The Student Profile Form (SPF) is your opportunity to tell the Admission Committee about activities that you have been involved in and that have helped you develop leadership and citizenship qualities. Factors beyond your control that have negatively affected your academic performance, such as illness or extenuating circumstances, will also be considered. If your admission average in May does not meet the cut-off for the program to which you have applied, your SPF will be considered if your average falls within a discretionary range of the final cutoff (up to 5%). Submission is optional but strongly recommended.
If you are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, the online Student Profile Form must be submitted by May 1, 2023.
If you are a high school student outside of Canada and are not following Ontario (OSSD) curriculum, you are encouraged to submit the SPF at the time of application but before March 1, 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will see my SPF?
When you submit the SPF electronically, it is directly entered into our database system via a secure connection. Your SPF will not be seen by anyone who is not involved in the admission process. It will be reviewed by the Admission Committee only if your admission average falls within a discretionary range.
How is the SPF used?
Your SPF is used solely for admission consideration. All information and documentation submitted will be held in strict confidence.
If I complete the Supplemental Information Form for Students with Disabilities (SIF-D) do I also need to complete the SPF?
Yes. Each form addresses different factors that may impact admission. If you have experienced factors that fall under the categories on both forms, we encourage you to complete and submit both the SIF-D and the SPF.
What are the discretionary ranges?
The discretionary range is defined as “up to 5% below the final cut-off average for the program to which an applicant is seeking admission”. The discretionary range will vary from one year to the next as it is determined, in part, by the number of available spaces in the degree program and major; however, it will not exceed 5%. The discretionary range is also dependent on the overall quality of the applicant pool.
If your admission average in May falls within the discretionary range and there is still space available in the degree program and major you’ve applied to, the Admission Committee will review your SPF submission.
Do I need to complete all the questions?
Completion of all questions is recommended. We encourage you to answer questions that you feel would assist us in assessing your application.
Does style and spelling count?
Yes. The content and form of your submission may affect our admission decision. Please review your responses carefully to ensure that your answers are clearly written, grammatically correct, and free of spelling errors.
Where do I find my OUAC ID and my University of Guelph Student ID?
You will find both ID numbers on the acknowledgement email that you received after you applied to the University of Guelph. Your OUAC reference number is 10 digits (the first four are the year). For the University of Guelph's purposes, when completing the SPF please add a 0 as the eleventh digit to make your 11 digit OUAC reference number (eg: 2020123456 would be 20201234560).
Why can't I type more text in each text area?
You are provided with space that we expect will be adequate to answer each question. The character limit for each answer is indicated following the question.
I clicked "Continue" and the form is now blank. What happened?
Due to system limitations, you have a maximum of one hour to complete and submit the form. If you need more time we suggest that you complete your answers in a word processing application and then cut and paste your answers after all questions have been completed. Before you paste your answers, we ask that you load the form again or by clicking the Refresh or Reload button on your browser.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Where do I send my supporting documents?
No medical or psycho-educational assessment documentation is required. If you choose to provide supporting documentation for non-medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances, please submit directly to email@example.com. Please ensure that your name and University of Guelph ID number and/or your OUAC reference number are included.