Blowin' Up Your Mailbox

Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 10:41

It's that time of year when your mailbox is going to become your new best friend. And by mailbox, we don't mean your electronic mailbox, but that actual, physical box hanging outside your door or at the end of the driveway. Remember that one?

Because LOOKOUT! Once you've applied through the OUAC, we will be sending you our nifty "AckPack". This acknowledgement package will be your guide to the next steps in the application process, inclusive of supplementary documentation information, important dates, answers to common questions, financial details, scholarships & bursaries available, campus involvement, tours and other fun facts about UofG.

So, whether you camp out at your mailbox (stay warm!), or get some cardio in by running out to it every 30 minutes, be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Simply, it's a VERY important book that you'll want to read (multiple times) front-to-back.


When you're accepted, you'll want to pitch that tent out at the mailbox again, while you wait for our CongratsPack! You can keep refreshing your OUAC account for updates on your application, too. It will display the acceptance notification, first, then the package will be shipped to the comfort of your home.

If you have any questions, you can tweet us, email us, 'tumblr' us, or even pick up that phone and give us a shout. We're here friends! Our social accounts will always keep you in the loop, so be sure to follow us (twitter, tumblr, snapchat, know, the usual).

Make UofG Part of Your 2016

Posted: Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 11:19

1. Find Your UofG Program

We're got twelve degree programs covering the arts, science, engineering and business!5 Star Ranking

2. “Apply” Yourself!

Nail down your program and head straight to the OUAC website. Follow the steps and apply by January 13th! Find their 'how-to' under the Resources tab!

*Friendly reminder: if your program has a co-op option, and you’re on the fence about that stream, check it off regardless! It is much easier to change your mind when you’re here than it is to apply to co-op within first year.

3. We want to see you!

We can’t stress it enough; you will never know if a university is the best ‘fit’ until you feel it out. UofG runs tours Monday through Saturday. Roam the residences, see the lecture halls, try our FOOD, meet the people - find out firsthand if you are #futuregryphon material!

"Everyone says to choose a university based on how you feel when you visit. I didn't believe it until I visited #UofG"Goodluck, and we hope UofG will be a part of your 2016. For some #MotivationThursday (that’s a thing, right?), listen to the wise words of our friend Dr. Seuss.

“You have brains in your head; you have feet in your shoes; you can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

OH, & checkout these fun-facts about UofG below!

#1 in Canada for overall student satisfaction.Best food on any Canadian university campus for 10 years.$26 million in scholarships given to students in 2014-2015.Most outstanding intramural programs.74 exchange programs in 36 countries200+ clubs and organizations


Posted: Monday, November 30, 2015 - 10:18

Today is December 1st, which not only means that your stomach is going to be filled with tasy treats for the next month, but it is also Giving Tuesday.

Ah, but what is this ‘Giving Tuesday’ we speak of? Well, just as December sparks the opening of the holiday season, Giving Tuesday sparks the opening of the ‘giving season’. It aims to shift our focus from consumerism to charity, and seeks to promote the support of charitable causes around this feel-good time of year. Check out the GivingTuesday Canada youtube video to get you hyped!

Last year, the City of Guelph launched a ‘Guelph Gives’ campaign to see if Guelph could live up to its reputation as Canada’s most generous city. Without surprise, the people within Guelph (aka Guelphites) surpassed expectations and gave a total of $1.2million back to the community, in addition to the thousands of volunteer hours, pounds of food/clothing collected and volunteer projects launched.

To follow this incredible example, the University of Guelph has launched its own #UofGGives campaign! Today, you will have the opportunity to support some uniquely innovative and inspirational UofG projects through a crowdfunding website. On this platform, you will find details, goal descriptions and donation impact on 10 small initiatives that are underway at the university. Cruise to the website now, and check everything out for yourself!

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UofG is encouraging individuals to invest in something that has the potential to bring change, help and hope to not only local communities, but those around the world.

Catch you on the giving side.




Listen to Your "Art"

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 11:02

To switch gears from the last few articles that had an EXCITING engineering and science focus; let’s tap into everyone’s creative, expressive and artistic senses by detailing a few of our Bachelor of Art degree programs!

Are the arts for you? Sure, you may be thinking, “wow, my stick man drawing could arguably be passed off as a child’s”, or “if someone heard me singing in the shower, they may or may not think it’s a dying squirrel.” But, here’s some enlightenment:
Quote: the artist is not a special kind of person; rather, each person is a special kindo of artist.

So, while you might not think you’re an ‘artist’, well…you are.

While UofG’s Bachelor of Arts degree provides you with 25 choices that span the arts, social sciences and humanities, this article is going to focus on 3 unique majors: Studio Art, Theatre Studies and Music.


Okay, your vocal talents are questionable and pursuing your dream of becoming the next Adele or Ed Sheeran might be slightly out of reach. But, maybe you’re an absolute boss on a piano or a…cello! Our Music program differentiates itself on the premise of having a very interdisciplinary approach. Auditions are not required for admission; so if playing an instrument or having serious vocals are just hobbies for you, but you’re interested in the foundation of music, its principles, history, literature and cultural contexts, a B.A. in Music is a great fit!

The School of Fine Arts and Music has also enhanced their facilities to incorporate learning in the digital technology realm. Wherever your musical interests lie, from striving for a career in Music marketing to DJ’ing alongside Calvin Harris, you can be sure this degree will cater to them with its distinctive approach to analytical and practical training across the entire music spectrum.

Studio Art

The Studio Art major at UofG is the third largest studio program in Ontario, and exposes you to a diverse range of artist techniques and collections, alongside giving you access to one of the most significant galleries in Canada: the Art Gallery of Guelph and its associated Sculpture Park. Think back to that stick man you claim is unrecognizable; well, drawing may not be your forte, but your hands can do wonders with clay, metal or even a paintbrush. Art can be anywhere and anything; it’s what you can make others see.

Similar to Music, UofG emphasizes the combination of both hands-on and conceptual learning, to ensure that students have an art theory and criticism background to apply to their media in the studio. The focused and small-class approach will enable you to engage with your professors, connect with peers and to explore a range of career paths. Still value the use of a camera, and not a smartphone, for that #SundaySelfie? Come & show us your photographic eye in the Studio Art major at UofG!

Theatre Studies

“Everyone tries everything…A student can be working as an actor one semester, hammering nails the next and sewing on buttons the semester after that.” – Denis Hunealt-Joffre, Wardrobe Head and Instructor

Our School of English & Theatre Studies requires students to experience all areas of a theatre production, from directing, acting, costume design, screenwriting, to dramatic literature, theatre history and theory. From this, you can understand why UofG’s Theatre Studies major is recognized internationally and attracts reputable faculty, much like Hunealt-Joffre noted above.

Hunealt-Joffre is the man who seeks to understand a plays’ characters in order to design costumes that give those characters an identity. He helps students learn how to alter garments or re-purpose old costumes in the “biggest closet on campus”. Before coming to UofG, he was the designer at the Toronto Dance Theatre for 14 years!

With a special interest in drama and Canadian theatre, our Theatre Studies program will lead you into the world of poise, confidence, collaboration and communication. Even if stepping on stage immediately makes you sweat and somehow become a mute, the workers behind the curtain are just as important; if not more!


Say music is just a hobby for you, but you don’t want to abandon that hobby when you come to university. This is where you can consider a minor! Most of the degree programs at Guelph allow you to take a minor, and both Music & Theatre Studies along with an extensive list of others, are offered as such. So, maybe you want to combine Studio Art & Music (which, WOW, we applaud your talent), or, go outside of the box and major in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Theatre Studies…we LOVE it!

Until next time…
Dog pointing at you with the caption "who's awesome? you're awesome!"

11 Ways UofG Can Make You Smile in a Day

Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 13:52

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

The canon painted in the France flag colors.

He feels what the world feels! Our cannon is a platform for expression and awareness.

2. When a puppy

kisses your hand.

Two puppies playing.

It’s impossible to not light up around animals.

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

The double helix with a pair of jeans on it. The caption is 'designer genes'.

This is gold. HOW CAN YOU NOT LAUGH?

4. When the Library motivates you to study.

A hershey kiss with a note that says don't let school stress get you down, have a kiss from one gryphon to another.

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.

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.

Halloween treats prepared by hospitality services.

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.

Picture of the University Centre courtyard with vendor booths throughout.

Something is ALWAYS 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!  

8. When the ‘Gryphon’ spirit is thriving.

A group of students running in the snow, holding snow balls, preparing for a snow ball fight. The student in the front is running with a Gryphon flag.

You’ll undoubtedly come across fellow gryphons promoting one of the many athletic teams or events (i.e. the Mitchell bowl this past weekend!), Gryph himself, or a casual & friendly “gryphon-esk” snowball fight.

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'll be engaged in culture with students from more than 100 countries! That's pretty cool.

10. When you stroll through the arboretum.

Snow covered trea with sunlight.

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 a person smiling as they open the door for you, that person who bought you a coffee last week, or even, that guy with the most epic "Movember" mustache who caught you mid-air before you faceplanted on the ice. The struggle on black-ice is REAL.

Math Is A Really Cool Thing

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015 - 11:47

School of Rock…anyone? To refresh your memory, here is Jack Black reminding you how wonderful Math is.

OH! Speaking of Math, next year, UofG is releasing a brand new major: Mathematical Science.

Today, mathematicians and statisticians find careers in a variety of fields, from a software developer to a public health analyst. There will always be need for graduates who can interpret data and information, and use these skills to solve industry related problems or make informed decisions.

With this in mind, what does our Mathematical Science major look like, and how can it turn you into the next Sheldon Cooper? Bazinga!

First & foremost, this major is ideal for students who:

  1. Love Mathematics & Statistics
  2. Can visualize applying these to real-world situations
  3. Would like to explore interests in field beyond Mathematics & Statistics
  4. Desire flexibility to achieve personal goals!

Program Breakdown

Step 1: Choose Your Degree

Mathematical Science is offered as both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree. The difference between the two is the types of science applied; selecting the Bachelor of Science degree will have you studying not only the required math courses (calculus, advanced functions, algebra), but also your core sciences (chemistry, physics, biology etc.). Can you picture yourself becoming a Forensic Analyst, Environmental Scientist or perhaps a Climatologist?

In contrast, the Bachelor of Arts applies mathematic principles to the social or human sciences (economics/business, sociology, philosophy, computer science etc.). As a graduate, you could find yourself in the Market Research field, or even sparking your inner creativity as a Digital Artist.   

Step 2: Choose a Stream

Once you’ve selected your degree, you’ll decide whether you want to drive the ‘Mathematics’  or ‘Statistics’ train. The statistics track will lead you to the realm of variability, probability and uncertainty, while all roads lead to certainty, rationality and facts on the mathematics track.  

Step 3: Choose an Area of Emphasis

The Bachelor of Science degree allows you to select from 7 areas of emphasis:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomathematical or Biostatistical Modelling
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Energy and Mass Transfer
  • Electricity and Systems
  • Signal Processing

Or, you can choose 1 of 2 areas of emphasis in the Bachelor of Arts degree:

  • Computer Science
  • Economics

Both degrees also give you the opportunity to ‘create your own’ area of emphasis! Once at UofG, you will sit down and chat with your Academic Advisor to discuss your interests and how you can personalize the degree to cater to them.

Furthering the point made above, the Mathematical Science major emphasizes flexibility! Its main goal is to make it as interesting and rewarding as possible, based on what you want out of your university experience! And, well, because we all love a little π in our life - pecan, preferably.

If this article has peaked your interest, cruise over to the Mathematical Science program page for some more EXCITING details.

11 Tips to Help You Find Your ‘Home’

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 15:31

We get it; trying to decide where you want to spend the next 3+ years of your life is nerve racking! And as much as we’d love to see ALL of your beautiful faces here at UofG, we also emphasize the importance of finding a university that is the perfect fit for you

We’ve broken down the process of narrowing your choices into 3 categories: the landscape, the school, and ‘you’.

The Landscape

1. Going the Distance

Are you a home-body? Can’t imagine not being able to go home on weekends to get that home-cooked meal, or let’s face it, your laundry done? The distance from home to the school is the first factor you should be considering. If you don’t want to go more than, say, two hours away, then your radius of schools has just become that much smaller! And, if you’re without a vehicle, how is the transit to & from home, and throughout the city?

2. Location, location, location!

Location is key! Do you want to live in a city that never sleeps, or instead, be surrounded by trees and fields? In a broader sense, what city(ies) town(s) are a quick commute away? Break out that paper map dad has tucked behind the front seat of the car, and get a feel for where each school is.

3. “Size” It Up

Similar to location, this is based on personal preference. Are you from a small town, and would prefer that type of atmosphere in the area where you go to school? It all depends on whether you would like one Starbucks in walking distance of your home, or 3…………or 6.

4. Research Things to Do, See & Hear

You’re not visiting; this is where you’ll be living! Though those lazy Sunday’s are inevitable, activities are necessary Monday through Saturday (in between study sessions & class, of course). Read up on the culture, vibrancy, events, social scene, shops, restaurants, hiking (nature lovers), recreational & competitive sport leagues, gyms and so forth, in the area. Town doesn’t have a bowling alley? Scratch it.

The School

5. eInfo: Look it up!

This online platform has it all, friends! Compiled by those liaison representatives who have been in & out of your school throughout the semester, it provides information about university programs, admission requirements, financial information and more. It is updated throughout the application season; so it is an ideal starting point for researching schools. This tool will help you finalize a list of the most suitable schools that fit what you’re looking for, your budget and what requirements you meet.  

6. Experience the Campus & Facilities

This can’t be stressed enough; you need to visit the schools you’re interested in. Each school has its own unique atmosphere and ‘feeling’. That feeling is what will either draw you in, or push you away; despite how it looks in the handbook! When you walk around campus, you’ll see the facilities where your classes will be, the residences, and program buildings. Ultimately, you will experience a ‘day in the life of’ a student at that university. 

7. Did We Just Become Best Friends?

While you’re on campus, make an effort to spark a conversation with someone, or a few people, and see if you can ‘picture’ yourself amongst them. Each university draws in unique and fantastic communities; all with their own positive traits! You will have to decide which community pulls at your heart strings the most.

8. Where Do They Stand?

The schools’ reputation, accomplishments and research are great indicators of the quality of education, student life, campus atmosphere and faculty/staff. You can explore some of the schools’ rankings, subject areas and profiles on the Top Universities website!

9. Potential Courses & Topic Areas

Once you’ve nailed down some majors that interest you; begin looking at the schools’ program calendars. The key here is going beyond first year courses! First-year will be relatively general at most universities, and across a variety of majors. Instead, what types of courses are you required to take in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year? What types of electives are offered and do you have the flexibility to take some? These specifics will differ depending on the program and the school.

10. Get in My belly

Because, well, food; your taste buds deserve to be loved. When you’re doing research, look at the type(s) of food throughout campus or within walking distance. This could make or break that school for you, especially since moms’ lasagna will be out of reach. 

Your, Yourself & You

11. Get to know ‘You’

This final category and tip is the most important, because in the end, your decision rests on what you value and where you can see yourself for the next 4 (or so) years. The conclusions drawn from the tips listed here will differ for everyone; you want to live in a fast-paced, vibrant, cultural, large city, while she wants a small campus, lots of open space and close-knit community. Or, you want home to be a hop-skip-and-a-jump away, while she wants to ship cross country and start fresh somewhere new.  

Spend some time with yourself, and truly understand who you are, your learning style, your personality and what school characteristics will give you the best experience for you. Am I placing enough emphasis on “you”? Before you begin any research and dive into the tips above, remember that you are the starting point and finish line.

UofG wishes you the best of luck!

Trust Me, I'm an Engineer

Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015 - 10:04

With Science and Engineering Sunday just 2 days away, and since we broke down the Bachelor of Science programs for you last week, it is also necessary to highlight U of G’s engineering programs! Is there a better way to get your blood flowing for Sunday? We think not.  

Even Bill Nye, arguably the most influential scientist who ever lived (am I right?), sums it up beautifully for us:

“There is nothing I believe more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.”

Cue Bill Nye theme song.

Our Engineering degree is broken down into 7 distinct majors, each one with its own focus, but still incorporating and utilizing elements from a variety of engineering disciplines. And though they all have their own core, a common theme throughout is U of G’s emphasis on design, collaboration and community when creating solutions to current and relatable problems impacting the world.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is the program that encompasses it all; any system that uses energy requires a mechanical engineer for its design and functionality. In this program, you will also designate an area of focus in 1 of 4 areas: energy, mechatronics, manufacturing or biomechanics. So, while you’ll be studying a very broad spectrum of engineering principles, you will be applying this to wherever your interest(s) lie. In essence, a Mechanical Engineering degree captures pieces of every engineering area (those programs listed below), but has a more ‘general’ focus than specifically ‘biomedical’ or ‘environmental’, for example. Though, you may end up in one of those fields upon graduation. Are you catching what I’m throwing out?

Biological vs. Biomedical Engineering

Biological Engineering brings together those Chemical, Mechanical, and Electrical engineering principles to understand the worlds’ most complex “machine”, a living organism. It is an interdisciplinary program, where you will analyze biological systems from food, to the environment, to pharmaceutical impact on humans. Your goal? Well, it could be to design technology that resembles the biology of living systems, or, to use engineering tools to create renewable bioenergy; the choice is yours.

Similar to Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering applies Chemical, Mechanical and Electrical aspects, but instead shifts its focus to the improvement of human health, specifically, in contrast to the the broader spectrum of all living things that is Biological Engineering. Innovation and design is applied to the health care industry (i.e. medical devices). This program is rooted in Leonardo Da Vinci’s quest to understand the human foot, to what he refers to as: “a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”

Environmental vs. Water Resource Engineering

Environmental engineers look at all environmental challenges impacting nature and its four elements: fire, water, air and earth. By enrolling in this program, you have a passion for everything ‘sustainability’, and seek to identify and prevent further degradation to our resources. Civil, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering will be applied to environmental concerns, with public health & safety in mind. You will save the world, one tree hug at a time. 

Though they love the world and the beauty it emulates, and may find other resources attractive, Water Resource Engineers are in a relationship with water. This major incorporates Environmental Engineering touchpoints, but specifically narrows in on creative solutions to protect groundwater, soil, wetlands, streams, lakes, rivers and oceans. Did you drink a glass of water today? You can thank a Water Resource Engineer for that…stay hydrated, kids!

Computing vs. Systems & Computing Engineering

Okay, two very different yet related programs. Let’s break them down.

Your Computer Engineer, let’s name him or her Erin, thrives off of modern computing systems; from supercomputers to cell phones, Erin designs the hardware and software components that makeup and run your computing device. They will further specify their exact area of emphasis deeper into the degree by either looking at electronics, microsystems, robotics (and AI), or software. Erin is the reason you can post that “throwback-Thursday”; #computerengineersknowwhatsup.

Austin, the Systems & Computing Engineer, looks at computational systems, software and hardware in a variety of devices, not just computers themselves. For example, Austin arrives home from work, pulls in the driveway, and uses a remote control to open his garage door. Guess what? He designed that remote’s microprocessor that automates the doors’ system, and eliminates the need for him/her to get out of the car, open the door manually, and then drive the car in. Austin: a creator of possibilities, ease of daily routine…and the robot that vacuums the house for you.

Bachelor of Engineering (in Computing or Systems & Computing) vs. Bachelor of Computing (in Computer Science or Software Engineering)

WHAT THE WHAT? Breathe friend, breathe. First, let’s distinguish between the two Bachelor of Computing degrees; Computer Science & Software Engineering. Christine, a Computer Science student, finds the theoretical aspects of computing so fascinating, specifically the code, algorithms, data structures and efficiency of devices. While her friend Dan who is studying Software Engineering, is more focused on the business side of software development. He emphasizes simplicity and intuitiveness when designing code and devices, is a team player and is your go-to guy when dealing with clients, public communications and managing engineering projects. Dan tells you what you need to do; Christine tells you how you can do it.

And to keep the difference between the two degrees (Computing and Engineering) very easy to understand; graduates from the Bachelor of Computing degree are the “brains” (develop programs, algorithms, theories), while Engineering graduates are the “skull” (design the devices, systems, hardware that encase the brains). Get it? Got it? Good.

Fun Fact Friday: the Engineering Building also just underwent a 50 million dollar expansion. Come and check it out for yourself on Sunday!

We know it’s all a bit much to take in! But, we hope this article helped you decide what program sessions you’ll want to attend at Science & Engineering Sunday (and hopefully apply for)! And, to relax you a bit, let’s cue the Bill Nye theme song again; because, that can never play too many times…

We Need to Talk...

Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 13:28

Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those “it’s not you, it’s me” talks, it’s more of a, “here’s a key to my apartment” talk(s).

At U of G, we recognize the importance of communication when building strong relationships. So, throughout the entire application process, we will be hosting ‘chats’ for you to connect with admission & recruitment counsellors, and ask any (and all) questions you might have! You will chat and get the answers you’ve been searching for in real-time.

The first chat will be tomorrow, November 12 from 7:00pm-9:00pm EST.  ‘Chat Season’ will run from November until mid-May, to ensure we are not only helping you get needed information about campus life, residences, admission requirements and other general, UofG information, but that we are also with you throughout your decision-making process. This is your education! Making the right choice for you is what’s most important to us.

Please go to our Online Chat page to access the chat, and to see our full schedule of sessions (in case you can’t make it tomorrow!).

Jot down your questions, do some hand yoga to limber up your typing fingers and put a smile on – we’ll talk to you soon!


UofG is Working on Fixing the Temporary Service Disruption!

Posted: Friday, November 6, 2015 - 16:21

For the past few hours, the University of Guelph server has been down. The University is diligently working on fixing this issue!

If you are in the midst of registering for Fall Preview Day, and are unable to complete the process, please keep trying! Or, we will just welcome you with open arms on Sunday.

Ah, but what would we do without the Internet?


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