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Fact Fridays – Episode 4: Cribs Edition

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:20

Fact #1: We Cater to Who YOU Are

In order to be matched with a compatible roommate, your Residence Application will try to get to ‘know’ you. You will answer questions like, “Are you a morning or night person?”, “Where do you like to study?”, or “Does your room need to be tidy?”. The questions might not be the exact same as those, but will seek the same type of information.

In addition, you can also request special consideration based on medical, mental health issues or disabilities by filling out the Special Consideration Form on the housing website.

Fact #2: We Do Our Absolute Best To Give You What YOU Want!

UofG assigns housing based on a lottery system. Therefore, everyone who applies and submits their deposit by the deadline (June 1) will have an equal opportunity to get their preferred room and building. You can take a deep breath now!

On the application, you will specify four choices (room + building) in order of preference. If your first choice is full when we draw your number, we look at your second…and so on. We do our BEST to at least give you your preferred room type, even if it’s not in your building of choice.

Will Smith dancing.Fact #3: Living Learning Communities Are Open to Anyone

There are six Living Learning Communities, made up of 25-50 students with common interests. And what is the best thing EVER about these? You don’t have to be registered in a related academic program to apply. You just have to be interested in the theme!

Is volunteering in your blood? Leadership House is for YOU. Or, are you one to dive into different cultures around the world? You should checkout International House.

Fact #4: We’ve Got Your Clusters!

These are small groups of students who are enrolled in the same academic program! Each cluster will have a Cluster Leader who helps organize study groups and activities to support learning and living. They are located throughout South residence, Johnston Hall (North) and Lennox-Addington Halls (North).

Never fear! They are adjacent to other clusters/non-cluster sections of the residence, so you will still have the opportunity to meet people from other programs.

Fact #5: Residence Learning Communities Are Where YOU Want to Be

Students who decide to live in a Residence Learning Community, whether it be a Living Learning Community, an Academic Cluster or a Themed Learning Community (i.e. study intensive or alcohol free), perform on average 3% higher academically. The communities bring students together, through events and experiences, which helps in the transition from high school to university.

Fact #6: You Can Live With Your Best Pal

You can request to live with a specific roommate on the ‘MyHousing’ website after you have applied and paid your deposit. FUN FACT: they also have to request you, or you won’t be a considered a ‘match’.

Fact #7: What You Need is Always in Reach in South Residence

Laundry? Check. Food? Double check. Service desk? YEP. If you live in South Residence, you have access to all of these essentials without EVER having to leave the building. Take that winter!

Fact #8: Always Check Your @mail.uoguelph.ca Account, Especially in July!

If you apply and submit your deposit by the deadline (again, June 1), you will receive your residence assignments mid-July. Keep an eye out on your UofG email account!

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Fact Fridays – Episode 3: Financing Your Education

Posted: Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:41

Fact #1: UofG Gives FREE money for academic Achievement!

If you have an entrance average between %85 and %90, you will receive $2,000. AND, if you average is %90+, you will receive $3,000.

Also, let’s say you’re absolutely killing your final semester in high school and your average increases. UofG reconsiders you in May and July for entrance scholarships! Keep trekking!

A dog talking on the phone.Fact #2: If you’re in need, we got your back.

If you fill out the Financial Needs Assessment form by April 15 (that’s NEXT FRIDAY), you will be considered for entrance bursaries ranging in value from $500 to $30,000.

Fact #3: Putting in the effort can seriously ‘pay’ off.

Get it? ‘Pay’ off? We’re hilarious…

Okay. In addition to filling out the Financial Needs Assessment form, you’re encouraged to utilize the awards search to seek out any and ALL entrance awards that require an additional application. There are quite a few – so jump on it!

Fact #4: OSAP is your friend.

Applications for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) open in May! You must have your 2015 taxes filed in order to apply.

If you’re not eligible for OSAP, you can still check out (and apply for) the 30% off tuition grant that you will receive each semester throughout your studies!

Fact #5: We got JOBS!  

UofG offers a work-study program that caters to those in financial need. If you’re eligible for OSAP, you can apply to this program which will place you in a position on-campus! You could be: an office assistant, event manager, lifeguard, research assistant and MORE!

In addition to this program, the university also encourages students to apply for part-time jobs (on or off-campus). You do not need to demonstrate financial need to apply for a part-time position. This is for anyone! On-campus positions can be for hospitality services, the athletic centre, the library or in a research field.

Because the university is centralized in the city of Guelph and our transit system is UNBEATABLE, there are a large variety of places you can apply to!

FUN FACT #6: In 2014-2015, UofG awarded $26.7 million in merit- and needs-based awards to eligible undergraduate students!

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You Say UofG. We Say Family.

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:47

When you ask a student what they love most about the University of Guelph, you will continuously hear this word “community”. The vibe around campus is that everyone feels cared for, welcome and appreciated. We’re family.

UG Stress Busters is an example of the campus community coming together! Every semester throughout exam time, the library puts on stress-buster events to support all students. From milk & cookies to hugs from Gryph, they’re bound to put a smile on your face.

New this semester was the Take a Paws event where students could register to cuddle St. John Ambulance Therapy puppies! WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT? We managed to sneak a few photos and videos in amongst our hearts melting and getting licked in the face…Best. Buster. Ever.

Two girls smiling and rubbing a dogs' head.A grey and white dog starting directing at the camera.A beige dog staring into the eyes of a girl.A grey hound laying down with 3 hands petting him.2 girls a guy petting a small, long haired dog.A beige dog about to lick the face of a male. His tongue is out and the male is laughing. Book your spring campus tour today (Spring Tours begin May 2) and see for yourself what a special place this is!

Campus Day: 10 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Day

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 15:56

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

2. Visit Program Facilities and Labs

There are drop-in and guided tours of our program facilities, from the human anatomy lab (you don't want to miss THAT!) to the performance arts, to the science complex. Check the schedule to plan your day!

3. Attend a Presentation

There are presentations throughout the day that either connect to a facility tour, or are separate. Included in this are our Academic and Student Services information sessions, which are VERY popular. They are only offered once or twice during the day, so don't miss them kids.

Woman pointing and yelling 'yes, yes!'.4. Hop on a Tour

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

5. Fill Your Belly

We’re proud to hold the title for Best Campus Food in CANADA for the 11th YEAR! Don’t believe the hype? Have lunch at one of our on campus eateries like Creelman or our cruising food truck, the Gryph’n Grille! Your taste buds will thank you...

A dog hugging a hamburger saying "I love food more than I love people."6. Snap a Picture

We’ll be Snap-chatting the day (uofgadmssion - follow us!) and you should too! Send us your pictures and don’t forget to add one of UofG's filters!

7. Find Your Future Home

Visit one residence or visit them all. Drop-in residence tours are guided by current students, so the choice is YOURS!

A blonde woman snuggling into bed.8. Rep UofG

Want to show your love for UofG? The Bookstore is offering you 15% off your Guelph swag purchase when you show them your Open House booklet. CHA-CHING!

9. Get a Sneak Peek

If you happen to notice a lot of construction around campus, that’s because we’re getting two new buildings ready for September...just for YOU! We're building a brand new Athletics facility just past the current Athletics Centre. AND, we’re renovating the former all-girls residence, MacDonald Hall, into the new business home.

10. Get a Selfie with a Statue from the #StationaryCrew

@TheBeggingBear, @OldJeremiah, and @GryphonStatue...they’re all statues with big personalities on Twitter! Oh, and they love taking selfies.

A cell taking a picture of itself, with the caption "Cell-Fie"...we love science puns.

QUESTION: Why submit a Student Profile Form?

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 13:19

You pose the question; we have the answer!

A reminder that the Student Profile Form (SPF) is a supplemental form that allows you to highlight your life beyond academics, specifically, those extra-curriculars or life events that may have negatively affected your academic performance.

SO, why submit it you ask?

Little girl with blonde hair and pigtails looking very confused and shaking her head.Well, if your average falls within 5% of the estimated cut-off for your program, the SPF is where you highlight why you are below the cut-off. The SPFs will then be reviewed in May before the final round of offers; so put it any and all extenuating factors you can think of in it.

  • Are you bending-it-like-Beckham in soccer and training takes up a chunk of your time? Put it in the SPF!
  • Are you a natural-born leader and thrive off being involved in EVERYTHING? Put it in the SPF!
  • Were you sick this past year, which disrupted your studies? Put it in the SPF!

Note: if you have already received an alternate offer (congratulations #futuregryphon!), the SPF will not be used to consider you for your first choice, including co-op. But GET excited, you’re coming to Guelph!

If you haven’t received an offer of admission as of yet, we highly recommend that you fill out an SPF before May 1, 2016. Don’t wait, be ahead of the game kids!

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Fact Fridays, Episode 2: The Lowdown on DVM

Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 14:33

Fact #1: You do NOT have to do your undergrad at U of G or take a specific undergraduate program.

Friends! You can study at any accredited university, and take any major that interests you, as long as you complete the 8 prerequisite courses. These are:

  • 2 Biological Sciences
  • 1 Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics
  • 2 Humanities/Social Sciences (ethics, critical thinking, human behavior, social interaction)

There is not one program that is considered the best in terms of preparing you for DVM. If you achieve at least a 75% average in your last two full-time semesters, and have achieved at 75% in each of these 8 required courses, your application is of equal value to anyone else, at any other school, in any other program. Feeling better?  

Fact #2: Experience is about QUALITY not QUANTITY.

There is not a required amount of hours of animal/clinical experience to be considered for admission. The crucial aspect here is to ensure your experience gives you solid exposure to the veterinary field, that you develop strong connections for references and that you feel confident working in the field.

What do we mean by quality? You have experience working with different species (i.e. exotics, dogs, swine, cows) under a supervising veterinarian. This could be in a clinic, a lab, animal shelter, or government setting and does not include pet ownership! Yes, you love and spend hours with your cat daily…but this is not enough!

Jobs and volunteer experiences that strengthen your communication, organization and ‘people’ skills are also very important. Keep in mind that Canadian/U.S. experience is recommended.

A cat playing guitar.Fact #3: Grades are important…but so is experience. 

We’re going to keep this short and sweet.

  1. Your grades and the experience/references on your Background Information Form will determine whether you get one of the 200 interviews in the first-round of evaluation.
  2. In the second-round of evaluation, your experience (again) will help you nail the interview, and the information on your BIG is reviewed again.

From there, your academic performance determined 65% of your ranking, and your interview determined 35%.

Note: The MCAT is no longer required for applicants.

Fact #4: You can apply after 2 years of undergrad

Yes, this is true! You only have to complete two years (4 semesters) of full-time studies of your undergraduate degree to be considered for DVM. You may choose to complete your full degree or even go on to do a Master’s degree before applying. Wow, KILLING it! But this is not required (insert smiley emoji).

Fact #5: DVM admits 120 students each year

100 Canadian Undergraduate

15 International Undergraduate

5 Graduate.

Can I get a heyo? HEYOOOOOO.

A man yelling HEYO with his arm in the air.Fact #6: There are a variety of specializations you can pursue.   

In your 3rd year of the DVM program, you decide which ‘stream you want to pursue! Small animal? Check. Rural Commmunity Practice? YEP. Food Animal? You know it! Equine? Of course, everybody horses.  

The DVM program prepares you to work with a diverse range of animals (including exotics), it doesn’t limit you to one type. Your 4th year is clinical rotations, so you can schedule rotations in places that interest you. BUT, if you do have a passion for one species (i.e. gorillas) or field (i.e. radiology) and wish to specialize, it is suggested that you complete a residency or internship, though.

Fact 7: You have options after you gradate from DVM

Upon graduating, you will write your Licensing Exam which will ‘declare’ you a fully licensed vet! From there, you can either go into a) Clinical Practice, b) the Public Sector, c) complete a Residency for further specialization, or d) further your education (Master’s, PhD). Basically, you’ll be living the dream.

As a side note, if you’re interested in DVM, you should join the ‘Future Vets Club’ when you get to Guelph! They support and guide undergraduate students intending to apply to vet school by hosting information sessions, helping students find volunteer placements and providing a glimpse into the veterinary profession. Checkout their Facebook page right now!

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Tips Tuesday, Episode 4: How to be a BOSS in 1st year Math and Science

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 10:49

Tip #1: Drop into the Science Commons and Math&Stats Learning Centre

The Library has designated part of its third floor to Science and Math academic support! U of G simply gets it - these topics may not be everyone’s favorite or strength. But…we got you. The centres are staffed by Teaching Assistants and Graduate Students from different Science and Math fields, and are ready to help you ace everything.

Tip #2: Grab a Tutor!

U of G’s Tutoring At Guelph (TAG) program allows you to easily connect with tutors for the courses you need help with! You can decide how often you want to meet with them, when, and whether you want it to be one-on-one or within a group. If you don’t find a tutor right away, keep checking the TAG website, as tutors join throughout the semester.

Tip #3: Become Besties with Your Profs

Something a lot of students don’t take advantage of is their professor’s office hours! U of G professors are the best resource available to you, and they hold office hours each week specifically for you to be able to come and ask for help. We’re family!  

Tip #4: Attend Supported Learning Group (SLG) Sessions

SLG’s are peer-led study groups held weekly throughout the semester! They are mainly for those courses that challenge the majority of students, and provide you with the opportunity to work through course content, test knowledge prior to midterms/exams, and gain a better grasp on the material being taught.

The cast of Saved by the Bell in a circle putting their hands together and then putting them in the air!Tip #5: Live in a Cluster!

When you’re applying to residence, you can choose to live with other students who are in your program, along with a Cluster Leader who will have also taken some of the courses you will be! First-year students find this very helpful as you can study together, ask questions, share information, and will typically be on the same ‘schedule’. AND, students who live in a Residence Learning Community tend to perform, on average, 3% higher in their first semester! Heyoooo!

Simply choose the ‘Academic Cluster’ option on your residence application.

Tip #6: Find Study-Buddies

The final tip, but certainly one of the most important, is to step out of that comfort zone and meet other students in your courses! If you don’t live in a cluster, this is how you’ll be able to form study groups to learn course content, work through assignments and prepare for midterms/exams. Need help? Bring cookies to class, everyone likes cookies.
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The Next Round of Offers Includes “Alternate” Offers. What You Need To Know: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Co-op.

Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 13:44

1. If you applied to Biomedical Science or Human Kinetics…

…and are not admissible 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 consider 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. You can accept your current offer of admission to the alternate program, knowing that we will continue to consider your first choice program in our subsequent rounds of offers.
  3. 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!
  4. Don’t worry, changing your major in the fall will not affect how you choose your courses (Course Selection takes place May – July) because all first year Bachelor of Science students have to take the core science courses.

2. If you applied to Criminal Justice and Public Policy…

…and are not admissible in 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 consider 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. You can accept your current offer of admission to the alternate program, knowing that we will continue to consider your first choice program in our subsequent rounds of offers.
  3. 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!
  4. Don’t worry, changing your major in the fall will not affect how you choose your courses (Course Selection takes place May – July) because the Bachelor of Arts program gives first year students the flexibility to choose from a range of courses.

3. If you applied to co-op…

…and are not admissible 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 consider 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. You can accept your current offer of admission to the regular program, knowing that we will continue to reconsider your first choice program in our subsequent rounds of offers.
  3. 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.
Confusing? NOT ANYMORE! You're welcome friends!
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Please, Let Us Show You Around.

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2016 - 10:50

Just ONE more week until March Break, which means, March Break Tours at U of G! It may not be the ‘sunny south’ here on campus this time of year, but the university will still ‘warm’ your heart. See what I did there?
Bugs Bunny leaning on a fence with his heart pumping out of his chest.

March Break Tours run at 10:00am and 1:30pm daily from March 14 – 18! (Exception: March 17 - tours run only at 10am). Each tour will be two hours in length and will give you the opportunity to see our residences, lecture halls, labs, library, dining halls, campus environment and current athletic facilities. You’ll even catch a glimpse of the construction site of the new Athletic Center which will be ready for fall 2016. Be sure to reserve your spot on a tour…NOW!

Okay, so maybe you are cruising to the palm trees for March Break. Don’t you fret!

U of G still runs tours every Monday to Friday at 10:00am and 1:30pm, and select Saturdays at 1:30pm. This schedule will continue until April 8.

OR, you can plan to come visit us on Sunday, April 3 for Campus Day! This open house will also have campus tours, in addition to: academic information sessions, a student services and academic resource fair, residence drop-ins and facility tours, while providing you with the opportunity to speak with staff and students in your program of interest! Please follow the steps to register on the event page above. See you then, friends.

And on a final note…
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Tips Tuesday, Episode 3: Waiting for Offers!

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 15:59

Some more offers were sent out this week. Congratulations to all of the #futuregryphons out there! Woop!

But, for those of you who haven’t received an offer yet, this episode of Tips Tuesday should brighten your day!  

Tip #1: Waiting for an Offer is Worth IT!

We still have TWO rounds of offers left, and as our current gryphons say, not getting an offer in the first-round is just as exciting - it gives you the opportunity to explore more of what the University of Guelph has to offer!

Meet Jasmit, a current student at U of G in Bachelor of Science. This is what she has to say about waiting for her offer!
A photo of Jasmit, sitting in a car.“Waiting for an offer from University of Guelph was hard, but at the same time it was so worth it! I'm glad I got an offer during the 2nd round because it made me more excited as I had more time to research Guelph and actually visit the campus! I learned so much about my program, and that turned my attention more toward Guelph. Waiting also gave me something to look forward to. There's nothing like the feeling you get when you get accepted after waiting for so long! Trust me, I know. :) As I waited, I also communicated with Guelph through Twitter @UofGadmissions, which was super helpful because they answered all my questions and made me feel less stressed. Just remember, you're not different just because you weren't accepted earlier; it doesn't matter when you get accepted because at the end of the day, no one really cares about when you got the offer. To be honest, it's a great accomplishment to be accepted to U of G and you should all be proud you worked so hard! :)”

Tip #2: Follow us on Social

Connecting with us on our social media platforms is a fantastic way to stay informed and to get your questions answered. Especially while waiting for your offer! We’re also quite clever and hilarious…so you can count on us being entertaining.
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