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University of Guelph

The University of Guelph (U of G) is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities. It is known for its enthusiastic student community, supportive atmosphere and beautiful campus.

Guelph University Profile

The University of Guelph (U of G) is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities. It is known for its enthusiastic student community, supportive atmosphere and beautiful campus. Located 1 hour west of Toronto, U of G offers a wide selection of undergraduate and graduate programs, and is home to just over 22,000 students. Read more about the University of Guelph.

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Admissions IconAdmissions

  • Overview
  • General Admissions
  • Aboriginal Learner Policy
  • Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
  • Mature Learner Policy
  • Transfer Student Policies



In this section you will find information about U of G’s admission requirements, policies and supports that are available to you.

To find out about U of G’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please visit the U of G admission website.

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General Admissions

U of G’s admission requirements are divided into different categories of learners that include high school, transfer and mature students. Each category has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.

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Aboriginal Learner Policy

Aboriginal students are encouraged to fill out U of G’s Student Profile Form as a means to share more about themselves and receive more personalized consideration for admission.

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Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs

START Online is your online partner that prepares you for student life. From June through to September we’ll be with you every step of the way as you get ready to come to campus. STARTonline works in tandem with START Here, a calendar for #futuregryphons. Every day we’ll post blogs on STARTonline from our campus partners that coincide with some of the timelines on START Here. Find out what you need to know, when you need it most. In addition, there is a community just for Aboriginal students.

START Aboriginal

START Aboriginal is a 2-day program designed to help you learn more about life at U of G and the many people on campus who are here to help you succeed at university. You are invited to move in early and spend time on campus. As part of the program, you attend sessions on academic expectations and financial management, engage with senior students, find your classrooms and find out what you can expect during Orientation Week.

Fridays in the Summer

Fridays in the Summer is a transition program for students who are new to the University of Guelph and who have a disability. The program allows students to meet with a staff member of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and begin the transition process. We will help orient students to some of the key programs and services available, discuss the transition to university and walk students through the process of registering with SAS for the first time. Students are asked to register ahead of time to let us know they would like to attend.

START Accessible

START Accessible plays a critical role in helping students who use SAS services to become familiar with the campus environment and learn about supports available throughout the year. We’ll cover everything from classroom accommodations to exams, with lots of opportunities to make friends and get settled in.

START on Track

Let START on Track help. Make half an hour for us and we’ll help you find a way to create at least that much time back in your week. Succeeding at university is about more than how well you study and how much time you put into your classes; there’s a big wide world of things you need to do at university, and we can help you make it a little bit easier regardless of where you are at right now. Ninety percent of participants from previous years recommend this program, saying it helped improve their confidence and academic performance.

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Mature Learners

If you haven’t attended a secondary school full time for at least 2 years and have never been registered at a university or college, you are considered a mature learner. Check out U of G’s mature learner policy to find out how you can transition to university as a mature learner.

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Transfer Policies

If you are interested in transferring to U of G from another university or college, U of G’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.

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Academics IconAcademic Programs and Supports

  • Overview
  • Academic Programs
  • Academic Supports

Academic Programs and Supports


You can choose from a variety of academic programs at U of G and will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section lists some examples of the academic programs you can take at U of G.

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Academic Programs

Bachelor of Applied Science students combine an understanding of the biological, psychological and social facets of human development and behaviour. You can take advantage of opportunities to apply your new knowledge in practicums, field placements and personal experiences, and you will be well prepared to make a difference in the lives of others.

Bachelor of Arts students have an unparalleled flexibility of 24 majors to choose from. U of G‘s BA program is one of the most comprehensive. A Guelph BA provides you with exceptional choices that span the arts, social sciences and humanities.

Bachelor of Arts & Sciences (BAS) students examine issues from a variety of perspectives and pursue their love for the arts and the sciences. Why choose between arts and sciences when you can do both? The BAS program allows you to tailor your degree to fit your interests and strengths while keeping your options open.

Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management students focus on a combination of business- and science-related skills, allowing them to explore natural resource-based solutions to meet a variety of social and environmental needs.

Bachelor of Commerce students experience more than just the nuts and bolts of the business; they take an inclusive approach, looking at the bigger picture and preparing to be the future business leaders the world needs.

Bachelor of Computing students can make their degree as unique as their interests by selecting an area of application, and push their thinking and creativity to new levels to solve problems in business, science, entertainment and education.

Bachelor of Engineering students at Guelph integrate the elements of traditional engineering disciplines with an emphasis on current world needs to design, create and solve.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture students apply creativity, innovation and an understanding of natural and social systems to the design of outdoor spaces that are attractive, functional and sustainable. Landscape Architecture at U of G is the only accredited BLA program of its kind in Canada and is among the best of over 70 programs in North America.

Bachelor of Science students learn to use analytical procedures, develop critical thinking abilities and establish a drive to problem-solve that will contribute to our understanding of the world. Explore the science of life.

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture students can tailor their education and experiences to their interests and career goals. From a scientific and practical understanding of the animals and plants that form the basis of our food supply, to the management of the landscapes around us, the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture can put you at the forefront of one of the largest industries in Canada.


  • Honours Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Crop, Horticulture and Turfgrass Sciences
  • Organic Agriculture

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences students study the essential connection between humans and the world that sustains us. While we depend on the earth for survival, we also have an impact on it by the nature of our existence. As our population grows, that impact intensifies.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students learn at the intersection of animal, human and ecosystem health, becoming veterinarians and scientists, improving the health of our animal companions, ensuring food safety and protecting the environment that we all share.

Associate Diploma students benefit from U of G’s world-renowned reputation in agri-food research while you study in one of our 2-year diploma programs.

Be sure to check out all of U of G’s undergraduate programs.

For graduate and postdoctoral programs visit the Graduate Studies website.

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Academic Supports

U of G offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are some of the academic services you can access at U of G.

Learning Services offers you workshops and supports to improve your skills and academic performance. You can get help with time management, procrastination and perfectionism, exam preparation, concentration and memory enhancement and other challenges that affect your learning.

The Science Commons is a “one-stop learning” resource centre that offers you one-on-one help in mathematics, computing sciences, statistics, physics and chemistry courses.

The Supported Learning Groups (SLGs) are free study groups led by other students that help you navigate challenging course material in a variety of courses, such as math, science, history, economics, psychology and statistics.

For more information about U of G’s academic supports, please visit U of G’s Academic Support website.

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Financial Aid Icon Financial Aid

  • Overview
  • Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
  • Financial Aid Services

Financial Aid


Investing in your future may require some help along the way. U of G offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and bursaries specifically for Aboriginal learners.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Aboriginal-specific scholarships and awards. The following are examples of awards available at U of G.

The Lincoln Alexander Scholarship is open to entering students who identify as Aboriginal, a person with a disability or a member of a racial minority, and who demonstrate superior leadership ability and involvement in high school and communities.

The Aboriginal Student Engagement Scholarship is open to students in any program who self-identify as First Nations (status and non-status), Métis or Inuit and who are engaged in the Aboriginal community in their home community or at U of G.

The Jack and Lillian MacDonald Scholarship is open to students coming from the Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP).

Check out U of G’s searchable list of scholarships and bursaries, or visit the Aboriginal Resource Centre for information about financial aid available to you.

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Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

A student loan through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is 1 of the ways that you can finance your postsecondary education. The Student Financial Services Office at U of G can help you apply for OSAP.

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Work Study Program and Part-Time Work

Experience Guelph is your gateway to on-campus employment, work study, course-integrated learning and cooperative education. Some of the on-campus jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus units such as the library, Wellness Education Centre or Aboriginal Resource Centre.

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Financial Aid Services

For information on other financial aid available specifically to Aboriginal students, visit Student Financial Services or U of G’s Aboriginal Resource Centre.

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Aboriginal Student Services IconAboriginal Student Services

  • Overview

Aboriginal Student Services


The Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) strives to be a home away from home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. The following are just some of the services you will find at the Aboriginal Resource Centre at U of G.

Learning supports include financial support for tutoring, study space and graduate student support designed to help you achieve academic success.

Financial supports help you to plan your financial strategy for university as well as apply for Aboriginal learner’s scholarships and bursaries.

Advising and Counselling supports range from mainstream counselling to visiting with Elders. You can ask questions, talk things through, seek advice or simply share with someone who will respect your experiences.

Programming throughout the fall and winter, ARC also hosts a range of activities and events to help you stay connected with the community including include Soup and Bannock Wednesdays, Learning Circles and Drum Circles. In October of each year, Aboriginal Awareness Week acknowledges Aboriginal people and partnerships on campus, and creates opportunities for education and discussion.

Read more about the Aboriginal Resource Centre’s complete services and programs.

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Student Life iconStudent Life

  • Overview
  • Orientation Week
  • Clubs and Societies
  • Athletics
  • Student Services
  • Security

Student Life


At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more information about student life at U of G.

Looking for extracurricular opportunities? Check out the department of Student Life at U of G.

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Orientation Week

Orientation Week is 8 days of events that introduce you to the community at U of G. There are over 350 events for you that include academic and social events, pep rallies, concerts and more.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

U of G has a wide range of clubs to suit your interests. Some of the clubs you can join include Amnesty International, Dumbledore’s Army, Students for Literacy and the Debate Society.

Aboriginal Learners’ Clubs

The Aboriginal Student Association (ASA) represents the Aboriginal students at U of G. Its goal is to provide you with a culturally supportive environment and promote academic excellence. The ASA also helps to develop relationships between U of G and the Aboriginal community, increase awareness of Aboriginal issues and successes and provide extracurricular social activities, resources and peer support.

Students’ Union

Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At U of G, you are represented by the Central Student Association (CSA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

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Varsity Athletics

U of G is home to the Gryphons varsity sports that range from field hockey to lacrosse. The Guelph Gryphons participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Read more about varsity athletics at U of G, including try-out dates.

Recreation and Intramurals

U of G offers recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports at U of G include hockey and volleyball. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.

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Student Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

If you have a disability that requires accommodation and support, Student Accessibility Services is available to help you. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the start of the school year.

Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)

The Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor provides personal and academic support for LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students.

OUTline is the U of G’s resource and support service specializing in questions relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. Hop online to chat with a trained LGBTQ2IA+ volunteer on your computer, laptop or smartphone. This service is confidential and anonymous, great if you want to chat, ask questions and/or inquire about resources. The Ask OUTline blog houses a number of great community resources and lots of information and guidance about the LGBTQA+ community in Guelph.

Guelph Queer Equality (GQE) is a student run group at U of G that provides a safe space and supportive environment for all people in the trans, bisexual, lesbian, gay, questioning, gender queer, asexual, intersex or generally queer community and their allies. People of all races, religions, sexual orientations, genders, ages and abilities are welcome.

Multi-Faith Resource Team

The Multi-Faith Resource Team (MFRT) in Student Life is made up of representatives from a number of faith communities who work together to meet religious and spiritual needs on campus. The team consists of the following faith communities:

  • Buddhist
  • Catholic
  • Protestant (Ecumenical Campus Ministry, Guelph Campus Ministry and the Evangelical Fellowship)
  • Hindu
  • Jewish (Hillel Guelph and Chabad of Guelph)
  • Muslim
  • Spiritual but not Religious

Child Care

You can access child care on campus through the Child Care and Learning Centre (CCLC).

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Campus Community Police maintain and monitor campus safety through a number of programs, including secure access to buildings and residences, crime prevention, a Safe Walk program and emergency phones located around campus.

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Aboriginal Student Services IconHousing and Transportation

  • Overview
  • Housing
  • Transportation

Housing and Transportation


Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. U of G gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. If you live off campus, you can find information on public transportation options (student bus passes are included in your fees) and availability of parking services to help you with your commute if you are driving.

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On Campus

U of G offers different styles of residence on campus that include traditional and apartment style. You can also experience unique living accommodations through Living-Learning Centres (LLCs) and Academic Clusters, which are organized around themes (arts, leadership, design) or academic programs. Read more about Student Housing Services.

Off Campus

Students live in neighbourhoods all over the city, and Off Campus Living has the resources and support to help make it a positive experience. It provides rental listings, information about neighbourhoods in Guelph, lease reviews and more.

Meal Plans

Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with U of G’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out U of G’s selection of meal plans and prices.

Residence Life

Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Read more about Residence Life at U of G.

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Public Transportation

At U of G, you’ll receive a Student Bus Pass as part of your student fees that allows you unlimited access to Guelph’s Public Transit system.

If you are thinking about commuting to Guelph on public transit, the Information Desk in the University Centre will work with you to identify the best routes, transfers and times. Why ask them? They sell the GO Transit and Greyhound tickets and know the routes!

Parking Services

U of G’s Sustainable Transportation and Parking Services operates parking services on campus, issues parking permits and offers green programs for your use.

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Wellbeing IconWell-Being

  • Overview



Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university. Student Wellness Services is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, wellness educators and peer helpers). The following are some of the services available to you through Student Wellness Services

Student Health Services

You can access medical services at U of G’s Student Health Services Clinic, including regular checkups, dietary advice, free seasonal flu shots, dispensing of birth control pills and products prescribed by Student Health Services doctors, and a walk-in clinic.

Counselling Services

You can also access confidential counselling services at U of G if you need individual support to work through the personal challenges that impact your ability to adjust to university life and succeed at school and in other areas of your life.

Wellness Education

The Wellness Education Centre is the educational arm of Student Wellness Services. The centre is a student-driven, safe space where you can find support for your health and well-being. You can get information kits on health-related issues such as stress management, and you can attend workshops about healthy eating, mental health and many other topics.

Student Accessibility Services

If you have a disability that requires accommodation and support, Student Accessibility Services is available to help you. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the start of the school year.

For more information on the well-being services provided by U of G, contact Student Wellness Services. You can also visit the Aboriginal Resource Centre for more information on the cultural aspects of health.

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