Tips Tuesdays - Episode 2: Application Tips

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 16:18

Tip #1: Lookout for Our Alternate Offers

We know it’s always good to have a back-up plan, which is why we’ve built one into many of our most sought-after programs.

Applying to Biomedical Science? Then don’t also apply for Biological Sciences! This is because if you miss out on Biomedical Science, we’ll automatically consider you for Biological Science.

Same goes for Criminal Justice and Public Policy (we’ll automatically consider you for General Arts).

Interested in a major that has Co-op, but not sure if you should apply? Go for it! Even if you don’t meet the cut-off for the Co-op program, we’ll still consider you for the non-Co-op stream. If you meet the requirements to the regular program, we’ll give you an alternate offer to it! You’re welcome.

Tip #2: Look Beyond Our Estimate Cut-off Ranges

While our estimated-cutoffs offer a target range to shoot for in grade 12, don’t let yourself get too obsessed by these numbers.



We advise you to aim HIGHER just to be on the safe side. And if you realize that your average may fall within or just below the range, we highly advise that you fill out the Student Profile Form (SPF). The SPF will only be looked at in the final round of offers in mid-May, but until then, keep working!

Tip #3: To Apply (to Co-op), or not to apply? APPLY!

While you can apply to the Co-op program during your first year of study, it’s definitely much easier – and less stressful – to get in straight out of high school. And remember, your application to Co-op won’t be wasted if you don’t get in – see Tip #1!



Tip #4: READ Our Offer Schedule

Not sure what marks we’ll be looking at…and when? Check out our handy Admission Plan, which outlines everything for you – plain and simple – so you don’t have to guess.



Tip #5: Don’t Put all of Your Eggs in One Basket

We know it might be difficult to choose between Animal Biology, Wildlife Biology and Conservation, and Zoology, but applying to multiple majors within the same degree program will not increase your chances of getting in!

Why? Because the admission average required for them all is the exact same, and we’ll only admit you to one (i.e. the program you listed first).



We got you covered, though! Once you’re admitted to a program, it’s usually very simple to change your major – just have a chat with your Program Counsellor. 

#tourguidethoughts: Hanne

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 08:30

Hanne Goetz sitting on top of the University of Guelph sign.Name: Hanne Goetz

Program: BSc. Honours Animal Biology

Tour Guide Year: 1st

Coolest thing about your program?

As one of the most popular programs on campus, I love that I am always meeting new people within my program who have the same interests as me!

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

I have a friend that always talked about how much fun she had as a tour guide, so I looked into the process and was excited to learn about the opportunity to meet new people and share the campus that I love.

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

My favourite thing about being a tour guide is how unique every group of prospective students is. They always come from different backgrounds, and are prepared with different questions so there’s never a dull moment!

BEST spot on campus? Why?

The Bullring. Great food and comfy couches to relax or study. Need I say more?

Why should students come for a tour?

I had not been to Canada until the day I moved into my residence, so I took a huge leap of faith. As crazy as this sounds, I think it’s a testament to how diverse the community is both on and off campus. Now in my 3rd year of my program, I can say that this campus has become “home.” As soon as you set foot on campus you can feel the sense of community here, and coming for a campus tour is a great opportunity to get the same feeling as I did when I started here!

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

University is a great opportunity to learn about who you are and who you want to be. Get involved on campus and don’t be afraid to try new things! If someone would’ve told me I would be a campus tour guide while also being on the executive team for two organizations before I started here, I wouldn’t have believed them. But this involvement has taught me so much about myself and I wouldn’t change a thing.

#tourguidethoughts: Jenny

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 09:11

Jenny Trinh

Tour Guide Questionnaire 

Name: Jenny Trinh 

Program: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 

Tour Guide Year: 2 

Coolest thing about your program? 

It was the first accredited Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in all of Canada!  

What prompted you to become a tour guide? 

I remember when I went on a tour while looking at universities, and how Guelph really spoke to me. I know how influential the tour was in making my decision to come to Guelph, so I jumped on the chance to be able to do the same for 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? 

One of my favourite moments while being a tour guide is seeing students I gave tours to become a University of Guelph Gryphon themselves. It’s really rewarding to know I was a part of their decision to come to Guelph! 

BEST spot on campus? Why? 

Hands down the Arboretum! It’s absolutely stunning all year round, is home to a countless number of wildlife, and the best place to go for a walk when you need to clear your head or take a study break. 

Why should students come for a tour? 

The question is why not? I believe that the best way to get a feel for a school is to go on a tour and see what the school is all about, and if you can see yourself there. 

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)? 

Just do what is best for you. At the end of the day, it’s your future, your school, your program, your choice. You need to do what is going to make you feel happy, excited, and fulfilled.  

Book a tour with Jenny today and see what possibilities lie at the University of Guelph!

ICYMI: Science & Engineering Sunday 2016

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 15:41

U of G's future engineers and scientists took to the campus on Sunday! 




#tourguidethoughts: Dana

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:41

Dana Kondo.


Name: Dana Kondo

Program: Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Psychology; Family and Child Studies Minor

Tour Guide Year: 2

Coolest thing about your program?

Getting to conduct my own research. You know those people who make kids run through an obstacle course to see how safe they act or make you answer a bunch of questions to see what exactly you daydream about? That’s me.

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

I was constantly bragging about Guelph to my friends at other schools and trying to get everyone I knew to come here anyway, so I figured I might as well make it my job. How many people get to go to work just to talk about something they love for 2 hours?

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 love getting to meet everyone! I’m always a bit shocked when people fly in from British Columbia or Texas just to come on my tour, but Guelph is so beautiful I guess I can’t really blame them. It always amazes me how much energy people have even though they’ve literally just drove in from campus from the airport. You guys are the real MVP’s.

BEST spot on campus? Why?

You’ve got to love the Bullring! My favourite TV show is Friends, so I love sitting on the couch, sipping my coffee and pretending I’m in Central Perk. The fact that they have the best mac n’ cheese on Earth doesn’t hurt either.

Why should students come for a tour?

One of the best things about Guelph is the sense of community here. It’s the little things that happen, like someone waiting the extra few seconds to hold a door open for you, or leaving treats around the library for you to find during exams to give you that extra push you needed to study. The feeling you have when you’re a part of campus is hard to explain, but when you come on a tour, you get a glimpse of what that feeling is like.

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

You’ve got this! Follow your instincts and enjoy the experience. The next few years are all about discovering yourself, so don’t feel like you’ve got to have your whole life all mapped out. And seriously, go get some mac n’ cheese at the Bullring.

See Dana this Sunday at Science & Engineering Sunday! Can't make it? We have tours running almost every day! 

ICYMI: Fall Preview Day 2016

Posted: Monday, November 7, 2016 - 14:34

Fall Preview Day on Sunday, November 6 was a HIT!

Weren't able to make it? See what you missed, or relive it, in 60 seconds through the highlight reel we put together for you. Oh, and checkout what some of our #futuregryphons had to say about it below! 





#tourguidethoughts: Dave

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:08

Dave Seymour

Name: Dave Seymour

Program: Ph.D Animal Biosciences

Tour Guide Year: 5

Coolest thing about your program?

Since I’m from Toronto, I think one of the coolest parts of my program is getting to work up close and personal with dairy cows

What prompted you to become a tour guide?

When I was in grade 12, I never really pictured myself coming to Guelph. But when I went on a tour for Science & Engineering Sunday, my tour guide totally changed what I thought about the university. After that, I wanted to help show people how awesome Guelph is.

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 I’ve experienced being a tour guide is encountering students who are like me – they weren’t really considering applying to Guelph before they came to campus, but after the tour they’re off to the Bookstore to pick up their own Guelph rugby jersey because we just became their number one choice

BEST spot on campus? Why?

Brass Taps – they have a lot of fun events like weekly trivia, and it’s also a great place to go and watch the game.

Why should students come for a tour?

I think one of the biggest things that sets Guelph apart from other universities is the campus and how scenic it is. What better way to experience that than coming on a tour?

Any advice to incoming students (or their families)?

I find that a lot of students (and some parents) are very concerned with what residence building they will be living in. When you’re in first year, there are so many awesome things to do outside of class that you really only sleep in your room. No matter what residence you live in, you’ll always be with awesome people that will make first year one of the best years of your life.

Take it from the pro, and sign up for a tour at U of G now! Or, register for Fall Preview Day or Science & Engineering Sunday!

Tips Tuesday – Episode 1: How to Pick YOUR University

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 14:42

Tip #1: Visit Campus – ASAP

There’s 100% no better way to know whether a university is the right fit for you until you step onto campus. Picture yourself there – in the lecture halls, in the residences, grabbing lunch in the dining halls, studying in the library – just picture it.

Meet the people. Eat the food. Sit in a classroom. And you’ll know right away whether it is your place. Trust us!
A little boy eating food and smiling.

Also, while you’re visiting campus, explore the surrounding city. This will be your home for the next 4+ years, if the city doesn’t feel right, then neither will the school.

We think the University of Guelph is where you should be! Come see for yourself at our Fall Preview Day or Science & Engineering Sunday.

Or, come checkout campus on one of our tours that run throughout the semester.

Tip #2: Do Your Research, Friends

Yes, feeling comfortable on campus is very important. But, the university also needs to have what you want to study!
A girl dancing.

Websites house all information. Let’s face it – you’re on your phone the majority of the day anyways, so why not browse university programs and see what peeks your interest?

Look into what programs are offered under which degree, what courses you’ll be taking, potential career paths, and if there are any cool “extras” like co-op, internships, field courses or study abroad options.

Tip #3: Relax, Look at Your Options

You don’t have to know what you want to study right out of the gate. That’s more common than you think!

Universities understand that your interests might lie in a few different areas, or that your interests may change after a year…or two. When you’re researching, look for flexibility.
A man saying "chillax."

How easy is it to switch programs? Can I apply to a general program, then pick my major? Can I take a minor? What about electives? Or, can I combine my interests into one degree?

At Guelph, we offer you all of that. Most of our programs have a general first year, so switching majors is SIMPLE.

And, see our Bachelor of Arts & Sciences program, our large list of minors, or look for our “general degrees” or “undeclared” options in some of our programs.

Tip #4: Connect

We live in a very social world, don’t we? Instagramming your memories, tweeting throughout the day, snapchatting your life events… we get it. And we’re with you!

A woman asking "who here is on social?"Universities are active in the social world. You can ask them questions, get a feel for student life, visualize campus and stay up to date on important information. Connect with them!

Follow uofgadmission on each of the platforms below and we promise to keep you informed… and entertained.

Coming to U of G Gives You Bragging Rights

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2016 - 12:16

You’ll hear time and time again that Guelph ranks as one of the best comprehensive universities in Canada. Okay, cool. But, what does that mean for you? Let us help.

Maclean’s university rankings place Canadian universities into 3 categories:

  • Medical doctoral: universities that have a medical school
  • Comprehensive: universities that conduct LOTS of research, and have a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Primarily undergraduate: universities that are focused on undergraduate education

U of G falls in the comprehensive category. Simple. Maclean’s then ranks universities in each category on 5 indicators:

  • Students: awards, student/faculty ratio, student satisfaction
  • Faculty: faculty awards, humanities grants, science grants, citations
  • Resources: research dollars, budget, library expenses, library acquisitions
  • Student Support: scholarships and student services
  • Reputation

Get it? Got it? Perfect.

A little boy with blonde hair saying "yep"

Now let’s move on to the important stuff: how does U of G rank amongst other comprehensive universities in Canada?

Overall: 4th Best Comprehensive University

Last year we were 5th. We’re moving up, kids!

2nd for Student Satisfaction

Straight from the students themselves!

They told MacLean’s that we are absolute bosses with our course instructors, student life staff, administrative staff, advising staff, mental health services, extracurricular, experiential learning, residence, and in preventing sexual assault.

1st for Total Research Dollars

We’re solving all the problems. Oh, and we are the Food University.

5th for Student Services

Because the students are the real MVPs.

Now, in comparison to all of the universities in Canada, not just comprehensive, U of G is still pretty stellar. But we already knew that.

Top 15 in Canada for National Reputation

Guidance counsellors, faculty, administration and business people across the country ranked universities on 3 tiers: highest quality, innovation and leaders of tomorrow.

We are quality. We are innovative. We are leaders.

A man and a woman high fiving.


92.6% of Students Return for their Second Year

That’s well above the national average of 84.8%!

A woman saying "whoa"

So, to sum it up #futuregryphons, coming to the University of Guelph gives you a few bragging rights. We are pretty great.

Checkout Maclean's 2017 University Rankings to dive into more detail on all of this.

We Need to Chat.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 10:09

#futuregryphons, the season you’ve all been waiting for is just two weeks away! And no, we don’t mean old-man winter, we like our warm campus.

We mean…

…wait for it…

Kristen Wig saying "no way!"

U of G’s chats give you the opportunity to talk with our admissions’ and recruitment staff, students, and program faculty. Ask questions – get your answers. It’s that simple!

The first online chat is Thursday, November 10 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. You can checkout the chat schedule for more dates.

General chat dates for the new year will be added in December, along with dates for specific program chats.

We’d also like to take this time to introduce you to our “Snapchat Chats”. In addition to our online chats, we’d like to chat with you on Snapchat!  

How does that work?

Step 1: Follow “uofgadmission” on Snapchat

Step 2: Snap us your questions during the time outlined on the schedule.

Step 3: We’ll answer your questions in our story.      

We also have some pretty cool stuff going on on Snapchat every day, so you’ll probably want to follow us like, right now.

See the campus. Checkout events. Meet the students. We. Are. Snapping. It. All.  

That’s it for now, friends! Let’s chat soon, yes? 


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