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Fact Fridays - Episode 2: Improve Business with a Bachelor of Commerce

Posted: Friday, November 3, 2017 - 09:17

Don’t let our program name fool you; when we talk about the Bachelor of Commerce Program at the U of G, we mean business! Get it?

We take a unique approach to business emphasizing collaboration and team work to transform students into leaders of Canadian and global economies.

With 8 different majors – there’s truly something for everyone:

  • Accounting: complete the requirements to become a CPA.
  • Food and Agricultural Business: prepare for a career in Canada’s second largest industry; agriculture and food.
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management: choose an area of emphasis in Hotel and Lodging, Restaurant and Foodservice or Tourism management.
  • Leadership and Organizational Management: get your CHRP designation after graduation.
  • Management Economics and Finance: specialize in Management or Finance.
  • Marketing Management: explore topics related to consumer psychology and product development.
  • Public Management: combine politics, law and business.
  • Real Estate and Housing: examine real estate studies and develop management skills.

Here’s some quick facts:

Fact # 1: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Our students work together to develop new business ventures and participate in national and international business competitions – many of which they have won!

Fact #2: We Offer Flexibility

In your first year you’ll learn the essential skills and knowledge of business management, giving you a solid foundation for the years ahead. Students can apply Undeclared from high school and determine their interests before selecting a major in their 2nd semester.

Fact #3: CBaSE - Your new BFF

The Centre for Business and Student Enterprise is where Commerce students can apply their business knowledge and gain work experience while earning credit! Through CBaSE students can apply for start-up funding, consult on local business projects and even receive support to attend industry events.

Fact #4: Endless Co-op Options

With the exception of Leadership and Organizational Management, co-op is offered for all of our Commerce majors. Gain work experience and build your professional network while attending university. Students can complete their co-op terms anywhere in Ontario, Canada or even internationally!

Fact #5: Lots of Student Work Space

Macdonald Hall was recently transformed into the College of Business and Economics. This updated building features tons of student work space, “break out” rooms for studying and presentations, modern classrooms and a place to grab a snack or coffee before getting down to business!

Visit our website for more detailed information on each of our Commerce majors. AND come see the home of Business at U of G this Sunday November 5th at Fall Preview Day!

Fact Fridays - Episode 1: Improve Technology with Computing at U of G

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017 - 09:00

Want to be involved in pushing the limits of technology and exploring new ways of thinking, imagining and creating? Our Bachelor of Computing program could be the perfect choice for you!

Since you’re probably reading this from a computer screen or phone, 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:  Unique Majors with Co-op

Students in Computer Science explore problems and build solutions while focusing on programming.

Software Engineering students focus more on the design, development, implementation and evolution of software.

An added bonus, both majors offer the chance for experiential learning, networking, skill development and hands-on experience through co-op.

Fact #2: You’ll choose an Area of Application

Choose a secondary area of interest where you can apply the concepts learned in your Computing major. You will take 8 courses from your area of application throughout your degree.

For example, you can combine areas such as:

  • Computing + Psychology: explore human-computer interaction and build more user-friendly hardware and software
  • Computing + Biology: explore bioinformatics and support cutting-edge biological research
  • Computing + Business: many opportunities to explore e-commerce and develop inventory management systems or create electronic business applications

Fact #3: Your Classmates are Your Support System

Computing students form a very supportive family throughout their degree.

U of G even has a community of female computer scientists and software engineers called CISters!

Check out our Youtube channel to meet Mark and Madison, both computer science students, and their friends/peers talking about their experience(s) in the program.

Fact #4: The Computing “Home” is Getting a Serious Upgrade

Renovations are underway in the Reynolds building, creating a new home for the School of Computer Science. Once complete in 2018, the School of Computer Science will feature state-of-the-art spaces for student collaboration and research! You’ll want to be a part of this; trust us.

If you want to solve problems and improve life with technology, we highly recommend our Bachelor of Computing Program.

You should also attend Fall Preview Day on November 5th. This is your chance to tour campus, meet current computing students and faculty and ask your questions. See you there Future Gryphons!

Tips Tuesday – Episode 2: Science & Engineering Sunday

Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 09:00

Attend our event made just for future scientists and engineers.

Here’s our tips for when you attend Science and Engineering Sunday:

Tip #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.

Tip #2: Do Your Research

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

Tip #3: Attend the Academic Resource Fair

This is your opportunity to meet current students, staff and faculty from our science and engineering programs, as well as Co-op & Career Services, Housing, Athletics, Hospitality Services, Student Accessibility Services…and SO. Many. More.

Tip #4: Drop-in to the Academic Buildings

See our science labs, recently upgraded engineering facility, greenhouses, anatomy display, and Ontario Veterinary College first-hand. Watch as students and faculty perform demonstrations, and partake 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.

Tip #5: Attend the Vet Info Session

Questions about the Ontario Veterinary College? You’re in luck, future vets. You’ll meet the Manager of Student Affairs and current vet students to learn more about the admission requirements and the program.

Tip #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 now - you won’t regret it! See you there #FutureGryphons!

Improve The Ecosystems of Life at U of G

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:59

Science and Engineering Sunday is quickly approaching, so it’s time to break down our Bachelor of Science Program at the U of G.

We offer 27 Bachelor of Science majors, which encompass the Biological Sciences and the Physical Sciences.

The Biological Science programs explore all living things, from tiny organisms to large ecosystems and everything in between.

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.

Need more clarification? Let’s think end-goals for a minute. Are you thinking the environmental industry, veterinary school, dental school or healthcare? Biological sciences are where it’s at. Or, are you thinking you’d like to be in the pharmaceutical industry or continuing research in physics, chemistry or nanoscience? The Physical sciences are a great place to start to help you answer important questions about the universe!

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

We Have a Common First Year

...We start you in the basics in biology, chemistry, physics and math to bring everyone to the same level of understanding before getting more specific in upper years.

Science at U of G is flexible

...The common first year makes it easy to switch majors as you discover your true passions; trust us, it happens all the time!

We offer Co-op

...10 of our Science Majors give you the option to get some real-life work experience and make valuable contacts.

Our Physics professors are STELLAR

...First-year professor Jason Thomas tests the laws of physics and recently broke 24 world records as his alter ego, The Great Orbax. Another physics prof, Martin Williams, was recently recognized for excellence in teaching undergraduate physics! That’s just to name a couple…

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 Biomed students the opportunity to dissect human cadavers; which are donated from the local community.

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

2017 Road Warrior Series: Nick

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:40

Nick PankerichanNick Pankerichan, one of the truest Guelph gryphons you will ever come across! His feet have been planted on the university campus for many years, having completed an undergrad degree in Geography, then almost immediately joining the Liaison Officer team. Now the head Liaison Officer - Secondary School Recruitment, he refuses to leave his Guelph family, and his 'home'. 

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I felt a part of a caring and supportive community - it was my home away from home. Little did I know; I would soon call it my home. There is a feeling on this campus that you can’t really explain until you visit.  And once I was here, it was really hard for me to leave.  Everyone is not only passionate about the University of Guelph, but every student and employee takes pride in making a difference by trying to change lives and improve life around them!

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

Most of my time was spent in the W.F Mitchell Athletic Centre - I played on the varsity basketball team for 5 years and had the honour of being named team captain for 4 of those years. For me, it wasn’t just about winning games; it was about the effort and dedication that my teammates, my brothers, made day in and day out to reach a common goal. And although we never won a championship, the memories and friendships I built will last forever. Guelph meant so much to me, that not only do I get to travel across Canada to speak to students about the possibility of living and learning at the University of Guelph, but I am also entering my 7th year as an assistant coach with the Varsity Men’s basketball team.

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

My entire life has revolved around working with people, more specifically, students! This job not only provides me with the opportunity to guide students and their families during an important stage of their life, but I also get to talk to them about one of my favourite places in the world, the University of Guelph! I believe education is the most powerful tool to solve all of our problems. Our students are our future and they hold the keys to help make the world a better place!

What advice would you offer to potential UofG students?

Your university days will be the best days of your life. There are so many different universities to choose from and degree programs to study. The most important thing to consider is finding a place where you will not only learn for the next 4 years, but live as well. Make sure you go to as many presentations and ask as many questions as you can!  But most importantly, visit the campus!  There is not one best university out there, but there is one best university for you!  Make sure you embrace and enjoy every minute of this process and I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors!

He's already busy on the road telling high school students why U of G is right for them, so keep an eye out for his Gryphon vibe, he could be coming your way!

Tips Tuesday – Episode 1: Make the Most of Fall Preview Day

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:28

We definitely think that you should apply to the U of G – but you need to experience it to believe it. Join us Sunday, November 5th for Fall Preview Day and witness the U of G community first-hand.

Here’s some tips on how to live life to the fullest on Fall Preview Day:

Tip #1: Become a Gryphon for a Day

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, visiting a campus is the best way to picture yourself there for the next 4 years.

If you ask a Gryphon, chances are they will say the energy on campus when they visited had them hooked. At the Academic and Student Services resource fair, you will meet with students, faculty and staff and hear their stories of why they chose the U of G, their involvement and all that U of G has to offer.

Tip #2: Go On a Walking Tour

Our walking tours and building drop-ins are arguably the most important part of Fall Preview Day.

Explore campus and experience what it would be like to call the U of G home. You will have the opportunity to visit residences, check out student spaces and take a look inside many of our academic buildings including Macdonald Hall (our Business hub), Thornbrough (the Engineering complex), Zavitz Hall (home of Studio Arts) and more!

Tip #3: Attend an Info Session

There will be 20-minute information sessions on various topics throughout the day. Topics include:

  • Living in residence
  • Co-operative Education
  • Our Admission plan
  • Financing your education

There will also be 45-minute general presentations that cover everything from our academic programs to our many student services. This presentation will get into the nitty gritty of life at the U of G!

Tip #4: Take in Fall on Campus

The U of G campus is beautiful in every season – but the colours of the leaves in autumn are enough to make you “fall” in love. You might even witness some grads taking their photos in the leaves!Slack Line

So we’ve either convinced you to visit U of G or you’re still on the fence. Either way, registration for Fall Preview Day is now open and we recommend you register now! See you there, #futuregryphons!

Design, Create, Solve In Engineering @ U of G

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:41

“As engineers, we were going to be in a position to change the world - not just study it.” - Henry Petroski

At the University of Guelph, our Engineering degree emphasizes design and collaboration when creating solutions to real-world problems. Each of our 7 majors combine engineering principles with hands-on, design based courses.

Let’s break down the Engineering majors offered at the U of G:

Biological Engineering

...combines engineering principles with life sciences to provide an understanding of living organisms. This major explores topics from food manufacturing to pharmaceuticals to the production of bio-based materials.

Biomedical Engineering

...goes beyond understanding living organisms into designing ways to improve human and animal health. You’ll explore Biosystems to learn about the impacts of disease and injury. This is where you want to be if you’re interested in pursuing a future in the healthcare industry.

Computer Engineering science + electrical engineering; this major dives into the design, construction, implementation and maintenance of hardware and software computing systems. Think developing artificial intelligence or electronic design automation.

Engineering Systems and Computing

...differs from Computer Engineering as it looks at the workings and design of hardware and software in a variety of devices; not just computers. In the later years, you can specialize in streams like mechatronics, robotics or embedded systems.

Environmental Engineering

...looks at the impact humans have on the earth. In this major, you will design treatment systems to identify, prevent and clean up pollution of our land, air and water.

Fact: Environmental Engineering is our equivalent to Chemical Engineering.

Water Resource Engineering similar to Environmental Engineering, this major (literally) dives deeper into the management of water. Design flood and erosion control systems and discover creative solutions to protect groundwater, soil, wetlands, streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.

Mechanical Engineering

...covers it all. You will explore the design, manufacturing and maintenance of all systems. Specialize in energy, mechatronics, manufacturing or biomechanics and choose electives that complement your specific interests.

Undeclared our common 1st year Engineering program and makes it easy for you to explore your interests and choose a major at the start of semester 3; all while enjoying access to our innovative facilities including our recent 50 million dollar expansion!

Come check out our facilities and meet current students, staff and faculty on Sunday, November 12 at our Science and Engineering Sunday!

Picking YOUR University

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 14:26

The Ontario Universities' Application Centre is now open! Not ready to commit to deciding which universities and programs you’d like to apply to?

We’re here to help.

Visit Campus – ASAP

How will you 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.

You’ll feel right away whether it is your place. Trust us!

Of course we think the University of Guelph is where you should be! Come “feel” it 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.

Do Your Research, Friends

Yes, feeling comfortable on campus is very important. But, the university also needs to offer programs that match your interests.

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 piques 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.

Relax, Look at Your Options

You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do right out of the gate.

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.

How easy is it to switch programs/majors? 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 U of G, we offer you all of that. Most of our programs have a general first year, so switching majors is SIMPLE.

You should also checkout 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.


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!

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. Stay connected.

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

2017 Road Warrior Series: Nicole

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 14:36

Nicole Nicole is a long-time veteran at the University of Guelph, and continues to travel across Canada to speak with nationwide #futuregryphons. She graduated from the Bachelor of Arts program, majoring in Sociology and English, in 2001; and hasn't left the U of G since!

What is your favourite thing about UofG?

Definitely the community! I came to U of G because I loved the university and campus, but the community has kept me here long after graduation!

Please describe your campus & community involvement while at UofG.

I lived on campus the entire time I was a student. I was a Residence Assistant in Mountain Hall, a Sr. Residence Assistant in Maritime Hall and then held 2 executive positions on Interhall Council. My favourite day of the year was, and still is, move in day! The buzz of activity and excitement as a new year begins!

What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer?

I didn't want to leave U of G! I found an awesome opportunity and applied for it. What an amazing job - talk about the place that had such a huge impact on my life and help students find their perfect university.

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

Try new things, ask for help, meet new people, join a club, start a club, step out of your comfort zone, explore the campus and city, talk to your professors and teaching assistants, read all the important emails the university sends you (I'm wearing my admission counsellor hat with that one), work hard, enjoy your journey, and improve life!

Improve the Art of Thinking @ U of G

Posted: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 09:42

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”. - Pablo Picasso

At the University of Guelph, our focus is to keep your creativity alive into #adulting, despite which of the 24 Bachelor of Arts majors you choose. We do this by:

  1. Keeping our BA program flexible – choose a major, add a minor, complete a general degree with an area of concentration or go undeclared!
  2. Having stellar instructors – Lawrence Hill, author of the Book of Negros and recipient of the Order of Canada, is just one of the amazing professors for our BA program.
  3. Getting inspiration from our campus and the world around us – We encourage travel, exchanges and involvement in our campus to broaden your idea of what art is.
  4. Ensuring our courses are relevant in today’s world – from environmental governance to political science, a BA will help you make sense of what’s on the news and identify your own solutions.
  5. Offering an extensive list of minors so YOU can design your own education – minors are optional but offered for most degree programs here at the U of G. Why not get some credit for your special interests and hobbies?

Now, the Arts are at the U of G are:

For Everyone

Whether studying music, studio art or theatre; we start from the basics. There are no auditions or portfolios required for admission because we believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to explore their creative side.


The U of G also offers many opportunities to explore the world around us. Students in all majors are encouraged to take a semester abroad to explore art in all corners of the earth and apply their learnings from the U of G in real-life settings. If travelling isn’t for you, The Art Gallery of Guelph and the largest Sculpture Park in Canada are located right on campus!


At the U of G, we believe in improving the art of thinking through the social sciences and the humanities. From psychology and economics to geography and language studies, the U of G offers majors that can lead to graduate studies and careers in a broad variety of fields.

It is also SUPER easy to switch majors or add a minor. Take advantage of the “Major to be Determined” designation and test drive some courses from different areas before declaring a major!

So, while you might not think you’re an ‘artist’, well…you are. Choose the program that will improve your life; and the lives around you.


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