Minors @ U of G: What You Need to Know

Posted: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 15:32

Minors? You want ‘em – we got ‘em.

Minors Are Not Mandatory

Mandatory to declare a minor? No. Are they cool? Yes.

U of G Offers 50+ Minors

We offer you minors in a range of areas, from the Arts, to Business to the Environment. You have so much choice when it comes to complimenting your degree.

You’ll gain an introduction to another discipline, whether it’s for your post-grad career plans or simply because you want to travel and learn another language. Whatever the reason, we got you.

You Select Your Minor in 1st Year

To declare a minor, you’ll meet with your program counsellor within the first weeks of your first year. They give you the info you need on how to structure your schedule, and plan your time here at Guelph.

Some Degree’s Don’t Allow Minors

Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science students are not able to declare minors.

Why? Both of these programs are quite structured, leaving you little room for the electives you will need to take.

Note: minors are also only allowed in an Honour’s degree program.

FACT: We Have Some New minors

Arts, Culture & Heritage Management, along with Creative Writing have both been introduced as minors beginning in Fall 2017.

Lawrence Hill also joined the U of G community last summer, and YOU KNOW he’ll be teaching you Creative Writing.

We’d also like to draw your attention to the minor that was introduced last year: Media & Cinema Studies. We think that’s prett-y cool.

Browse the minors #futuregryphons, and see where your interests might lie!

Fact Fridays - Episode 6: Register Yo’Self for a March Break Tour

Posted: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 14:09

March Break Tours at U of G begin March 13. What better way to spend a day of your March Break than strolling around our campus?

Here are some facts for why you should register:

Fact #1: You’ll Feel the Atmosphere

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, there’s NO better way to know whether a school is right for you than to step onto campus.

Meet the people, eat the food, checkout the residence, touch the ground and witness what U of G means to its students – we know you won’t be let down.

Fact #2: You’ll See the NEW Athletic Centre

It’s here. It’s live. It’s ready for you to sweat in it.

Fact #3: Tour Groups Will Be Small

Because there are quite a few of you who will be coming to campus on March Break, we’ve brought on extra tour guides. What does this mean?

More tour guides = smaller groups. And what does this mean?

Smaller groups = more interaction.

You'll have more one-on-one with your guide, and more of an opportunity to get your questions answered.

Fact #4: You Have Free Time

It’s March Break. You a) can visit campus during the week, and b) don’t have to worry about going back to school after.

Touring campus during the week is the BEST time to. You get to see U of G’s students in their natural habitat: attending class, being studious in the library, running to hand in that assignment, buzzing throughout campus and living their typical student life.

This is how you picture yourself here! Hang out after the tour is over and get a true vibe for campus life.

Fact #5: You’ll See It All

As with our regular tours, you’ll visit residence, lecture halls, the library, the University Centre, and other academic areas.

You’ll also interact with our enthusiastic and passionate tour guides who are bound to convince you that U of G is where you need to be.
Tour Guides 2017Register for a March Break Tour and we will see you soon, #futuregryphons!

Why Computing @ Guelph?

Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 11:14

Let us tell you why.

Reason #1: New Research and Collaborative Spaces

U of G will receive $30million from the federal and provincial governments to enhance our research and innovation facilities.

What does this mean for you? Reynolds, the “home” to the School of Computer Science, will get some pretty cool upgrades and new spaces for its students.

Reason #2: Programs = Families

There are 2 Bachelor of Computing degree programs:

  1. Computer Science
  2. Software Engineering

In both of these, you’ll find yourself working closely with your peers and professors. Because they are smaller than some of the other degree programs at Guelph, by the end of the four years you’ll be referring to everyone as “family”.

That’s what we hear, anyways.

Fun Fact: SOC also offers a 3-year General Program that students may apply to.

Reason #3: Both Programs Offer Co-op

It’s as simple as that. Obtain your degree, make industry connections, gain experience and get paid all at the SAME time.

If you haven’t applied to co-op, you can adjust your application on OUAC. Or, you can apply in your first year (it will be more challenging though, #futuregryphons).

Reason #4: Our Programs Are Unique

In both majors, you’ll gave an opportunity to study a secondary are of interest known as an “Area of Application”.

You’ll choose 8 courses from another discipline, and you have over 40 disciplines to choose from!

Some examples include:

  • Computing + Psychology: investigate the effects of computers on people (we all need this in our lives).
  • Computing + Biology: explore bioinformatics and solve complex biological problems.
  • Computing + Business: e-commerce anyone? Inventory management system? Customer databases?

Reason #5: You'll Get Involved

The School of Computer Science has some clubs, organizations and programs for you to get involved with.

    Reason #6: You Can Create Pixel Art

    The computing kids like to “decorate” their building. And they like to do so in the only way they know how – in a classic computing “style”.

    Up until a few months ago, it was Mario land. Now? They’ve made it more modern. Who wouldn't want to create pixel art?

    Reynold's Pixel ArtInterested in Computing @ Guelph? Join us for our online chat TONIGHT! You’ll chat with current students and faculty within the School of Computer Science.

    The Lowdown on DVM

    Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017 - 10:22

    Do I have to do my undergrad at U of G?

    Nope! You can study at any accredited university as long as you complete the 8 prerequisite courses. These are:

    • 2 Biological Sciences
    • 1 Cell Biology
    • Genetics
    • Biochemistry
    • Statistics
    • 2 Humanities/Social Sciences (ethics, critical thinking, human behavior, social interaction)

    Check it --> If you achieve at least a 75% average in your last two full-time semesters, and have achieved at 75% in each of these 8 required courses, your application is of equal value to anyone else, at any other school, in any other program. Feeling better?

    What about taking a specific undergraduate program?

    There is not one program or major that is considered the best in terms of preparing you for DVM.

    See those prerequisites above? Choose a major that allows you to take those, and you’ll be just fine.

    Are there a required number of clinical experience hours?

    Experience is about QUALITY not QUANTITY.

    There is not a required amount of hours of animal/clinical experience to be considered for admission. Ensure your experience gives you solid exposure to the veterinary field, that you develop strong connections and that you feel confident working in the field.

    What is “quality” experience?

    We’ll break it down.

    Quality experience means:

    1. You have experience working with different species (exotics, dogs, swing, cows) under a supervising veterinarian.
    2. You gained your experience working in a clinic, a lab, animal shelter or government setting. It does NOT include pet ownership. We know you love your cat Mittens, but petting him is not quality experience.
    3. You have strengthened your communication, organization and ‘people’ skills throughout this experience.

    Sidenote: Canadian/U.S. experience is recommended.

    What is more important: grades or experience?

    We’re going to keep this short and sweet.

    Your grades and the experience/references on your Background Information Form will determine whether you get one of the 200 interviews in the first-round of evaluation.

    In the second-round of evaluation, your experience (again) will help you nail the interview. The information on your BIF is then reviewed again.

    From there, your academic performance determines 65% of your ranking, and your interview determines 35%.

    Sidenote #2: The MCAT is no longer required for applicants.

    Okay, okay. Now, when can I apply?

    You can apply after you’ve completed 2 years of your undergrad.

    You may choose to complete your full degree or even go on to do a Master’s degree before applying (killing it!), but this is not required (insert dancing emoji).

    How many students are admitted?

    In total, 120 students are admitted into DVM each year.

    • 100 Canadian Undergraduate
    • 15 International Undergraduate
    • 5 Graduate

    Competitive? Yes. Impossible? NO.

    What specializations can I pursue?

    In your 3rd year of the DVM program, you decide which ‘stream you want to pursue!

    Small animal? Check. Rural Commmunity Practice? YEP. Food Animal? You know it! Equine? Of course, everybody loves horses.

    The DVM program prepares you to work with a diverse range of animals (including exotics), it doesn’t limit you to one type.

    Your 4th year is clinical rotations, so you can schedule rotations in places that interest you. BUT, if your passion lies with one species (i.e. gorillas) or field (i.e. radiology) and you want to specialize, we suggest you complete a residency or internship.

    What are my options after I graduate?

    Upon graduating, you will write your Licensing Exam which will ‘declare’ you a fully licensed vet!

    From there, you can pursue these options:

    • Clinical Practice
    • The Public Sector
    • Complete a Residency for further specialization
    • Further your education (Master’s, PhD)

    Basically, you’ll be living the dream.

    As a side note, if you’re interested in DVM, you should join the ‘Future Vets Club’ when you get to Guelph! They support and guide undergraduate students intending to apply to vet school by hosting information sessions, helping students find volunteer placements and providing a glimpse into the veterinary profession. Checkout their Facebook page now, #futuregryphons!

    Student Services @ UofG

    Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 08:30

    At Guelph, we know that even the most well-rounded students sometimes need a little support, whether that be academically, physically, mentally, or emotionally. Check out some of our services below - we got it all. 

    U of G CampusStudent Support Network

    The Student Support Network is the definition of community. You'll find peer-to-peer support for non-judgemental listening and communication. You can either drop-in during their hours, or chat with them after-hours via their phone support or crisis line. 

    Student Wellness

    There are 5 units within Student Wellness:

    • Accessibility Services
    • Counselling Services
    • Health Services
    • Health & Perfomance Centre
    • Wellness Education & Promotion

    The overarching goal of these units is to provide a holistic approach to well-being and academic success. 

    1. Accessibility Services

    We believe in equality in all aspects of life. Accessibility Services aims to provide you with a barrier-free learning environment so you can THRIVE. 

    2. Counselling Services

    Anxious? Confused? Stressed? Sometimes you just need to chat! Counselling Services allows you to do just that, and helps you work through those personal challenges. You can drop-in or schedule an appointment. 

    3. Health Services

    Nurses and physicians are available to you through Health Services. As a full- or part-time student, you and your family will receive primary medical care without having to walk off-campus! 

    4. Health & Performance Centre

    Their services include:

    • Sports Medicine
    • Nutrition
    • Physiotherapy
    • Chiropractic
    • Massage
    • Osteopathy
    • Pedorthics
    • Athletic Therapy

    Whether you're an elite athlete, or a student looking for a relaxing massage (because, who isn't looking for that?), definitely check this centre out! 

    5. Wellness Education & Promotion

    The Wellness Education Centre is another student-driven space. They offer information kits, workshops, classes, resources and support encompassing health and well-being. 

    Sexual Assault Support and Information

    This service offers you resources and support for yourself, or a friend, who might be in need. 

    Student Life

    Students are at the heart of what Student Life does. Their range of programs fall into 4 clusters:

    • Information
    • Guidance
    • Community
    • Experiences

    They really do it all. Checkout their list of programs to see all that they offer our students. 

    Aboriginal Resource Centre

    The Aboriginal Resource Centre aims to engage with a community from a variety of Indigenous cultures through Student Adivising, an Aboriginal Student Association, student support and STARTAboriginal (first year students). They act as your "home away from home."


    OUTline offers services for the LGBTQ2IA+ community. If you have questions relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, or are seeking support, they are your go-to! 

    Diversity & Human Rights

    U of G is a diverse and inclusive community. The Office of Diversity and Human rights offers you:

    • Training and awareness on inclusion, equity and accessibility
    • Advocates on behalf of diversity concerns
    • Connects you with human rights personnel
    • Monitor's university's policies and flags those that may be discriminatory

    Other Clubs & Organizations 

    In addition to these service on campus, U of G also houses 250+ clubs and organizations! These span cultural and religious interests, media and arts, sports and academics, community services and student governments. Be SURE to get involved, #futuregryphons.

    March 1 - Application Deadline

    Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 10:56

    This is it!

    If you’re hoping to be a #futuregryphon and join us at the U of G in September 2017, your application is due by next Wednesday, March 1!

    All you need to do is visit the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website and complete the online application. There are two types of applicants – 101 and 105. To learn more about each type of applicant and determine which category you fall under, we recommend visiting OUAC’s Undergrad Criteria page

    Have last-minute questions about the application process?

    Join us for a Snapchat chat this Thursday, February 23 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST, and we’ll set everything straight for you!

    Beat the ‘Winter Blahs’ at UofG!

    Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017 - 15:16

    Ever wonder how our Gryphon’s beat the 'winter blahs' on campus? While it may seem like winter is the season that just won’t end, check out all the fun ways to make the most of all our campus has to offer, regardless of the weather!

    1. Get Moving

    Skating, swimming and rock climbing are always on the menu at UofG, thanks to our amazing athletic facilities available to all of our students! If you’re more of the competitive type, you could join one of the 17 intramural sports available on campus. Rather focus on your own fitness goals? Join us in our brand spanking new Athletic Centre, equipped with all of the most up-to-date equipment and technology!

    2. Jump in the Ring

    Students in the Bull Ring

    The Bull Ring, that is! The cozy atmosphere, the yummy food – what’s not to love about campus’s hippest coffee shop and eatery? With live music nearly every afternoon, and open mic night every Wednesday, The ‘Ring is bound to become one of your favourite campus hangs!

    3. Go Green

    No time or money for a tropical getaway? UofG’s greenhouses provide the ultimate winter respite from cold, dreary days. Spend some time relaxing, reading or studying in either the Conservatory Greenhouse (located next to the University Centre), or grab something yummy at the Greenhouse Café in the Bovey Building and then wander over to the Bovey Greenhouse to admire some of the beautiful tropical plants.

    4. Take a Hike

    With 165 hectares (over 400 acres!) of forested area – complete with several km’s of walking trails, a hike through UofG’s Arboretum will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland scene straight out of a story book.

    5. Have a Cuppa

    Coffee, tea, hot cocoa – our various campus coffee houses have all this and more, plus some really cosy nooks to curl up in. Sometimes, the best way to deal with the frigid temps and blustery weather is just to ignore it completely for a little while. Cuddle up, #futuregryphons!



    U of G Students Try the Campus Bakery Co.

    Posted: Monday, February 13, 2017 - 11:10

    U of G's Campus Bakery Co.

    Straight from the source: 

    "Campus Bakery Co. doesn't just want to think outside the box, but throw it away completely! We are dedicated to providing freshly baked, made-from-scratch goods for our campus community available for convenient pick-up at The Brass Taps Campus Pub or delivery to any University Centre Meeting Room location.

    We love creating custom themed baked goods and will work with all baking requests. To top it all off, many of our baked goods can be prepared to accommodate vegan and gluten-free dietary considerations."

    You should also checkout their freshly baked menu to start daydreaming about what you can order. As you saw in the video, we highly recommend it ALL. 

    Follow them on twitter and instagram for some "sweet" photos and updates. 

    International Student Application Deadline - February 15

    Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 - 15:00

    Are you an International student interested in applying to U of G for Fall 2017?

    Please note that Wednesday, February 15 is the application deadline for International high school students. Applications received after February 15 will be processed on a rolling basis.

    We will continue to accept applications until May 1, 2017; however, we cannot guarantee space in programs. Please note that there will be no exceptions or extensions for applications to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program (BLA).

    Information on the application process for International students can be found on our website.

    Make the most of the wait!

    Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 15:47

    We get it – playing the ‘waiting game’ is nobody’s idea of fun. But there are some constructive (and even fun) ways to spend your time if you’re still waiting to hear form us about the status of your application for Fall 2017.

    Visit Us!

    Take a road trip to Guelph and take advantage of our daily campus tours! Even if you’ve been here before, visiting our campus will help you get to know us even better, and we’re sure you don’t need an excuse to enjoy some of our awesome campus food and hospitality!

    Make a Mental Picture of Your Life @ Guelph

    Whether you’re passionate about athletics, dedicated to extracurricular clubs and activities, or committed to volunteering your time to worthy causes, there’s more to university life than just academics! Now’s your chance to really find out about all of the wonderful ways you could become involved on campus – and beyond – at Guelph. Make a mental picture, and get ready to live it!

    Chat Us Up!

    Our online and Snapchat Chats continue throughout the next fewl months, so make sure you chat us up! Be sure to check out the chat schedule for full details!

    Fill out the Student Profle Form (SPF)

    Even if you’re pretty confident about your grades, we still encourage all applicants who haven’t received an offer of admission to fill out the SPF before the May 1 deadline. It only takes a few minutes to complete, and you might just be happy you did!

    Work, Work, Work, Work, Work!

    We know you know how important it is to keep working hard at school, but we think it bears repeating. We’ll be using your top six completed grade 12 marks PLUS mid-term grades from your current semester (including required subjects) to calculate your admission average. Check out more info on our Admission Plan and keep working hard, #futuregryphons!


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