University of Guelph - Overview & Background

The University of Guelph (U of G) is a university for public research in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Adding the students of all the campuses in Guelph, Toronto and Ridgetown, U of G has 29,507 undergraduate and graduate students, including 1,400 international students from over 120 countries. Known for its scenic and healthy campuses and friendly and supportive community, U of G blends classic and historical architecture with its state-of-the-art technology. The main campus covers 412 acres including Guelph Arboretum University and a science park.



May 8, 1964


Macdonald Institute, the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College

University Type

Public Research University

University Motto

To learn the reasons of realities

University City

Guelph, Ontario
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CA$418 million (2021)

Campus Size

589 ha (1,455 acres)

Official Website Link

University of GuelphOntario 

Contact Details

+1 519-824-4120


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 It has seven faculties or colleges:

  • College of Arts
  • College of Biological Science
  • Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics
  • College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • College of Social & Applied Human Sciences
  • Ontario Agricultural College
  • Ontario Veterinary College.

Different schools offering various areas of specialization in academics include:

  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Engineering
  • School of English and Theatre Studies
  • School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
  • School of Environmental Sciences
  • School of Fine Art and Music
  • School of Languages and Literatures
  • School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Open Learning and Educational Support
  • University of Guelph-Humber.

The university also has notable alumni including: Alan Armitage (Renowned Author), Laura Bertram (Actress), Mark Bourrie (Journalist & Lawyer), Chris Banks (Poet), Edgar Archibald (Agricultural scientist), Roberta Bondar (Canada's first female astronaut), Alissa York (Novelist), Liz Sandals (Politician), Rupan Bal (Famous Youtuber) and Kathleen Daisy Miller (Popular short-story writer).

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The campus of the University of Guelph (U of G) has several buildings:

  • MacDonald Hall (1903)
  • Massey Hall (1901)
  • The Bullring (1901)
  • Mills Hall (1921) & Food Science.

The Rozanski Hall (2003) is equipped with white electronic boards, laptop sound, image and wireless internet and video/data projectors with high luminance. The Science Complex is North America's largest integrated science teaching and research facility. The campus also has a six-storey McLaughlin Library which provides students with over 400 library computers and access to books, magazines, videos, audiovisual and archival materials, government documents and maps.

The Tri-University Group of Libraries (TUG) is a part of collaboration between the Guelph, Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University libraries. Here, through the electronic library system, students have access to library resources totalling 7.5 million items. Students, faculty and staff also have to online assets at any time and from any place.

The MacDonald Stewart Art Center is a public gallery and sculpture park that houses mixed media collection, multimedia and installations, paintings, photographs, prints and drawings, sculptures, jewelries, glasses, metalwork, silverwork and goldwork, textiles and tapestries.

Residing Options

The University of Guelph's residence is an integral part of the university life. Student Housing Services provide housing environments and services for the convenience of students. Many residential buildings surround the campus closely, which ensures that you live minutes from your classes. The price(s) of the residence are about $5,686–$8,299 every two semesters. The occupancy varies (e.g., quad-room vs. single-apartment).

Different types of rooms include single, double, triple and quad rooms; apartments for 3 persons; apartments in suite style; and townhouses.

Around 40% of the rooms are single in the first year. Buildings are both co-ed and single-gender. For socializing or gathering, one can find community spaces and quiet areas for studying. Laundry facilities, kitchenettes and restaurants are easily accessible owing to their close proximity to the university. With access to high-speed internet in each room and wireless hotspots, staying connected is easy.

Students can find various Living Learning Centers in the university campus – Arts House, International House, ECO House, La Maison Française, English Learning House, and Leadership House. Meal plans in most buildings are compulsory, although there are different plans (meal plan fees) as per students' requirements.

Financial Aid

The Student Financial Services provide the best financial guidance to support the educational goals of the student. These services include various tools for a range of financial matters to support the students.
Based on the needs of the students, the university offers various financial aids including Scholarships are awarded considering the student’s academic achievement, while Bursaries are for students with financial needs.

Travel grants are only for those students who are travelling abroad as a part of the programme. Work-Study and Undergraduate Research Assistant programs enable students to combine work and learning.

  1. OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) is also provided by the university and is available via grants. The university also offers an enhanced student loan which is provided by the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada for qualifying students.
  2. Out-of-province government student assistance programs, U.S. student loan program, and work opportunities on-campus through Work-Study, URA, and U.S.R.A. programs are some other financial services offered to students to help them fund their education.

Jobs and Placements

The University of Guelph's Co-operative Education & Career Services ensures that the campus students are successful in getting jobs. Administrative Assistant, Landscape Architect, Project Manager, Executive Director, Marketing Coordinator and Software Developer are the most common occupations for Guelph graduates. Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc); Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE); and Master of Science (MS) are the most popular degrees among Guelph graduates.

Most of the graduates from Guelph are employed in Automotive Manufacturing, Manufacturing, and Construction industries.

The most popular employers of Guelph graduates are

  • Linamar Corporation
  • Danby Products
  • University of Guelph
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
  • WSP Global Inc
  • RWDI Air Inc
  • Dillon Consulting Ltd
  • Cineplex Odeon
  • Skyline.

Notable Alumni

Some famous alumni from University of Guelph include:

  • Laurel Schafer, Canada Research Chair in Catalyst Development
  • Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Assistant professor at University of Maryland
  • Karen Bailey,  Scientist
  • Stanley Thompson, Golf course architect
  • Donald Arthur Hatch,  Canadian academic.
  • Cara Elizabeth Yar Khan, Disability advocate, public speaker and United Nations humanitarian
  • Tim Bray, Software developer and entrepreneur

University of Guelph Location

The University of Guelph is situated in Canada's Technology Triangle, an hour west of Toronto. Guelph's nearest major airport is Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Red Car and Guelph Airport Cab provide Pearson International Airport (Toronto) direct shuttle service to Guelph.

The trip takes about an hour and fifteen minutes, depending on the traffic. Guelph buses and taxis are another means of transport that can be taken to reach the university from the airport. Guelph Transit provides transportation throughout the Guelph City.The University is also serviced by GO Transit and Greyhound Canada from the Toronto area and other areas of the GTA and Ontario. Via Rail is Canada's largest passenger train system which connects to Amtrak, the U.S. rail service.

The easiest and affordable modes of transportation are walking and cycling. The campus of the university, the downtown area and the residences of students are all very close to each other. Guelph University has a big city appeal with a small-town feel. A lively downtown core is within walking distance of the campus and offers a variety of entertainment and recreation sites like The River Run Centre, The Sleeman Centre, The Farmers Market and Stone Road Mall.

University of Guelph Map Location

Address: 50 Stone Rd E, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada

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