Fact Fridays - Episode 5: A B.A. You Say?

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2016 - 08:30

By B.A. we mean Bachelor of Arts! These facts will definitely get you excited about pursuing a B.A. degree!

FACT #1: EVERY Prime Minister with a formal University Education has a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Each Prime Minister from 1896 to 2016 has held a B.A. degree, from Mathematics and Economics, to History and Sociology. And the Prime Ministers prior to 1896 have a Bachelors’ or Doctors’ in Law (i.e. Sir John A. Macdonald, Wilfred Laurier, John Abbott), which those degrees are now considered B.A.’s in modern education.

And the moral of the story is? With a Bachelor of Arts degree, you have the ability to work in a LARGE variety of fields (the Prime Minister of Canada anyone?). Because of its broad scope, and flexibility, the amount of doors this degree opens for you is endless.

Justin Trudeau shaking his head.FACT #2: HIST*1050 Invitation to History has the COOLEST topics.

This course is mandatory for ALL first year History majors and minors, and you get to select the topic that interests you the most out of the options – which vary per semester. For example, next years’ topics are:

  1. Licit and Illicit Drugs
  2. Polar Encounters
  3. Crime and Culture  

Cool right? We know.

FACT #3: It’s SUPER easy to switch majors.

As we mentioned, U of G’s Bachelor of Arts degree is very flexible! This means that if you find that your interests lie elsewhere once you’ve started, it’s a simple task to switch into another major. You might take some electives in International Development or Criminal Justice & Public Policy and find that you want to learn more about these areas.

There are so many B.A. degrees to dive into, from the classics (i.e. philosophy, history, geography) to other niche topics (i.e. Information Systems & Human Behavior, Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics or Mathematical Science). So, it is absolutely O.K. if you don’t know exactly what you want to do when you get here. In FACT, we encourage exploration! We’re here for you, kids.

FACT #4: Minors are very popular.

With flexibility comes the opportunity to take a minor. And, there are SO many! This is something that you would declare when you’re here, but for now you should see what we have to offer.

NEW in fall 2016 is the Media & Cinema Studies minor. We’re stoked about it.

FACT #5: Say Hello to Lawrence Hill

You may have heard that U of G has welcomed author Lawrence Hill to its B.A. faculty. He will be teaching creative writing beginning in July! His award-winning novel, The Illegal, is even being made into a t.v. mini-series. So, who wouldn’t want to be taught by him?

We LOVE the arts!

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Note: if you’ve already received an offer of admission to a B.A. program, be sure to register for the Bachelor of Arts Spring Academic Open House NOW!

Tips Tuesday, Episode 4: The Inside Scoop to Winning on Campus

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 14:12

Tip #1: Don’t lean on the cannon!

#OldJeremiah has a fresh look almost every day! But as a heads up, the paint job takes a while to dry, so if you’re wearing your good clothes – we suggest avoiding contact.

A pig painting on canvas.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.

To avoid the rush(es), a tip is to grab your morning dose between 10:00 and 11:00am and your energizer cup between 2:00 and 4:00pm. Lineups NO MORE!

Coffee being poured into a mug.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.

Sunny days and studying! Thank goodness for WiFi on J-Green! #futuregryphon #myUofG

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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

NEVER pay for a bottle of water again! We have refillable water stations placed throughout campus. Oh, and if you use a reusable mug to get ANY hot beverage at the coffee shops on campus, you only have to pay the price of the small. Heyo!

A hockey playersqueezing a reusable water bottle and water shooting out of it.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

Finding a spot or table in the library during peak times can be tricky, especially if you want to study with a group of friends or work on a group project. SO, why not save yourself the search and book group a study room? So much learning will take place!
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Fact Fridays – Episode 4: Cribs Edition

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!

On the application, you will specify four choices (room + building) in order of preference. If your first choice is full when we draw your number, we look at your second…and so on. We do our BEST to at least give you your preferred room type, even if it’s not in your building of choice.

Will Smith dancing.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

You can request to live with a specific roommate on the ‘MyHousing’ website after you have applied and paid your deposit. FUN FACT: they also have to request you, or you won’t be a considered a ‘match’.

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 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!

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Fact Fridays – Episode 3: Financing Your Education

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.

Also, let’s say you’re absolutely killing your final semester in high school and your average increases. UofG reconsiders you in May and July for entrance scholarships! Keep trekking!

studying_0.gifFact #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!


You Say UofG. We Say Family.

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.

Two girls smiling and rubbing a dogs' head.A grey and white dog starting directing at the camera.A beige dog staring into the eyes of a girl.A grey hound laying down with 3 hands petting him.2 girls a guy petting a small, long haired dog.A beige dog about to lick the face of a male. His tongue is out and the male is laughing. Book your spring campus tour today (Spring Tours begin May 2) and see for yourself what a special place this is!

Campus Day: 10 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Day

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.

Woman pointing and yelling 'yes, yes!'.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...

food.gif6. 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!

A blonde woman snuggling into bed.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.

A cell taking a picture of itself, with the caption "Cell-Fie"...we love science puns.

QUESTION: Why submit a Student Profile Form?

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.

SO, why submit it you ask?

Little girl with blonde hair and pigtails looking very confused and shaking her head.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!

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Fact Fridays, Episode 2: The Lowdown on DVM

Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 14:33

Fact #1: You do NOT have to do your undergrad at U of G or take a specific undergraduate program.

Friends! You can study at any accredited university, and take any major that interests you, as long as you complete the 8 prerequisite courses. These are:

  • 2 Biological Sciences
  • 1 Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics
  • 2 Humanities/Social Sciences (ethics, critical thinking, human behavior, social interaction)

There is not one program that is considered the best in terms of preparing you for DVM. If you achieve at least a 75% average in your last two full-time semesters, and have achieved at 75% in each of these 8 required courses, your application is of equal value to anyone else, at any other school, in any other program. Feeling better?  

Fact #2: Experience is about QUALITY not QUANTITY.

There is not a required amount of hours of animal/clinical experience to be considered for admission. The crucial aspect here is to ensure your experience gives you solid exposure to the veterinary field, that you develop strong connections for references and that you feel confident working in the field.

What do we mean by quality? You have experience working with different species (i.e. exotics, dogs, swine, cows) under a supervising veterinarian. This could be in a clinic, a lab, animal shelter, or government setting and does not include pet ownership! Yes, you love and spend hours with your cat daily…but this is not enough!

Jobs and volunteer experiences that strengthen your communication, organization and ‘people’ skills are also very important. Keep in mind that Canadian/U.S. experience is recommended.

A cat playing guitar.Fact #3: Grades are important…but so is experience. 

We’re going to keep this short and sweet.

  1. Your grades and the experience/references on your Background Information Form will determine whether you get one of the 200 interviews in the first-round of evaluation.
  2. In the second-round of evaluation, your experience (again) will help you nail the interview, and the information on your BIG is reviewed again.

From there, your academic performance determined 65% of your ranking, and your interview determined 35%.

Note: The MCAT is no longer required for applicants.

Fact #4: You can apply after 2 years of undergrad

Yes, this is true! You only have to complete two years (4 semesters) of full-time studies of your undergraduate degree to be considered for DVM. You may choose to complete your full degree or even go on to do a Master’s degree before applying. Wow, KILLING it! But this is not required (insert smiley emoji).

Fact #5: DVM admits 120 students each year

100 Canadian Undergraduate

15 International Undergraduate

5 Graduate.

Can I get a heyo? HEYOOOOOO.

A man yelling HEYO with his arm in the air.Fact #6: There are a variety of specializations you can pursue.   

In your 3rd year of the DVM program, you decide which ‘stream you want to pursue! Small animal? Check. Rural Commmunity Practice? YEP. Food Animal? You know it! Equine? Of course, everybody horses.  

The DVM program prepares you to work with a diverse range of animals (including exotics), it doesn’t limit you to one type. Your 4th year is clinical rotations, so you can schedule rotations in places that interest you. BUT, if you do have a passion for one species (i.e. gorillas) or field (i.e. radiology) and wish to specialize, it is suggested that you complete a residency or internship, though.

Fact 7: You have options after you gradate from DVM

Upon graduating, you will write your Licensing Exam which will ‘declare’ you a fully licensed vet! From there, you can either go into a) Clinical Practice, b) the Public Sector, c) complete a Residency for further specialization, or d) further your education (Master’s, PhD). Basically, you’ll be living the dream.

As a side note, if you’re interested in DVM, you should join 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 right now!

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Tips Tuesday, Episode 4: How to be a BOSS in 1st year Math and Science

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 10:49

Tip #1: Drop into the Science Commons and Math&Stats Learning Centre

The Library has designated part of its third floor to Science and Math academic support! U of G simply gets it - these topics may not be everyone’s favorite or strength. But…we got you. The centres are staffed by Teaching Assistants and Graduate Students from different Science and Math fields, and are ready to help you ace everything.

Tip #2: Grab a Tutor!

U of G’s Tutoring At Guelph (TAG) program allows you to easily connect with tutors for the courses you need help with! You can decide how often you want to meet with them, when, and whether you want it to be one-on-one or within a group. If you don’t find a tutor right away, keep checking the TAG website, as tutors join throughout the semester.

Tip #3: Become Besties with Your Profs

Something a lot of students don’t take advantage of is their professor’s office hours! U of G professors are the best resource available to you, and they hold office hours each week specifically for you to be able to come and ask for help. We’re family!  

Tip #4: Attend Supported Learning Group (SLG) Sessions

SLG’s are peer-led study groups held weekly throughout the semester! They are mainly for those courses that challenge the majority of students, and provide you with the opportunity to work through course content, test knowledge prior to midterms/exams, and gain a better grasp on the material being taught.

The cast of Saved by the Bell in a circle putting their hands together and then putting them in the air!Tip #5: Live in a Cluster!

When you’re applying to residence, you can choose to live with other students who are in your program, along with a Cluster Leader who will have also taken some of the courses you will be! First-year students find this very helpful as you can study together, ask questions, share information, and will typically be on the same ‘schedule’. AND, students who live in a Residence Learning Community tend to perform, on average, 3% higher in their first semester! Heyoooo!

Simply choose the ‘Academic Cluster’ option on your residence application.

Tip #6: Find Study-Buddies

The final tip, but certainly one of the most important, is to step out of that comfort zone and meet other students in your courses! If you don’t live in a cluster, this is how you’ll be able to form study groups to learn course content, work through assignments and prepare for midterms/exams. Need help? Bring cookies to class, everyone likes cookies.
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The Next Round of Offers Includes “Alternate” Offers. What You Need To Know: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Co-op.

Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 13:44

1. If you applied to Biomedical Science or Human Kinetics…

…and are not admissible in this round of offers, you may receive an alternate offer to Biological Science.

What does that mean?

It means, right now with the grade information we have, we are not able to offer you admission to your first choice of Biomedical Science or Human Kinetics.

But, we will continue to consider you for your first choice throughout the next rounds of offers (they run until May).

What can you do?

  1. You can wait for the subsequent rounds of offers and see if you get admitted to your first choice of Biomedical Science or Human Kinetics.
  2. You can accept your current offer of admission to the alternate program, knowing that we will continue to consider your first choice program in our subsequent rounds of offers.
  3. If you are not admitted to your first choice you can accept your alternate offer and then  work with your program counsellor once you are a student here (in the fall) to switch to another major within the Bachelor of Science – you have so many choices – take a look!
  4. Don’t worry, changing your major in the fall will not affect how you choose your courses (Course Selection takes place May – July) because all first year Bachelor of Science students have to take the core science courses.

2. If you applied to Criminal Justice and Public Policy…

…and are not admissible in this round of offers, you may receive an alternate offer to Bachelor of Arts, General Arts.

What does that mean?

It means, right now with the grade information we have, we are not able to offer you admission to your first choice of Criminal Justice and Public Policy.

But, we will continue to consider you for your first choice throughout the next rounds of offers (they run until May).

What can you do?

  1. You can wait for the subsequent rounds of offers and see if you get admitted to your first choice of Criminal Justice and Public Police.
  2. You can accept your current offer of admission to the alternate program, knowing that we will continue to consider your first choice program in our subsequent rounds of offers.
  3. If you are not admitted to your first choice you can accept your alternate offer and then  work with your program counsellor once you are a student here (in the fall) to switch to another major within the Bachelor of Arts – you have so many choices, take a look!
  4. Don’t worry, changing your major in the fall will not affect how you choose your courses (Course Selection takes place May – July) because the Bachelor of Arts program gives first year students the flexibility to choose from a range of courses.

3. If you applied to co-op…

…and are not admissible in this round of offers, you may receive an alternate offer to the regular stream.

What does that mean?

It means, right now with the grade information we have, we are not able to offer you admission to your first choice of Co-op.

But, we will continue to consider you for your first choice of Co-op throughout the next rounds of offers (they run until May).

What can you do?

  1. You can wait for the subsequent rounds of offers and see if you get admitted to Co-op.
  2. You can accept your current offer of admission to the regular program, knowing that we will continue to reconsider your first choice program in our subsequent rounds of offers.
  3. If after all of the offers are extended to students you find that you are not accepted into Co-op, you can accept your offer to the regular stream and apply to Co-op in the Winter Semester of your first year.
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