U of G Will Be Closed Until January 3

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 14:26

The University of Guelph will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 22, at 4:30 pm EST. We will reopen on Tuesday January 3.  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!


Early Admission Offers

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:46

The University of Guelph has released an early round of admission offers to a small number of applicants for the 2017 year.

The offers extended in this early round were to students who presented complete grade data and whose averages were significantly higher than the estimated cut-off ranges.

We will continue to re-assess all applicants throughout the cycle as we receive additional grade data.

We anticipate that the next round of offers will be made as scheduled, in late January and into February. For more information on our offer schedule how we calculate your admission average, please see our Admission Plan.

Applicants can check their OUAC account for the status of their application.

Facts Friday – Episode 4: So You Think You Know Business @ Guelph?

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2016 - 07:00

Fact #1: NEW Digs

If you haven't heard, Business @ Guelph has a new home! Macdonald Hall, formerly our all-girls residence, was transformed, modernized, updated, converted, renovated, revolutionized...whatever you want to call it, into the College of Business and Economics

It's got some pretty cool features, including:

  • Transformational and modern classrooms
  • Dozens of small "break out" rooms for study sessions and presenations
  • Tons of work and collaboration space (teamwork to make the dreamwork)
  • Snack stand with Fair Trade coffee (cure the hanger)
Welcome home future #uofgbusiness gryphons! 

Han Solo saying to Chewie "Chewie, we're home."

Fact #2: One Degree, 9 Majors to Choose From

  • Accounting
  • Food and Agricultural Business
  • Management Economics and Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Real Estate and Housing
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Management
  • Public Management
  • Undeclared
We. Got. It. All. 
A woman yelling "make good choices."

Fact #3: Co-op is Definitely an Option!   

Co-op is offered in all of our programs except Leadership and Organizational Management. Get a degree, gain relevant work experience, get paid and build professional networks all within your time here at Guelph!

Betty White dancing.

Learn more about Co-op from this article we posted a few weeks ago. 

Fact #4: We’ve Got It All Mapped Out For You, With a Bit of Flexibility!

We take a unique approach to business education.

You’ll learn the essential skills and knowledge of business management in your first year, giving you a solid foundation for your years ahead. In your second year, you’ll start to specialize within your chosen major.

In years 3 and 4, you will diversify your studies through electives, certificates and minors. You'll even network with professionals who are currently working within your industry. The end result? A seamless transition into the workforce.
A man and woman high fiving.

Fact #5: CBaSE – Centre for Business and Student Enterprise

Want to take control of your education? Gain rich work experience? Learn new skills? CBaSE will help you do all that and then some! CBaSE empowers students to become a new generation of business leaders.

Apply your business knowledge to a real business (and earn credit for it). Start your own business with our resources, advice and support. Or apply for funding to attend or host industry related competitions, conferences and events.

Whatever it is, let CBaSE show you how to make your business education work for you.
A man clenching his fist in excitement.

#tourguidethoughts: Jessie

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 13:43

Jessica Kennedy.

Name:  Jessie Kennedy

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science, Major: Child, Youth and Family Studies, Minor: Psychology

Tour Guide Year: 1st

Coolest thing about your program?

One of the greatest aspects about my program is having the opportunity to complete two placements. It provides you with the opportunity to apply what you are learning in class to a real life setting.

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

I am extremely passionate about the University of Guelph and wanted the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience about the school to prospective students.

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide?

The best thing that I have experienced while being a tour guide is having a student tell me that I convinced them that Guelph was the school for them! Knowing that I played a part in a student’s decision to attend Guelph is a great feeling!

BEST spot on campus? Why?

Johnston Green during the Fall season! Perfect spot to study between classes and admire all of the colours on the leaves.

Why should students come for a tour?

Being on a campus tour gives you the best preview of the University of Guelph and lets you see students in action between classes.

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

Come visit us at the University of Guelph to receive a handbook and come on a tour! Ask lots of questions on how to get the best experience at Guelph.

Want to Chat? Join us online TODAY!

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:07

Have you already applied to the University of Guelph for Fall 2017? Wondering what happens next? Maybe you’re not sure what program or major is best suited to you. Or, perhaps you’re just curious about what life at UofG is really like. 

If you can relate to any of these scenarios, we’ve got a few chats happening this Thursday that will help set your mind at ease!  

For International students, we’ve got a Facebook Live chat scheduled from 8:30 am – 10:15 am EST. Just “Like” us on Facebook to watch the live chat and ask us your questions.

Later in the day, we invite all #futuregryphons to join us for an online chat. We’ll have Admission Services staff and former students available from 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST to chat with each of you about any questions you might have.  Whether you want to know about the application process, life on campus, or the many awesome programs we have on offer, we’ll have you covered.

For more information, upcoming chat dates, and to access the online chat portal, just visit

Happy chatting!

Fact Fridays - Episode 3: Landscape Architecture at UofG

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2016 - 16:13

Fact #1: BLA Background Information Form (BIF) is due March 1

The BLA BIF allows our admission team to get to know more about you than just what your final mark was in English. This is your opportunity to tell us about why you’re so interested in landscape architecture, what relevant skills or experience you may have, and what you envision yourself doing with a BLA.

Submitting a completed BLA BIF prior to the March 1 deadline is required for anyone applying to BLA. Our advice?  Review it NOW and complete and submit it well in advance of the deadline. Better safe than sorry, right?


Fact #2: Offers of Admission

This is news you may not be happy to hear, but we need to tell you anyway. Offers to the BLA program will ONLY be made to students in our 3rd admission round, sometime in early-mid May.

Fact #3: Course Selection

Do you love it when things are all planned out for you? Well, in that case, you’re going to LOVE being a BLA student at Guelph!

Unlike some programs, the BLA is very structured. While students do get to choose an elective in some semesters, the hard job of mapping out your courses for your degree has pretty much been done for you in this program. You’re welcome. 

Check out the Undergraduate Calendar for a look at what courses you could be taking!

Fact #3: We’re One of a Kind!

Did you know that Landscape Architecture is the only accredited BLA program of its kind in Canada? Now you do!

Fact #4: Field trips!

Field trips are an important part of many of the courses in BLA. Participation in most of these excursions is usually mandatory, but you’ll be made aware of the dates, destinations and costs well in advance.

Fact #5: Incredible Internship and Exchange Opportunities

Remember back in Fact #3 where we told you to check out the Undergraduate Calendar? Well, for those who already did that, you may have noticed that in semester 6, each BLA student gets to choose how and where they'll spend their time.

Option 1: 2.00 elective credits 

Option 2: LARC*4620 – Internship in Landscape Architecture

Option 3: Exchange Program (can be combined with Option 1 to complete electives abroad)

Those are some pretty exciting options, right? 

The goal of the Internship in Landscape Architecture is to provide students a paid office learning opportunity for academic credit under professional supervision. Each internship must be conducted under a licensed landscape architect, or a member in good standing of a provincial or state association.

For those interested in travelling abroad, the Exchange Program  offers students the chance to attend one of over 100 partner institutions – 22 which offer courses in Landscape Architecture -  in over 30 countries! You choose whether you'll continue to study Landscape Architecture while you're on exchange, or take elective courses to broaden the scope of your studies.

Fact #6: Credentials

Our BLA program is accredited by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), and accreditation is recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Fact #7: Our Grads Are In Demand!

Our reputation across Canada and the world is very good, which translates to grads of Guelph’s BLA program being in high demand by employers.

About 50% of each year’s graduates enter private practice and consulting with design and planning firms. Others choose to work for municipal, provincial or federal employers, such as City of Toronto urban design department, Mississauga Parks department, B.C. National Resources, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the National Capitol Commission, and Transport Canada.

Several of our recent grads are currently working in places such as Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, China, Iceland, and throughout the US, and Europe.



#tourguidethoughts: Sasha

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 14:46

Sasha Monteiro

Name: Sasha Monteiro     

Program: Biomedical Science    

Tour Guide Year: Two      

Coolest thing about your program?

I think by far the coolest thing about my program was being part of the third year anatomy lab where I got to dissect a human cadaver. Yes…. it is your third year and you do have to wait a while, but it is so worth it!

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

As corny as it sounds, I enjoyed my tour in my grade 12 year. I had no idea where I wanted to go and coming to Guelph’s campus and meeting my tour guide, who was so friendly, just lessened my nerves. Now I am in my fourth year and as I walk around campus I spot new places every day, whether its places to study or just hang out. Being a tour guide allows me to share these places and facts with prospective students. Hopefully they leave as excited as I was!

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? Or, what is your favourite thing about being a tour guide?

I enjoy touring the eager prospective students who have many questions about my experience being a Guelph student. The best feeling is ending a tour and seeing that lightbulb go off in that students face that Guelph is the right place for them.

BEST spot on campus? Why?

The best spot on campus in my opinion is Johnston Green in the fall. It’s such a great view of how green our campus is! You can see a variety of students and faculty rushing to class or grabbing a meal at Creelman, while you sit and take in the beauty of what it feels like to be a Guelph student.

Why should students come for a tour?

I personally think going on a tour before choosing a University should be mandatory. I don’t understand how students can choose a place to live or study for 3-4 years otherwise. Coming on a tour gives you a feel for what it is like to be a student here.

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

Keep your mind open on any school you are touring because things are always changing. And remember that a tour is going to be the beginning of the next chapter of your life. Listen, ask questions and enjoy! 

Campus tours for the Winter semester begin Monday, January 16!

#UGStressBusters: Self-Care During Exams

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 10:37

Stress: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances

Stress Buster: anything that relieves or reduces stress or tension; relaxant. 

We all know that school – particularly exams – can be a big cause of stress.

Rory Gilmore.

Knowing this, the U of G Library, the Central Student Association, Residence Life Staff, and Interhall Council have decided to do something about that. While they can’t take exams out of the equation, they can help to relieve some of the stress exams bring. How?

Stress Busters!

During the exam period, a variety of fun and frivolous Exam Stress Busters have been helping ease students’ stress levels.

So, what would help YOU feel less stressed during exams?

How about a colouring contest?

Or “Coffee With a Cop”?

 Milk & cookies?

Lego building?

Or maybe just free food for a fun snack break?  

For many students though, the highlight of this semester’s Exam Stress Busters is the “Take a Paws” event. The event allowed over 700 students a chance to cuddle therapy dogs to reduce their exam stress.

This "puppy cuddling" event first took place in April 2016, and post-event results revealed 95% of students who participated felt significantly less stress after all those puppy cuddles.

Feeling less stressed now? You're welcome!

As you can see, busting students' stress levels is just one of the many services we offer here at U of G!

Want to learn more about our Exam Stress Busters? Check out the full schedule!

Fact Fridays – Episode 2: What You Should Know About Co-op at UofG

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2016 - 16:05

Fact #1: Schooling and Working, and Working and Schooling

Put your skills to work! Co-opertive Education is offered for many majors at U of G. Co-op students work 3-5 paid work terms that alternate with academic semesters.

As a Co-op student, you’ll experience a true job search process and gain important paid work experience, all while completing your university degree.

Fact #2: Applying is EASY!

If you’re a high school student, you can apply to Co-op through the OUAC in the same way you apply to any university program. Be sure to mark the section titled “Co-operative Education” as opposed to the regular degree program when filling out the application.

Securing a spot in a Co-op program requires a slightly higher admission average, and you must maintain a 70% average across all first year courses to keep your spot in the program.

Not applying as a high school student? Not a problem! Visit the Co-op Admission page to find out more about applying as transfer student, or about being admitted to Co-op if you’re already a UofG student.

Fact #3: You Reap What You Sow – The Benefits of Co-op Are Awesome

Do you know exactly what you want to do when you graduate, or are you still curious about your options? Guelph’s Co-op program will open doors you never knew existed.

When we say we want you to succeed, that’s not just lip-service! We set you up for success from day 1 with COOP*1100, a mandatory one-semester course that prepares you for the job search and work terms that lie ahead. Our Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisors will assist you during the employment process, and throughout each work-term experience.

And to top off all of this AWESOME, all Co-op positions are full-time, paid employment opportunities. That’s right, we’ll help you get PAID to learn!

Fact #4: We Don’t Set Limits To WHERE You Can Work

Our Co-op students are encouraged to apply for jobs all over the place. Whether you fancy a job here in Guelph, elsewhere in Ontario or Canada, or even at an exciting international location, just go for it!

Many students will start out working locally, and then use their experience and wanderlust to apply their skills in some pretty exciting places!

Don’t take our word for it – check out some of these Co-op Success Stories!

Fact #5: Co-op means you get to be a Gryphon for just a bit longer!

Will enrolling in Co-op mean that it takes you longer to graduate? Yes. But not by much.

Most Co-op students will complete their studies up to a year (between one to three semesters) after those who were enrolled in the regular (non Co-op) program. And when you consider that you’ll likely be working at a placement during much of that time, it’s not such a big deal!

#tourguidethoughts: Ali

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 09:20

Ali Johnson

Name: Ali Johnson

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science - Child, Youth & Family

Tour Guide Year: 1

Coolest thing about your program? 

I love my program because I am very passionate about being a positive role model for children and youth. In Child, Youth and Family, am able to receive membership in the College of Early Childhood Educators and get to experience hands on experience in two practicum courses over the 4 years. This program gives me lots of hands on experience while earning my University degree!

What prompted you to become a tour guide? 

In my first year, I was a residence ambassador where I showed my room to prospective students and their families. I really enjoyed this experience because I got to speak to students about how much I LOVE the University of Guelph. This year, I wanted to take on a bigger role by giving tours around the beautiful campus that I am very fortunate to call “home”. 

What is the best thing you’ve experienced while being a tour guide? 

The best thing I have experienced while being a tour guide is seeing students' faces light up when I share my personal experiences at the U of G. Their faces show their excitement about having similar experiences, and starting their life at U of G! 

BEST spot on campus? 

I absolutely love hanging out on Johnston Green. Anytime during the year there is always something to do on it. Johnston Green offers everything from carnivals, studying, playing frisbee, snowball fights and a wonderful place to just hangout with friends 

Why should students come for a tour? 

Coming for a tour is the best to picture yourself at the University of Guelph! University is your home away from home for approximately 4 years, so it is VERY important to feel comfortable.

Any advice to incoming students? 

The best advice I can give to an incoming student is to take your time while choosing a school to attend. Find a school that BEST fits you! Do your research and ask lots of questions. If you can picture yourself being extremely happy and successful at a school, then that is the school that you should attend! University is definitely the best time of my life so far and I am excited for you to start your journey. I wish each and every family best of luck in your student’s transition to University. 


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