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#tourguidethoughts: Jenny

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 10:54

JennyName: Jenny Trinh

Program: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Tour Guide Year: 3rd 

Coolest thing about your program?

There are so many cool things about my program, but in my opinion the best thing about Landscape Architecture is the ability to design outdoor spaces that impact and improve the daily lives of people and wildlife all over the world.

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

I went on a campus tour myself in the 12th grade and loved it so much. I wanted to be that person that could spark interest in University of Guelph; I wanted to have an impact on a prospective student's decision.

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide?

The best thing I have experienced while being a tour guide is having University of Guelph students come up to me and say I was their tour guide when they were touring the school, and that I was part of the reason they chose University of Guelph!

BEST spot on campus? Why?

The arboretum! No matter what season it is, it's the most beautiful spot on campus. There are tons of trails to walk or run, a boardwalk, lots of little gardens to explore, and some really cool wildlife.

Why should students come for a tour?

I'm a visual person, so for me, it would have been hard to picture myself going to University of Guelph without having actually visited. No brochure or website can beat actually visiting the school; see for yourself what University of Guelph has to offer!

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

Do your research. There are so many fantastic schools and programs out there, and one of them is the right one for you! Explore all your options, and go to as many campus tours and/or events as possible. Talk to as many people as possible. Learn as much as you can, because at the end of the day it is your decision to make, so you should be well-informed.

Fact Fridays – Episode 10: Breaking Down our Admission Rounds

Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 16:20

Our first official round of offers is OUT Future Gryphons; congrats if you received one! We still have two more rounds to come, so don’t worry if you haven’t received an offer yet. To help ease your minds, we’re breaking down our admission plan.

Fact #1: Our FIRST ROUND of offers just went out this week

Here is what we looked at in this round:

  • Your top 6 completed 4U/M courses (including required courses)
  • A combination of both 3U/M and 4U/M courses (including required) IF you haven’t completed 6 4U/M courses
  • Your top 5 3U/M courses (including pre-requisites) ONLY IF you haven’t completed any 4U/M courses
  • Averages that typically exceed the cutoff

Fact #2: Our SECOND ROUND of offers will go out in early March to mid-April

  • What are we looking for in this round?
  • Your top completed 4U/M courses (including required courses)
  • A combination of 3U/M courses and 4U/M courses (including required)
  • Averages typically at the top range of the cutoff

NOTE: If you don’t receive an offer in this second round, MAKE SURE you complete a Student Profile Form by May 1. We encourage all applicants to complete the SPF.

Fact #3: Our THIRD ROUND of offers will go out in late April to mid-May

  • What are we looking at in this final round?
  • Your top 4U/M completed courses, including the required courses
  • Averages within the cutoff range.

NOTE: We will consider your application and review your SPF in this round if your average is below the estimated cut-off (within 5% of the cut-off, but over 75%).

Fact #4: Cutoffs are Estimates

Estimated cut-off ranges are based on the admission averages from the previous three years of admitted students

Fact #5: Think Cumulative!

We will not look at individual course grades; just the cumulative average of your top 6 courses including pre-requisites.

Fact #6: We Give Alternate Offers

You may get an Alternate Offer in rounds 2 or 3 if you applied to Bio-Medical Science, Human Kinetics, Criminal Justice & Public Policy or Co-op.

An Alternate Offer is when you don’t meet the requirements to your program of choice (those listed above), and are offered admission into an alternative (different) program.

For example, if you don’t meet the cut-off for Bio-Medical Science, we will offer you entry into the general Biological Sciences program.

There you have it friends; you now know approximately when you can expect to see an offer from the U of G. In the meantime, check out our article on what to do while waiting for an offer and take the next step toward #FutureGryphon status.

What to Do While Waiting for an Offer

Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 16:04

So you’ve applied to the U of G and are waiting patiently for an offer, but what can you do while you wait to hear?

Complete the Student Profile Form (SPF)

The SPF is your chance to tell Admission Services more about yourself. The good, the not-so-good, the exciting – include what you want! Check out the article we posted about the SPF for more details.

Connect with Us!

Whether you’re into Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, we’ve got ‘em all! Connect with “U of G Admission” on any of these platforms to ask us questions, view images and videos about life as a Gryphon and stay up-to-date on important application information and deadlines.

Chat with Us!

Join one of our upcoming online or Snapchat chats! We have TONS of general and program-specific chats lined up for the coming months and tons of helpful staff and student volunteers itching to answer your questions! Visit our Online Chat page for a full list of dates and login information.

Visit Us!

Chatting with us is fun, but visiting campus is better!

Do more than just picture yourself at U of G – come and check us out on a campus tour led by current students. Tours include visits to residences, lecture halls, the library, the athletic facilities, and more.

Winter tours run from January 15 – April 6 and we offer two each weekday and one tour most Saturdays. Visit our Campus Tours page to book your tour today!

See you soon, #futuregryphons!

#tourguidethoughts: Elyse

Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 - 14:13

Elyse PeterName: Elyse Peter 

Program: Bachelor of Science (Major: Biological Science) 

Tour Guide Year: 1st








Coolest thing about your program?  

The Biological Science major is extremely flexible; we get to try out courses in all areas of biology without the pressure to specialize! Our diverse course path includes everything from evolution to molecular genetics to physiology.  

What prompted you to become a tour guide? 

Two of my favourite things are the University of Guelph and talking to people, so I jumped at the chance to talk to prospective students and their families about the University! We also have a beautiful campus, so it’s great to have an excuse to walk around and appreciate it all the time. 

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide? 

My favourite moment on any tour is when passing students chime in and validate whatever I’m saying to my tour group; it really highlights the friendly character of the University of Guelph community! 

BEST spot on campus? Why? 

For me, that’s absolutely the science complex atrium! I love to go study in there; there’s lots of natural light, comfy couches, and caffeine (there’s a Second Cup right in the atrium!). There’s also a neat structure right in the middle of it that you’ll have to come visit to discover. Overall it’s a really beautiful, thoughtfully-designed spot that’s great for science and non-science students alike.  

Why should students come for a tour? 

Touring the campus is the only way to really experience what it feels like to come study at the University of Guelph; there’s lots of unique sights to discover in person that you won’t find in your Viewbook!  

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)? 

There’s no such thing as a dumb question! Ask us anything you can think of because we’ve all been there.

Fact Fridays – Episode 9: Program Chats

Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 - 14:25

Did you know that we offer program-specific online and Snapchat chats? That’s right Future Gryphons!

Why you should join our next chat? Here’s why:

Fact #1: There’s a Full Schedule

Have questions about our academic programs, their highlights, course loads, and our student supports?

Check out our chat schedule and join the chat that best suits you! We offer 1-2 chats every week until mid-May.

Fact #2: Program Specific

The program chats feature faculty, counsellors and current U of G students who would LOVE to help answer your program-specific questions!

Fact #3: Snapchat Chats

New this year are program-specific Snapchat chats.

To join, follow “uofgadmission” on Snapchat. During the chat time, you’ll send us your question via the chat feature and we will answer them on our story.

Note: with the new Snapchat update, you can find our story on the “public” side of Snapchat (i.e. swipe right). You might have to scroll, but it’s there!

What are you waiting for Future Gryphons? Add our Snap Code and ask us your questions anytime.

Fact #4: You Can Just Listen + Learn

Even if you aren’t sure what to ask, you are always welcome to log in to the chat, or watch our story, and observe what your fellow #futuregryphons are asking.

We might answer questions you never knew you had.

Chat soon, friends!

#tourguidethoughts: Calvin

Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 12:16


Name: Calvin Horsten

Program: Honours Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice & Public Policy

Tour Guide Year: 1st

Coolest thing about your program?

My favourite thing about CJPP is the split between sociology and political science. It keeps me interested and we have some awesome courses about criminal behaviour and the history of punishment!

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

Being a Tour Guide has been my short-term dream job since my very first campus tour in the early years of high school. I admired the enthusiasm and knowledge of each guide I interacted with, and wanted to provide that same experience to others. I am now privileged to share my campus with hundreds of people each semester!

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide?

My favourite thing about being a tour guide is knowing that I have made an impact on someone’s decision about which University to attend. Having experienced U of G myself, I wish that everyone would come and take advantage of every opportunity for themselves. I love being told that someone has decided to come to the U of G because of my tour; I know I did my job well and expressed my own passion!

BEST spot on campus? Why?

I like to switch it up because there are so many great places, and it really depends on what you’re looking to do. Creelman Hall is my favourite place to eat because there are SO many options and they are all delicious. For me, the best place to study between classes is the music wing of McKinnon. Having people around is so distracting to me, yet it is calming to hear the sound of a piano on the other side of the wall.

Why should students come for a tour?

Going on a campus tour is the best thing you can do as a student choosing a University. A school might look great in pictures but you’ll never know how the campus truly feels unless you’ve been there, and this is definitely the case with the University of Guelph. While our school does look awesome in photos, there is a vibe around campus that cannot be put into words.

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. A common fear for high school students is how they will ask for clarification in a room with 599 other students. In my experience, there has been more help than I can make use of. Visit teaching assistants, have your work read by the writing services desk at the library, don’t be afraid to raise your hand in class – it is these things that opened doors for me after first year. My professors got to know me and were able to write scholarship reference letters for me; which were successful! In addition, I had the privilege of working as a research assistant for one of my favourite professors. This was an incredibly valuable experience and she would not have asked me to work for her if I hadn’t gone to her for feedback and advice!

Campus Tours are Back!

Posted: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 09:54

Campus tours have officially returned for the 2018 season Future Gryphons! Our campus tours showcase some of our student residences, lecture halls, dining facilities, the library, athletic facilities, the main administration building, and several general academic areas.

Whether you’re still deciding where to apply, have already applied or even if you’ve been accepted, campus tours are the best way to determine if you can picture yourself here in the fall! Plus, our Tour Guides are all current U of G students, so you can be sure that you’re learning all the in’s and out’s about life at U of G from the best source!

We offer tours at 10:00am and 1:30pm Monday through Friday, and at 1:30pm most Saturdays. Each tour runs approximately two hours, and visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather. Book your campus tour today!


Tips Tuesdays – Episode 4: Telethon Tips

Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:19

U of G’s annual telethon kicks into gear this Thursday, January 25th.

What is this “telethon” we speak of? This is your chance to connect one-on-one with a current U of G student and ask any questions you have about the University of Guelph!

We’ve come up with some tips so you can make the most of your time with our Telethoners.

TIP #1 – Answer the Phone!

Starting January 25th, our dedicated army of student ambassadors, who we refer to as “Telethoners”, will be calling YOU (yes – on the phone!). Your designated “telethoner” will be from the program you applied to, so you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have about the program, our campus, and student life.

TIP #2 – Be Prepared with Questions

Our Telethoners are prepared to answer any and all questions. Still not sure what to ask when we call? Check out the list of sample questions below for inspiration.


  • What is the Student Profile Form and how do I submit it?
  • When will offers be sent out?


  • What residence did you live in? What was it like?
  • If I decide to commute or live off campus, how can I make friends?
  • What kinds of activities are organized in residence?
  • How are residence rooms decided? What about roommates?

Student Life

  • Are there any clubs in [insert your interests here] that I can be a part of?
  • Can I go on exchange to another country?
  • What student support services are there on campus?


  • How long will it take me to get from one class to another?
  • What kinds of events happen on campus?
  • What is there to do in the city of Guelph?


  • What is the program like?
  • What has been your favourite class?
  • What kinds of co-op jobs are available for my program?
  • Where can I go if I need help with a class?
  • Do you have any course recommendations?

TIP #3 – Know When We Might Call

After January 25th, we will be making calls from Monday – Thursday from 5 - 9pm, and 11am – 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. We will not make any calls on Fridays or during our students’ reading week which runs from February 15-19th.

Miss your call? No problem! We’ll try again later.

TIP #4 – Was the Telethoner Helpful? Let them Know!

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but we appreciate your feedback and we know our callers do too!

TIP #5 – Know That We’re Always Here for You

We strive to keep you as informed and supported as possible during the application process. From our ongoing online chats, to our social media platforms, email and phone support, we’re always here to take your questions!

Please note: our Telethoners cannot answer admission questions related to whether you’ll be accepted, if your marks are good enough, etc. nor can they look up the status of your application!

#tourguidethoughts: Ali

Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 09:18

Ali Tour GuideName: Ali Johnson

Program: Child, Youth and Family

Tour Guide Year: 2nd year being a tour guide

Coolest thing about your program?

The CYF program allows you to receive hands on experience through practicum placements in third and fourth year. This past semester my practicum was at the Child Care and Learning Centre on the University of Guelph campus. I worked in a preschool classroom and facilitated small group activities and area room set ups every week. It was a great way to work with children and families in the community!

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

Both of my parents attended the U of G and my mom was actually a tour guide herself. I believe it is really valuable for prospective students to hear a current student’s perspective on their experience and I absolutely love sharing my story with others.

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide?

My favourite thing about being a tour guide is having a student come up to me in the fall semester and sharing with me that the campus tour was the reason why they decided to attend the University of Guelph. Knowing that I played a factor in a student’s decision to attend this school is an amazing feeling!

BEST spot on campus? Why?

The BEST spot on campus is definitely the Athletic Centre. I am able to attend a Zumba class, watch ‘This is Us’ on the treadmill, grab a coffee, and study all in the same place! You will get to see all of this on your campus tour.

Why should students come for a tour?

Students should come for a tour to see if the University of Guelph feels like ‘home’ to them! Your tour will capture how at the U of G you can LEARN and LIVE here (the best of both worlds)!

Fact Fridays – Episode 8: Scholarships

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:10

University can be a major expense for many students and their families, which is why you’re going to want to get to know U of G’s Scholarships.

Fact #1: You’re Automatically Assessed for Entrance Scholarships

These awards range from $2,000 for students with an admission average of 85.0% – 89.9%, to $3,000 for students with an admission average of 90% or higher.

Are you an International student? You’re scholarships range from $2,000 – $8,500. There are also Entrance Bursaries available worth between $1,000-$5,000 to those who fill out the application by March 1.

Fact #2: There are 12 Scholarships worth $42,000 each!

Highly involved in your community or school and expect your entrance average to be 90% or higher? Cool! We have some additional scholarships just for you. But you’ll need to act fast – the application deadline is January 25, 2017 (just under a week away)!

The President’s Scholarships

  • 8 scholarships recognizing students who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities

Chancellor’s Scholarships

  • 2 scholarships recognizing students who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities
  • Applicants must also have demonstrated an interest in arts and culture, or international relations and development

The Lincoln Alexander Scholarships

  • 2 scholarships recognizing students who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities
  • You must be Aboriginal; or a person with a disability; or a member of a racial minority to apply

Fact #3: Study hard for the Board of Governor’s Scholarships!

Our Board of Governor’s Scholarships recognize students with outstanding academic performance. 25 students will receive awards of $20,000, payable over four years! No application required, friends.

Fact #4: You’ll want to Research All of U of G’s Scholarships

Visit our awards webpage for a complete list of all of the scholarships and bursaries on offer at U of Guelph (hint: many of these are program and/or major specific!)

In addition to having numerous scholarships, the U of G also offers many work study opportunities, part time jobs, co-ops and more to help you fund your education. Head to our website to check out how we make paying for your education easier. Good luck Future Gryphons!


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