Guelph, OntarioLOCATION
Estd 1964Established Year

The University of Guelph, shortened to U of G, is a public research university in Guelph, Canada. The university offers 94 undergraduate degrees, 48 graduate programs, and 6 associate degrees in many different disciplines. According to Maclean’s, these are the unique programs at U of G:

  • Food Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Veterinary Programs

Why Choose the University of Guelph?

Rankings and Standings

  • #201-300: Maclean’s World Ranking
  • #8-16: Maclean’s rank list of Canada
  • #351-400: Times Higher Education of World University Ranking
  • #425: U.S. News for Best Global Universities
  • #13 out of 99 in UniRank for Canadian universities
  • #4 out of top 50 institutes for Veterinary Sciences by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

Salient Features

  • Offers more than 300 graduate and undergraduate courses across its three campuses.
  • Guelph has over 100 partner institutions over 30 countries for student exchange programs.
  • Receives the research funding of CAD 142 million in 2017.
  • CFRU-FM, a community campus radio station serving the students of Guelph
  • Offered CAD 39.4 million for student aid in fiscal 2017.
  • Operating budget is CAD 494.6 million for 2017.
  • Innovations Recognized – Revealing Identities, Improving Health, New Vaccine for “shipping fever”. Digitizing DNA and Reinventing Potato
  • Scored A for the most satisfied students’ feedback.

Statistical Highlights

Number of seats in undergraduate courses18,000
Number of seats in graduate courses2,500
Number of International Students1,750
Number of Domestic Students21,523
Number of Divisions4
Overall average of all students entering Guelph82% 
Tuition Fee RangeCAD 18,372 - CAD 37,417
Score required for undergraduate & postgraduateIELTS: 6.5

Campus and Residential Facilities

The University of Guelph provides accommodation to all its first-year undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate students. It is home to more than 5,000 students in single and family residences.

The university has one of the largest and best-established university housing systems in Canada. It has three residencies with varied capacities of the student accommodation.

1. South Residence Community

It is the largest community with the capacity of 1,800 students. It comprises of three buildings:

  • Mountain
  • Prairie
  • Maritime Hall

2. North Residences

Comprises the following six halls with different room types:

  • Lennox & Addington Hall
  • Lamington Hall
  • Johnston Hall
  • Mills Hall
  • Watson Hall
  • Maids Hall

3. East Residence

Home to the following three halls with different room types:

  • Glengarry Hall
  • Lanark Hall
  • Dundas Hall

4. East Village Townhouses

Room Facilities

  • 24-hour service desk facility
  • Fully furnished rooms
  • Kitchen and common hall
  • Common lounges
  • Living room with couches and coffee table and more

Registration Procedure

  1. Visit
  2. Follow the Instructions to fill the housing application form.
  3. Submit Application and Residence deposit of CAD 750 by June 1, 2018.

Colleges and Divisions

Colleges of the University of Guelph

College of ArtsCollege of Biological Science
College of Physical and Engineering ScienceCollege of Social and Applied Human Science
Ontario Veterinary CollegeOntario Agriculture College
College of Business and Economics-

Undergraduate Divisions

  • Offers 94 undergraduate courses in the fields of physical and life sciences, arts, and humanities, social sciences, business, agricultural and veterinary sciences.
  • Offers diploma in Agriculture, Environmental Management, Horticulture, Veterinary Technology, and Equine Care and Management.

Graduate and PhD Divisions

Postgraduate Divisions

Natural and Physical SciencesEngineeringSocial Sciences
Business ArtAgricultureVeterinary Science

Ph.D. Divisions

Environmental ScienceHuman Nutrition
Human, Animal or Ecosystem Health


U of G offers 94 undergraduate degree programs, 94 graduate programs, 6 associate degree programs and 63 open learning or distance education opportunities.

Types of Programs

  • Undergraduate Courses
  • Graduate Courses
  • Doctoral Courses
  • Distance Education

Application Process

The eligibility criteria and application processes for different programs are different. You can check the same on the official website of the university.

For undergraduate division, select and apply:

  • OUAC 101 Online Application Form – if enrolled for secondary school day program
  • OUAC 105 Online Application Form – if Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada

When to Apply?

Applications are received for three seasons – Summer, Fall, and Winter.

For Major ProgramsEntry SemesterApplication DeadlineDocument Deadline
WinterNovember 15December 1
SummerMarch 15April 1
FallMay 1June 1

English Language Requirements

You are required to present the evidence of English proficiency if:

  • English is not the first language
  • If you have less than four years of full-time school experience in an English language school system.
TestCompetence Level (Score)
TOEFLInternet-based: minimum total score of 89 and no individual scaled score less than 21 Computer-based: minimum score of 250 Paper-based: minimum score of 600 Test of Written English (TWE): with a score of 5
Advanced Level of the English Language Certificate ProgramSuccessful completion of the University of Guelph, Open Learning Advanced Level of the English Language Certificate Program (Levels 9 and 10)

Required Documents (For Graduate Study)

  • Transcripts
  • CV Resume
  • English Language Requirements
  • Financial Sponsor
  • GRE or GMAT scorecards
  • Portfolio
  • References
  • Statement of Research
  • Supplemental Documents
  • Writing Samples

How to Apply?

  1. Go through the list of programs and select the course.
  2. Check the eligibility criteria.
  3. Apply at
  4. Fill complete details and upload the required documents.
  5. Pay a non-refundable application fee of CAD 90.

The application will be considered after successful submission of the application. If accepted, the university will contact you for the further process.

Costs and Expenses

Tuition Fee for Undergraduate Courses

Type of candidatesTuition Fee
Undergraduate Program
Domestic candidatesCAD 16,412 - CAD 22,501
International candidatesCAD 16,412 - CAD 22,501
Graduate Program
Domestic candidatesCAD 7,846 - CAD 8,040
International candidatesCAD 19,525 - CAD 20,110
Doctoral Program
Domestic candidatesCAD 7,768 to CAD 18,772

Accommodation Costs

Cost for a Double Room CAD 3,000 per semester
Residence DepositCAD 500

On-Campus Meal Plan

SizeBasic + Flex = Total CostLess Capital Fund ComponentLess Fixed Overhead CostsBasic Food DollarsFlex Food Dollars
FullCAD 2,500 + CAD 2,550 = CAD 5,050CAD 130CAD 1,230CAD 1,778CAD 1,912

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The financial aids offer scholarships, bursaries, work study, undergraduate research assistantship programs and government funds (OSAP).

Total investment break-up of financial aid by the university:

  • Total undergraduate division financial aid investment – CAD 22.88 million
  • Total Graduate division financial aid investment – CAD 18.65 million
Type of AwardsSub Division
Merit-Based AwardsEntrance Scholarships, In-Course Scholarships
Need-Based AwardsBursaries, Entrance Bursaries, ACCESS Awards, Student-Funded Bursaries
International Student SupportInternational Undergraduate Entrance, International Undergraduate In-Course
Graduate Student SupportGraduate Entrance, Graduate In-Course

Undergraduate Research Assistantship Programs

Provides full-time, on-campus summer research opportunities to the person in need who are Canadian residents or permanent residents of Canada.

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

The financial aid office works with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) for the University of Guelph. It aids in loan, loan and grant as well as grant-only forms.

Work While You Study

It is an on-campus part-time job program for the candidates who need financial support. Students can work 15-20 hours per week. Jobs are flexible keeping in mind about the studies.  

Who Can Apply?

  • Undergraduate students with a minimum registration of 1.5 credits (1 for permanently disabled students) for the term applied.
  • Undergraduate students with a complete application on file at the time of application.
  • Graduate students in full-time studies.
  • Must have valid social insurance number (SIN).

Where and How to Apply?

  • Submit Financial Need Assessment Form (NAF).
  • Once approved, submit a job application to the hiring department.
  • NAF and work-study postings are done two weeks before the class commences.
  • Deadline dates to submit NAF – Summer (third Friday of June) and Fall/Winter (third Monday of January)

What Happens After NAF Submission?

  • Notified about the eligibility within 5-10 working days.
  • Once approved by the Student Award Office, select the required job and submit a cover letter, a resume, and an approval email.

How to Get a SIN?

SIN is mandatory to work on campus or off campus. A social number is valid until the end of the stay or a maximum of 5 years. Renew in case it is required further.

Obtain SIN by reporting to Service Canada office along with the following documents:

  • Study Permit
  • Passport
  • Off-campus work permit/ co-op/internship program permit.

Alumni Network

Alumni Benefits

  • Lifelong access to career services
  • Library access to explore e-journals and books.
  • Deals on home and auto insurance, life, health, and dental insurance
  • Customized UGAA credit card and Alumni Card
  • Seasonal discounts on various sporting and entertainment events

Notable Alumni

  • John Kenneth Galbraith (professor, novelist, and author)
  • Roberta Bondar (neurologist, educator, astronaut)
  • Vandana Shiva (environmentalist, physicist, and scientist)
  • Piers Nash (data strategist, cancer biologist, writer, and evangelist for Precision Medicine)
  • Cassie Campbell (former Canadian ice hockey player and broadcaster for Sportsnet)
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Average Tuition Fees (Annual)
$ 11,567
Bachelors Tuition Fees$11567
Diploma Tuition Fees$11567
Accomodation Fees (Annual)
$ 6,662
Total Enrollment
International Students
Male : Female Ratio
Student : Faculty Ratio
Application Deadline
March 15, 2019
Start of Application process November 01, 2018
End of Application process March 15, 2019
Application Fee
$ 156
Application website
Accepts common App Yes
Direct Application Yes
Admission Details
Acceptance Rate
65 %
Min. 6.5
Total Applications
Min. 89

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