The University of Guelph grew out of three founding colleges, including the Ontario Agricultural College (1874) and the Ontario Veterinary College (1862). Now Guelph is again embracing its expertise in food, the environment and communities. It’s paying off: Guelph attracts more research money than any other university in Canada without a medical school. That may explain why science students study in glitzy new labs. Arts students are just as lucky. The writer-in-residence program attracts heavyweights such as Jane Urquhart, award-winning author Lawrence Hill teaches creative writing, and theatre students are taught by the proliﬁc Sky Gilbert. “Our unique expertise is allowing us to improve life through teaching, research and outreach,” says Franco Vaccarino, the university’s president. “What our students love is how, at Guelph, they not only acquire knowledge, but also learn critical and creative-thinking skills.” The campus is centered around Johnston Green, which is ringed by mature oaks and beautiful century-old buildings. It has its share of brutalist architecture that flourished in the ’60s and ’70s—the cavernous MacKinnon arts building and the expansive South Residences—but the welcoming green space of the arboretum is a boon for the whole community.
• Neuroscience: Spanning molecular, cellular, physiological, behavioural and cognitive perspectives, this program explores contemporary problems and introduces research tools in the field.
• Biomedical Engineering: This hands-on major relies on engineering design and problem-solving to focus on improving human health. Students complete design projects beginning in first year.
• Guelph-Humber: This partnership allows students to study at Humber’s Toronto campus, earning an honours degree and a college diploma in four years. Students have a choice of seven disciplines, including early childhood education and kinesiology.
• Electronica—Music in the Digital Age: This course gives an overview of genres, such as experimental, techno, dance, rap and ambient, and looks at musical and social developments and milestones.
• F9B—Feeding 9 Billion: Students participate in the weekend-long Feeding 9 Billion Challenge, and further develop ideas for a sustainable food system during the semester.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Number of students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|4,780 (4,100 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 72.4%