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Tips Tuesday – Episode 1: Make the Most of Fall Preview Day

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:28

We definitely think that you should apply to the U of G – but you need to experience it to believe it. Join us Sunday, November 5th for Fall Preview Day and witness the U of G community first-hand.

Here’s some tips on how to live life to the fullest on Fall Preview Day:

Tip #1: Become a Gryphon for a Day

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, visiting a campus is the best way to picture yourself there for the next 4 years.

If you ask a Gryphon, chances are they will say the energy on campus when they visited had them hooked. At the Academic and Student Services resource fair, you will meet with students, faculty and staff and hear their stories of why they chose the U of G, their involvement and all that U of G has to offer.

Tip #2: Go On a Walking Tour

Our walking tours and building drop-ins are arguably the most important part of Fall Preview Day.

Explore campus and experience what it would be like to call the U of G home. You will have the opportunity to visit residences, check out student spaces and take a look inside many of our academic buildings including Macdonald Hall (our Business hub), Thornbrough (the Engineering complex), Zavitz Hall (home of Studio Arts) and more!

Tip #3: Attend an Info Session

There will be 20-minute information sessions on various topics throughout the day. Topics include:

  • Living in residence
  • Co-operative Education
  • Our Admission plan
  • Financing your education

There will also be 45-minute general presentations that cover everything from our academic programs to our many student services. This presentation will get into the nitty gritty of life at the U of G!

Tip #4: Take in Fall on Campus

The U of G campus is beautiful in every season – but the colours of the leaves in autumn are enough to make you “fall” in love. You might even witness some grads taking their photos in the leaves!Slack Line

So we’ve either convinced you to visit U of G or you’re still on the fence. Either way, registration for Fall Preview Day is now open and we recommend you register now! See you there, #futuregryphons!

Design, Create, Solve In Engineering @ U of G

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:41

“As engineers, we were going to be in a position to change the world - not just study it.” - Henry Petroski

At the University of Guelph, our Engineering degree emphasizes design and collaboration when creating solutions to real-world problems. Each of our 7 majors combine engineering principles with hands-on, design based courses.

Let’s break down the Engineering majors offered at the U of G:

Biological Engineering

...combines engineering principles with life sciences to provide an understanding of living organisms. This major explores topics from food manufacturing to pharmaceuticals to the production of bio-based materials.

Biomedical Engineering

...goes beyond understanding living organisms into designing ways to improve human and animal health. You’ll explore Biosystems to learn about the impacts of disease and injury. This is where you want to be if you’re interested in pursuing a future in the healthcare industry.

Computer Engineering science + electrical engineering; this major dives into the design, construction, implementation and maintenance of hardware and software computing systems. Think developing artificial intelligence or electronic design automation.

Engineering Systems and Computing

...differs from Computer Engineering as it looks at the workings and design of hardware and software in a variety of devices; not just computers. In the later years, you can specialize in streams like mechatronics, robotics or embedded systems.

Environmental Engineering

...looks at the impact humans have on the earth. In this major, you will design treatment systems to identify, prevent and clean up pollution of our land, air and water.

Fact: Environmental Engineering is our equivalent to Chemical Engineering.

Water Resource Engineering similar to Environmental Engineering, this major (literally) dives deeper into the management of water. Design flood and erosion control systems and discover creative solutions to protect groundwater, soil, wetlands, streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.

Mechanical Engineering

...covers it all. You will explore the design, manufacturing and maintenance of all systems. Specialize in energy, mechatronics, manufacturing or biomechanics and choose electives that complement your specific interests.

Undeclared our common 1st year Engineering program and makes it easy for you to explore your interests and choose a major at the start of semester 3; all while enjoying access to our innovative facilities including our recent 50 million dollar expansion!

Come check out our facilities and meet current students, staff and faculty on Sunday, November 12 at our Science and Engineering Sunday!

Picking YOUR University

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 14:26

The Ontario Universities' Application Centre is now open! Not ready to commit to deciding which universities and programs you’d like to apply to?

We’re here to help.

Visit Campus – ASAP

How will you know whether a university is the right fit for you until you step onto campus? Picture yourself there – in the lecture halls, in the residences, grabbing lunch in the dining halls, studying in the library – just picture it.

You’ll feel right away whether it is your place. Trust us!

Of course we think the University of Guelph is where you should be! Come “feel” it for yourself at our Fall Preview Day or Science & Engineering Sunday.

Or, come checkout campus on one of our tours that run throughout the semester.

Do Your Research, Friends

Yes, feeling comfortable on campus is very important. But, the university also needs to offer programs that match your interests.

Websites house all information. Let’s face it – you’re on your phone the majority of the day anyways, so why not browse university programs and see what piques your interest?

Look into what programs are offered under which degree, what courses you’ll be taking, potential career paths, and if there are any cool “extras” like co-op, internships, field courses or study abroad options.

Relax, Look at Your Options

You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do right out of the gate.

Universities understand that your interests might lie in a few different areas, or that your interests may change after a year…or two. When you’re researching, look for flexibility.

How easy is it to switch programs/majors? Can I apply to a general program, then pick my major? Can I take a minor? What about electives? Or, can I combine my interests into one degree?

At U of G, we offer you all of that. Most of our programs have a general first year, so switching majors is SIMPLE.

You should also checkout our Bachelor of Arts & Sciences program, our large list of minors, or look for our “general degrees” or “undeclared” options in some of our programs.


We live in a very social world, don’t we? Instagramming your memories, tweeting throughout the day, snapchatting your life events… we get it. And we’re with you!

Universities are active in the social world. You can ask them questions, get a feel for student life, visualize campus and stay up to date on important information. Stay connected.

Follow U of G on each of the platforms below and we promise to keep you informed… and entertained.

2017 Road Warrior Series: Nicole

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 14:36

Nicole Nicole is a long-time veteran at the University of Guelph, and continues to travel across Canada to speak with nationwide #futuregryphons. She graduated from the Bachelor of Arts program, majoring in Sociology and English, in 2001; and hasn't left the U of G since!

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

Definitely the community! I came to U of G because I loved the university and campus, but the community has kept me here long after graduation!

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

I lived on campus the entire time I was a student. I was a Residence Assistant in Mountain Hall, a Sr. Residence Assistant in Maritime Hall and then held 2 executive positions on Interhall Council. My favourite day of the year was, and still is, move in day! The buzz of activity and excitement as a new year begins!

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

I didn't want to leave U of G! I found an awesome opportunity and applied for it. What an amazing job - talk about the place that had such a huge impact on my life and help students find their perfect university.

What advice would you offer to potential U of G students?

Try new things, ask for help, meet new people, join a club, start a club, step out of your comfort zone, explore the campus and city, talk to your professors and teaching assistants, read all the important emails the university sends you (I'm wearing my admission counsellor hat with that one), work hard, enjoy your journey, and improve life!

Improve the Art of Thinking @ U of G

Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 09:42

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”. - Pablo Picasso

At the University of Guelph, our focus is to keep your creativity alive into #adulting, despite which of the 24 Bachelor of Arts majors you choose. We do this by:

  1. Keeping our BA program flexible – choose a major, add a minor, complete a general degree with an area of concentration or go undeclared!
  2. Having stellar instructors – Lawrence Hill, author of the Book of Negros and recipient of the Order of Canada, is just one of the amazing professors for our BA program.
  3. Getting inspiration from our campus and the world around us – We encourage travel, exchanges and involvement in our campus to broaden your idea of what art is.
  4. Ensuring our courses are relevant in today’s world – from environmental governance to political science, a BA will help you make sense of what’s on the news and identify your own solutions.
  5. Offering an extensive list of minors so YOU can design your own education – minors are optional but offered for most degree programs here at the U of G. Why not get some credit for your special interests and hobbies?

Now, the Arts are at the U of G are:

For Everyone

Whether studying music, studio art or theatre; we start from the basics. There are no auditions or portfolios required for admission because we believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to explore their creative side.


The U of G also offers many opportunities to explore the world around us. Students in all majors are encouraged to take a semester abroad to explore art in all corners of the earth and apply their learnings from the U of G in real-life settings. If travelling isn’t for you, The Art Gallery of Guelph and the largest Sculpture Park in Canada are located right on campus!


At the U of G, we believe in improving the art of thinking through the social sciences and the humanities. From psychology and economics to geography and language studies, the U of G offers majors that can lead to graduate studies and careers in a broad variety of fields.

It is also SUPER easy to switch majors or add a minor. Take advantage of the “Major to be Determined” designation and test drive some courses from different areas before declaring a major!

So, while you might not think you’re an ‘artist’, well…you are. Choose the program that will improve your life; and the lives around you.

2017 Road Warrior Series: Danielle

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 11:10

DanielleEveryone give a warm welcome to Danielle, an enthusiastic and vibrant Liaison Officer who graduated from the Bachelor of Science program. 

What is your favourite thing about U of G? What was your most memorable experience here?

My favourite thing about the U of G is how everyone insists on holding the doors open for you with a smile, even if you are 20 feet away; they will wait for you 99% of the time. 

My favourite course was Pathology, where we were given the task of determining which disease had caused death for different aquatic species and had to make case reports for real world fish farmers. It was a collaborative effort among the students and TAs; and we got to work super closely with our prof using the equipment over at the Ontario Veterinary College. Looking back it was truly a great example of the collaborative and supportive environment the U of G has to offer.

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at U of G (i.e. clubs, athletics, student organizations, jobs).

I’ve played almost every intramural sport over the years. Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and soccer were my favourite. I have QUITE a few gryphon t-shirts that students have designed every year; it's always exciting to see what the new design is going to be. I also made many life long friends and future roommates through intramurals.

I also worked as an Animal Surveillance Technician at the Ontario Veterinary College taking care of the research animals on campus; as well as volunteering within the Pathology labs.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer? What excites you the most about this position?

I will forever see myself as a University of Guelph graduate, and believe in the opportunities a good education in a good environment can provide future students. I hope to be able to share my story in a fun way with other students in order to give them the opportunity to have the best university experience; and maybe even get the chance to improve their lives.

What advice would you offer to potential U of G students?

I would say to find a program that speaks to you; there is so much flexibility, so even if you can't see where it will take you in life, you will receive many opportunities despite which program you choose. Also, get involved as much as you can in both extracurricular activities and academics so you can network on all levels. You will be surprised at all the amazing relationships you will make.


Posted: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 14:56

The Ontario Universities Fair took place this past weekend. If you couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

1. We spoke to thousands of potential #futuregryphons.

We had all the answers, and were beyond stoked to chat about our favourite place, the U of G.

2. We scanned thousands of passports and everyone was a winner.

We had pens! We had lanyards! We had cups! And our 6 big winners took home brand new iPhone 7’s!

iPhone Winners 20173. Our enthusiastic UOGA's were the life of the party and invited everyone to visit the campus.

See our events page for details on our fall events.

4. We debuted a brand new booth design and dual-cover viewbooks.

We designed our booth with flow in mind and our new viewbooks with you in mind. It’s rare for a university to excel in both academics and community, and U of G does just that. Living and Learning at university has never been so easy!

5. You were able to meet the U of G President!

Dr. Franco Vaccarino made his way around the booth engaging with #futurehryphons and their families. He even made an appearance on our Snapchat (check it > uofgadmission) and spoke passionately about the welcoming vibe both at the booth and on campus.

6. Our presentation room was packed.

Liaison Officer Nick delivered emotionally charged presentations speaking about his academic experience, his time on the varsity basketball team and how he has continued to be engaged in the U of G community. If it didn’t tug at your heart strings, we don’t know what will.

7. We celebrated Homecoming weekend from the OUF floor.

The U of G spirit never leaves a Gryphon’s side as our Engineering faculty and students dressed appropriately and cheered the team on from afar!
Engineering GryphonsYou may have missed OUF, but there’s still so much time to come and explore U of G and learn about what we can offer you:

Be sure to follow us on SNAPCHAT, TWITTER, FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM for continuous updates, information and a look into life as a Gryphon.

2017 Road Warrior Series: Ryan

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 14:07

RyanA graduate from the Bachelor of Arts, Sociology program, Ryan hopes to bring a little bit of U of G's "community" to all of you #futuregryphons. 

What is your favourite thing about U of G? What was your most memorable experience here?

I love the ‘Guelphiness”. It can be defined by people being friendly and inviting, from smiling or saying hello to one another walking down Winegard Walk, to holding the door open for someone. It is something unique to our campus that our students then bring out into the world wherever they go onto.

In my fourth year I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of the graduating class at the Last Lecture 2016. Although it was amazing to represent all graduating students, the most memorable experience was after the lecture with tons of students coming up to me who I had never met thanking me for bringing up their most memorable experiences. It was amazing to see that even though we had never met we all held a bond together through our time here at the University of Guelph.

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at U of G (i.e. clubs, athletics, student organizations, jobs).

During my time at U of G, I tried just about everything from Interhall Council, Student Government, and The Central Student Association to snow flag football and even playing on the Quidditch team! I had the opportunity to work in the school gym and sit on numerous committees, boards and working groups to represent the student perspective!

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer? What excites you the most about this position?

My experience was so amazing at the University of Guelph and I believe every student should have this opportunity as well. I did not take the most conventional route to university and I want students to be aware there isn’t just one route here. I wanted to be a Liaison Officer because I want to see that moment when a student realizes what the next step they are going to take is. This opportunity is amazing and I am incredibly excited to get on the road to start speaking with future gryphons!

What advice would you offer to potential U of G students?

Pick a university that will allow you to grow into the person you want to become. Pick a university that will push you to discover things about yourself you never would have known. The community you decide to join will become your home, so make sure you go to the campus, speak with the students and make your decision for you.

2017 Road Warrior Series: Sarah

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 14:40

Sarah StefoffIntroducing Sarah, a very enthusiastic Road Warrior that can't wait to spread her love for U of G all over Ontario.

What is your favourite thing about U of G? What was your most memorable experience here?

My favourite thing about U of G is the family-vibe. Everyone one is so welcoming and you always feel at home. The campus is vibrant and beautiful; you always feel connected with nature.

My most memorable experience was probably my semester abroad in India where I was able to share a lifechanging experience with other U of G students. U of G follows you no matter where you are in the world.

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at U of G (i.e. clubs, athletics, student organizations, jobs).

Vice President of Academics for the International Development Society, working in the fitness centre, orientation week volunteer, student volunteer connections, peer helper program, worked for the Central Student Association as a poster runner, athletic clubs (intramurals, dragon boat racing, dance, the running club). So much!

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer? What excites you the most about this position?

This was the ultimate job for me. I get to go share with you the best experience and decision I’ve made in my life - and get paid for it! I am hoping to make it a bit easier for you to make your choice. I am so excited to interact with graduating students and explore new areas of this beautiful province.

What advice would you offer to potential U of G students?

Visit campus, do your research and make the best decision for you. Don’t choose based on where your friends are going, or what others are telling you. I know it sounds cheesy but in the words of Cascada, "listen to your heart."

I would also say to get involved on campus, participate as much as you can; it’s a great way to make new friends and realize your own passions.

2017 Road Warrior Series: Jade

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:24

JadeJade is returning to the Recruitment Team this year; she can't get enough of speaking to you #futuregryphons about U of G! Hailing from the Bachelor of Arts program with a major in Psychology, she will be sure to tell you how the University of Guelph can improve your life. 

What is your favourite thing about U of G?

My favourite thing about U of G is that the minute I stepped on campus, I felt comfortable and at home. I think part of that comes from the physical beauty and green spaces.

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at U of G (i.e. clubs, athletics, student organizations, jobs).

I volunteered with the Peer Helper program for 2 years at Co-operative Education and Career Services; where I was both a regular peer helper as well as a senior peer helper. I also worked at Alumni Advancement and Development as a student caller and a student caller supervisor for a total of 2 years.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer? What excites you the most about this position?

I loved my time at the University of Guelph, and I want to be able to show students the great time they would have here if they chose U of G. It is a beautiful campus, with endless opportunities to fit each person. To be able to share my love for the university and show a potential student just how well they would fit into campus would be very rewarding and exciting.

What advice would you offer to potential U of G students?

Get involved while in school. Obviously classes are important, but some of my best memories are with the people I met while volunteering, and helping better campus and the community around us.


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