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Fact Fridays – Episode 7: Student Profile Form Info

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 10:58

Haven’t submitted your Student Profile Form (SPF) yet? What’s stopping you?! In this edition of Fact Fridays, we’ll tell you exactly what you need to know about this valuable addition to your U of G application!

Fact #1: You Get One Shot

You can only fill out and submit the SPF once, so be sure to preview it and take time to craft your answers before officially submitting it. Be sure to spell check all of your responses!

Fact #2: Get Your References Ready

The last section of the SPF is where you provide references that can be contacted to verify the information you provide on the SPF. You’ll need one school reference (i.e. a teacher, guidance counsellor or principal), and one community reference (i.e. a coach, mentor, etc.).

Fact #3: Know Your Numbers

Your OUAC ID (11 digits) and your University of Guelph ID (7 digits) are both required on the form.

Not sure where to find them? They’ll be in the email that you received after you applied to U of G!

Fact #4: Tell us the Good, Bad and Anything Else You Think We Should Know

When we review the SPF’s during the final round of offers, we’ll be looking to see what sets you apart from other applicants – volunteer info, extra-curricular interests and activities, awards and honours are all great things to include.

There is also room to include additional information on circumstances that may have impacted your academic performance. This is the section you want to pay close attention to if your admission average falls slightly below our recommended cut-off range.

Fact #5: Our May 1st Deadline is Firm

Unfortunately, we will not be able to process any SPF’s after the May 1, 2018 (in fact, the form will disappear after May 1!).

Now go forth and submit your SPF forms Future Gryphons!

Tips Tuesdays – Episode 3: Application Tips

Posted: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 14:39

Tip #1: Lookout for Our Alternate Offers

It’s always good to have a back-up plan, which is why we’ve built one into many of our most popular programs.

Applying to Biomedical Science? Then don’t also apply for Biological Sciences! If you miss out on Biomedical Science, we’ll automatically consider you for Biological Science.

Same goes for Criminal Justice and Public Policy (we’ll automatically consider you for General Arts).

Interested in a major that has Co-op, but not sure if you should apply? Go for it! Even if you don’t meet the cut-off for the Co-op program, we’ll still consider you for the non-Co-op stream. If you meet the requirements to the regular program, you’ll receive an alternate offer to it! You’re welcome.

Tip #2: Look beyond Our Estimate Cut-off Ranges

While our estimated-cutoffs offer a target range to shoot for in grade 12, don’t get too obsessed with these numbers.

We advise you to aim HIGHER just to be on the safe side. And if you realize that your average may fall within or just below the range, we highly advise that you fill out the Student Profile Form (SPF). The SPF will only be looked at in the final round of offers in mid-May, but until then, keep working!

Tip #3: To Apply (to Co-op), or not to apply? APPLY!

While you can apply to the Co-op program during your first year of study, it’s definitely much easier – and less stressful – to apply straight from high school. And remember, even if you don’t make the Co-op cutoff, you’ll be considered for the non-Co-op stream!

Tip #4: READ Our Offer Schedule

Not sure what marks we’ll be looking at…and when? Check out our handy Admission Plan, which outlines everything for you – plain and simple – so you don’t have to guess.

Tip #5: Don’t put all of Your Eggs in One Basket

We know it might be difficult to choose between Animal Biology, Wildlife Biology and Conservation, and Zoology, but applying to multiple majors within the same degree program will NOT increase your chances of getting in!

Why? Because the admission average required for them all is the exact same and we’ll only admit you to one (i.e. the program you listed first).

We’ve got you covered, though! Once you’re admitted to a program, it’s usually very simple to change your major – just have a chat with your Program Counsellor.

Improve the Environment with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 12:56

Interested in discovering the connection between humans and our world? Is it your goal to improve the environment? If you answered yes to either of those questions, keep reading to learn 5 facts about the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences program at the U of G.

Fact #1: 4 Majors, 1 Goal: Improve the Environment

Gain the knowledge required for solving complex local and global issues in one of our four BScEnv majors:

Ecology: Learn how plants, animals and microbes interact with their surroundings and explore issues such as habitat loss and endangered species.

Environmental and Resource Management: Learn to evaluate environmental problems using tools and techniques including remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS).

Environmental Economics and Policy: Study factors that motivate people to take action on environmental issues.

Environmental Sciences: Study the impacts biology and chemistry have on the environment and the effects of human intervention.

Fact #2: Co-Op Offered for all Majors

Interested in gaining work experience before you graduate? We recommend applying to the Co-Op stream of the major you are interested in. Co-op is a great way to discover what working in the field will be like so you can be sure you are in the right major for you.

Fact #3: Study Abroad

There is no better way to learn about the connections between humans and the earth than to explore it! The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences program offers the flexibility for students to study across Canada and internationally!

Fact #4: Common First Year = Flexbility

Our common first year means that all students receive the same introduction to environmental science courses. Sample different areas of the environmental sciences before selecting one of the four majors to continue with!

Fact #4: Top off your Degree with a Capstone Project

In later years of the program students can complete an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Take on an environmental problem and find a better way to research or solve it using the knowledge and skills learned throughout your degree.

To learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science visit the School of Environmental Sciences website.

ICYMI: International Snapchat Chat

Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 16:42

We hosted our first ever International Snapchat Chat this week so that our International Applicants could ask questions about admission to the University of Guelph. Don’t worry if you couldn’t tune in because we’re recapping the top questions and answers right now!

Q: How do I check my application status?

A: Please log into your Web Advisor account to check the status of your application.


Q: How long will it take for my application to be processed?

A: Anticipate 3-6 weeks for processing once you have submitted your final documents.


Q: I’m a Canadian citizen but not a Canadian resident, what fees will I pay?

A: All Canadian citizens pay domestic fees regardless of where they currently attend school.


Q: I’m a Canadian resident but not a Canadian citizen, what fees will I pay?

A: If you are not a Canadian citizen you will pay international fees, UNLESS you get permanent residency.


Q: I have dual citizenship between Canada and another country. Will I pay domestic or international fees?

A: If you apply as a domestic student, you pay domestic fees. If you apply as an international student, you pay international fees.


Q: How can I change the program I applied to?

A: You can make amendments to your application on the OUAC website.


Q: What are the application deadlines for International Students?

A: To be eligible for early consideration you must apply by January 15, 2018 and submit all supplementary documents by February 1, 2018. For regular consideration you must apply by the February 15, 2018 deadline and have all supplementary documents submitted by March 1, 2018.


Q:  Are letters of recommendation required for my application?

A: Letters of recommendation are not a part of the undergraduate application process. We do recommend that all applicants fill out our Student Profile Form (SPF) which is available on our website.


Q: How does the U of G help me prepare for finding a job?

A: We offer a co-op option for many of our undergraduate programs and there are many opportunities available for experiential learning in all of our programs. Getting experience in your field while going to school will be very helpful during your job search after graduation!


Q: I go to a French high school and my transcript will be in French. Do I need to translate this before applying?

A: There is no need to translate or convert your transcript before applying to the U of G.


Q: Do all international applicants get a spot in residence?

A: Residence is guaranteed for all semester one students as long as you’ve applied and paid the $750 deposit by the June 1st, 2018 deadline.


Q: What resources do you have for international students to meet other students and become familiar with the university before move-in?

A:  We have many supports available to make your transition to a Gryphon as easy as possible. START International is a 3 day orientation designed to introduce our international students to each other and to help familiarize you with the campus, our social and academic supports and with the city of Guelph.  


Q: What are the grade requirements for an entrance scholarship for IB students?

A: Aim for a 35 overall.


Q: What do I do if I don’t get my study permit on time?

A: Unfortunately the only thing you can do in this situation is submit a request to defer your offer to the following semester.


There you have it #FutureGryphons, answers to the most common questions we receive from our international applicants. Add uofgadmission on Snapchat so you can participate in future chats and get your admission-related questions answered. Remember, you can also send us your questions on Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at any time!

Why “Applying to U of G” Needs to be on Your To-Do List

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 09:30

The January 17 deadline to be considered for our first round of offers is quickly approaching!

We think NOW is a great time to visit the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and begin applying to university! Here are the top 10 reasons to apply to the U of G:

1. You Can Have it all at U of G

When it comes to choosing a university, we know you’re comparing academics, student life, athletics and more. The U of G offers exceptional facilities and award-winning faculty, a variety of varsity and intramural sports, and a campus community like no other! Book a tour for 2018 and experience how you can “live” and “learn” here.

2. We Received Top Marks for Student Experience in 2017 (Source: Macleans Magazine, 2017).

Our purpose at U of G is to Improve Life, and it looks like we are doing just that for the lives of our students… enough said.

3. Residence is Guaranteed for all Semester 1 Students

As long as you accept your offer and pay the $750 deposit fee by June 1st!

4. U of G Offers Program Flexibility

We offer 80 majors and a full list of minors to allow you to customize your education. Many programs offer a common first year so you can explore your interests and decide on a major later.

We’ve covered the basics about all of our programs on our website so be sure to check them out.

5. Our State of the Art Athletics Centre

Remember when we talked about balancing student life with academics and athletics? The U of G’s new 25,000 square foot athletics centre makes it easy to add a workout into your daily routine. Student memberships are only $48 a semester! Visit the Guelph Gryphons website for details.  

6. Best Campus Food in Canada

Our campus food has been voted #1! Head to our Facebook Page to watch current students sample foods from across campus and give their stamp of approval.

7. Apply for Scholarships

In 2016/2017 the U of G awarded $20.5 million to 7,500 undergraduate students. That’s a lot of money folks! Check out the student finance webpage and get a head start on applying to our scholarships well before the deadline of January 25, 2018.

8. Give Yourself time to make Changes

Think you might change your mind and alter your program choices? You can make changes to your OUAC application until April 15th and still be considered equally for all programs (exception: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture). Visit our admissions page for other important dates to make note of.   

9. Join the #FutureGryphon Family

Once your application is submitted, you are on your way to becoming a #FutureGryphon. We can’t think of anything better!

10. Make the U of G a BIG part of your 2018!

Not only will applying to the U of G over the holidays cross something off your New Year’s resolution list, it will give you more time to maintain your grades, enjoy your last semester of high school, get your questions answered and schedule a campus tour! Apply today!

Fact Fridays (Myth Busting Edition) – Episode 6: Busting the Myths of DVM

Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017 - 14:40

MYTH #1: You have a better chance of getting into OVC if you do your undergrad at the U of G.

TRUTH: You can complete your undergrad at ANY accredited university!

Before applying to DVM, you can study at any accredited university 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.

But…if you DO decide to attend the U of G for your undergrad, you’ll have the chance to join the Future Vets Club! They host info sessions, help students find volunteer placements and offer support and guidance to undergraduate students intending to apply to vet school!


MYTH #2: You need to take Animal Biology or an Animal related major to be eligible to apply to DVM.

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

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

We also encourage you to take a major that you’re sincerely interested in, just in case you decide against DVM in the future.


MYTH #3: You need a minimum amount of animal/clinical experience to apply to DVM.

TRUTH: Experience is about QUALITY not QUANTITY.

There is no specific number of hours of animal/clinical experience required to be considered for admission. Ensure 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. Pet ownership does not count for experience! We know, we love our pets, too.

MYTH #4: Grades are more important than experience.

TRUTH: 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.

BONUS FACT: The MCAT is no longer required for applicants.

MYTH #5: You need to complete a 4 year undergrad before applying to DVM.

TRUTH: 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.

MYTH #6: It’s next to impossible to get into DVM.

TRUTH: Competitive? Yes. Impossible? NO!

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

  • 100 Canadian Undergraduate
  • 15 International Undergraduate
  • 5 Graduate

MYTH #7: You’ll be limited to work with one type of animal.

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

In your 3rd year of the DVM program, YOU get to decide which “stream” you want to pursue.

Want to work with Small Animals? You can do that! Interested in Rural Community Practice? We’ve got you. Super into Food Animals? You’re in the right program! Equine? Yup!

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

MYTH #8: Your only option after graduating is to be a Veterinarian.

TRUTH: 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)

There you have it friends, the truth about DVM at U of G! We hope this helps dispel some of the myths surrounding this program. For more information on the program and applying, visit the Ontario Veterinary College’s website! (LINK:

When it comes to Exams at the U of G, Don't Stress

Posted: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 16:37

Exams are a reality you’ll face no matter what university you decide to attend. At the University of Guelph, we work to keep students mentally and physically healthy during the exam period. Our Library Team develops a list of activities each semester to help students take a break from studying, to refresh and stay motivated. These events are supported by various campus groups such as the Student Support Network and the Wellness Education Centre and all activities are FREE and open to all students.

This year our events range from free treat offerings to fun tactile activities like playing with playdough AND puppies (not at the same time of course)! Check out our list of #UGStressBusters below to see some of the activities #FutureGryphons can be a part of next year.

To all of our current Gryphons; Best of luck on exams! We hope you are able to refresh and recharge at these events over the next 2 weeks.

2017 #UGStressBusters

Thursday, November 30 – 10:00am to 12:00pm: Refuel: Morning Snack Stop

Friday, December 1 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm: Soak the Stress Away with Guelph

Monday, December 4 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm: Cookies & Milk with Co-op and Careers

Tuesday, December 5 – 11:00am to 1:00pm: Coffee with a Cop

Wednesday, December 6 – 10:00am to 12:00pm and 4:00pm to 6:00pm: Take A Paws

Wednesday, December 6 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm: Make Your Own Care Package

Thursday, December 7 – 10:00am to 12:00pm and 4:00pm to 6:00pm: Take A Paws

Thursday, December 7 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm: Play with Playdough and Slime

Friday, December 8 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm: Candy Bar—Make Your Own Treat Bag!

Monday, December 11 – 11:00am to 12:00pm: SNAP Out of Stress with the Student Nutrition Awareness Program

Tuesday, December 12 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm: DIY Bookmark Making with Gryph Reads

Wednesday, December 13 – 11:00am to 12:00pm: CSA Ice Cream Chillin’

Wednesday, December 13 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm: Make Your Own Care Package

Thursday, December 14 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm: Play with Playdough and Slime

Fact Fridays - Episode 5: Why U of G's Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Can't be Beat

Posted: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 11:00

Are you passionate about solving the world’s problems? Want to help create a better future for yourself and everyone around you? Our Bachelor of Science in Agriculture might be the program for you!

Here are 5 facts to show you why our BSc in Agriculture program can’t be beat!

Fact #1: 4 Jobs for Every BScAg Grad

The Food and Agriculture industries are booming right now and have more job openings than people qualified to fill them! Graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program are qualified for jobs in various fields including livestock nutrition, research, agricultural consulting, and agricultural journalism to name a few.

Fact #2: Be Involved in Feeding the World’s Growing Population

By 2050 there will be nine billion people in the world… That’s a lot of mouths to feed! As a result, the U of G is focused on improving the food system. In the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program, you will develop solutions to this challenge using science, ingenuity and a combined passion for plants, animals and the land.

Fact #3: 3 Unique Majors

In our common first year you will take courses on plants, animals, agri-food systems and agroecology so you can get a taste of what interests you. You then have the flexibility to select one of the following 3 majors in your second year:

Honours Agriculture: Combine agricultural sciences with agri-food business courses and tailor your degree to your interests.

Animal Science: Focus on animal nutrition, welfare, genetics and biotechnology.

Crop, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences: Learn about the production of field crops for food, fuel or biomaterials, and breeding improved crop varieties.

Fact #4: Be Part of Canada’s Most Renowned Agricultural College

The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) is the University of Guelph’s founding college. It is also Canada’s largest and most renowned Agricultural College and is recognized internationally. As global leaders in education and research, there is no better choice for Agricultural studies than the U of G.

Fact #5: You’ll be Part of Major Industry Advancements

Our OAC receives more than 40% of the U of G’s research funding; meaning that students within the college are involved in some major industry advancements. The University of Guelph recently received a $20-million donation from the Arrell Family Foundation to transform the global food economy and further strengthen U of G and Canada as agri-food leaders.

Join one of the largest industries in Canada and take on the agri-food revolution. Apply to our Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program today.

Fact Fridays – Episode 4: Improve Outdoor Spaces with a BLA

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2017 - 09:00

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

Landscape Architecture is about developing an understanding of natural and social systems and using this to design attractive, functional and sustainable outdoor spaces.

If you want to become a key player in the way our cities, suburbs and wilderness areas are designed and managed, you’re definitely going to want to keep reading…

Fact #1: Become a Designated Landscape Architect

Our BLA program is fully accredited by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and is fully recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

What does this mean? When you graduate from our BLA program, you’ll hold a professional degree that meets entry requirements into professional associations across North America and abroad. There aren’t many degree programs where you graduate with an official title, so this is pretty cool.

Fact #2: Classmates = Community

Our BLA students spend a lot of time together, both in and out of the studio. You’ll feel a strong sense of community the moment you arrive! Develop lifelong friendships and networks in this small, close-knit program.

Fact #3: You Can Study abroad

In third year, our BLA students are encouraged to do an international exchange at one of our 20+ partner programs.

You can dive into this amazing opportunity and be inspired by landscapes and designs outside of Canada.

Fact #4: A Place to Call Home

Our BLA students have their own building, and as the years go on you may find yourself spending more time there than in your own home!

Students can access to the building and studios 24/7 to work on projects, study and find inspiration.

Fact #5: You’ll Celebrate Your Accomplishments

The LaBash is an annual gathering of over 600 BLA students from around the world! It’s hosted by a different university every year and was founded by the University of Guelph so you KNOW it’ll be a blast.

More reasons to choose LA @ U of G? Check out the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.

When it comes to unique degree programs, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture takes the cake! Visit the program page for more information and pay close attention to the deadline for submitting your Background Information Form.

Happy designing, #futuregryphons!

Improve Human Life with a Bachelor of Applied Science

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 - 09:00

We get it; you enjoy science but don’t want to spend all of your time in a lab or memorize the periodic table. We have good news; our Bachelor of Applied Science program integrates theory and research to inform current scientific practices meant to improve human life.

Choose from one of our 3 majors and get a combined understanding of the biological, psychological and social sides of human development and behaviour.

Adult Development

  • Investigate the influences of psychological, biological, social and economic factors on adult development;
  • Learn how to apply this knowledge to promote both individual and family well-being;
  • Practice applying your skills in a work setting through co-op;
  • Potential future careers: adult educator, elder caregiver, health promotor, counsellor or social worker.

Applied Human Nutrition

  • Do you want to become a registered Dietician? This program is for you.
  • Explore healthy lifestyles, how individual factors influence eating habits and how poor eating habits contribute to illness;
  • U of G offers an accredited area of emphasis in Dietetics;
  • Students can pursue careers in fitness consulting, public health, research and more.

Child, Youth and Family

  • Study the growth and development of children from infancy to adolescence and examine challenges like behavioral and learning difficulties, parent-child conflicts and substance abuse;
  • Gain valuable work experience through co-op
  • Apply for a membership in the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE);
  • Go on to pursue careers in areas such as early childhood education, mental health services, teaching, or social work.

If you are interested in exploring the factors that influence human development, including lifestyle, biology, psychology, and parenting; Applied Science at the U of G is a perfect fit for you!

Visit the program page to learn more.


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