Fact Fridays - Episode 8: Bachelor of Arts and Sciences

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2017 - 14:08

We get it. Deciding between studying, say, International Development and Microbiology might be a no-brainer for many future Gryphons, but for others, choosing between the Arts and the Sciences is HARD.

Fortunately, UofG makes it easy with our Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAS) degree program. That’s right – no need to choose just one favourite discipline to focus your studies on, because you can do BOTH!! Here’s what you need to know.

Fact #1 – 2 Minors and No Majors

All BAS students choose two Minors – one in science, and one in the arts or social sciences. Each minor will be made up of a minimum of 5.00 credits, or approximately 10 courses. You don’t even need to know what your minors will be just yet – those don’t need to be declared until the end of your second semester at the latest.

Fact #2 – Integrated Core Courses Will Set You Apart, and Bring You Together

We’ll challenge you to consider contemporary and historical issues from different perspectives across the arts, science and social sciences. Throughout all four years of the program, students will come together in a series of “ASCI” (Arts and Sciences) courses, where interdisciplinary work will challenge traditional academic boundaries.

Fact #3 – Independent Study = Independent Thinking

BAS students will work with a faculty advisor of their choice to design their own course combining both the arts and science/social sciences. Everything from course work requirements, course outline, due dates, assignment weights, etc. are agreed upon between the student, advisor, and Program Counselling Office.

The BEST part? YOU decide what the requirements are – maybe that includes work and/or volunteer experience or even conducting research.

Fact #4 – The World Is the BAS Grad’s Oyster

Worried that you won’t have access to the same post-grad opportunities as students who study only Science OR Arts? Fear not. BAS grads go on to accomplish pretty much anything that students from other programs do.

This includes (but is not limited to) medical school, teacher’s college, and vet school, just to name a few. Students in this program can complete all of the specific subject requirements for professional school without having to enroll in additional semesters.

Program Chats Have Started!

Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 11:52

We know you've likely still got questions about our academic programs, their highlights, course loads, and supports. That's why we're so pleased to continue to offer online chats specific to individual programs!

Where can you find out more about the chat, our schedule, and how to join in? Why, our Online Chat page, of course!

Each week for the next few months, we'll be hosting many more program chats, featuring faculty and current U of G students who would LOVE to help answer your questions! 

Not sure what to ask? No biggie! You are always welcome to log in to the chat and observe what your fellow #futuregryphons are asking. 

Most of our online chats run between the hours of 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST, with a few exceptions. For full details, check out our schedule!

Campus tours are BACK!

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017 - 16:37

Have you visited us yet? If not, now’s the perfect time to sign up for a campus tour!

You may be asking, “What will I see on a Campus Tour at Guelph?”

Our campus tours showcase some of our student residences, lecture halls, dining facilities, the library, athletic facilities, the main administration building, and several general academic areas.

Plus, our Tour Guides are all current U of G students, so you can rest assured that you’ll be learning all the in's and out's about U of G straight from the best source!

We offer tours at 10:00am and 1:30pm Monday through Friday, and at 1:30pm most Saturdays. Each tour runs approximately two hours, and visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather.

See you soon!

Tips Tuesdays – Episode 4: U of G Calling!

Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 14:24

When your phone rings, will you know what to ask?

Tip #1 – Answer the phone!

Starting this week, our dedicated army of student ambassadors, who we refer to at this time of year as “Telethoners”, will be calling YOU (yes – on the phone!) to speak one-on-one about the program(s) you’ve applied to, our campus, and student life. The best part? You’ll be able to ask any questions you may still have about our programs and what life at Guelph is really like!

Tip #2 – Be prepared with questions

Curious about what kinds of questions area frequently asked during our “Telethon”? We’ve compiled a list that you can use for inspiration for your own questions (or you can just use these if you’d like).


  • What is the Student Profile Form and how do I submit it?
  • When will offers be sent out?


  • What residence did you live in? What was it like?
  • If I decide to commute or live off campus, how can I make friends?
  • What kinds of activities are organized in residence?
  • How are residence rooms decided? What about roommates?

Student Life

  • Are there any clubs in [insert your interests here] that I can be a part of?
  • Can I go on exchange to another country?
  • What student support services are there on campus?


  • How long will it take me to get from one class to another?
  • What kinds of events happen on campus?
  • What is there to do in the city of Guelph?


  • What is the program like?
  • What has been your favourite class?
  • What kinds of co-op jobs are available for my program?
  • Where can I go if I need help with a class?
  • Do you have any recommendations?

Tip #3 – Know when we might call

Starting this Thursday, January 26, our Telethon callers will be making calls from 5 pm – 9 pm every Monday to Thursday, and from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays for the next few weeks. If we’re not able to reach you, we’ll leave you a message and try again at a later date.

Tip #4 – If you found your Teletohon caller helpful, let them know!

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but we appreciate your feedback, and we know our callers do too!

Tip #5 – Know that we’re always here for you

We strive to keep you as informed and supported as possible during this stressful application process! From our ongoing online chats, to our social media platforms, and email and phone support, we’re always here to take your questions!


Fact Fridays - Episode 7: Think you know Engineering at Guelph?

Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 - 15:35

Fact #1: We are unique

No other Canadian university does Engineering quite like we do. That’s because all of our seven majors combine engineering principles with practical, hands-on design based learning tools and courses.

Fact #2: We’ve got your back

Success is so much easier to achieve when you’ve got the right support systems, and we’ve got you covered.

From academic clusters in residence, to Peer Counselling services, Engineering Peer Helpers, and services offered in The Learning Commons and through the Supported Learning Groups (SLG’s) in the Library, help is always here when you need it. The School of Engineering also offers program counselling by a small but mighty army of program counsellors and leaders who can help you navigate course selection, program changes, and more!

Fact #3: Yes, we’re small – but that’s not a bad thing

Our student-centered approach not only provides you, the learner, with top-notch education and learning opportunities, but also creates an atmosphere of cooperation and approachability. From day one, you’ll feel right at home with your fellow students and our dedicated staff and faculty.

Fact #4: We want you to WORK it

Every one of our majors within Engineering offers the chance to do Co-op. What could be better than gaining valuable paid work experience and developing great contacts before you graduate? Just be sure that if Co-op is something you think you might want to be a part of, that you apply for the Co-op option through OUAC. It’s much easier to get into the Co-op program this way!

Fact #5: Our roots run deep

Our foundations in engineering education go back to 1874, when the Ontario Agricultural College, or OAC, introduced courses in physics such as mechanics, hydrostatics, and electricity. When the U of G was created in 1964, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering was added, and the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario accredited the program. And the rest, as they say, is history!

Want to learn more about Engineering at Guelph? Join us Monday, January 23 from 7 - 9 PM EST for an online Engineering chat!

Tips Tuesdays - Episode 3: Get to Know Guelph's Scholarships!

Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 16:16

For this week's Tips Tuesday, we thought we’d give you one BIG tip – get to know Guelph’s scholarships!

We know studying at university can be a major expense for many students and their families, which is why scholarships are important to you.

Tip #1: Remember that you're automatically assessed for entrance scholarships.

These awards range from $2,000 for students with an admission average of 85.0% - 89.9%, to $3,000 for students with an admission average of 90% or higher.

International student? You're scholarships range between $2,000-$8,500. You also have Entrance Bursaries worth between $1,000-$5,000 if you fill out the application by March 1. 

Tip #2: Lookout for 12 scholarships worth $40,000 each!

Do you expect your entrance average to be 90% or higher? Cool! We have some additional scholarships just for you. But you’ll need to act fast – the application deadline is January 25, 2017! That's in ONE week.

The President’s Scholarships

  • 8 scholarships that recognize students who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities

Chancellor’s Scholarships

  • 2 scholarships that recognize students who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities
  • You must also have demonstrated an interest in arts and culture, or international relations and development

The Lincoln Alexander Scholarships 

  • 2 scholarships that recognize students who have made significant leadership contributions to their schools and communities
  • You must be Aboriginal; or a person with a disability; or a member of a racial minority

Tip #3: Study hard for the Board of Governor's Scholarships 

Our Board of Governor's Scholarships recognize students with outstanding academic excellence. 25 students will receive awards of $20,000, payable over four years! No application required, friends. 

Tip #4: Research ALL of U of G's Scholarships 

Visit our awards webpage for a complete list of all of the scholarships and bursaries on offer at U of Guelph (hint: many of these are program and/or major specific!)

Fact Fridays - Episode 6: Science at Guelph

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 - 09:15

Think you know Science at U of G? 

1. Our Bachelor of Science program is made up of 28 majors.

We offer everything from Neuroscience, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Human Kinetics, Theoretical Physics, Zoology, Mathematical Science, Food Science, Environmental Geoscience and Geomatics, Bio-Medical Science, and more!

2. 10 of the majors within the Bachelor of Science program offer the chance to do Co-op!

These include: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biological and Medical Physics, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience, Physics, Biomedical Toxicology, and Food Science! Phew – that’s quite a list!

3. All students in our Science program take a common first year.

This means that, while class sizes in first year will be bigger than in subsequent years of the program, all of our students will start their studies with a common base of knowledge that will ensure you’re prepared for success as you move through the program.

4. Switching majors is (usually) a straightforward process.

This is because of that “common base of knowledge” that we just talked about in point #3. All you need to do is have your Program Counsellor sign some paperwork and then take your forms to the Registrar’s Office for processing. Easy as pie (or pi?)!

5. Minors are definitely an option!

You may want to keep your minor within the sciences. Or, you may want to focus some of your studies on the arts or social science offerings at U of G. Either way, it’s all good, and totally do-able! Most students don’t actually declare a minor until their third of fourth year, and it can be done at any time. All that’s required to declare a minor is your Program Counsellor’s signature.

6. Hands-on learning is definitely “a thing” in the sciences at Guelph

The hands-on learning starts early in the science programs at Guelph. From first year onwards, you’ll be participating in labs, seminars, research, and even field trips for certain courses!


Welcome Back!

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 14:08

Now that school’s back in session, we know you’ve got a lot on your mind. Aside from the studying and loose ends you may be tying up for your second last semester of high school (eek!), there are some important things you need to keep on your radar if you’re hoping to make Guelph a part of your 2017.

1. Early application deadline is TODAY!

If you’re hoping to be considered for admission to one of our programs in our early round (appearing in mailboxes in late January), you’ll need to ensure your application is submitted through OUAC today!

Right now.The regular application deadline is March 1, so if you aren’t able to apply today, you do still have time. Just keep in mind you won’t be hearing from us until later in March, at the earliest.

For a full explanation of when offers go out, what grades are used when, and what the cut-offs will be, check out our Admission Plan

2. Scholarship applications are due soon.

We’ll be publishing more info about some of our great scholarship opportunities in the coming days, but for now, feel free to visit the Student Financial Services Step-by-Step Undergraduate Entrance Award Instructions to learn more about the incredible entrance scholarships you could qualify for!
Cash, yo.Please note that a special application is required for some of the larger scholarships, like the President’s Scholarships.

3. The Student Profile Form (SPF) is available online now.

The is a great opportunity for you to tell Admission Services more about yourself. The good, the bad, the exciting – it’s up to you what you want to include! Check out the article we posted last week about the SPF for more details.

4. Chat with us!

Join us for one of our upcoming online or Snapchat chats! We’ve got a bunch of general and themed chats lined up for the coming weeks and months and lots of helpful staff and student volunteers just itching to answer your questions! Visit our Online Chat page for a full list of dates and login information.

5. Visit us!

Chatting with us is fun, but visiting us is even better!

Do more than just picture yourself at Guelph – come and check us out on one of our fun-filled Campus Tours, starting back up on January 16! We offer up to 11 tours each week – that’s two each weekday and one tour most Saturdays!
Man dancing.Our tours are led by a dedicated group of current students, and include visits to student residences, lecture halls, the library, the athletic facilities, the main administration building, and several general academic areas. Visit our Campus Tours page to sign up for one of our upcoming tours!

Fact Fridays - Episode 5: Five Reasons to Apply to U of Guelph THIS Weekend!

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2017 - 14:37

Five Reasons to Apply to the U of Guelph THIS Weekend!

1. We think you'll be really happy to be here!

Guelph is #2 in Canada for Overall Student Satisfaction, according to the 2017 Maclean’s University Rankings!

2. Guelph offers amazing scholarship opportunities!

Last year we handed out over $18.9 million in awards to our students. Apply to U of G now so that you can focus on applying to our scholarships later!

3. We received more research funding over the past 15 years than any other Canadian comprehensive university! 

Who else can say that? Nobody! That’s who!

4. U of G has impact!

We offer you a ton of really awesome opportunities and experiences like co-op, amazing extra-curriculars, and adventurous study abroad programs. Get involved in our research and humanitarian initiatives and you’ll impact communities and individuals all over the world!

5. Wait for it… you know what it is! The food!!

It’s no secret that U of G has the best food of any Canadian university campus. Don’t believe us? Feel free to pop by any time to find out for yourself!

There you have it – the top 5 reasons why YOU should apply to U of Guelph ASAP!

Student Profile Form (SPF)

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 13:46

Have you completed your application to the University of Guelph, but now want to make your application stand out? The Student Profile Form (SPF) is your opportunity to tell Admission Services more about yourself. 

Use the SPF to tell us about an awesome leadership experience you’ve had, your volunteer involvement, or community or school initiatives you've been a part of.  

The SPF is also the best way to let us know about factors that may have negatively impacted your academic performance, such as illness or extenuating circumstances.
Keep in mind, though, that you can only submit the SPF once, and the deadline for submission is May 1.
Completed SPFs will only be reviewed during the final round of admission offers in May, and only if your average falls within a discretionary range of the final cut-off (up to 5%).
Once your form has been submitted, a message will appear on your screen saying “Your SPF has been successfully sent”. Please note that you will not receive an email or any further confirmation of receipt.
Check out our SPF page for more details!


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