101 – University of Guelph

Last updated: October 1, 2020

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About the University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, recognized for the high quality of our teaching, research and outstanding facilities. Engaged in a wide variety of academic programs, our more than 29,000 students thrive on the cutting edge of their fields.

The Campus

  • The beautiful main campus of 412 hectares is approximately an hour’s drive west of Toronto.
  • Includes a 165-hectare arboretum and a 12-hectare Research Park.

Our People

  • We are the Guelph Gryphons. Our colours are red, gold and black.
  • More than 29,000 students call our campus home.
  • More than 5,000 students live in residence.
  • We have 17 intramurals, 17 varsity teams, 22 sports clubs and more than 200 student clubs and organizations.
  • More than 4,000 student jobs available.
  • More than 173,000 active alumni in more than 150 countries.

Special Characteristics

  • More than $146.6 million in annual research funding makes us one of Canada’s most research-intensive universities.
  • The Centre for New Students, the first of its kind in Canada, helps you make a successful transition to university.
  • We have the largest residence system in Ontario.
  • We have an outstanding library system with access to more than 7.5 million items.
  • We offer more than 100 study-abroad opportunities in 33 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania and the United States.
  • We offer over 1,000 experiential learning opportunities, including co-op programs, paid and volunteer positions, hands-on course options and more.

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  • $32 million in student assistance awarded in the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Top awards:
    • President’s Scholarships and Lincoln Alexander Chancellors’ Scholarships: 11 scholarships valued at $42,000 each.
    • Board of Governors’ Scholarships: 25 awards of $20,000 each.

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Residence Accommodation

If you are entering in the fall and enrolling in semester 1 at the Guelph campus, we guarantee you a room in residence if you apply by the deadline. More than 5,000 residence spaces are available with a variety of residence styles to suit every taste.

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Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services helps students who experience disabilities with full and equitable participation in academic life. We strive to create a barrier-free environment where all students can achieve their full potential.

We encourage students who experience disabilities to register for accommodations with Accessibility Services. As part of the registration process, we will assign you an advisor who will meet with you to review your documentation and talk about appropriate accommodations and additional support.

Read more about Accessibility Services.

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Semester Entry Points

We admit high school (semester 1) applicants to the fall semester only.

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Application Deadlines

January 15, 2021: All programs – to be considered for early offers of admission.

January 15, 2021: Turfgrass Management – applications received after this date will be considered only as space allows. (February 15 is the deadline for supporting documents.)

March 1, 2021: All other programs.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible. We will inform you of the required forms and deadlines when you apply. Forms will be available electronically. Special deadlines may pertain to Background Information Forms (BIFs) and supporting documentation.

June 1, 2021: This is the residence application deadline if you are entering semester 1 in fall 2021.

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Supplementary Application Information

Required Supplementary Documentation

Applicants applying to the following programs must complete additional background information:

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)
    • BLA BIF
  • Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management
    • Turfgrass BIF

Optional Supplementary Documentation

Student Profile Form

All semester 1 applicants may complete and submit the Student Profile Form, which we consider during the third round of high school offers in May. We consider leadership and citizenship qualities, and extenuating circumstances of a medical or compassionate nature for applicants whose admission average falls within a discretionary range below the determined admission average for the program they apply to.

Supplementary Information Form for Students with Disabilities

We strive to provide equal opportunity for academically qualified students with disabilities. We encourage all semester 1 applicants who feel their admission average does not reflect their true academic ability as a result of a disability to complete the Supplementary Information Form for Students with Disabilities. We take this form into consideration along with academics for applicants whose admission average falls within a discretionary range below the determined program admission average.

Review all supplementary forms and deadlines.

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Veterinary Medicine

We cannot consider high school applicants for direct admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. Before you can apply to the DVM program, you must complete at least 2 years of a degree program and 8 specific subject requirements.

Read more about admission requirements for the DVM program.

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English-language Proficiency

You must present evidence of English proficiency if:

  • your primary or first language is not English and
  • you have had less than 4 years of full-time secondary school or postsecondary study, demonstrating satisfactory academic progress in an English-language school system.

If English is not your first language, read more about English-language proficiency requirements and acceptable English-language proficiency tests.

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Contact Information

Admission Services
Office of Registrarial Services
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph ON  N1G 2W1

Telephone: 519-824-4120, ext. 58721 or 519-821-2130
Website: https://admission.uoguelph.ca
Email: admission@uoguelph.ca
Undergraduate Calendar: www.uoguelph.ca/undergrad_calendar

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