University of Guelph



Established in 1964 (when three century old founding colleges joined with a new college of arts and science), the University of Guelph is a vital community of more than 15,000 students on a campus of historical and modern buildings, and red brick walkways. The University has won national and international recognition for its high quality teaching and research, as well as its outstanding facilities.

Areas of Expertise

The University of Guelph is a research intensive, learner centred community, and is ranked as the top comprehensive university in Canada by Maclean's magazine. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Building on these core disciplines, it also has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary programs, to a selected range of professional and applied programs, and to agriculture and veterinary medicine as areas of special responsibility.

On Campus Housing

We are pleased to offer you a guaranteed place in residence as long as you will be a new, full-time, semester one (Class Level One) undergraduate student, and your application and deposit for housing are received by the deadline date of May 28, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. If you are interested in a quieter than average community in which to pursue your studies, you should consider applying to live in a study intensive hall. A study intensive hall is an area in residence where 24 hour quiet hours are in effect. If you would like to live in a study intensive hall, you will be asked to complete an additional application, which will help us assess your suitability for such an environment. Study intensive halls may be located in a number of different residences on campus depending on demand.

Off Campus Housing

The University has a policy of providing residence housing for new undergraduate students who apply by the May 28 deadline; this is our department's primary responsibility and priority. We must then accommodate students who lived in residence for the winter and summer semesters and wish to return. It is after this that, we can begin to accommodate off-campus students. This means that we cannot guarantee you a space in residence, but we will do our best to provide you with a space as soon as we can. You can optimize your chances of receiving a room by submitting your application and deposit as soon as the application is available. Generally, there is a good selection of accommodation off-campus and most students seek off-campus housing in the summer. Full-time students receive a city bus pass when they pay their tuition.

Incoming Students

There's a team of hundreds of orientation volunteers, more than one hundred event planners, almost 140 residence life staff, 60 hall council members, and eight orientation team members, plus multitudes of staff, faculty, and administration who will greet you when you arrive on campus. Your orientation week is the week after Labour Day and will introduce you to the social, academic, and cultural environment here at Guelph. There are always many events planned; some to introduce you to other students, some to feed you, and some to help you understand how you can study and learn in a university setting. But it's safe to say that the purpose of all the events is to make you feel comfortable and excited about your stay here. Please see our Web site for your complete Guelph University survival guide!

Career Planning

From On Campus Recruiting (OCR) job search and to listings of various other online jobsites, Guelph University's career services provides you with a centralized place in which to access job opportunities and postings. And in addition to on campus career counselling, we operate and run the WEBmajors Career Site, an initiative of Guelph University's career services designed to provide a clearinghouse of career and employment information related to the various majors and areas of study available to students studying in a post-secondary university institution. The WEBmajors Career Site is a valuable tool in helping students, graduates, and alumni begin to answer that timeless question, "What can I do with a degree in ...?".


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Music clubs at the University of Guelph include Performing Arts, Baroque Music Ensemble, Concert Winds, Curtain Call, Jazz Ensemble, and U of G Choir. Cultural and religious clubs include Asian Christian Fellowship, Association for Baha'i Studies, Campus Crusade for Christ, Chinese Student Society, Christian Environmental Association, Guelph Queer Equality, Indian Student Association, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Ismaili Muslim Students Association, Jewish Students Association, Muslim Students Association, Polish Club, Thamil Students Association, The Methodists, The Navigators, University Catholic Community, and the West Indian Students Association. Student media clubs include Carousel Magazine, CFRU Campus Radio Station, Ontarian Newspaper, and the Peak Newspaper. Political groups include the Guelph Socialist Student Group, Model UN, NDP Campus Club, Young Liberals, and the U of G Progressive Conservatives. Recreation and personal interest clubs include Archery, Badminton, Ballroom Dancing, Baseball Club, Chess Club, Climbing Club, Criminology Society, Curling Club, Cycling Club, Debating Union, Equestrian Club, Fencing Club, Figure Skating, Games Club, Guelph Jazz Society, Humanist Club, Laido, Lacrosse, Mature Students Association, Off-Campus University Students, Outdoors Club, Photo Arts Club, Pre-Law Society, Rhythmic Energy Dance Team, Riflery Club, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, Sign Language Club, Society for Creative Anachronism, Squash/Tennis Club, Synchro Swim, Ultimate Frisbee, Underwater Hockey, and Water Polo. Service groups include Animal Liberation Collective, Arboretum Club, C.J. Munford Centre, Canadian Crossroads, College Royal Society, First-Aid Response Team, Habitat for Humanity, Men Against Violence, Ontario Public Interest Research Group, Race Relations Commission, Safe Walk, Save the Children, Students for Literacy, Volunteer Connections, and the Women's Resource Centre.

Information Technology

The University provides an integrated communications package to access the many electronic services from on or off campus. These services include Internet, e-mail, Web instruction, conferencing, and laser printing. All student residences are directly connected to the Internet via the campus high speed network. Off-campus students also have free high speed access.


Cultural services include the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Donald Forster Sculpture Park, Inner Stage Theatre, Bachinski-Chu Print Study Collection, Zavitz Hall Studios, CFRU radio station, two student newspapers, music practice rooms, and the two libraries.

Special Services

Services available are the Centre for Students with Disabilities, Human Rights and Equity Office, the Learning Opportunities Program, and the Women's Resource Centre. Specially designed accessible residence rooms are also available.

International Involvement

Close to 300 students take advantage of overseas study opportunities and exchange programs every year. Currently, the University has 65 international study programs in 20 countries. The University of Guelph also has five major study overseas semesters open to all students including the London semester, the Krakow (Poland) semester, the India semester, the Paris and Cannes semesters, and the Latin America semester.

Campus Tour

Campus tours typically run twice daily, except on weekends, holidays, and between semesters. Please contact Campus Tours to book a tour or visit our Web site. If you want a special tour of the veterinary college, please make a specific request for one and provide two weeks advance notice.

Modified on August 10, 2015

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