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Attention Future Gryphons: Today is the Early Application Deadline!

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:43

School is back in session and we know you’ve got a lot on your mind. That’s why we’re going to keep this simple! Here is some info on important things to keep on your radar if you’re hoping to make U of G a part of your 2018.

1. Early Application Deadline is TODAY!

Students currently registered in a Canadian high school should submit their application through OUAC today to be considered in our early round of offers. These early offers will be appearing in your mailbox in late January or early February. #snailmail

The regular application deadline is March 1, so if you aren’t able to apply today, you do still have time! Just keep in mind you won’t be hearing from us until later in March, at the earliest.

Check out our Admission Plan for a full explanation of when offers go out, what grades are used when, and what the cut-offs will be.

2. Scholarship Applications are due SOON!

We’ll be publishing more info about some of our scholarship opportunities in the coming days, but for now, feel free to visit the Step-by-Step Undergraduate Entrance Award Instructions on the Student Financial Services website. You’ll read about some cool entrance scholarships you could qualify for!

A specific application is required for some of the larger scholarships (ie. The President’s Scholarship) and it’s never too early to review those requirements. The deadline for applications is January 25, 2018 which is right around the corner!

3. The Student Profile Form (SPF) is Available Online NOW!

The SPF is a great opportunity for you to tell Admission Services more about yourself. The good, the bad, the exciting – include what you want! Check out the article we posted last week about the SPF for more details.

4. Chat with Us!

Join one of our upcoming online or Snapchat chats! We’ve got a bunch 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.

5. Visit Us!

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

Do more than just picture yourself at Guelph – come and check us out on a campus tour.

Our tours are led by current students, and 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: Amanda

Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 14:48

Amanda ReynoldsName: Amanda Reynolds

Program: Honours Bachelor of Science, Major: Biological Sciences

Tour Guide Year: 1st

Coolest thing about your program?

I love all aspects of biology and in biological science at U of G, I get to explore these. This program gives me the opportunity to build a degree tailored to my interests and allows me to do a lot of hands on learning in different biological backgrounds.

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

There is an atmosphere and sense of community that is truly unique to the U of G’s campus! The warmth and encouragement I’ve felt in the last three years has prompted me to step outside my comfort zone and change for the better. I became a tour guide so I could share my experience with other students so that hopefully one day, they too can be proud to call U of G home!

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’ve experienced while being a tour guide is having students tell me that after the tour, U of G has moved to their number one choice. It feels great to help a student make such a tough decision easier.

BEST spot on campus? Why?

My favourite spot on campus is the Bullring Cafe! Its chill atmosphere and great music makes it the best spot to relax after class or hangout with friends. Plus, there’s lots of options for us vegetarians!

Why should students come for a tour?

When you come to campus you can truly feel the warmth of our community and see and hear first-hand all the things that make this campus great. Also, a tour shows students all the hot spots on campus and is the easiest way to figure out if you can see yourself as a student at U of G.

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

Choosing universities can be tough, the most important thing to remember is to choose the best one for YOU!

Book a campus tour, now!

#LookNorth and Learn the Benefits of Studying in Canada

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 16:35

Study In Canada

Future Gryphons south of the Canadian boarder, this article is for YOU!

Our International Recruiting team will be attending a number of ‘Study in Canada’ events across the US over the next couple weeks with representatives from several other Canadian Universities. If you are thinking of applying to the University of Guelph, or are interested in learning the benefits of studying in Canada, we highly recommend registering to attend the reception nearest you!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Reception:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

The Baldwin School, 701 Montgomery Avenue,

Residence Building Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 United States

Boston, Massachusetts Reception:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

Canadian Consulate, 3 Copley Place Suite 400, Boston, MA 02116 United States

Washington DC Reception:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

Lycée Rochambeau, 9600 Forest Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 United States

Chicago, Illinois Reception:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST

Canadian Consulate Office, 180 N Stetson Avenue #2400 Chicago, IL 60601 United States

New York Reception:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

Lycée Français New York, 505 E 75th Street New York, NY 10021 United States

We look forward to meeting Future Gryphons at these upcoming receptions. Follow the hashtag #LookNorth for more event information.


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


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