If you spend enough time there, you just might convince yourself that you’re in the tropics.

4. TAKE A HIKE

Step into a winter wonderland and explore the U of G’s Arboretum! There’s over 165 hectares (over 400 acres!) of beautiful scenery and walking trails to discover.

Consider bringing some snowshoes or cross-country skis to explore the Arboretum in your own way.

Your hikes aren’t limited to the U of G campus. From Starkey Hill Conservation Area to the Hanlon Creek Park, the city of Guelph has some great trails to explore.

5. GO TOBOGGANING

Something you might not know about the U of G is that we have an AWESOME toboggan hill behind Lennox/Addington Residence Hall. It’s short, it’s steep, and it has enough space for a safe stop. This hill has seen every type of ‘sled’ imaginable, so get creative!

6. SPEND SATURDAY MORNING AT THE FARMER’S MARKET

Yes, Guelph keeps their Farmer’s Market going year-round! This market is completely indoors and makes a great Saturday morning outing. You can buy local meats, cheeses, breads, vegetables, honey, doughnuts and more!

7. IF SPORTS ARE YOUR THING; CATCH A GAME!

From basketball to hockey, there are many winter opportunities to cheer on the Gryphons at a varsity game!

Whether you are an OHL fan or just looking for a fun night out, you can always head to the Sleeman Centre downtown to watch a Guelph Storm game… we hear they’re pretty good!

These are just SOME of the fun ways Gryphons experience winter in Guelph. We can’t wait for you to join us next year and share how you enjoy winter at the U of G. For now, add these to your bucket list and stay warm Future Gryphons!

#tourguidethoughts: Jenny

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 10:54

JennyName: Jenny Trinh

Program: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Tour Guide Year: 3rd 

Coolest thing about your program?

There are so many cool things about my program, but in my opinion the best thing about Landscape Architecture is the ability to design outdoor spaces that impact and improve the daily lives of people and wildlife all over the world.

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

I went on a campus tour myself in the 12th grade and loved it so much. I wanted to be that person that could spark interest in University of Guelph; I wanted to have an impact on a prospective student's decision.

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 I have experienced while being a tour guide is having University of Guelph students come up to me and say I was their tour guide when they were touring the school, and that I was part of the reason they chose University of Guelph!

BEST spot on campus? Why?

The arboretum! No matter what season it is, it's the most beautiful spot on campus. There are tons of trails to walk or run, a boardwalk, lots of little gardens to explore, and some really cool wildlife.

Why should students come for a tour?

I'm a visual person, so for me, it would have been hard to picture myself going to University of Guelph without having actually visited. No brochure or website can beat actually visiting the school; see for yourself what University of Guelph has to offer!

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

Do your research. There are so many fantastic schools and programs out there, and one of them is the right one for you! Explore all your options, and go to as many campus tours and/or events as possible. Talk to as many people as possible. Learn as much as you can, because at the end of the day it is your decision to make, so you should be well-informed.

Fact Fridays – Episode 10: Breaking Down our Admission Rounds

Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 16:20

Our first official round of offers is OUT Future Gryphons; congrats if you received one! We still have two more rounds to come, so don’t worry if you haven’t received an offer yet. To help ease your minds, we’re breaking down our admission plan.

Fact #1: Our FIRST ROUND of offers just went out this week

Here is what we looked at in this round:

  • Your top 6 completed 4U/M courses (including required courses)
  • A combination of both 3U/M and 4U/M courses (including required) IF you haven’t completed 6 4U/M courses
  • Your top 5 3U/M courses (including pre-requisites) ONLY IF you haven’t completed any 4U/M courses
  • Averages that typically exceed the cutoff

Fact #2: Our SECOND ROUND of offers will go out in early March to mid-April

  • What are we looking for in this round?
  • Your top completed 4U/M courses (including required courses)
  • A combination of 3U/M courses and 4U/M courses (including required)
  • Averages typically at the top range of the cutoff

NOTE: If you don’t receive an offer in this second round, MAKE SURE you complete a Student Profile Form by May 1. We encourage all applicants to complete the SPF.

Fact #3: Our THIRD ROUND of offers will go out in late April to mid-May

  • What are we looking at in this final round?
  • Your top 4U/M completed courses, including the required courses
  • Averages within the cutoff range.

NOTE: We will consider your application and review your SPF in this round if your average is below the estimated cut-off (within 5% of the cut-off, but over 75%).

Fact #4: Cutoffs are Estimates

Estimated cut-off ranges are based on the admission averages from the previous three years of admitted students

Fact #5: Think Cumulative!

We will not look at individual course grades; just the cumulative average of your top 6 courses including pre-requisites.

Fact #6: We Give Alternate Offers

You may get an Alternate Offer in rounds 2 or 3 if you applied to Bio-Medical Science, Human Kinetics, Criminal Justice & Public Policy or Co-op.

An Alternate Offer is when you don’t meet the requirements to your program of choice (those listed above), 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.

There you have it friends; you now know approximately when you can expect to see an offer from the U of G. In the meantime, check out our article on what to do while waiting for an offer and take the next step toward #FutureGryphon status.

What to Do While Waiting for an Offer

Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 16:04

So you’ve applied to the U of G and are waiting patiently for an offer, but what can you do while you wait to hear?

Complete the Student Profile Form (SPF)

The SPF is your chance to tell Admission Services more about yourself. The good, the not-so-good, the exciting – include what you want! Check out the article we posted about the SPF for more details.

Connect with Us!

Whether you’re into Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, we’ve got ‘em all! Connect with “U of G Admission” on any of these platforms to ask us questions, view images and videos about life as a Gryphon and stay up-to-date on important application information and deadlines.

Chat with Us!

Join one of our upcoming online or Snapchat chats! We have TONS of general and program-specific chats lined up for the coming months and tons of helpful staff and student volunteers itching to answer your questions! Visit our Online Chat page for a full list of dates and login information.

Visit Us!

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

Do more than just picture yourself at U of G – come and check us out on a campus tour led by current students. Tours include visits to residences, lecture halls, the library, the athletic facilities, and more.

Winter tours run from January 15 – April 6 and we offer two each weekday and one tour most Saturdays. Visit our Campus Tours page to book your tour today!

See you soon, #futuregryphons!

#tourguidethoughts: Elyse

Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 - 14:13

Elyse PeterName: Elyse Peter 

Program: Bachelor of Science (Major: Biological Science) 

Tour Guide Year: 1st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coolest thing about your program?  

The Biological Science major is extremely flexible; we get to try out courses in all areas of biology without the pressure to specialize! Our diverse course path includes everything from evolution to molecular genetics to physiology.  

What prompted you to become a tour guide? 

Two of my favourite things are the University of Guelph and talking to people, so I jumped at the chance to talk to prospective students and their families about the University! We also have a beautiful campus, so it’s great to have an excuse to walk around and appreciate it all the time. 

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

My favourite moment on any tour is when passing students chime in and validate whatever I’m saying to my tour group; it really highlights the friendly character of the University of Guelph community! 

BEST spot on campus? Why? 

For me, that’s absolutely the science complex atrium! I love to go study in there; there’s lots of natural light, comfy couches, and caffeine (there’s a Second Cup right in the atrium!). There’s also a neat structure right in the middle of it that you’ll have to come visit to discover. Overall it’s a really beautiful, thoughtfully-designed spot that’s great for science and non-science students alike.  

Why should students come for a tour? 

Touring the campus is the only way to really experience what it feels like to come study at the University of Guelph; there’s lots of unique sights to discover in person that you won’t find in your Viewbook!  

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)? 

There’s no such thing as a dumb question! Ask us anything you can think of because we’ve all been there.

Fact Fridays – Episode 9: Program Chats

Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 - 14:25

Did you know that we offer program-specific online and Snapchat chats? That’s right Future Gryphons!

Why you should join our next chat? Here’s why:

Fact #1: There’s a Full Schedule

Have questions about our academic programs, their highlights, course loads, and our student supports?

Check out our chat schedule and join the chat that best suits you! We offer 1-2 chats every week until mid-May.

Fact #2: Program Specific

The program chats feature faculty, counsellors and current U of G students who would LOVE to help answer your program-specific questions!

Fact #3: Snapchat Chats

New this year are program-specific Snapchat chats.

To join, follow “uofgadmission” on Snapchat. During the chat time, you’ll send us your question via the chat feature and we will answer them on our story.

Note: with the new Snapchat update, you can find our story on the “public” side of Snapchat (i.e. swipe right). You might have to scroll, but it’s there!

What are you waiting for Future Gryphons? Add our Snap Code and ask us your questions anytime.

Fact #4: You Can Just Listen + Learn

Even if you aren’t sure what to ask, you are always welcome to log in to the chat, or watch our story, and observe what your fellow #futuregryphons are asking.

We might answer questions you never knew you had.

Chat soon, friends!

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