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 grew out of three founding colleges: the Ontario Agricultural College (1874), the Ontario Veterinary College (1862) and the Macdonald Institute (1903). Today, Guelph has offerings in the physical and biological sciences, social sciences, arts and business, while continuing to embrace its 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.

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. “Research is critical to developing innovations that benefit people, animals and the environment,” says president Franco Vaccarino. “Canada’s food university has a 150-year legacy in agri-food and a reputation for innovation and discovery.”

The campus is centred 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 Guelph Arboretum is a boon for the whole community.

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Standout Programs
Neuroscience: This program introduces research tools and explores current problems in the field of neuroscience, covering molecular, cellular, physiological, behavioural and cognitive perspectives.
• Food Industry Management: This major draws on theoretical and applied study to give students multidisciplinary skills and a solid background in food science, economics and business. A co-op option is available.
• Management: This program provides a strong foundation in business with an emphasis in leadership and management studies; prepares students for work as organizational leaders in a wide range of industries.

Cool Courses
• From Braveheart to Game of Thrones: This course delves into how the medieval and early modern past are represented in film, television and literature.
• Across the “Black Atlantic”: Students examine the impact of Jamaica on community, culture and music in Britain and Canada.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 79-85% · Science: 83-88% · Commerce: 78-85% · Engineering: 86-91%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 24,200 · Part-time: 2,869
Graduates: Full-time: 2,621 · Part-time: 210
International Students: First-year: 3.3% ·
Graduate: 16.5%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Residence Spaces
4,718 (4,268 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs
Double room with meals: $10,964 to $11,964 · Single room with meals: $12,008 to $13,008 · Double room without meals: $6,264 to $6,780 · Single room without meals: $7,308 to $7,630 · Apartment-style: $6,780 to $8,136

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