Five Reasons to Accept Your Offer to the U of G

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 11:39

1. Our Experiential Learning opportunities are off the hook

From Undergraduate Research Assistantships to our value-added Co-op program to the dozens of exchange and study-abroad opportunities available each and every year, U of G will take your learning out of the classroom and into the real world in ways you could never imagine.
Studying in the grass

2. Our First-Year Seminars will expand your mind

First-Year Seminars, available to – you guessed it – only first-year students, are a unique and engaging highlight to your first year of post-secondary studies. We’ve got 22 weird and wonderful seminar subjects available for the Fall 2017 semester, and we’re sure you could see yourself in at least one of them. Check out some of these highlights:

  • Exploring Expression through Graffiti,
  • Feeding 9 Billions,
  • Making Things Perfectly Queer,
  • and Singing Sociologist.

3. Our food is, well, the BEST

We know we’re always raving about the food here, but it really is pretty incredible. Butter Chicken Poutine, anyone? Or maybe a hand-made burger with locally sourced goats cheese and caramelized onions? Those options barely scratch the surface of all of the yummy cuisine we offer, and highlight why we’ve been #1 for campus food for over 10 years! Check out some of our mouth-watering food videos to see what all the fuss is about!

4. Speaking of Rankings…

Food isn’t the only thing at U of G that consistently gets high marks. Did you know that we’re ranked #1 in Canada for overall learning, living and student support (Academic Ranking of World Universities – ARWU). The impressive rankings don’t stop there, though! Check out our complete list of world rankings!

Five star ranking, top 480 in the world and top 20 in Canada.

5. Life at U of G is second to none

We could write a novel about all of the amazing things that make living in Guelph – and at U of G – so awesome (maybe we have…?). Seriously though, let’s break it down.

  • Over 150 student-run clubs
  • Inclusive on-campus residence facilities
  • INCREDIBLE food (yeah, we already covered that, but it’s worth saying again)
  • Caring and supportive staff, resources and programming to cover your learning, health, and personal needs from every angle
  • A close-knit campus culture that will blow your mind
  • Brand new, innovative athletic facilities designed to cater to top athletes and recreational participants alike
  • All of this set in a vibrant and picturesque small city of 133,000

We could go on and on, but we'll let our students convince you: 

See you soon, #futuregryphon!

11 Ways U of G Can Make You Smile in a Day

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:15

1. When the Cannon (Old Jeremiah) spreads hope & love.

The Cannon

He feels what the world feels! From campus events to activist messages to Gryphon proposals, Old Jeremiah is a message board for expression and awareness. (picture)

2. When you ‘Take a Paws’ and smell the puppies!

Therapy dog with students

Guide and therapy dogs just make life on campus better!

3. When a professor make a ridiculous, but absolutely necessary, course-related pun.

“A rule of grammar: double negatives are a no-no.”


4. When the Library motivates you to study.

In amongst the studiousness, and learning, you will find that the community at Guelph is with you every step of the way; from encouraging messages & gifts, to stress busters and academic support.
Students collaborate in the library

5. When the squirrels are simply part of the UofG family.

They’re everywhere; and they want to be friends…and eat your food.

6. When Hospitality Services just KNOWS.

The fellow students & staff will know your name, somehow schedule menu items that coordinate with your cravings, and well, they bake cookies. Cookies are 120% necessary.  

7. When the University Centre is the hot-spot.

There's always something happening in UofG’s hub, whether it is an academic or educational fair, students encouraging involvement, vendors selling items from clothes to posters, or even a noon-hour concert!  
Students enjoy a noon-hour concert in the University Centre

8. When the ‘Gryphon’ spirit is thriving.

From move-in madness in September to homecoming and beyond, the 'Gryphon' spirit is alive and well!
Student volunteers help with residence move-in

9. When you look around and witness, embrace and appreciate UofG’s diverse community.

UofG is thrilled to welcome students from around the globe with a range of backgrounds. Every day, you will be engaged in culture – you’re new best friend could be from Turkey.


10. When you stroll through the arboretum.

Fresh air. Trees. Silence. Animals. Water. Silence. Trails. Disc Golf. Did we say silence? Nature’s beauty is enough to brighten everyone’s day.

11.  When someone is always returning that smile.

Take a walk through campus and you'll find so many reasons to smile, including all of the Gryphons smiling back at you!

Last Chance to Chat

Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:14

Of course, we’re always just a phone call, email or DM away, but our chats are a limited edition. Our last online chat - where you can chat with various U of G staff, students, and future students - was this past Thursday.

Which means, we know you're going to want to join us for our last rapid-fire Snapchat chat is this Thursday, May 11. 

Never “attended” one of our Snapchat chat's before? Now’s your chance! We’ll help to set your mind at ease by answering your burning questions about admission offers, residence applications, student life, and your next steps for success.

How do you make this "last chance chat" count? Add "uofgadmission" on Snapchat, and shoot us your Q's Thursday between 7:00 pm EST and 9:00 pm EST. 

“Chat” ya later!

Third Round Offers – What You Need To Know

Posted: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 14:15

It’s MAY! That means it’s almost time for U of G’s third round of offers!

For those who still haven’t received a big, shiny U of G envelope in the mail yet, we know the wait has been excruciating. But it will soon be over!

Once OUAC has forwarded us all of the mid-term grade data from this current semester, we’ll be all set to finally send out our third and final round of admission offers for September 2017!  You can expect to see offers show up through your OUAC account as early as the third week of May, with all students being notified of their status by May 26, or earlier.

During the next few weeks, we know there will be students – and parents – questioning U of G’s final admission averages. Please know that we will not be able to disclose exact cut-offs. Our estimated cut-off ranges, which are published on our website and in our admission handbook, are all that we’re able to publicize, and are based on the final admission cut-offs of the past several years.  

Other important things to keep in mind:

  • Alternate offers will still be made in the third round of offers - and for those students who have already received an alternate offer, we will be reassessing you for your original program choice during this round;
  • If you have applied to more than one program at U of G and are not admissible to your first choice, we will consider you for your second (and third, if applicable) choice during this round;
  • All offers for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program will be sent out during the third round;
  • The deadline to accept any offer from the University of Guelph is June 1;
  • June 1 is also the deadline by which admitted students must apply for residence (without your Central Login, you can apply using your student number, last name and date of birth).

Once you have accepted your offer of admission for September, 2017, we will send you a registration package in the mail with instructions on how to login to WebAdvisor and register for courses.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the coming weeks, and be sure to share you news with us and every other #futuregryphon out there by using the hashtag #iamafuturegryphon and following along on #tagboard!


Make the Most of Our City: Unique Ways to Enjoy Guelph

Posted: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 16:00

1. Enjoy the scenery

Guelph is home to two rivers – the Speed and the Eramosa. With accessible parks, trails and recreation areas, it’s easy to see why residents and visitors alike boast about Guelph’s beautiful scenery.

Students canoe on the Speed River.

2. Shop local

Located in the heart of the city, the Guelph Farmer’s Market is a hive of activity every Saturday morning, year-round. Whether you’re looking for local produce, baked goods, flowers or a unique gift idea, you can be sure to find it at the Market! Want more? Guelph's downtown core is home to many unique shops, showcasing some amazing and unique clothing, jewellry and vintage finds!

3. Splash ‘n  Skate

Feel like having a little fun? Not far from the Guelph Farmer’s Market is Market Square, an outdoor skating rink and water feature. Bonus – this scenic spot is often the backdrop for festivals, concerts, community events and celebrations, and is a great place to meet up with friends in town.

People enjoy water feature at Market Square in downtown Guelph.

4. Go to a show (or a game!)

Into the arts? The River Run Centre, a performing arts centre, is located downtown along the Speed River and is host to a variety of music, dance and theatrical performances. If hockey is your thing, you’ll love being able to catch the Guelph Storm at regular OHL games at the Sleeman Centre, also conveniently located downtown along the Speed River.

5. Learn about local history

Did you know that John McCrae, who wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, was born in Guelph? Visit the small limestone cottage where McCrae was born, and learn more about life and times of this Canadian icon. From the McCrae cottage, you’re just a hop, skip and a jump from the Guelph Civic Museum, which continuously highlights local and Canadian themes and artists.

6. Take in a movie

Sure, Guelph has two Galaxy Cinema locations (on in the north end of the city and one in the south). But did you know we’re also home to the Bookshelf, a cozy bookstore/restaurant/bar/cinema  which screens two films every night,  showcasing both foreign and art films as well as playing the best of Hollywood movies? Our cool-quotient doesn’t stop there – we’re also home to The Mustang Drive-In, a true vintage drive-in where you can catch a double-feature April through mid-October.

7. “You Gotta Eat Here!”

Yes, we boast about UofG’s food a lot, but the culinary delights don’t stop when you step off campus!  The down-town restaurant scene in Guelph is fierce, with a host of pubs, specialty cafes and dining facilities focused on providing high-end taste using locally sourced food – and beverages! The options are plentiful, and even The Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here!” has sung the praises of one of our favourites, Baker Street Station!

Tips Tuesday - Episode 7: First Year Bucket List

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 12:45

Getting hyped about joining the student body at U of G? Here's our suggestions to add to your first-year bucket list as a Guelph Gryphon!

1. Attend the pep rally

Pep Rally is an O-Week Tradition. Get hyped.

2. Paint the cannon

You'll come to know that there are plenty of traditions on campus, and painting Ol' Jeremiah is another one. Get some inspo by following him on Twitter @OldJeremiah

The Cannon

3. Go to homecoming

YET another tradition. The Gryphon Football home opener happens every September. It is something you do. not. want. to. miss.

4. Take a selfie with Gryph at a sporting event

Gryph's a selfie kinda of guy.

5. Join and intramural team

U of G was given the award for "most outstanding" intramural program by the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association. We know how to "intramural".

6. Confuse all the building names like Mackinnon, Maclachlan, McNaughton, McLaughlin....

Self-explanatory. There's a lot of Mc's and Mac's on campus.

7. Fall asleep in warm memorial hall

It is just so cozy!

8. Explore "Off-Campus"

Pro-Tip: your meal plan works at a few dining facilities off-campus! All the more reason to check the City of Guelph out.

9. Go to the wrong class

It happens to the best of us. Roll with it.

10. Buy some Gryphon swag

Showcase your Gryphon pride the right way. Bonus: Swag is perfect for holiday gifting, too!

11. Attend an SLG

Student Learning Groups are amazing! There's usually one for each course and they really help you nail down what you're learning in class.

12. Join a club on campus

We've got over 200 of them, so you will definitely find something that suits you.

13. Get a gym membership

We have a brand new athletic centre just waiting for you!

14. Explore the Arboretum

Over 9km of trails for you to take a stroll through.

15. Eat at all of the dining facilities on campus - especially Creelman Hall

We've got some good food, it's as simple as that. Don't believe us? See what our current students have to say on our YouTube Channel.

16. Go to Sunday Cinema

A different move is shown every night in War Memorial Hall put on by your Central Student Association.

17. Pull an all nighter

Studying is FUN.

18. Develop a coffee addiction

Our students love coffee, and all of the coffee shops across campus.

19. Eat dessert for breakfast

Simply because, well... you can.

20. Hang out with a guide dog on campus

They’re everywhere!

21. Study on Johnston Green

There’s nothing better than a sunny day on Johnston. Grab some friends and soak it in!

Johnston Green

Fact Friday – Episode 7: Fill Out the SPF!

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 06:00

If you haven’t submitted your Student Profile Form (SPF) yet, what’s stopping you? In this edition of Fact Friday, we’ll tell you exactly what you need to know about this valuable addition to your application at UofG!

Fact #1: You Only Get Once Chance!

Did you know that you can only fill out the SPF once? With that in mind, we think it’s important to make sure you’ve got all of your information ready when you sit down to complete and submit the form. You can preview the SPF before completing it, allowing you a chance to craft and spell check all of your answers.

Fact #2: Get Your References Ready

The last section of the SPF is for you to provide references who 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 references (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.

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, the 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 students apart – volunteer and extra-curricular interests and activities, awards, honours and awards are all great things to include.

But what if there’s things, that aren’t quite so lovely, that have directly impacted your academic performance? There’s room to include all of that, too, and it will be taken into consideration should your admission average fall within a few percentages below the program cut-off.

Fact #5: Our May 1 Deadline is Firm

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

Tips Tuesday – Episode 6: Applying to Residence

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 11:17

Tip #1: Apply by the June 1 Deadline

Be sure to complete your online application and submit a $500 residence deposit by 11:59 pm on June 1. If you don’t, we can’t guarantee you a spot in residence! You’ll need to apply online at, and click on the APPLY ONLINE button. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for completing the application!

Tip #2: Be Prepared!

Before sitting down to fill out the online application, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got your 7-digit UofG ID number handy (found on your offer of admission letter).

Tip #3: Play the Lottery

The Student Housing lottery, that is. When you apply to residence, you can indicate up to four choices for your preferred building or Residence Living Community (RLC) and room type.

For instance, if you really want to live in Johnston Hall, you can indicate that building for each of your four choices, but select a different room type (i.e. single, double, triple, or quad) for each choice. It’s important to note that space in our smaller buildings fills up quickly,  and regardless of choice, over 50% of new students will end up being assigned to live in South Residence (or largest residence).

Tip #4: Tell Us the Important Stuff

If you have medical, personal, religious, cultural or other circumstances we should consider and take into account when assigning you to a room, you’ll need to ensure that you submit a Special Consideration Request Form along with your residence application.

Tip #5: Decide if You Want to Live On Campus or Off

While we don’t require all first year students to live on campus, it is the overwhelmingly popular choice. That said, there are resources available to help you find your dream off-campus accommodations through Student Life should you decide that living in residence isn't for you.

Student Life will provide you with an online Rental Listing service (the best time to look for September accommodations is in July, or earlier), let you know what to look for in a place, and provide sample rental agreements. Check out Student Life for more info!

Tip #6: Stay in Touch!

The folks over at Student Housing know that you’ll likely have questions about your residence application, which is why they encourage you to contact them with any questions you may have. If you choose to email Student Housing, please be sure to use the email account (if you’ve been assigned one), and include your 7-digit student ID number in all correspondence, and remember to sign all letters and faxes! Their contact info is:

Residence Admissions Office
Maritime Hall
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East,
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Telephone: 519.824.4120 Ext. 58701
Fax: 519.767.1670

Clubs and Organizations

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 15:49

We often get asked “what sets Guelph apart from other universities?”

That’s sometimes a tough question to answer, but a true Gryphon knows it is our warm, welcoming community spirit!

With that strong sense of community, is it any surprise that we have a thriving culture of clubs and organizations right here on campus for our students to become involved in and contribute to their new home through?!

Whether you’re interested in joining an organization affiliated with a certain academic program (i.e. College of Biolgoical Sciences Student Council), residence (i.e. Artz Haus Council), or philanthropic cause (i.e. Habitat for Humanity), you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more by visiting Gryph Life!

With more than 250 clubs and organizations on campus, it may be daunting trying to figure out where you fit in. But we’ve made it easy to peruse the options available with a handy search engine that allows you to search by keyword or browse by category.

What could be easier?!

Next Round of Offers

Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 16:21

You may know that our Admission Plan has three rounds of offers – in fact, our scheduled second round is just wrapping up now!

So, when’s the next chance you may see a big, shiny U of G envelope in your mailbox?

Drumroll, please….

Our third and final round of offers will begin in late April and continue through until mid-May!

Once we start to receive grade data from OUAC later this month, we’ll be able to start setting our final cut-offs for each program, and sending offers out to those students who meet the cut-off.

Exciting stuff, isn’t it?!

But wait, there’s more! While you’re waiting to hear back from us, please take the time to complete and submit the Student Profile Form, if you haven’t already done so. The deadline for the SPF is May 1, and we’ll start looking at submissions in May for programs where space is still available.

Good luck, #futuregryphons!


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