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 Franco Vaccarino, who is wrapping up six years as president. “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: Explore problems in neuroscience and the tools used to research them; a choice of electives emphasizes areas in molecular and biomedical, behavioural and cognitive, and comparative neuroscience.
Biomedical Sciences: Learn the foundations of human and animal health through the study of biochemistry, anatomy and paraclinical sciences.
Food Industry Management: Mixing theoretical and applied study, this major gives students a multidisciplinary skill set and a solid background in food science, economics and business. It’s available with a co-op option.

Cool Courses
Cannabis Production: Study the science and history of cannabis, including management techniques and environmental impacts.
Communication and Media Strategy in Sport and Events: Explore the world of sports-related goods and services. There is a focus on digital media applications.

$7,305 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 79-85% · Science: 84-89% · Commerce: 80-84% · Engineering: 87-93%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 24,117 · Part-time: 3,011
Graduates: Full-time: 2,687 · Part-time: 219
International Students: First-year: 3.6% · Graduate: 17.4%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 4,718 (4,200 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $10,509 to $12,259 · Single room with meals: $11,574 to $13,324 · Double room without meals: $6,472 to $6,915 · Single room without meals: $7,454 to $7,783 · Apartment-style: $6,915 to $8,299

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