105 – University of Guelph

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Last updated: September 19, 2019

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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.
  • 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 Guelph 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.
  • The largest residence system in Ontario.
  • An outstanding library system with access to more than 7.5 million items.
  • More than 100 study-abroad opportunities in 33 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania and the United States.
  • Over 1,000 experiential learning opportunities, including co-op programs, paid and volunteer positions, hands-on course options and more.

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  • $24 million in student assistance awarded in the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Top awards:
    • President’s Scholarships, Chancellors’ Scholarships and the Lincoln Alexander Scholarships: 12 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, you are guaranteed 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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We believe the educational experience of university should be open to every student who is academically qualified.

Students with hearing, visual, mobility, medical, psychiatric or learning disabilities are encouraged to email the Coordinator in Student Accessibility Services to discuss their specific needs and requirements.

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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM): Deadlines

Canadian Students

  • Application deadline: December 1, 2019
  • Background Information Form (BIF): February 1, 2020
  • References and transcript deadline: March 1, 2020

International Students

  • Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) application deadline: September 15, 2019, or the closest Monday
  • Non-VMCAS application deadline: October 1, 2019
  • Supplemental fee and transcript deadline: November 1, 2019

Required Supplementary Documentation for DVM

  • References
  • BIF

You will be notified in your Acknowledgement Package if you are required to submit supplemental forms. Forms will be available electronically. Please note return dates and addresses.

Read more about the DVM program and admission.

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All Other Programs (Including Co‑operative Education): Deadlines for Fall Semester

High School Applicants

  • Application deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Transcript deadline: April 15, 2020

Mature Students/General Studies Applicants

  • Application deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Transcript deadline: June 1, 2020

International High School Applicants

  • Application deadline: February 5, 2020
  • Transcripts deadline: March 1, 2020

Postsecondary Applicants

  • Application deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Transcript deadline: June 1, 2020

Read more about programs and admission.

Required Supplementary Information

General Studies

  • General Studies Student Profile

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

  • BIF

Turfgrass Management

  • BIF

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Semester Entry Points

Semester 1 applicants are admitted to the fall semester only.

  • Postsecondary transfer applicants are normally considered for all 3 entry points.
  • Some programs, however, may have limited access during Winter and Summer Admission.
  • A minority of programs have Fall Admission only.
  • Entry point options are listed by program and specialization within the online 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:

  • You are strongly advised to submit your application and transcripts no later than March 1, 2020, since many programs fill and close by mid‑June.

International high school applicants:

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

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Postsecondary Transfers

The University of Guelph welcomes applications from students who wish to transfer from another postsecondary institution.

  • You are considered in competition with other transfer applicants, taking into account program academic requirements and space availability.
  • You are encouraged to submit all transcripts at the point of application, including fall term results from the current year, as the university may make early conditional offers of admission.
  • If you are offered conditional admission, you will be required to submit final, official transcripts upon the conclusion of your academic year. Transfer credit assessments are normally sent with the conditional offer of admission.

Review details about grade requirements for each program.

Note: While you must present the minimum average posted before your application will be considered, meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. In addition, an offer of admission will 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.

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

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Submitting Documents

Official, final transcripts for all academic work taken at the high school and postsecondary level must be submitted to Admission Services, Office of Registrarial Services, directly from the attended institution.

It is your responsibility to arrange for these documents to be submitted. Admission decisions will be based on these official documents and the availability of space.

Admission consideration cannot be guaranteed for applications and documents that are received after the deadline dates, due to space limitations that may exist within programs. You are encouraged to complete your application as soon as possible.

Note: Documents submitted in support of an application become the property of the University of Guelph and will not be returned. Should you choose to re‑apply for a future entry point, you will be required to re-submit your documents.

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Assessment Fee

All applicants (with some exceptions) are required to submit a non‑refundable $80 assessment fee to the OUAC with their 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 (GND) and those coming from Six Nations Polytechnic.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Evaluation (DVM) Fee

Applicants to the DVM program are required to submit a non‑refundable $100 fee directly to the OUAC.

Refer to the Supplemental/Document Evaluation fee chart for more information.

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English-Language Proficiency Requirement

If English is not your first language, consult the current Undergraduate Calendar or contact Admission Services about requirements.

Read more about English-language proficiency and other requirements for international students.

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If you are a university graduate who does not intend to pursue a second undergraduate degree, but you wish to enroll in university degree 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 a non‑degree.

When you apply for a non-degree, you are required to submit a Statement of Intent 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

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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Co‑op and Transfer Students

College/university transfer applicants may apply only to the regular program.

During your first semester, you may apply to transfer to the co‑op program at Guelph, provided that you have received fewer than 5.0 transfer credits. A co‑op application fee is required.

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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: admission.uoguelph.ca
Email: admission@uoguelph.ca

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

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