105 – University of Guelph

Last updated: September 14, 2021

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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 nearly 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.
  • Nearly 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, 33 varsity teams, 21 sports clubs and more than 200 student clubs and organizations.
  • More than 4,000 student jobs available.
  • More than 185,000 active alumni in more than 150 countries.

Special Characteristics

  • More than $156 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 more than 1,000 experiential learning opportunities, including co-op programs, paid and volunteer positions, hands-on course options and more.

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  • $26 million in undergraduate student assistance awarded in the 2020-2021 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.
    • Academic Leadership Entrance Scholarships: 35 awards of $20,000 each.

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Residence Accommodation

If you are entering semester 1 in the fall, we guarantee you a room in residence if you submit the residence application and deposit by the the June 1, 2022, deadline. More than 5,000 residence spaces are typically available with a variety of residence styles to suit every taste. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this number has decreased slightly for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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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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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM): Deadlines and Supplementary Documentation

Canadian Students

  • Application deadline: December 1, 2021
  • Background Information Form (BIF): February 1, 2022
  • References and official transcript deadline: March 1, 2022

International Students

  • Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application deadline: September 15, 2021
  • Non-VMCAS application deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Supplementary fee and document deadline: November 1, 2021

All applicants must submit a BIF and references (2 of which must be from veterinarians who know you in a supervisory or professional context). Once we have processed your application, we will give you access to WebAdvisor. You will access the BIF through WebAdvisor and list your references on this form. We will contact referees directly and ask them to complete a confidential online referee assessment.

Read more about the DVM program and admission requirements.

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All Other Programs: Fall Semester Deadlines and Supplementary Documentation

High School Applicants

  • Application deadline: March 1, 2022
  • Transcript deadline: April 15, 2022

Mature Students/General Studies Applicants

  • Application deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Transcript deadline: June 1, 2022

International High School Applicants

  • Application deadline: February 5, 2022
  • Transcripts deadline: March 1, 2022

Postsecondary Applicants

  • Application deadline: May 1, 2022
  • Transcript deadline: June 1, 2022

We encourage you to apply as early as possible. After you have applied, you must complete and submit supplementary documentation for specific programs.

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

Read more about programs and admission requirements.

Required Supplementary Documentation

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

  • General Studies
    • General Studies Student Profile Form
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)
    • BLA BIF
  • Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management
    • Turfgrass BIF

Review all supplementary forms and deadlines.

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Semester Entry Points

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

Transfer students applying from another postsecondary institution can be considered for the fall entry point. Select programs also offer winter and summer admission. Entry point options are listed by program and specialization in the application.

Contact Admission Services for details about deadlines and requirements.

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High School (Semester 1) Applicants

High school students from outside Ontario as well as Ontario students not currently enrolled full time in high school:

  • We strongly advise you to submit your application and transcripts no later than March 1, 2022, since many programs fill and close by mid‑June.

International high school applicants:

  • You must complete the application process by March 1, 2022, (including submitting official documents/transcripts, etc.) for us to fully consider you for all programs, scholarships and residence.
  • For us to consider you for an early offer of admission, apply no later than early January.

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Postsecondary Transfers

We welcome applications from students who wish to transfer from another postsecondary institution. If you are transferring from another college or university, you may be eligible for transfer credit in recognition of previously completed courses.

Note: Transfer applicants are not eligible for direct entry into co-op. We will consider those who apply for co-op for the regular program (i.e., non-co-op). Once you are a student at the University of Guelph, you can connect with your program counsellor to determine whether you are eligible for co-op. For more information, visit Co-operative Education and Career Services.

  • We review transfer applications as they become complete. For programs with limited enrollment, we will consider applicants in competition with other transfer applicants.
  • We encourage you to submit all required documents as early as possible, as we may make early conditional offers of admission.
  • If we offer you conditional admission, you must submit final, official transcripts upon the conclusion of your academic year.
  • We assess transfer credits at the point of admission and typically outline assessments in the offer letter.

Review admission requirements for each program.

Note: You must present the specific subject requirements, or equivalents, for the program you are applying to. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Each program and major have minimum entrance requirements that may vary depending upon the quantity and quality of applications received, as well as space availability. In addition, an offer of admission does not imply in any way that space will be available in the course(s) you wish to register in.

Internal Transfers

Students previously registered at the University of Guelph, the University of Guelph‑Humber or the Ridgetown campus should not use the OUAC application. You can apply for an internal transfer or re-admission by submitting the Application for Internal Transfer/Readmission.

Read more about University of Guelph internal transfers and re-admission.

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Submitting Required Documents

After you have applied, we will give you access to WebAdvisor. WebAdvisor is an online tool that enables you to monitor the status of your application and view required documents. This is how we will notify you of required documents, as well as whether they have been received or are still outstanding. Monitor your WebAdvisor account regularly to ensure we have received all required documents.

Transcripts (Required)

All applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all secondary and postsecondary institutions attended. Official transcripts must be sent from the issuing institution (via the OUAC transcript request service, electronically or by mail in a sealed envelope), directly to Admission Services. We highly recommend prompt and early submission of documents.

Note: You can request transcripts for certain Ontario high schools, colleges and universities through the OUAC 105 application. By completing an online transcript request and forwarding the appropriate fees, you authorize the OUAC to arrange for your official transcripts to be sent directly to Admission Services at the University of Guelph. This is recommended.

If your school is not included in this online service, contact the institution and make arrangements to have official transcripts sent directly to Admission Services on your behalf.

Support Letter (Optional)

We encourage transfer applicants who have experienced factors beyond their control that have negatively affected their academic performance, such as illness or personal circumstances, to submit a support letter. Email support letters directly to Admission Services at applicant@uoguelph.ca.

Notes for transfer applicants:

  • We may consider transfer applicants with courses in progress for a conditional offer of admission based on available grade data. Ensure that all official transcripts, including completed and in-progress courses, are sent to Admission Services.
  • If you are currently enrolled in fall semester courses, you should arrange to have the institution send a transcript to Admission Services as soon as final grades from the semester are available.
  • If you are currently enrolled in a winter or spring semester, you should arrange to have the institution send a transcript to Admission Services immediately and at the end of the semester.
  • If we require additional documents, we will communicate this after we receive your application.

We cannot guarantee admission consideration for applications and documents that we receive after the deadline dates, due to space limitations that may exist within programs.

Note: Documents submitted in support of an application become the property of the University of Guelph and will not be returned.

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Assessment Fee

All applicants (with some exceptions) must submit a non‑refundable $80 assessment fee. You will pay this fee to the OUAC with your application fees.


  • If you are currently attending full‑time studies in your final year at a Canadian high school and have not previously attended a postsecondary institution.
  • If you are currently attending full‑time studies in your final year of a CEGEP program and have not previously attended a postsecondary institution.
  • Applicants to General Studies (GJ), Non-degree Studies (GND) and those coming from any program at Six Nations Polytechnic.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Evaluation Fee

Applicants to the DVM program must submit a non‑refundable $100 fee. You will pay this fee to the OUAC with your application fees.

Refer to the Supplemental/Document Evaluation Fee Chart for more information.

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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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Non‑degree Studies

If you are a university graduate who does not intend to pursue a second undergraduate degree, but you wish to enroll in university courses to upgrade your academic qualifications (e.g., upgrading a degree or gaining credits for admission to a graduate or other academic program), you should apply for Non‑degree Studies.

When you apply for Non-degree Studies, you must submit a Supplemental Form for Degree Holders to Admission Services.

If you wish to attend the university as a visiting student on a Letter of Permission, contact Admission Services directly.

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Mature Students

For admission purposes, we will consider you a mature student if you have been out of full-time high school for 2 or more years and have never registered at a college or university.

All mature student applicants to the University of Guelph must meet mature student admission requirements.

If you believe that you qualify as a mature student, select “Yes” when asked “Are you applying under mature student regulations?” while completing the application.

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Distance Education

If you wish to enroll in distance education courses only and you are not currently interested in pursuing a degree, visit Open Learning and Educational Support or call 519‑767‑5000 to register as an Open Learning Program student. Do not use the OUAC application.

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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

International Applicant Email: internat@uoguelph.ca
Undergraduate Calendar: www.uoguelph.ca/undergrad_calendar

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