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ICYMI: Fall Preview Day 2018

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2018 - 14:48

Fall Preview Day was a BLAST! Thank you to all you Future Gryphons that attended on Sunday. If you weren’t able to join us, here’s a quick update on what you missed.

1. A campus celebrity was out and about!

We know that a day like Fall Preview Day is the best time to get those insta pics – which is why our very own Gryph was out and about saying hi to visitors, hyping everyone up, and taking tons of pictures with everyone.

Gryph and tour guides

2. Tours Tours Tours!

Our welcome’s set the tone for the day: but it was the tours that made the experience that much more enjoyable. We had hundreds of U of G Ambassadors take Future Gryphons around campus, seeing everything from academic facilities to dining halls. Prospective students were able to check out classrooms, study spaces and so. much. more.

Tours like these run all the time – visit our website to book a tour and see what we’re talking about for yourself.

3. Residence doors were wide open

Future Gryphons visited every residence and checked out different rooms that you can live in while you learn here. We know that the residence experiences matters, and our residence teams were super excited to greet visitors and showcase their rooms. If you didn’t make it out, check out our Housing Website: they have virtual room tours.

4. Information OVERLOAD!

Staff, faculty and students were ready to share everything about U of G! We had academic information sessions and a massive Student Services & Academic Resource Fair where specific questions were answered and all details about campus were shared.

5. Our academic program buildings were hustling & bustling!

All our major program buildings were open for Future Gryphons to stop by and check out! Staff, faculty and students were ready to answer questions about places like the Science Complex, Business building, our Arts buildings and more! There’s no better way to get a grasp on what your future could be like than seeing the rooms you’ll be learning in.

6. We took tons of photos and videos too!

Our visitors took tons of photos and videos over the course of the day to remember their experience here at U of G, so we did the same! Check out this re-cap of Fall Preview Day and picture yourself here.

Tips Tuesday - Episode 2: Science & Engineering Sunday

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 14:45

Did you know we have an event created just for future scientists and engineers? That’s right Future Gryphons – Science and Engineering Sunday is right around the corner and today we’re letting you in on how to make the best of it.

1. Simply, You Should Be Here.

Interested in cancer research, forensics, genetics, diseases and the human body?

Fascinated by food and nutrition or plants and the environment? Do you want to be a vet, dentist or doctor?

Does thinking about designing solutions for computing, biomedical or environmental problems thrill you?

A hard YES to any of these? See you at SES.

2. Do Your Research

We’ve broken down both of our Science and Engineering programs. Read, find your interests and bring your questions!

3. Attend the Student Services and Academic Resource Fair

This is your opportunity to meet current students, staff and faculty from our science and engineering programs, as well as Admissions, Co-operative Education and Experiential Learning, Athletics, Hospitality Services, Student Accessibility Services, Student Financial Services, and So. Many. More.

4. Drop-in to the Academic Buildings

See our science labs, recently upgraded engineering facility, greenhouses and anatomy displays first-hand. Watch as students and faculty perform demonstrations and take part in activities relating to your area of interest.

You will also get to explore lecture halls, the Athletic Centre, dining facilities and student study spaces on a guided walking tour.

5. Attend the Vet Info Session

Questions about the Ontario Veterinary College? You’re in luck, future vets. Attend the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine information session to learn more about admission requirements and the program itself.

6. Make Yourself at Home

Visit our residences and grab a bite to eat at one of our many dining halls.

Explore the areas of campus that you’ll be spending a lot of time in if you choose the U of G!

If Science or Engineering (or both) is your thing, register to attend Science and Engineering Sunday now! Head to our YouTube channel to see what went down at Science and Engineering Sunday in 2017!


Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Science

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 09:31

Science and Engineering Sunday is quickly approaching, so it’s about time we let you in on what the Bachelor of Science Program at U of G is all about.

At Guelph, we break things down into Biological sciences and Physical sciences.

The Biological Science programs explore all living things; from tiny organisms to large ecosystems and everything in between. If you are thinking of pursuing a career in the environmental industry or applying to veterinary school, dental school or the healthcare field, Biological science is likely the right stream for you.

The Physical Science programs provide you with an understanding of the universe as a whole. You’ll look at the nature, substances, energy and matter surrounding living organisms. If you see yourself in the pharmaceutical industry or going on to do research in physics, chemistry or nanoscience, the Physical sciences are a great place to start!

Now that we’ve defined our two Science streams, let’s go over some “need-to-knows” about Science at U of G.

1. We offer 27 different science majors

Whether you are interested in human health, nutrition, earth sciences, chemical sciences, physics, mathematics etc. we likely have a program for you!

With so many options available in Science at U of G, we recommend visiting the Programs of Study page to research each major individually and find the right fit for you.

2. Co-op is available in 11 science majors

These majors include: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biological and Medical Physics, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience, Physics, Biomedical Toxicology, and Food Science.

New in 2019, the Marine and Freshwater Biology major will also offer co-op!

3. Our common first year will help you succeed

Our science students take the same core science courses in first year, so everyone is on the same page about the basics. This sets our students up for success in later years so nobody is playing “catch up” in biology, chemistry and physics classes.

This also allows you to explore different subjects and discover your true passions, so you can be sure you are in the major that best suits your interests!

4. We Offer Hands-on Learning Experiences

From experimenting in the lab to on/off campus research and volunteering positions, there is no shortage of hands-on learning opportunities at the U of G! For example, our Human Anatomy course gives Human Kinetics and Bio-med students the opportunity to dissect human cadavers; which are donated from the local community.

5. We are Canada’s #1 university for research dollars

U of G attracts roughly $146 million dollars in annual research funding – That’s more money than any other university in Canada without a medical school!

From DNA barcoding to studying the effects of climate change on vegetation, there is no shortage of interesting research happening both on and off campus at Guelph. Learn how you can become involved in research at Guelph by visiting our Office of Research website.

Future Gryphons, you should probably visit us at Science & Engineering Sunday to tour campus, residence and educational buildings, and meet faculty and students within your program(s) of interest. Register today!

Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Computing

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2018 - 11:41

Want to learn how to push the limits of technology and explore new ways of thinking and creating? Our Bachelor of Computing degree program could be a great fit for you!

We don’t need to tell you why technology is important. What we WILL tell you is why you should study Computing at U of G.

Fact #1: We offer TWO unique majors

  1. In Computer Science, students explore program-related problems and build solutions to contribute to the evolution of technology.
  2. Software Engineering students focus on the design, development, implementation and evolution of software systems.

Graduates from both majors can go on to careers in software development, game programming, mobile app development and more!

Fact #2: Gain work experience in co-op

Both Computing majors offer the chance for experiential learning, networking, skill development and hands-on experience through co-op.

In the past, students have completed paid co-ops at companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and Google! Visit the Recruit Guelph website for more information on co-operative education at Guelph.

Fact #3: Learn to apply computing principles in an Area of Application

This is where you’ll learn to apply the concepts learned in your Computing major to a secondary area of interest. You will take 8 courses from your area of application throughout your degree.

For example:

Combine Computing + Psychology to explore human-computer interaction and build more user-friendly hardware and software

Combine Computing + Biology and explore bioinformatics and support cutting-edge biological research

Combine Computing + Business to explore e-commerce and develop inventory management systems or create electronic business applications

Fact #4: Your Classmates are Your Support System

Because Computing is smaller than other degree programs at Guelph, students, professors and faculty typically form a very supportive family.

We even have a community of female computer scientists and software engineers called CISters!

Check out our Youtube channel to meet Aysu and learn about her experiences in the program.

Fact #5: Computer Science has a new home at Guelph

In 2016, U of G received $30million from the federal and provincial governments to enhance research and innovation facilities.

Renovations on Reynolds building are officially complete leaving the School of Computer Science with a state-of-the-art space for student collaboration and research!

If you want to improve life with technology, we highly recommend you visit us on Sunday, November 4th at Fall Preview Day. This is your chance to meet current Computing students and instructors, explore our updated facilities, and ask any questions you may have, so register today!

Tips Tuesday Episode 1: Why Attend Fall Preview Day?

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 08:00

Fall Preview Day is Sunday, November 4th Future Gryphons! Today, we’re serving up 3 MAJOR reasons you should register for Fall Preview Day ASAP.

1. Find out what makes U of G one of Canada’s Top Comprehensive Universities

At Fall Preview Day you’ll get the chance to explore campus and get a feel for what it would be like to call U of G your home!

Be sure to attend our info sessions, the Academic and Student Services Resource Fair, and various building drop-ins to learn what sets U of G apart from other schools.

2. Learn why our students are among the most satisfied students in the country

Walk the floor at our Academic and Student Services Resource Fair and meet current students. Learn why they chose U of G and ask about their on and off campus involvement. Make sure you ask them what they love most about the U of G!

We also recommend stopping at one of our hospitality locations for lunch or a quick bite to eat. Our incredible food is one of the many things keeping our students so satisfied.

3. Speak to professors and learn about the projects being supported by research funding

The University of Guelph ranks #1 for receiving the most research dollars of any comprehensive university in Canada! Chat with professors and staff at our Academic and Student Services Resource Fair to learn what’s being done with that funding and how you can get involved in research at the U of G.

If you want to learn about our programs, explore our campus, try our food, talk to current students and professors or all of the above, visit us for Fall Preview Day on Sunday, November 4th, 2018.

Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Engineering

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 11:01

In their first semester of Engineering at Guelph our students will begin exploring real world issues, designing solutions and systems and collaborating with their peers.

Today we’re breaking down the five facts that make Engineering at Guelph so unique.

Fact #1: Did we mention we have 7 different Engineering majors?

  1. Biological Engineering – Provides an understanding of living organisms and explores topics from food manufacturing to pharmaceuticals
  2. Biomedical Engineering – Dives into designing solutions to improve human and animal health
  3. Computer Engineering – Explores the design, construction, implementation and maintenance of hardware and software computing systems
  4. Engineering Systems and Computing – Looks at the workings and design of hardware and software in various devices; not just computers
  5. Environmental Engineering – Takes a look at the impact that humans have on the earth
  6. Mechanical Engineering – Covers everything from the design to manufacturing and maintenance of all systems
  7. Water Resource Engineering – Focuses on finding creative solutions for managing water

We also offer an Undeclared option to allow first year students to explore all their interests before choosing a major at the start of semester 3!

Fact #2: Get the design experience you need to succeed

Each of our seven majors combine engineering principles with practical, hands-on learning opportunities. Students begin identifying and creating solutions to engineering problems right from their first semester in our design courses. Students will complete at least one major design project in each year of the program – Now there’s something to put on your resume!

Fact #3: We’ll support you throughout your degree

Success is easier to achieve when you’ve got the right support systems, and we’ve got you covered. From academic residence clusters, to Engineering Peer Helpers, and services offered in The Learning Commons and through Supported Learning Groups (SLG’s) in the Library, help is always here when you need it. The School of Engineering also has program counsellors who can help you navigate course selection, program changes, and more!

Fact #4: We’re not just a school but a community

Our student-centered approach will provide you with top-notch education and learning opportunities, while also creating an atmosphere of cooperation and approachability. From day one, our dedicated staff and faculty are by your side to help you feel at home. Through collaborative courses and projects, you’ll also get to know your peers and learn from each other.

Fact #5: Earn money AND valuable work experience in co-op

Every one of our Engineering majors is available in co-op. What could be better than gaining valuable paid work experience and developing great contacts before you graduate?

Keep in mind that if co-op is what you want, it’s best to apply to it directly through OUAC rather than waiting until you get here.

For more information on Engineering at Guelph School of Engineering website.

Visit us on campus for Fall Preview Day and/or Science and Engineering Sunday to chat with students, professors and faculty about how we are working to Improve Life with Engineering solutions.

Program Spotlight: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:47

In the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, you will learn about natural and social systems and use your understanding to design attractive, functional and sustainable outdoor spaces.

If you want to become a key player in the way our cities, suburbs and wilderness areas are designed and managed, check out these five facts about our BLA program here at Guelph:

Fact #1: Become a Designated Landscape Architect

The U of G BLA program is fully accredited by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

This means that when you graduate, you’ll hold a professional degree that meets entry requirements into professional associations for Landscape Architects across North America and abroad.

Fact #2: Classmates = Community

Our BLA students spend a lot of time together, both in and out of the studio. You’ll feel a strong sense of community the moment you arrive! Develop lifelong friendships and network in this small, close-knit program.

Fact #3: You can study abroad

In third year, our BLA students are encouraged to do an international exchange at one of our 20+ partner programs.

You can dive into this amazing opportunity and be inspired by landscapes and designs outside of Canada.

Fact #4: A place to call home

Our BLA students have their own building complete with classrooms, studios and computers, which students can access 24/7.

BLA students can also draw inspiration from around campus, particularly from our Arboretum which spans 162 hectares and includes almost every tree and shrub indigenous to southern Ontario!

Fact #5: You’ll get hands-on experience

Gain design experience with real clients through community-based studio projects, internships and summer employment opportunities.

Because of these experiences our BLA alumni have gone on to work all over the world! Visit the BLA program page for a list of projects our students have worked on.

Looking for more reasons to choose BLA at U of G? Check out the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.

Head to our YouTube channel and check out our Program Profile Videos to hear from students in the BLA program!

Please note that students are required to submit a Background Information Form as part of their application to the BLA program. This form will be available after December 1, 2018 and the deadline for submission is March 1, 2019.

2018 Road Warrior Series: Michelle Donaghy

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:47

Michelle DonaghyName: Michelle Donaghy

Program: Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing Management

What is your favourite thing about U of G? What was your most memorable experience here?

My favourite thing about U of G is the campus, there’s something about it that pulls you in and makes you feel like home. Everything is so accessible within the city and campus. Everyone is so friendly and supportive, and you will always have at least two people running to hold the door for you. You will also hear the words “thank you” about 100 times a day on campus.

My most memorable experience was the pep rally in first year. It’s how I bonded with those in my residence, making lasting friendships. This led me to become a OV the following year.

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at U of G (i.e. clubs, athletics, student organizations, jobs).

  • Orientation volunteer: I wanted to express my love for U of G to incoming students and welcome them around campus to answer any questions.
  • Multiple Intramural sports: starting in first year with the residence intramural option. Then women’s and co-ed soccer.
  • Multi-sport: great way to bring a more relaxed approach while getting active, having fun.
  • Work study program: Recruitment and Admission Assistant within my 3rd and 4th year. Experiential learning, and allowed me to learn more about the U of G.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer? What excites you the most about this position?

I wanted to share my passion for the U of G and help guide prospective students decision in regards to navigating their interests and finding the school they can visualize themselves. I had such a great experience and my job in the work-study program prompted me to become an LO. I’m excited to see how I can impact a students decision, by helping them find themselves ad a program that interests them. I find excitement in sharing my stories and it will be so rewarding to know I made a positive impact on someone’s future.

What advice would you offer to potential U of G students?

Choose the school that is right for you! Think about the program, the people and the place you can visualize yourself at. This is all about you.

Anything else to add?

Explore your options, ask questions, because you are making a decision on a place that will impact your life beyond the next 4 years.

Want to learn about what she's looking forward to most on the road? Follow 'uofgadmission' on instagram and checkout our Road Warrior highlight.


Posted: Monday, October 1, 2018 - 13:40

The U of G was well represented at the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) this past weekend. If you couldn’t make it, we’re recapping what you missed:

1. We spoke to thousands of potential #futuregryphons

Students came with questions and we had the answers. We had so much fun sharing what sets Guelph apart from other universities.


2. We scanned thousands of passports and everyone was a winner

We gave away pens! We gave away sunglasses! And our 6 BIG winners took home brand new RED edition iPhone 8’s!

3. We invited everyone to visit our campus

Our enthusiastic tour guides and U of G Ambassadors were the life of the party and did a great job of encouraging #futuregryphons to visit Guelph. We truly believe the best way to determine if UofG is right for you, is to come check it out!

Visit our events page for details on visiting us this Fall.

UofG Ambassadors

4. We debuted a new viewbook design…

And taught students how to find themselves at Guelph. Visit campus and pick up a viewbook of your own today!

5. Our presentation room was packed

Liaison Officer John-Bosco delivered emotionally charged presentations on the daily. He spoke about his academic experience, his time playing intermural sports and how he has continued to be engaged in the U of G community. If there is one takeaway we can share from his presentation, it is that when you come to Guelph you’re not just a number – You’re a Gryphon!


Even if you missed OUF, there’s still plenty of time to come and explore U of G and learn about what we can offer you:

Campus Tours

Fall Preview Day

Science and Engineering Sunday

Be sure to follow us on SNAPCHAT, TWITTER, FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM for continuous updates, information and a look into life as a Gryphon.

2018 Road Warrior Series: Jess Helwig

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 09:57

Jessica HelwigName: Jessica Helwig

Program: Bachelor of Science, Bio-Medical Science; Master of Public Health

What is your favorite thing about U of G? What was your most memorable experience here?

The atmosphere felt around campus is definitely something I’d highlight. The campus is always buzzing with activity and offers many chance to become engaged in activities important to you. The students are passionate and a strong sense of community can be easily witnessed. U of G is definitely an energizing and dynamic place to be, which really enhances the overall experience of university.

I couldn’t mention the sense of belonging felt at U of G without mentioning my intramural soccer team, “Goal-Post Malone”. What started out as a group of strangers wanting to play soccer, turned into a dedicated team that worked together…to lose every game of the season. While we weren’t very good, I always looked forward to our games. It wasn’t that I looked forward to facing yet another defeat, but rather I just enjoyed hanging out with a group of people who cheered for every shot whether it went in the net or not. The soccer field turned into a place where I could let loose and just have a great time with friends.

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at U of G (i.e. clubs, athletics, student organizations, jobs).

Throughout my studies, I was involved in just about every type of student experience U of G has to offer- from student government and program student associations to intramural sports and clubs. I also had two part-time jobs, which allowed me to stay engaged with both the campus and larger Guelph community. However, I would have to say my favourite experience was being a University Senator, where I was able to represent students in my program and contribute to the development of academic programs and policies.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer? What excites you the most about this position?

After completing two degrees and spending six years on campus, I was still not ready to leave the University of Guelph. Becoming a Liaison Officer not only meant I could continue being a part of this dynamic and supportive community, but also meant I could share it with others and help to welcome in the next generation of Gryphons!

This fall, I am excited to bring the spirit and excitement of Guelph to communities across Ontario. I look forward to showing you the endless opportunities available to you during your time here and highlight how U of G makes learning accessible for everyone.

What advice would you offer to potential U of G students?

Be open to new ideas and say yes to any opportunities that could teach you something new. When deciding on a University, learning what you don’t want in an institution is just as important as finding out what you do!

Anything else to add?

I always recommend that students come for a campus tour. It’s a great way to help you picture yourself as a student at university and get a feel for the campus. However, if you do, I also highly recommend that you also stop by the Bullring and try their famous mac and cheese.

I also want to say that there is a lot of choice available when it comes to university, but don’t be discouraged if you aren’t sure what exactly you want to do. I didn’t know what I wanted and ended up changing my program four times during my time in university before I finally found out what works for me. So while I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to study in high school, I knew I wanted to study at U of G because they offered an environment that would support me while I explored my interested and figured out my own path.

Jess is really looking forward to meeting you on the road, and this weekend at the Ontario Universities' Fair! Hear it for yourself by following 'uofgadmission' on Instagram. 


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