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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 housing.uoguelph.ca, 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 @mail.uoguelph.ca 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!

FAQs: The April Edition

Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 10:08

We know that you’ve got lots of questions right now, so we’ve decided to compile a list of the top five questions (and the answers to those questions!) we’ve been fielding in Admission Services lately, and the answers to help ease your mind!

Q1. What will the exact cut-off average be for the program I’ve applied to? What was the cut-off last year?

This is often a two-part question, and the answers are a) we don’t know yet, and b) we aren’t able to tell you. The cut-off averages for each program won’t be finalized until sometime in May, and it’s not our practice to release those averages. You can rest assured that if your admission average meets the required average, your application was/will be fully considered. Also keep in mind that we will consider other factors, such as the Student Profile Form (SPF), in the third round of offers, so the averages of admitted students will vary.

Q2. I applied to Co-op, but I was admitted to the regular program. How do I get co-op?

If your application to Co-op wasn’t successful in one of our earlier rounds, don’t worry! We’ll be reassessing all Co-op applications again in our third round of offers in May. If we’re still unable to offer you Co-op then, you’ll have another opportunity to apply for Co-op during your first year of studies at Guelph. Eligibility for admission to Co-op as a first year Guelph student is subject to availability within Co-op and your university grades.

Q3.  I have an offer of admission to (insert program) at Guelph, but have now realized that I would rather study (insert program). Is it too late to switch my application?

You still have time to be considered for another program at Guelph! To do so, you need to log into your OUAC account and either re-order or add your new “highest choice” program at Guelph to be a higher choice than the Guelph program to which you have already received an offer of admission. You MUST do this no later than April 17 in order to be considered for the new program, however! Once we receive this amendment through OUAC, we’ll consider your higher choice and notify you once a decision has been made.

Q4. I have an offer from another Ontario university. I’m still waiting for Guelph to get back to me – should I accept the other offer?

If you accept an offer from another university, we’ll still consider your application in our next, and final, round of offers in May. However, no Ontario university can require you to accept or decline an offer prior to the June 1 common response deadline. If you later decide that you want to accept an offer from Guelph, you may do so through OUAC, but know that doing so will void another offer you’ve accepted. It is critical that you decide and accept the offer you wish to claim by the June 1st deadline.

Q5. Why haven’t I been admitted yet? My grades are higher than the estimated cut off average.

The “estimated range” is just that; the range is based on the averages of admission averages from previous years, and is provided only as a point of reference. Our admission averages change with each round of offers, and determined by the number and quality of applicants, as well as space available in each program. In our third round of offers, we’ll also be considering your Student Profile Form (SPF), if you submitted one before the May 1 deadline. Also, please note that no program will fill before the third round of offers.

U of G Receives Largest Gift EVER!

Posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 14:53

Are you passionate about solving the world’s problems? Want to help create a better future for yourself and everyone else around you? We’ve got some great news to share!

The University of Guelph has just received its single largest-ever gift, 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.

The donation will help create the Arrell Food Institute at U of G, which will aim to influence research, policy, practice and behavior, while bringing together cutting-edge research, agricultural expertise, big data, environmental science, business and civil society. The funding will also support new research chairs and scholars, and will help U of G lead the agri-food revolution.

“This landmark gift will allow our University to address the defining challenge of our time: food security, safety and sustainability,” said U of G president Franco Vaccarino.

Are you ready to be a part of the next generation of scientists, business leaders, and engineers who will take on the agri-food revolution with us? Now more than ever, we’re ready for you!

Be sure to accept your offer of admission to the University of Guelph for Fall 2017, or plan to apply to become a part of the Gryphon family in 2018.

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5 Reasons You Should Be a Gryphon

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 15:43

1. You'll be prepared.

Over 90% of U of G’s graduates are employed within 6 months of graduating.

Our unique programs, and flexibility, prepare you for that career you’ve been dreaming about.

2. We're family.

The vibe on our campus is unlike anywhere else. We're about people. We're about community. We're about the Gryphon family.

Welcome to your home away from home, where you’ll be #foreveragryphon.

3. #1 in Canada for Overall Learning, Living and Student Support

That right there says it all. We take pride in putting our students first, and all that we offer them.

From our range of student services, to guaranteed residence and academic support, you’ll be sure to find everything you need to be successful inside and outside the classroom.

4. Your stomach will thank you.

U of G’s campus food is ranked #1. It’s. As. Simple. As. That.

Side note: be sure to tune into our YouTube channel for our upcoming campus food-tasting videos!

5. Everything you need is right here!

On campus, everything is within a 5 to 10-minute walk.

Grab that much needed coffee or snack in between classes, take a study break at the new Athletic Centre, stroll to Guelph’s downtown core, take in the fresh air in the Arboretum or gather with friends in one of our student spaces.
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You really do have everything you need, right here.

We’re stoked, all our #futuregryphons are stoked. See the excitement for yourself!

We also think you should accept your offer, NOW. 
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How to Make the Most of Campus Day!

Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 15:42

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 your questions, and current students will be available to chat with about anything and everything!

2. Visit program facilities and labs.

There are drop-in and guided tours of everything from the studio and performance arts facilities to the Science Complex. Check the schedule to plan your day!

3. Attend a presentation.

Some tours also have presentations afterwards, while some are separate. Academic and Student Services information sessions are offered once or twice during the day and are very popular.

4. Hop on a tour.

There are drop-in tours, residence tours, lab tours, building tours, campus tours… so be sure to bring your walking shoes.

5. Fill your belly.

Have you heard that our students have rated us #1 in Canada for Food Services for 10 consecutive years?! Find out why by enjoying lunch at one of our on campus eateries like Creelman or our roaming food truck, the Gryph’n Grille!

6. Snap a picture.

We’ll be Snapchatting the day at uofgadmssion (follow us!) and you should too! Send us your pics and don’t forget to add one of our filters!

7. Find your future home.

Visit one residence, or visit them all! The choice is yours with drop-in tours guided by current students.

8. Rep UofG

Want to wear your love for UofG on your sleeve (literally)? The Bookstore is offering 15% off all your Guelph swag when you show them your Open House booklet!

9. Take a selfie with a statue from the #StationaryCrew

Get up close and personal with @TheBeggingBear, @OldJeremiah, and @GryphonStatue. They’re all statues with big personalities on Twitter! Oh, and they love taking selfies, so say "cheese"!

Alternate Offers: What, When & Why

Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 11:42

You may receive an Alternate Offer if you applied to the following programs:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Human Kinetics
  • Criminal Justice and Public Policy
  • Co-op

What does an alternate offer mean? Here’s what you need to know.

1. You Applied to Biomedical Science or Human Kinetics

If you are not admissible to these programs 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 reconsider 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. 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
  3. Don’t worry, changing your major in the fall will not affect how you choose your courses (Course Selection takes place May – July) because first year Bachelor of Science students have a pretty common first semester.

2. You Applied to Criminal Justice and Public Policy

If you are not admissible to this program in this 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 reconsider 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. 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
  3. Don’t worry, changing your major in the fall will not affect how you choose your courses (Course Selection takes place May – July) because first year Bachelor of Arts students have a pretty common first semester.

3. You Applied to Co-op

If you are not admissible to co-op 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 reconsider 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. 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.

We hope this answers ALL of your question regarding Alternate Offers. Goodluck #futuregryhons!

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