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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.

Tips-Tuesday

Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:29

We answered some ‘super important’ questions for you last week, but we also know you have more pending questions as you apply & wait for that offer! Therefore, instead of Taco Tuesday, we’re throwing out ‘Tips-Tuesday’. Don’t worry – you can eat a taco while you read.

Tip #1: Remember that Cut-Offs are Estimates

The admission averages in the handbook are not exact! They are the average over the past 3 years, therefore, we can’t accurately tell you whether your current cumulative average will guarantee you acceptance. All you can do is strive to achieve the highest grades in the 6 pre-requisites required for your program of interest. Hard work. Dedication.

Tip #2: Be Confident in Your Choices

When applying through OUAC, ensure that you’ve ranked your program choices at UofG in order of preference! We only send out one offer. So, if you qualify for your first-choice, you will only be accepted into this program. You can change your mind, but we recommend doing that now before acceptances are sent out! Just to make life easy, you know?

Tip #3: Memorize the Schedule of Offers

UofG has 3 rounds of offers: late February (early acceptance), mid-March, and May. So, sit tight until February and don’t fret until May! We look at Grade 11 and any completed pre-requisite course grades in February, and Grade 12 first semester and mid-term grades in March & May. And remember, March 1 is the absolute deadline to apply! Don’t miss it!

Tip #4: We Can’t Predict the # of Students Accepted

We get a lot of questions asking us how many students are admitted into each program. This statistic differs, and varies, depending on the year and specific circumstances. UofG doesn’t have a firm ‘cap’ on its programs. It just…depends! Untie those knots in your stomach and finish eating that taco – we have room for you!

Tip #5: Apply to Scholarships

Though UofG gives out entrance scholarships that don’t require an application, others (that are worth a lot of money!) have an application deadline of January 25th. That’s NEXT week! Jump on it.

Tip #6: Stop Refreshing Your Email

UofG reps it old school and sends acceptances in a mail truck. Sure, you can spoil the surprise by checking OUAC – but wouldn’t it be more exciting to rip open an envelope while jumping on your bed like you’re four? NO ARGUMENT.

Happy Tips (we mean Taco) Tuesday!

A man speaking to  woman with a Taco on her head.

3 Answers To Super Important FAQs

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 08:57

After our chat on Tuesday, we wanted to compile for you the 3 more reocurring questions that were asked. Enjoy!

1. What makes UofG different from other universities?

Well tbh, we can’t speak about other schools since we really don’t know enough about them & the fact that most of our admission counsellors are UofG grads! What we can say is that Guelph is an incredibly special place. We’re proud of our supportive and caring community of students, professors, and staff and it’s this community that makes it feel like home! Also, the food. It really is that good...we can't stress it enough!

A little girl eating spaghetti.2. What is the SPF? When is it due? Is it required?

The SPF or Student Profile Form is a supplementary form to your application that allows you to list all of your work experience, extra curricular activities, volunteering, academic considerations, references, and so forth, allowing us to consider more than just your grades in admission. Though not required, we recommend all students fill one out just for extra supprt - you know? We only review it in our 3rd round of offers & only if your cumulative average is below the cut-off by a few percentage points. And chill, it isn't due until May 1st, so you got plenty-o-time. See the news article we posted a few weeks back for more Supplementary Forms that you might need to send in!

3. When can I expect an offer?

Whether you applied the first day of November or exactly on January 13, everyone will be considered for the first round of offers which goes out in February. And even though we're past the first deadline, keep applying kids! Our second round of offers goes out in late March, and then a final round in mid-May. Please keep cruising to OUAC for account updates as we don't send emails...we're old school. You'll receive a big 'CongratsPak' in the mail like it's 1999.

Chat With Me, Maybe?

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 15:10

If you were unaware, we in Admission Services have been running periodic online chats the past couple of months. These chats are an opportunity for YOU to get any & all of your questions regarding the admission process, degree programs and life at UofG answered.

With the application deadline being tomorrow for those wanting to be considered for early admission, we, being the natural boss’s we are, scheduled one for tonight! Just in the ‘nick-of-time’ to resolve any of your final concerns before you send off that application. AND, as incentive, we’re pretty fun to chat with…
A man playing with his straw in a drink, and saying "I mean, we chat online for like two hours every day. So I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious."

Tonight’s chat will be the last ‘General’ chat until March! Starting in two weeks, the chats will be program-specific, so be sure to check the schedule to see when your programs’ date is. In these ones, you will chat to students & staff within your program of interest and get all the specific nitty-gritty information. Please note that not all program dates have been confirmed yet, so keep checking back!

If you need some caffeine-inspired motivation to get you through the process (or the chat), watching this video might just do the trick without having to drink any.

Come on! HOW CUTE IS THAT? #stealingyourheartwithonecappaccino

You know this kid is going to be applying for early admission when it’s time for him to venture off to University; you should too!

“Thanks for stopping by!”

LOOKOUT! 2016 Has Arrived.

Posted: Friday, January 8, 2016 - 13:59

We’re back to it kids.

The application and document deadline, if you want to be considered for early admission, is next Wednesday, January 13th! We forgive you if you got caught up in the joy of the season and didn’t apply over the holidays – but this weekend is the perfect time to make UofG part of your 2016.

The first-round of offers will be shipping out mid-February, with a second round at the end of March and a final round in mid-May! So, if your mail box remains empty in February, keep smiling as we’re still sending acceptances for two more months.

Also, you might want to peek back at our article posted before the holidays on supplemental forms and documentation. Just so you don’t miss anything! 

AND, while you’re waiting for that big, beautiful CongratsPak to arrive, we suggest you checkout some of the unique places the city of Guelph has to offer! We highlighted a couple on our Tumblr page. Who wouldn’t want to throw axes or PET A DONKEY for… fun? You’d be crazy not to.

We hope everyone had an incredible holiday season, filled with love, laughter and…chocolate!

A man kissing chocolate.

U of G will be closed until January 4

Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 01:00

The University of Guelph will be closed for the holidays. We will reopen on Monday January 4.  Coverage on our social media channels will be sporadic throughout the holidays but we will try to maintain coverage as best we can.

We wish all of our prospective students the best of the holiday season and safe and happy new year!

What-'Supp' Forms

Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 11:04

When applying over the holidays, it’s a smart idea to also take a look at some of the Supplementary Forms and see if they either a) are required for your program or b) appeal to your needs! Ch-ch-check them out below.

Say Hello to the Student Profile Form

Concerned that your grades will not meet the estimated cut-off range for the program that you’re applying to? Fret no more! U of G encourages every student to fill out the SPF (more formally known as the Student Profile Form) that allows you to highlight extracurricular involvement, leadership activities or personal experiences that may be affecting your academic performance.

If your average falls within 5% of the cut-off, the SPF will be reviewed in May before the final round of offers. U of G is a huge advocate for students who are well-rounded and who take pride in community and school involvement; keep killing it!

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Accessible Education

In addition to the SPF, those students with a disability are encouraged to complete the Supplemental Information Form for Students with Disabilities. Our Student Accessibility Services works with students to thrive and experience university, academically and personally, without any barriers. We also suggest contacting the department to review your background and to see how U of G will cater to your needs. 

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Turfgrass Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

Because this diploma program is highly technical & intensive, it requires students to have a basic understanding of turf practices - on & off the field (work and academic experience). You will be required to detail why you chose turf, your industry experience, turf-involvement, skills, and to list references that will be contacted to verify information.

Pun: ‘So, you’re going into Turfgrass Management? I heard it’s a growing field!’

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Landscape Architecture Background Information Form (BIF)

Due to the competitiveness of U of G’s BLA program, we require additional information on each candidate for admission consideration. Things like reason for interest, skills and future aspirations will be questioned by the committee. But, always remember to keep calm and design on – we can’t wait to see where your imagination takes you.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Important Note: Previously, we also required students wishing to pursue Hotel & Food Administration or Tourism Management to fill out background information forms, but this has been suspended for the 2016 cycle! If you wish to include extra-curricular information beyond academics, please submit the SPF and we will take a peak.

Well friends, see you in 2016! Until then…

New Years Eve letters with fireworks in them.

4 Reasons to Apply to U of G over the Holidays

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2015 - 09:18

Applying to UofG over the holidays should be on your to-do list. So, put your feet up with some hot cocoa, and it's go time!

See reasons 1 to 4 below for some motivation.

#1 – Deadlines are sneaky!

Apply and submit your documents by January 13th – it is the deadline! Once the holidays are over, and 2016 rolls into sight, that date will be here quicker than you can say ‘gingerbread’.

#2 – ‘Treat Yourself’

Give yourself the ‘gift’ of university! We’re sure that the past few months have been hectic, and you’ve been working & studying with great determination. SO, what better way to reward yourself for your hard work than to start instilling excitement about your future?

#3 – TIME to Make U of G part of your 2016

Read, or re-read, our post about ‘Making U of G Part of Your 2016’. Next year is going to be a BIG one for you – and it should include the University of Guelph! Two weeks is a solid amount of time to nail down a degree and learn about all the ways U of G will ‘spice up your life’ next fall. We apologize if you now have Spice Girls stuck in your head…all…day.      

#4 – Food is Brain Power

FACT: Food = Energy - and with food always in abundance over the holidays, you’ll have SO much energy to use up. Why not focus it on applications? Or, if you end up on the couch from food-overload, then at least you’ll be in a comfortable position to open up OUAC, right?   

How to Apply

So, now that we’ve covered the who (you), what (apply), where (UofG) and when (holidays), the ‘how’ still hovers. The OUAC website provides very simple details and steps on how to apply. Canadian High School applicants complete the 101 Application, while the transfer or international students will complete the 105 Application. Select the appropriate application and you will find an instruction booklet that will be your guide!

Check out our Tumblr page for another short&sweet summary on applying the ‘right’ way that includes some Fun-Friday GIFs – we all need those in our life.  

To sign off, Gryph would like to wish everyone a happy holiday:

Gryphon wearing a santa hate with snow, holiday lights and snowflakes around him.

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