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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…
Two men dancing excitedly with the words "It's Friday" written on the photo.

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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Make English Your Major and Study with Lawrence Hill!

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 16:09

U of G is thrilled to announce that Lawrence Hill, author of such books as The Book of Negroes and newly penned The Illegal, will be joining our School of English and Theatre Studies!

One of Canada’s most distinguished authors, he will teach creative writing as part of the English program starting in July. Just in time for your first semester, #futuregryphons! GET EXCITED.
Excited man banging long balloons together.Hill also holds a B.A in Economics and an M.A in Writing, honorary doctorates from 5 Canadian universities, and has been mentoring and teaching courses for many years! If that’s not enough, he’s also a member of the Order of Canada, and chairs the jury for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
 

“Lawrence Hill is a tremendous talent who has influenced our country’s literary and cultural history through his writing, public speaking and advocacy work. I am delighted that he is joining our University.” - President Franco Vaccarino.

“Lawrence Hill tackles complex issues. His focus on identity and belonging is particularly powerful, and he gets readers to think about and even challenge their own views and beliefs." - Don Bruce, Dean of the College of Arts. 

We’re so happy to have him join the rest of our amazing faculty in the School of English and Theatre Studies

Choose to major in English at the University of Guelph for your opportunity to study with one of Canada’s great authors - Lawrence Hill.

International Students Outside of Canada: This One’s for YOU!

Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 13:21

If you’re an international student applying to the University of Guelph, here are a few things to keep in mind, remember and start looking into!

Application Deadline

The deadline to submit your documents and applications is FAST approaching: March 1. That’s next Tuesday! We will consider applications submitted after March 1, but we can’t guarantee space in the program(s) you apply to. SO, we encourage you to submit everything by the deadline.

You’ll also want to review your country and program Admission Requirements to ensure you’re submitting all of the necessary documents properly.

Admission Decisions

International applications are unique! Each of your applications are reviewed and considered on an individual basis by our International Admissions Team. Therefore, we can’t give you an exact date on which you will hear from us regarding acceptance! It should take no longer than 3-4 weeks from the time you submit the last document needed for an admission decision.

Note: be sure to login to your WebAdvisor account to check-out the status of your application and for any missing documents.

Contact Information

If you’re having trouble with your application, or have any general questions regarding International recruitment and admissions, we would LOVE for you to get in touch with us.

For those students outside of Canada, please email intapps@uoguelph.ca after checking your WebAdvisor. You can also connect with us on Social Media, just follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr and let’s chat!

Things to Look Into

  1. LINK Program: this program connects new international students with current UofG students! It will definitely help ease the transition from your culture to Canadian culture, along with helping you become familiar with campus, university life, the city of Guelph, and other opportunities that are available to you. AND, you’ll make a new friend in the process!
  2. START International: this is a free orientation session for international students starting at UofG! It introduces you to the campus environment, resources available to you on campus that will help you socially and academically, and what experiences Guelph has to offer you. You can find more information on how and when to register on the Office of Intercultural Affairs website.
  3. The City of Guelph: while you will be spending most of your time on-campus, the beautiful city of Guelph is a place that you’ll also want to explore.

Tips from Current Students

“If you have the chance to come to Guelph, I really, really, strongly recommend to come and checkout this amazing campus, the amazing people; you’ll wake up every morning feeling excited to go to campus!” – Shahad Alkaldi, Saudi Arabia, Management Economics and Finance

“The major thing is to research the whole campus itself and the environment that you’re going to be in, before you come…Explore! Don’t just stay in your programs’ department, go into other things outside of campus, get involved!” – Jayson Jackson, Bermuda, Turfgrass Management

“For a new student who is applying to Guelph, the first piece of advice is to not be afraid to come here! A lot of people coming from a small place, or a new country, have doubts about where they’re going; if it’s going to be friendly, am I going to make friends, am I going to like the food? These are concerns that we all have, and Guelph honestly does this perfectly! They provide so many resources for students from other countries.” – Matthew Lee, Trinidad and Tobago, Psychology

“Open yourself up and know that things will be a little bit different, but it’s a fun difference! There’s exciting things to do, new people to meet, and you just make it your home.” – Sarah Hall, United States, OVC

“My only advice is don’t be scared! There are really a lot of people here who will help you.” – Nerissa Onggo, Indonesia, Food Sciences

UofG Rankings

If you didn’t already know that UofG is recognized as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, checkout out our University Rankings page to see how GREAT we are.
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UofG Fact Fridays: Episode 1

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 08:40

A few of you #futuregryphons have been inquiring about UofG’s stellar intramural program!

Fact #1: Our Intramural program ROCKS.

The Canadian Intramural Recreation Association awarded UofG the award for most outstanding intramural program for 7 years in a row!

Fact #2: We’ve got it all.

UofG has 17 intramural teams to choose from! Think your skills are pretty near Peyton Manning’s? Check out Flag Football and Snow Flag Football…let’s see what you’ve got. Or, we even have Inner Tube Waterpolo for those of you who like being in water and throwing things.

Fact #3: Say hello to NEW friends.

When signing up for an intramural team, you have 2 options:

  1. Create your own team! Grab a group of friends (your friends friends…and their friends), your residence floor, a group from one of your classes, or random individuals strolling down Wineguard walk…you’re the boss!
  2. Register as a “free agent” and you will be placed on any team in need of more players.

Fact #4: The cost is minimal.

If you sign up as a team, your captain will deposit $75 ($250 for Ice Hockey) that is refunded at the end of the season, unless your team gets ‘fined’ (i.e. misses more than 2 games). Registering as a free-agent? You will just pay $10 ($20 for Ice Hockey) up front! Bada-bing, bada-boom.

Fact #5: Intramurals are for EVERYONE.

Our Intramural program encourages all experience (skill) levels to participate. We have 5 levels of play:

  • Fun: for those players whose experience in the sport is minimal, but they are looking to have a little fun while trying something new.
  • Competitive: for those advanced/novice players who have a high knowledge and skill toward the sport, and who enjoy a competitive atmosphere! GO GET EM’.
  • A: similar to competitive – you’re a player who has advanced knowledge of the sport, seek competition and have previously played on an organized team
  • B: you enjoy a competitive and challenging environment and have experience in the sport, but your skills could use some fine-tuning
  • C: you want the best of both worlds – fun and competitive! You’re a player with some experience in the sport, but skills could see some improvement.

See? There’s something for all of you.

Fact #6: Things get real.

Each Intramural sport has a regular season and a playoff season! So, there’s definitely something to work towards. The winners of each season get standard ‘bragging rights’, a photo to keep forever and some serious t-shirts to wear with pride. On that note, I will leave you with this:

“Great moments come from great opportunities”. – Herb Brooks, Miracle
A little boy running to shoot a ball in a hoop and then falling.See you on the field (or ice, or pool, or court) in the Fall kids!

6 More Weeks of Winter? UofG Says No Problem!

Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 13:47

Winter tends to be everyone’s least favorite season, but we at UofG embrace it! We’ve got so many things to keep you warm & to help you love winter on campus.

1. Join a Club, Organization or Intramural Team

From our Student Government, the Rubik’s Cube Club and the Universities Fighting World Hunger organization, to playing on an Innertube Waterpolo team. Guelph is known for student involvement, volunteering and its intramural program; and the snow does not stop us!

2. Winter Stroll through the Arboretum

You can get your blood flowing by taking a nice long nature-walk through the Arboretum, which is beautiful in any season!
Arboretum in the winter.Photo by Owen Bjorgan, Arboretum Work Study Student

3. Warm-up at Creelman

Your stomach is your central heating system, no? We like to think so. Whenever UofG students need to beat the cold, they’re likely at Creelman ordering a stone-oven cooked pizza, or a home-cooked meal at Mom’s kitchen.

4. Activities in the UC

Aside from the delicious food cooking in the kitchen, there’s always something happening in the University Centre: local vendors selling merchandise or promoting an organization, students fundraising for a cause (and usually selling baked goods), free noon hour concerts, career fairs, poster sales and the list continues. You’re bound to see a lot of ‘life’ in this place.

5. Attend at Guest Lecture or Workshop

UofG invites a lot of cool people to come onto campus to talk about cool things. Isn’t that cool? These take place throughout every semester, not just the Winter! Just monitor Guelph’s schedule of events to see what interests you!

6. Cheer on the Gryphons

Our Gryphon Basketball, Hockey and Volleyball teams are out in full force during the winter months! You can definitely keep warm by catching some of the sweat on the sidelines, all while showing your red, black and gold spirit. It’s a win-win scenario!

7. Sunday Cinema: See a Movie at War Memorial

Each Sunday, UofG airs newly released films in the comfort of War Memorial Hall. Students can attend for just $3.00! Say what? Grab some friends, some treats and cozy up in the seats of one of the oldest, and most beautiful, buildings on campus.

8. Grab a Warm Beverage and Chill

So, while we often emphasize the tastiness that is Creelman Hall; the truth is, there are plenty of places on campus that surpass standards. Whether you’re grabbing a bite, needing a place to study, wanting to lounge or in desperate need of a hand-warmer (a.k.a. a latte), UofG will definitely have you saying “6 more weeks of winter? Who cares!”

Oh! And be sure to grab a sled of some sort, we hear the hill behind Lennox-Addington will help you get your ‘fix’ of tobogganing!
Dog and boy tobogganing

9 Things to do While Waiting for Your Offer from UofG

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2016 - 13:11

1. Research Your Future Home

Some things you #futuregryphons should be looking into NOW:

  • Residence: decide on which building/location/room-type you want, make note of it, then when you’re accepted – APPLY!
  • Clubs/Organizations: UofG has so many opportunities for you be involved on campus; from Student Councils to a Games Club to becoming a Peer Helper. Check out our Central Students’ Association to see what piques your interests.
  • Athletics: did you know that UofG has been awarded the most outstanding intramural program for the past 7 years? Read up on all of the sports offered on the Gryphons homepage, along with gathering some information on varsity sports, our NEW athletic facilities (coming Fall 2016), and any fitness clubs/classes you could become a part of.
  • City of Guelph: this is key! Even though the majority of your time will be spent on campus, the city of Guelph has SO much to offer

2. Take a Stroll Through Campus

Why not take a tour, or spend some time getting to know UofG? You’ll be spending the next 3-5 years of your life here; come and give the campus some love.

3. Apply to Scholarships

While entrance scholarships are given based on your average, there are other bursaries and scholarships that require applications. Look in your community or dive into some research about what scholarships beyond UofG you might be eligible for.

4. Warm-Up Your Tastebuds

Hamburger made at Creelman hall.

It’s true that your mouth and stomach are going to be very happy when you come to UofG. So, while you’re visiting, check out what all of the hype is about at one of our many places to eat on campus.

5. Participate in a UofG Chat

Program chats are underway! Review the 2016 Chat Schedule to see when your programs’ chat is, or when the next General chat is taking place. We got your back!

6. Fill Out the SPF

Though it isn’t mandatory, the Student Profile Form is an excellent tool for you to highlight any extra-curriculars or other circumstances that may have impacted your grades. Step ahead of the game and fill it out!

7. Focus on Your Studies

We KNOW that university acceptances are super exciting, we’ve been there! But, it’s also so important to keep your head in the books and rock your final semester courses. You’re almost at the finish line, keep trekking!

8. Laugh a Little

You’ve applied to universities, first semester’s exams are done and you’re almost through your 4 years of high school; you deserve to smile! Watch a funny movie, get together with your funniest pal, or simply, do something that gives you good vibes. Be proud of yourself, kids!

9. Review our Admissions Plan

In all seriousness, memorizing UofG’s Admissions Plan is what all of you need to be doing!

Don’t be like this guy…
Man laying on a couch waiting and scratching his head.Be productive! Your time is coming!

UofG has 3 Rounds of Offers!

Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 12:00

February (shipping out THIS week!)

The First Round is for you if:

  • You have Grade 11 finals and completed Grade 12 finals that make up your TOP SIX REQUIRED courses
  • Note: we will not use Fall 2015 semester finals… we won’t have them yet!
  • Your average exceeds the estimated cut-off range (this varies by program)

Second Round: March

The Second Round is for you if:

  • You have completed Grade 12 finals from the Fall 2015 semester (these will be supplemented, if necessary, with Grade 11 Finals) that make up your TOP SIX REQUIRED courses
  • If you don’t receive an offer in this second round, MAKE SURE you complete a Student Profile Form by May 1

Third Round: May

The Third Round is for you if:

  • You have completed Grade 12 finals from the Fall 2015 semester, and completed Grade 12 midterms from the Winter 2016 semester that make up your TOP SIX REQUIRED courses
  • We will consider your application and review your SPF in May if your average is below the estimated cut-off (within 5% but over 75%)

Some things to keep in mind:

  1. Estimated cut-off ranges are based on the admission averages from the previous three years of admitted students and are just point of reference!
  2. We will look at the cumulative average of the 6 courses to make up your admission average.
  3. You may get an Alternate Offer in rounds 1 or 2. An Alternate Offer is when you don't meet the requirements to your program of choice, 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.

We're so excited!

Excited baby with his mouth open.

Tips Tuesday, Episode 2: Program Chats

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 16:06

Just when you thought UofG couldn’t get any better – we’re throwing out program-specific chats! In contrast to the previous ‘general’ chats, these are designed with you in mind and to focus on one program per chat. The individuals within the chat room will be staff, faculty & students from that program, all excited to personally interact with each of you.

The program chats start on Thursday, with Bachelor of Science being lucky number one! Check out the chat schedule to see when your program of interests’ chat is taking place.

The following tips should help you gear up for your chat!

Tip #1: Prepare a List of Questions

There’s nothing worse than showing up to a chatroom and drawing a blank on what questions you want answers to - and then remembering what you wanted to ask after the chat has closed. Preparation is key kids! Sit down with your writing instrument of choice (pen, pencil, crayon, chalk, feather & ink…) and make a list of 3-5 things you’re curious about with regards to your program.

Tip#2: Remember, Cutoffs Are Still Unknown!

Even though this chat is specific to the program you applied (or are going to apply) to, the questions regarding cutoffs for each major, or likelihood of acceptance, can’t be answered. It’s like showing us your archery skills and asking us whether you’ll be the next Katniss Everdeen or Drake when you bust some stellar ‘Hotline Bling’ dance moves…it’s possible, but we can only make assumptions.

Tip #3: Inquire About MORE Than Just Academics

Sure, asking about specific courses, projects, professors, labs and in-class experiences are definite good-to-knows, but what about clubs, program-buildings, extracurriculars, volunteer opportunities and student life? You’re going to be chatting with students directly involved in your program! This is your opportunity to really ‘get to know’ UofG and learn about those things not in the handbook or on our website; the things that are unique to those Guelph students in Science, Commerce, Art, Engineering and so forth. They’re the experts!

See you in the chatroom!
Leonardo DiCaprio waving.

Telethoners: The Real MVPs

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2016 - 09:30

It’s less than a week until UofG’s annual telethon kicks into gear. AND, it’s Friday!

What is this “telethon” we speak of? A student from the program you applied to will be calling to speak to you one-on-one about program and campus information, and to give you the opportunity to ask any & all questions that you haven’t found an answer for.  

Jimmy Fallon talking on the phone during a Telethon skit.Just the same as UofG makes their offers, we go old school to personalize the application process by calling, YES calling (not texting, tweeting, facebooking, tumblr’ing, snapping, insta-ing, or youtube-ing), to open up that line of personal communication for our applicants.

The telethoners will be calling beginning next Thursday, January 28th from 5:00-9:00pm, Monday to Thursday. They will also be calling Saturdays & Sundays from 11:00am-5:00pm. Don't expect your phone to ring on Fridays, or on UofG's reading week which is from February 15th-19th.

To help you prepare and to avoid you being caught off-guard while you’re deep into Netflix…uh, we mean studying…here are some example questions to get you thinking about what to ask your telethoner!

Residence

  • 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?

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?

Academics

  • 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 recommendations? 

Remember that our telethoners cannot answer admission specific questions (i.e. whether you'll be accepted, if your marks are good enough, when you'll hear from us, and so forth).

Sidenote: be sure to thank that telethoner who put in their time to help you feel more confident about this next phase of your life! As the title says – they are true MVPs, and represent the entire, empathetic community here at Guelph. We know – we’re kind of a big deal.
Dwayne Johnson clapping.

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