101 – University of Guelph

Last updated: September 22, 2022

University program information changes regularly. Refer to the application and the university’s website for the most up-to-date details.

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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 30,000+ 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 30,000 students call our campus home.
  • More than 5,000 students live in residence. (This number is subject to change due to evolving COVID-19 protocols.)
  • We have 19 intramurals, 32 varsity teams, 22 sports clubs and more than 200 student clubs and organizations.
  • We have more than 4,000 student jobs available.
  • We have more than 190,000 active alumni in more than 150 countries.

Special Characteristics

  • More than $163 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 120 study-abroad opportunities in 33 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania and the United States.
  • We offer more than 1,000 experiential learning opportunities, including co-op programs, paid and volunteer positions, research assistantship programs, hands-on course options and more.

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  • $26.3 million in undergraduate student assistance awarded in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Top awards:
    • President’s Scholarships and Lincoln Alexander Chancellors’ Scholarships: 11 scholarships valued at $42,500 each.
    • Dr. Franco J. Vaccarino President’s Scholarship: 1 scholarship valued at $42,500, available to a top international student.
    • Board of Governors’ Scholarships: 25 awards of $20,000 each.
    • Academic Leadership Entrance Scholarships: 35 awards of $20,000 each.
    • Entrance Scholarships: All high school applicants entering the first semester of a degree program for the first time are automatically considered for a University of Guelph Entrance Scholarship.

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Residence Accommodation

If you are entering semester 1 in the fall, we will give you priority for a room in residence if you submit the residence application and deposit by the deadline. More than 4,600 residence spaces are typically available with a variety of residence styles to suit every taste.

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Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services help 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 Student 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.

Supplementary Information Form for Students with Disabilities (SIF-D).

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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 12, 2023: All programs – to be considered for early offers of admission.

January 12, 2023: Turfgrass Management – we will consider applications received after this date, as space allows. (February 15 is the deadline for supporting documents.)

March 1, 2023: All other programs.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible. After you have applied, you must complete and submit all required documents and supplementary application information by the deadline.

Read more about required and optional supplementary forms, and important deadlines.

June 1, 2023: Residence application and deposit deadline – if you are entering semester 1 in fall 2023.

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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 Background Information Form (BIF)
  • Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management (DTM)
    • Turfgrass Background Information Form (BIF)

Optional Supplementary Documentation

Student Profile Form (SPF)

We recognize that non-academic factors play an important role in students’ lives. If you are a high school applicant, the Student Profile Form (SPF) is your opportunity to tell Admission Services about activities you have been involved in that have helped you develop leadership and citizenship qualities. We will also consider factors beyond your control that have negatively affected your academic performance, such as illness or extenuating circumstances.

If your admission average in May does not meet the cut-off for the program you have applied to, we may consider your SPF if your average falls within a discretionary range of the final cut-off. Submission is optional but strongly encouraged. This online form becomes available in November.

Supplementary Information Form for Students with Disabilities

We strive to provide equal opportunity for academically qualified students with disabilities. If you are a high school applicant and feel your admission average does not reflect your true academic ability as a result of a disability, we encourage you to complete the Supplementary Information Form for Students with Disabilities (SIF-D). We take this form into consideration along with academics for applicants whose admission average falls within a discretionary range of the final cut-off. This online form becomes available in November.

Review all supplementary forms and deadlines.

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Veterinary Medicine

High school applicants cannot be considered 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 an undergraduate degree program and 8 specific subject requirements.

Read more about admission requirements for the DVM program.

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English-language Proficiency

You will be required to 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.

Note: Francophone Canadian citizens educated in Canada will not be required to meet the English-language proficiency requirement. We will also consider you as having met the English-language proficiency requirement if you completed the International Baccalaureate diploma where English was the language of instruction.

We reserve the right to deny admission if you do not demonstrate satisfactory facility in English, regardless of academic qualifications.

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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