The University of Guelph grew out of the Ontario Agriculture College (circa 1874) and the Ontario Veterinary College (built in 1880). 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 without a medical school—$194,764 per full-time faculty member. 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, and theatre students are taught by the proliﬁc Sky Gilbert. “Our unique expertise is allowing us to build a better planet 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 centred around Johnston Green, which is ringed by mature oaks and century-old buildings. It has its share of hastily poured 1960s concrete—MacKinnon, the cavernous arts building and the drab, brutalist South Residences—but the expansive green space of the arboretum is a boon for the whole community.
• International Development: This B.A. program is for students who want to tackle social issues on a global scale. It brings together disciplines from the social sciences, humanities, languages, and natural sciences.
• 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: A partnership between the two institutions 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.
• All About Facebook: The course uses Facebook as a vehicle for the delivery of knowledge and research skills. Students consider the societal and social psychological impact of social media.
• Disease and History: Follow the impact of disease on world events and society throughout human history. Topics include urbanization, colonialism, globalization and gender.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Average class size||Undergraduate students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|$7,363||Not provided||Full-time: 23,032
|4,722 (3,800 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 77.2%