University of Guelph

University of Guelph | Guelph, Ont. | Founded 1964

Guelph students locking up their bikes on campus

University of Guelph. (Jason Jones/University of Guelph)

The University of Guelph offers programming in the physical and biological sciences, social sciences, arts and business. With roots in three founding colleges—including an agricultural college and a veterinary college—Guelph has long-time expertise in food, the environment and communities. Through its Arrell Food Institute and the Food From Thought research program, Guelph is working to find sustainable ways to feed the world’s growing population. Guelph is also home to a global DNA barcoding project aimed at ensuring food security and protecting endangered species.

“Improving life at home and abroad informs everything that we do at U of G,” says president Charlotte Yates. “Through research, teaching and community engagement, we’re tackling some of the most pressing issues facing our world today.” Arts students also benefit from innovative programming. English and theatre studies faculty include award-winning authors, poets and playwrights, such as Lawrence Hill, Dionne Brand, Sky Gilbert and Judith Thompson.

Renovations to the MacKinnon Building include the new ImprovLab, a multi-use performance and research facility, slated to open this year. The campus is centred on Johnston Green, which is ringed by mature oaks and beautiful century-old buildings. It has its share of brutalist architecture, which flourished in the ’60s and ’70s, but the welcoming green space of the Guelph Arboretum is a boon for the whole community.

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Standout Programs
Bio-medical Science: Students get a broad foundation in human and animal health through the study of nutrition, physiology, anatomy, genetics, epidemiology and more. Students prepare for advanced studies or applied training in health-related fields.
• Justice and Legal Studies: This major delves into law, justice and judicial proceedings in Canada and around the world, and examines the interactions between legal institutions, government and society.
Sport and Event Management: Learn key aspects of the field, such as sponsorship and event hosting, and gain a strong foundation in business. The program emphasizes hands-on and experiential learning.

Cool Courses
Pandemics: Students explore the cultural, historical and social aspects of infectious disease, including COVID-19. Weekly online panel discussions feature campus experts.
Ideas Congress (ICON): Students team up with community partners to work on real-world challenges, such as food insecurity.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
$7,537
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 78-85% · Science: 84-93% · Commerce: 80-84% · Engineering: 84-93%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 24,461 · Part-time: 2,830
Graduates: Full-time: 2,836 · Part-time: 205
International Students: First-year: 4.7% · Graduate: 20.1%
Male-female Ratio: 39 to 61
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 1,000 (4,718 last year with 4,200 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $12,002 to $14,145 · Single room without meals: $7,752 to $8,095 · Apartment-style: $8,095 to $8,632

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