University of Guelph

Founded 1964 | Guelph, ON

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 an established expertise in food, the environment and communities. Through its Arrell Food Institute and the Food from Thought research program, Guelph works to find sustainable ways to feed the world’s growing population. Guelph is also the founding home of a global project aiming to catalogue all life on the planet using “DNA barcoding,” with a goal to ensure food security and protect 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, and English and theatre studies faculty include award-winning poets, authors and playwrights. Renovations to the MacKinnon Building include the Arts Research Centre, a multi-use performance and research facility that houses the ImprovLab, a theatre and a recital hall. 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.

Campus Buzz

It’s not your typical cafeteria food at Guelph—the university’s chefs recently won silver at an international culinary competition, and had four first-place wins at the Canadian College and University Food Services Association national conference. 

Standout Programs

• One Health: Students tackle complex health issues such as infectious disease and food insecurity in this interdisciplinary program, which recognizes that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems is interconnected.

• Justice and Legal Studies: This major delves into law, justice and judicial processes in Canada and around the world, examining the interactions between legal institutions, government and society.

• Sexualities, Genders and Social Change: In this multidisciplinary program, which integrates a broad range of topics, students can participate in outreach and advocacy with community partners.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)

$7,727 ($8,351 out-of-province students)

Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 79-90% | Science: 83-94.5% | Commerce: 80-86% | Engineering: 86-92.5%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 23,960 | Part-time: 3,347

Graduates: Full-time: 2,852 | Part-time: 281

International Students: First-year: 4.9% | Graduate: 25.3%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 4,850 (4,600 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $12,670 to $15,000 | Single room with meals: $13,952 to $16,580 | Apartment-style: $8,326 to $9,992

Cool Courses

• Geology of Natural Disasters: Students examine the impact of geological disasters such as climate change, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

• Madness and Psychiatry: Students explore the history of psychiatry and its relation to race, gender and class.

Student Life on Campus

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